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Kasparov vs Short (Blitz) Match

Garry Kasparov7/8(+7 -1 =0)[games]
Nigel Short1/8(+1 -7 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Kasparov vs Short (Blitz) (2015)

Kasparov - Short Blitz Match (2011) was one of their previous encounters. This St. Louis event (25-26 April) also featured a Kasparov vs Short (Rapid) (2015) match.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs Kasparov 0-1362015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)A36 English
2. Kasparov vs Short 0-1332015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. Short vs Kasparov 0-1382015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
4. Kasparov vs Short 1-0652015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
5. Kasparov vs Short 1-0492015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)A50 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Short vs Kasparov 0-1292015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)B63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. Kasparov vs Short 1-0402015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)C00 French Defense
8. Short vs Kasparov 0-1382015Kasparov vs Short (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
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Apr-29-15  denopac: <john barleycorn> Of course you're right. Nigel said he gave them two dates from which to choose; he preferred the other but they wanted this one and he went along. He is a professional chess player after all and does not make money by not playing.
Apr-29-15  1971: Kasparov came out guns blazing. Played like if he had a point to prove. I'm not going to lie, I'm a big fan of these massacres, I love to see great players flex and totally dominate their competition. If only we could have a tournament with all of history greatest players in their prime. Quadruple round robin and World Cup style. Alas.
Apr-29-15  JamTin: If Short's comments were true, that on both days he had not been able to sleep since 2.30-3am, then we have to accept that is likely to have had some impact on his play. Not sure how Kasparov's schedule compared.

I am sure Kasparov would have had a clear triumph in any case.

If I was a billionaire then I would happily put up 10 million dollars for a Kasparov-Carlsen match (split 65:35 to the winner), with the proviso that Kasparov must prepare on a full time basis for at least 3 months before the game.

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  chancho: Kasparov knows he does not have a chance against Carlsen.

Heck, if he played Anand in a match now, I think he would lose that one too.

Kasparov is no fool.

The guy is 52 years old.

It's not realistic to see him come back and play like the Gazza of old.

This match against Short only showed he can still beat Short at rapid and blitz.

If there's one rapid/blitz match I'd like to see him play, it's against Kramnik.

He lost to Vlad without winning a game in 2000.

Surely he would be motivated for some payback.

But even there he probably loses.

Let the man enjoy his legacy.

He has nothing to prove.

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  Sokrates: <chancho: ... He lost to Vlad without winning a game in 2000. > Unfortunately, yes. Too stubbornly he wanted to break Kramnik's Berlin. IMO he was victim to his own vanity and false pride. Kramnik cleverly exploited that, but afterwards he failed to confirm his supremacy as the world champion. He kept the title far too long.
Apr-29-15  metatron2: <chanco: Heck, if he played Anand in a match now, I think he would lose that one too. [..] If there's one rapid/blitz match I'd like to see him play, it's against Kramnik. [..] But even there he probably loses.>

Quite a strange estimation here chanco. You evaluate Kasparov's chances vs Anand to be lower than his chances vs Kramnik ?

Anand has always been Kasparov's client. Kasparov beat him left and right over and over again, while Kramnik has always been a very tough opponent for Kasparov.

Those kind of things don't tend to change over time, since they are based on playing style, psychological issues, weaknesses vs strengths in specific fields, etc.

I can hardly see a 52 yo retired Kasparov, beating his long time arch-nemesis Kramnik, who is not even 40 yo and still active.

Kasparov vs Anand today? I don't know. Anand is not young either. It is true that he is still very active and has been playing quite well lately, so he might have a better chances there. But if Kasparov made a real comeback now, then in 8-12 months I would have put my money on Kasparov in such a match.

Kasparov vs Carlsen today is a fantasy. Kasparov can't really have a chance today. Even at Kasparov's prime, Carlsen of today would have been an extremely tough opponent for him. I would have still put my money on Kasparov there, but it would have been close.

In any case, Kasparov really played great here. Certainly giving lots of appetite to see him play more. Much more. I hope he'll start playing blitz/rapid tourneys/matches on regular bases now for the next 4-5 yrs, since after that, it will probably be too late for him (and for us..).

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Sokrates,

"...he wanted to break Kramnik's Berlin. IMO he was victim to his own vanity and false pride. "

No problem with anyone's opinion however it's was probably more to do with Kramnik knowing his man.

Kramnik was on Kasparov's backroom team in the Anand WC match so he had insder knowledge on what made Gary tick and what he would be looking for.

The Berlin was a perfect discovery. It's anti Kasparov's style and suited Kramnik's. The four Berlin's (all drawn) blunted Kasparov's White's.

What ever prep Kasparov's team had then Kramnik neatly side-stepped it.

The first was an OTB surprise.

The second was a challenge to see what his team had come up with...Not much.

Gary laid of 1.e4 for a few games, then banged his head against the wall again. By this time it was obvious we were seeing some very uncharacteristic Kasparov match play (an 11 move draw with White in an English when 1-0 down?)

The last Berlin when Gary was 2-0 down was that 14 move draw. No trying to refute that one was part of the plan.

A mind game?
Luring Kramnik into thinking the match was over and fight like a rat in the next game, win it (and he nearly did) and a demoralised Kramnik would lose the next game as well.

The plan failed.

Anyway this was not a real World Championship match.

Kasparov lost his title to Deep Blue so the real World Champion is the janitor chappie who plugged Deep Blue into the electric socket.

We have to find him and organise a match v Carlsen.

Apr-29-15  Chessinfinite: We will just wait before the next round of social charity for Chess by GM Short, and his dose of thrashing by Kasparov...


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  Sokrates: Hi Geoff,
Many thanks for your great analysis on the Kasparov-Kramnik match. You made me recall the circumstances more detailed, and I can only agree with your notions. This was an interesting match in the sense that one very strong, aggressive character had to yield to a more cold-headed, calculating intellect.

Only a person with Kramnik's characteristics would probably have had a chance against Kasparov in those times. Shortly after the match we could read interviews with Kramnik, who 1) had no intention of granting Kasparov a rematch - for formal reasons, although he had not earned his right to play the match formally, 2) tried to reduce the aura of the former champ quite arrogantly, just like he never since then really has accepted any player to be better than Kramnik.

It was kind of fun to watch him and Carlsen at the press conference after their game. Kramnik, naturally feeling uneasy about the questions regarding this third consecutive defeat, tried eagerly to demonstrate that it was his, Kranik's lack of accurate calculation, not the lad's brilliant play that lead to his defeat. Carlsen just let him have the stage and didn't let himself be provoked by Kramnik. Who often looks at Carlsen like Salieri looked at Mozart in the movie. :-)

May-02-15  gokusano: Kaspy is still a force to reckon with but is no longer a championship material. I love to see him play the top, younger generation to see his true worth now. But in his peak, he could give anyone among the top 20 a spanking.
May-09-15  maelith: I want to see Kasparov vs Anand
Kasparov vs Kramnik
Kasparov vs Aronian
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  Eggman: Just finished watching this match on YouTube. I must say I was unable to follow the game while watching the board filmed from the side, as it was. I kept praying for the analysis board to reappear. Anyone else have this problem, or is there something wrong with my aging brain?
May-11-15  Pulo y Gata: Me, too. I used to pray a lot, but after many years of trying I sort of resigned myself to the fact that no one's listening.

Truth be told, life could use an analysis board.

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  Eggman: If Kasparov decides to do something like this again, I'd rather see him play someone he hasn't played before, like Aronian. But if it's Short yet again I'll still watch.
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  Eggman: <<I used to pray a lot, but after many years of trying I sort of resigned myself to the fact that no one's listening.>>

My contrasting experience has been that God answers prayers precisely as often as would be predicted by chance.

May-11-15  Pulo y Gata: Are you suggesting that I am on the unlucky end of a very long stick called favoritism? Bah!
May-11-15  Pulo y Gata: <May-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member Eggman: If Kasparov decides to do something like this again, I'd rather see him play someone he hasn't played before, like Aronian. But if it's Short yet again I'll still watch.>

Seriously, I thought Kasparov agrees to play this precisely because he has nothing to lose against Nigel, who surely cannot win against him in a match. Then there's the walk down the memory lane angle.

Suggest someone more competitive, e.g. Aronian, Anand, Carlsen, Nakamura, and he won't take the match. Because The Kasparov won't want to lose. Not that these guys are better than him, but because he hasn't been playing top competition for years since his retirement. A necessary reality check. He's got nothing to prove anymore anyway.

May-11-15  AsosLight: Problem is that after this result Kasparov either has to quit forever either come back with something breathtaking. It is not interesting to watch once more this Micky Mouse games with mr. Short or mr. Karpov or someone who already so profoundly start declining. mr. Kasparov seems to retain his strength more or less so anything except a world beater player is a joke.
May-11-15  Pulo y Gata: There's a competitive angle to the match but not that big, really, if you'll consider it seriously. The biggest angle is <promotion>, simply.

If Kasparov will start playing matches against active elite players, what will he gain? Nothing. He might as well go back fulltime to professional chess if only to please people who wish to know whether he can still wield the executioner's axe against the best of them.

What about, to balance the scale, losing against, for example, Anand or Aronian, who got both nothing on him when he was active? What will that do to his pride? Kasparov's legacy is sealed but it's naive to think that he would want to lose that vaunted superiority even at his retirement days.

May-11-15  gokusano: Kasparov vs Wei Yi is a good match. The match with Short has just proved he still got what it takes to compete but certainly not against a top ten player. Wei Yi is currently on an upswing but I guess (he) still does not belong to the elite level. It would be a good match, and a good chess promotion.
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  HeMateMe: <Carlsen just let him have the stage and didn't let himself be provoked by Kramnik. Who often looks at Carlsen like Salieri looked at Mozart in the movie. :-)>

surely you're kidding. Carlsen never had to play Kramnik in his prime.

Nov-21-15  PJs Studio: I'm assuming Kasparov will not play top competition because he doesn't want to lose. But he's still SO brilliant. It would be great if he did it just to show what happens when one is out for a long time. But he knows he's probably have quite a few draws and few wins.

His attacks and style were so much more dashing than anyone though eh? That's why we miss him so much! He always played like an ultra accurate Rashid Nezhmetdinov. Setting fire to the board and mating his opponents king just before having to step back.

Huge Kasparov fan. Huge.

Aug-09-16  posoo: TIPPACAL of NIGLUS SHOAT to be giving excosses.


da man kuspo has been out of chesse for A DICADE.

Then he coms bak and SMOKES DA MAN like a piece of porksholder! DATS WAT U GET NIGLUS,

Toney Meals wod be proud and happy to see dat Niglus Shoat is truly and utterly OANED AND STEAMROALED by da kuspo.

Dec-19-17  posoo: STILL LOVELY to see!
Dec-19-17  Everyone: <Everyone> likz winnin toh
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