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Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
"French Toast" (game of the day Nov-23-2012)
8th Euwe Memorial (1994), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, May-13
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-11  indoknight: What is the purpose of 21...Qf6?
Oct-01-11  Shams: <indoknight> Here is the position after White's <21.gxf3>:

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Kasparov's Queen on d6 is just killing Black's game. Black's rook can't leave the a-file without dropping the a6-pawn. This pawn can't be lost; it's the reason White has, for the moment, zero passed pawns instead of two connected.

The Bc8 is obviously frozen, and the Nd7 is stuck defending the e5-pawn. Lastly the Queen must defend the e6-pawn, the loss of which would be quickly fatal for Black. So basically, nothing can move. Black's <21...Qf6> is an attempt to cover the e5 pawn, freeing the knight to move. The ensuing move-pair <22.Bh3 Kf7> renews Black's "threat" to free the d7-knight. Probably Short didn't really expect that Kasparov would allow him to crawl his pieces out, but there was nothing else.

Oct-22-11  serenpidity.ejd: The title of this game is: "SHORT: I CAN'T UNDERSTAND KASPAROV."
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  Phony Benoni: Short must be getting tired of this pun: Carlsen vs Short, 2010
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  Check It Out: Good catch, <PB>.

<Shams> Nice rundown of the position. Very instructive.

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  offramp: In England there is no French toast.
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  pawn to QB4: eh? just for a minute I wondered if my mum had come upon an idea unknown to her fellow English. But here's the Daily Telegraph well aware of the concept of French toast: and the BBC's heard of it as well.
Nov-23-12  ossipossi: <e6> first and last
Nov-23-12  Eric Farley: If you think that tv sitcoms don't amuse you, turn to chess: you'll have lots of fun: 1)Khalifman Fide world champion.
2)Janowsky trying to defeat Lasker.
3)Bogoljubov trying to defeat Alekhine.
4)Short trying to defeat Kasparov.
5)To a lesser extent, Gelfand trying to defeat Anand. 6)You'll also have a lot of fun reading the books by those bloated egos who add their names to the titles of the books as if chess were their own creation. They're nothing but My-Fritz-said-so would-be authors who are keen to criticize moves by players and give suggestions without having the decency to say that their suggestions are actually Fritz' or Rybka's.
Nov-23-12  Abdel Irada: What's the current thinking, in this line, on 14. ...Qa5, maintaining more tension on the queenside?
Nov-23-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Abdel>

not sure it is a help....In his ground breaking series "Opening for White According to Anand", Khalifman mentions Black has a universal plan of Bxd4 so suggests 11. Nb3 and thus does not even get here! OK.... Whilst the latest edition of ECO C (from 2006) notes that Short's 15...f6 is bad and gives 15...a5 16. Bb5 Rb8 unclear. Shirov played black in a game against a certain Langheinrich, Germany 2003 here.

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  Once: Vincent: And you know what they call a... a... a french toast in England?

Jules: They don't call it a french toast?

Vincent: No man, they got the English channel all round them. They wouldn't know where France is.

Jules: Then what do they call it?

Vincent: They call it eggy toast.

Jules: Eggy toast. What do they call a bagel?

Vincent: Well, a bagel's a bagel, but they call it an American style bagel.

Jules: An American style bagel. Ha ha ha ha. What do they call a sandwich?

Vincent: I dunno, I didn't have lunch.

Nov-23-12  wildrookie: Mr Nigel fell short in this game, didn't 'e?
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  Fusilli: 18.f5! is such a Kasparovian move.
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  Jimfromprovidence: In response to 27...Kf8, below, in his book, Nunn comes up with a difficult line that is also a puzzle position.

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It begins 28 Nxh7+ Kg8 29 Ng5 Bb7 30 Bxe6+ Kh8, below.

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White's queen appears trapped, but there is a way forward.

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  Fusilli: <Jim> What I see is 1.Qxb6 Be4+ 2.fxe4 Rxb6 3.Rd8+! Qxd8 4.Nf7+ Kh7 5.Nxd8 Rd6 6.Nf7! and the endgame favors white. Did I miss something better?
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Fusilli> <What I see is 1.Qxb6 Be4+ 2.fxe4 Rxb6 3.Rd8+! Qxd8 4.Nf7+ Kh7 5.Nxd8 Rd6 6.Nf7! and the endgame favors white. Did I miss something better?>

You've posted something that is tremendously solid, but Nunn finds something different (I have no clue if it is better), namely 31 Qd6!

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He does not say this outright but the idea is that black has to accept the queen exchange, not only because of the threat to his rook but if 31...Qf8, then 32 Nf7+.

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Specifically, his continuation is 31...Qxd6 32 Rxd6 Ba8 33 Kc2.

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He then states: "Black is totally tied up and soon must start shedding pawns".

Nov-26-12  kevin86: The extra piece will win.
Mar-24-14  Bob Loblaw: According to John Nunn 15 ... f6?! is the source of black's woes. Here is what he writes about the move: " Black seeks to attack the e5 pawn and further reduce white's central control. If the exchange of pawns ...fe5, fe5 occurs, then the e5-pawn will be weak and exposed to attack. However, the move has serious defect: Black opens the position up while he is behind in development. The newly-opened lines permit White to launch and attack which would not otherwise have been possible. In other words, there is nothing wrong with Black's basic idea (to undermine e5) but it doesn't work for tactical reasons. While strategic planning is an important component of chess thinking, it is always necessary to take the specifics of the position into account. Having said that, Short's idea only fails because of very accurate and dynamic play by Kasparov - a half-hearted response by White would have given Black good chances. It is worth nothing (sic) that had White played 13 h5 instead of 13 ♖h3 then the move f6 in the analogous position would have good chances of success - as we shall see, the activity of White's rook along the third rank is an important factor. 15...a5 is best, threatening 16...♗a6. After 16. ♗b5 ♖b8 (16...♗a6?? loses the exchange to 17. ♗d7 ♕d7 18 ♘b6) 17. ♗d3 Black, it is true, can no longer play ...♗a6 but he has gained time and by continuing 17... ♕c7 can reach a reasonable position."

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Aug-27-14  VAHAKN: watch the middle game from move 15 to move 30 ... !! f5 and then c4 with the idea of moving the knight from a4 to g5 and destroying blacks solid center pawns ... nobody CARLSEN , HOUDINI , STOCKFISH ,.. no no no ... FISCHER ? inhuman !
Aug-27-14  VAHAKN: from move 15 to move 30 is not chess! it's scary imagination ..
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  Fusilli: I just went over the game with Nunn's book and was going to share the same quote that <Bob Loblaw> posted, so no need. But I think that's the main lesson from this game. Even a thematic strategic move can lead to disaster if the tactics do not go along with it.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

These two produced some great chess, yes Garry won the majority but Nigel pulled the created best out of Kasparov and often came within a cats whisker of winning more than just a few games.

Don't know how others feel about resigning (and there is no FIDE law telling you when you have to) but I never could if there was one last trick left in the position and I have pulled more than my fair shares of games out of the fire.

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Nigel resigned. His choice, fair enough, he would have seen what I'm getting at, spotted the glaring flaw and rejected it.

32...Nc4 hits the Queen and threatens Na3+. The last cartridge as Tartakower used to say but often having spent my last cartridge I'd fix a on bayonet and charge!

33.Qxc3 then resign with a clear conscience. There is legitimate grounds for a blunder because White has to pull the Queen out of the attack to make a backward defending move. Of course Kasparov would have seen it coming before it was played.

But in my miserable humble opinion still worth a try. What is it they say: "you never win a game by resigning.'


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  chancho: Another game with identical pun and Nigel Short as the losing player:

Carlsen vs Short, 2010

Btw, Short finished in last place at the 8th Euwe Memorial in 1994 and finished last at the London Classic in 2010.

Same result, same lame pun. 😅😅😅

Aug-16-20  Gaito: In the final position, there could still have followed 32....Nc4!? 33. Qxc3 Na3+ 34. Ka1 Qd7 35. Rd6! Qxd6 36. Qc8+ Qf8 37. Qxb7 Nc2+ 38. Kb1 Qf5 39. Qb8+ Kg7 40. Qc7+ with an easy win, see diagram:

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