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Sethuraman P Sethuraman vs Nigel Short
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 8, Sep-10
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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  offramp: In his first 6 games at this Olympics Short had won 4 and drawn 2.

He plays what I think is a difficult variation of the Scotch for Black. I prefer 4...Qh4!

Black is a bit behind in development, and White wants to stop Black castling...

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So Seth has a punt with 15.e6.

But soon both sides do manage to castle:

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It looks as if Black has the initiative. He can put his rooks on a8/b8, and he has those bishops pointing at the queenside. But it is White's move. He plays 20.g4!! The black queen can't go to e5 owing to 21.f4, winning the queen! Lawdy miss Clawdy! There is only one square available for the black queen: 20...Qh8.

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That is not a total disaster, though. The queen is after all on the long diagonal. Short plays very well. 25...fxe6.

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He repositions his queen on a threatening square, 29...Qa4

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By now I'll imagine the players were short of time.
After 32.fxe6,

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...the position is very double-edged. Either great fun or a great pain to play, depending on one's outlook.

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Both players might have been looking for a knockout blow!
In this tense position,

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Seth played 34.Qf3!! .

A wonderful game. Both players showed huge fighting qualities.

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