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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
"Long Story Short" (game of the day Dec-06-2013)
Belgrade Investbank (1989), Belgrade YUG, rd 9, Nov-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  0-1



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  Check It Out: Just in case you thought Kasparov could only play openings and middle-game complications...
Dec-06-13  Alpinemaster: The pun is as entertaining and witty as the game! This one gets my vote for GOTD: Pun of the Year. :)
Dec-06-13  lemaire90: Kasparov demonstrated impressive patience in this game, very precise development and coordination of his pieces.
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  FSR: Nice finish. Seirawan once won a similar ending.
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  piltdown man: A beautiful finish.

And an outstanding pun!

Dec-06-13  ferrabraz: SchachandAwe: If white goes instead for Ka3, then black takes the pawns and promotes his own (white king is too faraway from the promocional square)
Dec-06-13  RedShield: Lousy motherpunster.
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  offramp: Pun of the year, century, millennium. Where do I vote?!
Dec-06-13  Absentee: Glad you gentlemen liked it. :)
Dec-06-13  eaglewing: The most critical endgamemove should be 42. Pa3xPb4.

Followed by 42. ab Bd3 it locked the Queenside down for White, no more advance possible for White's own pawns a+b. Therefore, White was doomed to defend the Kingside and then, when the rook had to be traded vs. the knight to exchange the Kingside pawns off the board, the remains of the Queenside (plus bishop) allowed the win.

I wonder, if 42. a4 might be better. Probably a faster, but more fighting and counterattacking doom.

Dec-06-13  morfishine:

Though quite a good player was Short,
Who lost though he built a fort,
Day after day,
He faced Super-K,
Only to find no retort


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  HeMateMe: Exciting game. Short seemed to have a strong attack in the opening, and an even position after Queens are off. Difficult to see where he went wrong.

After white's weak pawn is eliminated with 25. e5 the position looks equal (to the patzer eye).

Great pun.

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  Eggman: Good pun. No shortage of them when it comes to Nigel, of course.
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Though a draw looked quite likely from day one,
Short's king was in Zugzwang at a1.
In the Serbian Grampians
He fought the world champion's
Najdorf - and as ever GK won.
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  thegoodanarchist: Wow, that Kasparov fellow was pretty good.
Dec-06-13  Absentee: <thegoodanarchist: Wow, that Kasparov fellow was pretty good.>

I think he might have a future in chess.

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  kevin86: Kasparov the magicial:he turns a rook pawn into a knight pawn!

The Rook Pawn would not have won as the bishop is the wrong color-ie,doesn't cover the queening square of a1.

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  fm avari viraf: Gary the Great. I don't think any Gm would have converted this into a win with such precision.
Dec-06-13  slapwa: 84. ..., Nxh2 was just showing off. There was nothing wrong with 84. ..., Kf2.
Dec-06-13  chesssalamander: Amazing endgame play by Kasparov!
Dec-06-13  newhampshireboy: It amazes me how Kasparov showed his flawless technique in this game. As an amateur player I can still appreciate his planning for every contingency.
Dec-06-13  marljivi: W H Y not 41.b4 ?? (Or at least 41.Kb4)
Will black be able to hold this endgame?
Dec-07-13  SChesshevsky: <HeMateMe: Exciting game. Short seemed to have a strong attack in the opening, and an even position after Queens are off. Difficult to see where he went wrong.>

I think the game demonstrates Kasparov's great calculating ability.

I'm guessing he saw 22.Bg5 as weak and maybe White didn't see far enough into the complications from 26...Ng4 because it looks like Kasparov saw that after 31.Nb3 Rxc2+ tempo, tempo and the advanced pawn plus B is probably better than the R.

I'm not sure if he saw or just assumed that White would have to give a piece for the pawn but knew he had good winning chances afterward because white's tied down as he can't afford to drop the h-pawn.

I'm assuming they had at least one adjournment around move 40 or so and it helped Kasparov plan his great endgame.

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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun that describes the game. Great? Meh, I'll go with good, maybe even very good, too predictable/already done/obvious to be great, but surely the best of the innumerable Short puns.
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  gambitfan: 1) mated-in-17 (54 ply) 104.b5 axb5 105.b4 ♗h7 106.♔a2 ♔c2 107.♔a3 ♗d3 108.♔a2 ♔c3 109.♔a1 ♗c2 110.♔a2 ♔xb4 111.♔b2 ♗a4 112.♔a1 ♔c3 113.♔b1 ♗d1 114.♔a1 b4 115.♔b1 b3 116.♔a1 b2+ 117.♔a2 ♗b3+ 118.♔b1 ♗c2+ 119.♔a2 b1=♕+ 120.♔a3 ♕b3#
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