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Kevin Spraggett vs Nigel Short
Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 4, Jan-31
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  1-0


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Jan-31-14  belgradegambit: What an absolute blowout. Short is demolished. I am unfamiliar with 8. c3 but its seems like an active gambit.
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  PhilFeeley: Fabulous result, for which Kevin should be duly proud.
Jan-31-14  DiscoJew: Right on Kev!! What an outstanding win against an old foe!
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  luzhin: 10.e5! is a very creative novelty. In this rare line, previously White had played either Bc2 or Bd5 to keep the LSB. 12...Kf8 already looks desperate; perhaps 12...Be6 was best of a bad lot.
Jan-31-14  nummerzwei: <luzhin: 10.e5! is a very creative novelty. In this rare line, previously White had played either Bc2 or Bd5 to keep the LSB. 12...Kf8 already looks desperate; perhaps 12...Be6 was best of a bad lot.>

Yes, 10.e5 could well feature in an updated edition of Watson's 'Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy'.

Jan-31-14  Bob Loblaw: Whoa! Spraggett has 5 pieces in the fray while Short has 2. Short then moves one of his developed pieces in defiance of one of Lasker's key principles.

Is there an even more shocking punishment?

How about {10. Bf7!! Kf7 11. Ng5 Ke8 ( 11. ... Kg6 12. f4 c6 13. Qd4 h5 14. f5 Kh6 15. Ne6) 12. e5 Bf5 ( 12 .... de 13. Qd5 Nh6 14. Qe5 and white is winning. Or 12 .... Bc6 13. Nd5 ) 13. Re1 with a terrific attack.

Feb-01-14  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been <11... dxe5 12. Nxe5 Bd6>,

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but then I suppose you get <13. Qd5 Be6 14. Qc6+ Kf8 15. Bf4 Ne7 16.Qf3 b4>

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followed by 17... Bd5.

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  PhilFeeley: Another example of why 3...a6 and 4...b5 are considered inferior to 3...Nf6.
Feb-01-14  Ed Frank: Very nice.
Feb-03-14  MarkFinan: Once you get out of the opening you just wouldn't believe this was a game between two GM's! Short plays just awful, I don't understand his thinking behind nearly every move after the ninth move!?
Feb-04-14  JASAHA: Short lost his shorts on this one :)
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  PhilFeeley: This should be one of Kevin's notable games.
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  morfishine: Short's wonderful handling of Sicilian positions from the White side is not duplicated from the Black side

In any case, Black's position short-curcuited due to a lack of overload protection


Feb-08-14  capafischer1: Great overload and active pieces
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  PhilFeeley: <morf> How would handling Sicilians, white or black, help with this Spanish?
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  perfidious: This gambit-which Black most commonly declines with 6....Nf6-is often seen at White's fifth move, and Short has some experience of the White side in that form, a long-time speciality of John A Curdo: Short vs Biyiasas, 1979.
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  morfishine: Oops, my bad

All I can figure is I was looking at another game that was a Sicilian, then haphazardly posted here with 'Sicilian' in my head

Very poor though, good catch


Feb-11-14  Mike Magnan: Nice squish. Congrats Kevin.
Feb-27-14  Boris Schipkov: This game with my notes in
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  kevin86: Poor rook, it has nowhere to go and nowhere to stay.
Apr-05-19  BickeDag: Short vs K Spraggett, 1985 It's fascinating that between the two games Spraggett and Short have played, they were both Ruy Lopez: Modern Steinitz variations. In the game played nearly 30 years before, the colors were reversed, but Short was unable to score and advantage and it was a draw.
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