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Ismael Teran Alvarez vs Nigel Short
Tradewise Gibraltar (2013), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 2, Jan-23
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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  PhilFeeley: Anything can happen in Gibraltar, right? When I saw Short's position after 21. Qe8 I knew he was in trouble. That he lost so quickly was even more of a surprise. It looks like he was unprepared.
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  HeMateMe: This game was annotated over on chessbase. I guess Short didn't work through the tactical fireworks ahead of time.
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  Gilmoy: <8..Qa7> must be the mad scientist cackling "Igor, bring me a move" as dials spin and vials bubble. <13..Na4> looks solid, and indeed White doesn't challenge the Q-side wedge even once.

But in the time it took for that, White achieved optimal Be3-Nf3-Ng3, and <17.f5> is the first dig at a chain-base. Tactics ensue, and the Na4 is AWOL.

Kb8 really wants his pawns a7-b7-c7, not tentlike.

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  profK: Dont get too wild you might stumble into a bad position. This was a wild Mediterainian affair!
Jan-29-13  sofouuk: i think <unprepared> is probably the wrong word - 8...Qa7 looks like the higher rated player getting the game out of book so they can just play chess. which is fine, only short didn't play very well - 20...Rg8?!, 21...Qe8?!, 22...exf5? black's game is horrible, and 23...f6? ensured a quick finish
Jan-29-13  jovack: to be fair.. white is an IM... however on the other hand, according to ratings, short is almost 300 elo ahead

that's pretty significant rating (statistically Short would lose 15% of those matchups, so perhaps the proverbial lightning struck)

Jan-29-13  parisattack: The move ...Qa7 is actually the main line after 8...Nc6, 9. Be2 and has been played quite a few times in this move order, also. Short played it against Gdanski in 2001, 1/2-1/2 in 26.

But it does look very artificial...

Jan-30-13  sofouuk: <parisattack: The move ...Qa7 is actually the main line after 8...Nc6, 9. Be2>yes, and arguably it makes more sense after 9.Be2 rather than Alvarez's 9.Ne2, because the Nc3 can be a target for black's queenside pawnstorm<and has been played quite a few times in this move order, also. Short played it against Gdanski in 2001, 1/2-1/2 in 26>well, the OE has 5 examples, which i suppose is a few, perhaps even quite a few, but i don't really like it either

presumably the point is that after 9.Ne2 Nc6 10.c3 b5 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.Bxc5 Nxc5, as occurred in the Gdanski game, the Q is defending the Nc5. which makes Short's choice of 10.c4 in this game seem a bit weird - if you're keeping the Q on the diagonal in view of future exchanges on c5, why play the move that prevents the exchanges?

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