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Viswanathan Anand vs Nigel Short
Dortmund Sparkassen (1997), Dortmund GER, rd 8, Jul-12
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Why 12...h6? Why not immediately BxB?
Aug-27-05  deadparrot: 48. Be2# is checkmate. Black might have some drawing chances if he gets the queens off the board by playing 40. ...Qe1+ 41. Kh2 Qh1+! but the game will still be difficult for him. 12. ...h6 is indeed a strange move that seems to accomplish nothing except that it weakens black's pawn structure.
Aug-27-05  PinkPanther: No, black has 48...Nf3, but mate is going to come on the next move.
Aug-31-05  deadparrot: well just for sake of correctness, but the Ng5 is pinned ;-)
Aug-31-05  PinkPanther: Oops.
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  plang: 6..d6 is a pet system of Short; he plays several offbeat Ruy lines and has had success with them. 9 Be3 prevents blacks intended 9..Nc5 as after 10 Bxc5 and 11 Bxc6 blacks queenside would be shattered. 12..h6 and 13..Nb6 were based on the assumption that Anand would recapture on e3 with his queen. Short either underestimated the pawn recapture or felt that it was bad for white. Anand recommended 23..Ne6, sacrificing a pawn, as a better defensive chance. If 25..Ne6? 26 Bxe6..fxe 27 Rxf8..Qxh4 28 R1f7#. Anand felt that 36 e4 would have been better, trying to make his bishop as active as possible. Shorts best chance to survive would have been 40..Qe1+ 41 Kh2..Qh1+ 42 Kxh1..Nf2+ 43 Kh2..Nxg4+ 44 Kg3..Ne5 45 Rd6..Kxg6 46 Rb6 with an unpleasant endgame.

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