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Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov
Candidates semi-final (1992), Linares ESP, rd 10, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0



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  ToTheDeath: Snappy play by Short.
Dec-18-06  aragorn69: A game of extreme (and undervalued) importance in chess history. By defeating Karpov in a WC-cycle match (the first to do so other than Kasparov), Short opened the way to the roller-coaster ride that the WC still knows today...
Dec-18-06  DaveyL: Raymond Keene in "Nigel Short's Best Games" mentions that Short missed the devastating tactical shot 22. Bxa6. If 22. ... Bxa6 in reply, then 23. Nd7 is crushing.

Kasparov played a similar move in his 1990 match with Karpov (game 2?) in one of his Ruy Lopez wins - opposite coloured bishop and other side of the board, but he used a bishop sac to deflect Karpov's bishop, which was defending a rook and queen forking square.

Jun-03-07  luzhin: 29..Qh6! would have set Short many more problems. The Queen can't be taken and it defends the Bishop on f8, so that now both Short's rooks are en prise.
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  ToTheDeath: 29...Qh6?? 30.Qe1!

Rybka thinks 29...Rxd5! 30.Qxf8+ Rg8 31. Qe7 Qxc6 32. Qxf7 Rg7 is equal.

34.f6+! was more precise, holding the f pawn for a few more moves and forcing 34...Kh6 (Kxf6?? 35.Nd5+ ).

Sep-24-08  aazqua: This game has to be on Short's best games list. Just amazing stuff.
Sep-30-08  hitman84: Short owned Karpov in this match!
Sep-30-08  Woody Wood Pusher: < hitman84: Short owned Karpov in this match!>

erm....not really. Karpov missed a couple of wins in this game, and if he had won it the match would have gone to a play off.

Hardly owned.

If you want to see a real case of OWNAGE, check out what Kasparov did to Short in their match for the crown!

I will warn you though, it's not pretty!!

Sep-30-08  Riverbeast: Short did have a terrific cycle though...He defeated both Karpov and Timman in candidates matches (who, later on, would go on to play for the FIDE World Championship after Short played for the PCA title!)
Sep-30-08  hitman84: To win by a two point margin against a player like Karpov in a short match is a great achievement.

I don't think Karpov had winning lines in this game. As pointed out by others it was Short who missed many good opportunities to finish the game quickly.

His preparation was very good. He opted for open positions in almost all games. Boy! Karpov looked all at sea facing the Queen's Gambit accepted. I'm pretty sure Karpov would not have expected the Worall Attack in his wildest of dreams.

I think 1992 was possibly one of the worst years in Karpov's chess career.

Sep-30-08  Riverbeast: <I think 1992 was possibly one of the worst years in Karpov's chess career>

And around that same time, Short was arguably the #2 player in the world....

The games in the Kasparov-Short WC match were tactical and interesting...Short played aggressively against Kaspy..But Kasparov showed he could defend as well as he attacks!

Sep-30-08  acirce: Not everything went smoothly for Short in 1992.

Apart from the Karpov match, which of course was quite enough, he didn't really achieve much.

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  Eggman: <<Not everything went smoothly for Short in 1992.>>

It seems to me that such peaks and valleys typified Short's career.

Feb-02-09  Patanjali: William Hartson says: "The final game of Short's Candidates match victory over Karpov was a splendidly fitting affair, with Short staying calm as Karpov missed his last chance to get back into the match with 29...Qh6!" - page 213, The Guinness Book of Chess Grandmasters, William Hartson (p.1996)

29...Qh6??? How did he arrive at Qh6??? that would be a serious blunder, as 30.Qe1! demonstrates.

Aug-23-09  Helios727: You don't see Karpov play the black side of the Sicilian very much against top level opponents.
Apr-14-11  BarcelonaFirenze: Nor the white side, in the latter years... I remember the Match against Kasparov in Seville. I was hoping Karpov played 1.e4 sometime, but he didn't... Anyway, there was a game that could have transposed to a sicilian (Dragon Maroczy) but Kasparov didn't follow the line...
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  Everett: Actually, Short even had the best of the draws in many of these games as well, in particular with black. Short was the better player at this specific time.
Jul-13-11  wordfunph: Short - Karpov

after 17...e5?!

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<This act of larceny betrays Karpov's lack of experience on the black side of the Sicilian, and the move caused uproar amongst the watching GMs in the press room. In particular, the excitable Ljubojevic went quite berserk, exclaiming to all the sundry "Karpov may understand chess, but he does not understand the Sicilian Defence!">

Source: How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire by Steve Giddins

Jul-13-11  bravado1: It always puzzled me whether that strange candidates match between Short and Karpov was totally free from any "subtexts". The chess world was tired of yet another Karpov-Kasparov WC match and yet it seemed that they were still by far the best players in the world. Karpov's "odd" defeat was therefore the much needed change people expected, especially that after the fall of communism in Russia the old label of the hard-headed communist Karpov playing against the open-minded West-style democrat Kasparov became outworn. In any case, far from any conspiracy theories, after that candidates match Karpov scored 6 victories over Short sustaining only 1 defeat. It had nothing to do with deteriration in Short's chess abiities or a sudden rise of Karpov's chess level; altogether Karpov had the edge over Short, which is indicated in the overall record in this database too. It's up to you to decide.
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  devere: <DaveyL: Raymond Keene in "Nigel Short's Best Games" mentions that Short missed the devastating tactical shot 22. Bxa6. If 22. ... Bxa6 in reply, then 23. Nd7 is crushing.>

22.Bxa6 would have been very good, but after ...d5 23.Nxc8 Nxc8 24.Rxd5 Nb6 the game is not yet over.

Best was 22.Nc4 d5 23.Nd6, but this would lead to favorable complications, and all Short needed was a draw. Why risk a misstep and resulting loss?

What Short played was also good, but then 25.Na5 instead of Qxb4 was inferior, and 29.Rxd5 should have led to a draw after ...Rxd5. Of course a draw was all Short needed to win the match, and perhaps Karpov saw that and played the inferior 29...Qg7 to keep his slim chances of a win alive.

Jun-11-14  TomScott: Why on earth did Karpov recapture on move 10: 10. Bxf7 with the g pawn gxf7. Exposing his king seems inauspicious to me.
Jun-11-14  john barleycorn: <TomScott> you meant gxf6, I guess. If instead 10....Bxf6 then
11.Qxd6 and (for example)

11...Qb6 12.f4 Be7 13.Qd2


11....Bxc3 12.bc3 Qf6

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