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Nigel Short vs Boris Gelfand
"Remembrance of Pawns Passed" (game of the day Jul-21-2010)
Candidates Match (1991), Brussels BEL, rd 5, Aug-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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Nov-23-08  Jim Bartle: The famous "eight passed pawns" game.
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: and a great game. Did we expect the game to be Short?
Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: king enveloped in a bunch of pawns at the end is amazing
Feb-22-09  WhiteRook48: best Short game ever
Mar-30-09  WhiteRook48: I don't get 45...Bxa3. 45...Be7 pins the white rook.
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  GrahamClayton: <WhiteRook48>I don't get 45...Bxa3. 45...Be7 pins the white rook.

Short doesn't need to worry about the pin, eg 45....♗e7 46.♔g6 ♗f6 47.ef6 ♖g8+ 48.♔h6, and Black is helpless against the advance of the f-pawn.

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  Phony Benoni: No, eight passed pawns is not a record. Here's Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 after 59.Rxf6:

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with 9 passed pawns. Today's game does have the distinction of having one passed pawn on each file.

Jul-21-10  The Famous Chess Cat: For those of you who are interested, Yasser Seirawan's annotations are here:

Jim Bartle mentioned that Yasser had annotated this game; I'm just adding the link. Cheers.

Jul-21-10  ounos: Hmm. Curiously slow white king-side pawns.

Position after 37. ...Rd1

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It took 13 long moves for a king-side pawn to move forward, by 50. e6, and then other 7 moves for 57. f4. I haven't analyzed this, but I would expect them to roll faster. Overcautious? Did black really have that much counterplay to be parried in between?

Jul-21-10  NewLine: After 48.cxd4, it's NINE passed pawns!

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Jul-21-10  ounos: <NewLine>, d4 and c7 cancel each other's passed-ness :)
Jul-21-10  Atking: So black plays c5 and white d5 and its 9.
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  AylerKupp: Well, it IS hard to have nine passed pawns, one on each file. LOL.
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  kevin86: The eight passed pawns remind me of the old Mississippi Valley State offense (with Jerry Rice) of three receivers on one side and two on the other.

They started in I formations then split into five unique routes.

Jul-21-10  WhiteRook48: augh awful pun
Jul-21-10  hellopolgar: 58. ... a2 is a move that even an amateur like me can spot almost immediately...which leads to an easy draw that black(Boris) missed.
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  Check It Out: Picturesque. 8 passed pawns all the way across the board and then a boxed in king.
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  chrisowen: Eyes Berlin gerning knight 5..Nd6 daunts a wall. Short closes the distance exchanging queens and burrows to gel both kingside horse. Strictly canny from the Br. Onager laying siege man state now sack steed 31.Nxg7+. Done curb rook enthusiasm Nigel gets minted after tree Boris smack 46..ND1 down grading black attack. White phalanx curry favour it needfully wind up in 61.f5 and mate is coming in six.
Jul-21-10  YouRang: <hellopolgar: 58. ... a2 is a move that even an amateur like me can spot almost immediately...which leads to an easy draw that black(Boris) missed.>

Yes, but then perhaps the *real* awful move was Short's 58th [diagram]

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Here, Short played 58.Re8?? which lets black (potentially) escape with a draw (e.g. 58...a2! and white must play 59.Rg8 a1=Q 60.Rg7+ and force perpetual check).

Almost any other reasonable move for white wins. In fact, Short could have ignored the knight attack on his rook and just pushed the g-pawn: 58.g5! Nxa8 59.g6+ Kh6 60.g7 and white wins easily.

Jul-21-10  TheBish: After 58. Re8? a2! (instead of 58...Nc4?), White would have nothing better than a draw with 59. Rg8! (but not 59. g5 Bxg5 60. fxg5 a1=Q 61. g6+ Kh6 62. Rh8+ Kg5 63. g7 Qa7+ 64. Kf8 Qb8+ 65. Kf7 Qc7+ 66. e7 Qc4+ 67. Kf8 Nd7+ 68. Ke8 Nf6+ 69. Kf8 Qc8+ 70. Kf7 Qf5! and Black wins).

Instead, Short missed a sure win with 58. Rg8!, with the idea of 59. g5.

Jul-21-10  corbinamman: The blunders at the end were due to both players being in severe time trouble. See Seirawan's annotations, (follow the linked provided by The Famous Chess Cat.)
Jul-21-10  screwdriver: good game
Jul-21-10  HannibalSchlecter: Endgames can be fun!
Jul-21-10  RandomVisitor: 30...Kf7 and black likely holds.
Jul-22-10  ounos: Hmm. Initially I didn't think 58. Re8 was really an error, the reason is the following:

(Position after 58. Re8)

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58. ... a2 59. g5 Bxg5 (mate was threatened) 60. fxg5 a1Q 61. g6+ Kh6 62. Rh8+ Kg5 63. g7

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In this position, I thought that the queen's checks would run out soon, but on closer inspection they are pretty deadly:

63. ...Qa7+ 64. e7 Qa2+

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If 65. Kf8, then Nd7+ and Nf6+, while 65. Ke8 could at least run into Qa8+ 66. Kf7 Qd5+ 67. Ke8 Qc6+ 68. Kf7 Qf6+, picking up one of the dangerous passed pawns, and probably winning easily after that.

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