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Nigel Short vs Salome Melia
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 1, Jan-24
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0


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  Ezzy: Short,Nigel D (2677) - Melia,Salome (2398) [A00]
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2012 24.01.2012

1.d4 <Nigel seems to like playing 1 d4 at Gibralter.> 1...d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3< Well wonders never cease to amaze. I think this must be a first for Nigel. A Catalan for Nigel Short. I never thought I'd see the day :-)> 4...Be7 5.Bg2 00 6.Qc2 dxc4 7.Qxc4 a6 8.Bf4 Nd5 9.Nc3 b5 10.Qd3 Bb7 11.Nxd5 Bxd5 12.Rc1< Kasparov played this move when he faced a 2300 opponent. 12 00 is main line.> 12...Ra7 <New move. The rest of the game will show you how dormant this rook becomes, and eventually comes to a terrible fate.> 13.00 Nc6< With the obvious threat of 14...Nb4 hitting the queen and a2 pawn.> 14.e4 Bc4 <14...Nb4 also is possible.> 15.Rxc4 bxc4 16.Qxc4 Qd7< For the exchange sac, white has a strong center, more space, control of the 'c' file and better placed pieces. All in all a good return. >17.Rc1 Na5?< Moving the knight away from the center can't be good.> 18.Qc3 Qa4 19.Bd2< This is the result of the 17...Na5? move, Nigel now wins he c7 pawn. >19...Nb7 20.Qxc7< Black's position is already looking tenuous. >20...Bd8 21.Qc6 Qxc6 <21...Qxa2 May be better, BUT whites pieces are working harmoniuosly together, and Nigel retains a strong initiative. 22.b4 Qb2 23.d5 exd5 24.exd5 Be7 25.Be3 Nd8 26.Qc2 Qxc2 27.Rxc2 Rd7 28.Ne5 Rb7 29.Bc5 Rc7 30.Rc4 Nb7 31.Nc6 Bd6 32.Bb6 Rcc8 33.Bf1]> 22.Rxc6< Nigel has 23 Bb4 looming followed by 24 Rc8.> 22...Na5 23.Rc5 Nb7 24.Rc6 Na5 25.Rc3 Rb7 26.b3 Be7< Trying to get something going with 27...Bb4 >27.Rc2 Bb4 28.Bf4 h6 29.Bf1 Ra8 30.Ne5< Attempting to trap black's knight with 31 Nd3 Ba3 32 Bd2. The 17...Na5? has become a nightmare for black.> 30...Bd6 31.Bd2 Rc7 32.Nc4 Nxc4 33.Bxc4 a5 <To stop 34...Ba5.> 34.a4 Be7 35.Kf1< It's as though Nigel was waiting for a mistake - And the wait was worth it.> 35...Rd7? <This rook was better staying put, as it pinned whites bishop on c4. Now the bishop is activated and dominates the middle of the board.> 36.d5 exd5 37.Bxd5 Raa7 38.Ke2 Rd8 39.f4 Kf8 40.g4 Rb8 41.Rc6 Bd8 42.Rc5 Bb6 43.Rb5 Bc7 44.Be3< Ah, that useless rook on a7 that was played as a novelty on move 12.> 44...Ra6 45.h4 Rg6 46.Kf3 Rf6 47.e5 Ra6 48.h5< That's what I call an overwhelming position.> 48...g6 49.Ke4 gxh5 50.gxh5 Rab6< Where else can it go.> 51.Bxb6 Rxb6 52.Rc5 Bd8 53.Bc4 Rb8 54.f5 f6 55.exf6 10

Great game Nigel! A debut Catalan with an exchange sac on move 15. A mixture of Kramnik and Topalov.

You totally dominated the position with a massive center, 2 bishops working like a dream together. Whereas black's pieces were quickly running out of moves.

Melia Salome is no slouch, she shared the Women's first prize last year.

Excellent game, very precise and dominating, controling all of the board.

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  Penguincw: Nice start Short!
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  Domdaniel: < A mixture of Kramnik and Topalov.> A veritable Krampalov. Not To Panik.
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  Wyatt Gwyon: I'd say it was reminiscent of Ulf Andersson....
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