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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
Exhibition Game (thematic) (1993) (exhibition), London ENG, rd 2, Oct-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-09-05  who: Short misses the elegant win with 38.Re7 Qxe6+ 39.Nxe6 ... 40.Rxg7+ Kh8 41.Rxc7
Oct-10-05  Poisonpawns: This was part of the "consolation" games after the match.I believe the opening was picked at Random by the arbiter and Garry was incensed at having to play "such rubbish".
Oct-10-05  WMD: Is that any way to talk about an opponent?
Oct-10-05  Poisonpawns: Garry was talking about the opening chosen :-) not Nigel Short when he said "rubbish" He was mad about having to play the Cunningham version Of Kings gambit.
Oct-10-05
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  tpstar: <Poisonpawns> It was a joke, son. ;>D

Interesting game. I wish more GMs played the King's Gambit, since it always leads to a lively game, although I would also object to being forced into an inferior line on either side. Surely they agreed on the potential openings beforehand?

Oct-10-05
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  Eric Schiller: It was Ray Keene who chose the opening, I think, so perhaps inquire on his page here. The openings had to have been evaluated as roughtly even in BCO, the second edition of which Kasparov and his team basically compiled (a team under my supervision did the first edition). But Kasparov is funny about openings, has very strong opinions. Of 1.g4 he wrote: "chess is not skittles".

After this match, this sort of exhibition game fell out of favor, and for the 2000 match I had to improvise entertainment after the quick draws. Luke McShane helped out by playing blitz games against members of the audience (and pounding me into the dust, too) with running commentary as the games were displayed. I also did post-game interviews on the stage.

I think that thematic opening tournaments are a good idea, but the World Championship might not be the best place to do exhibitions like this. As the Press Officer for the match I had an uncomfortable time with the media, who by and large were not impressed by the King's Gambit game.

Oct-10-05
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  ray keene: the openings and the colours were chosen by lot so kasparov cd have had white or black---the plan was to use openings current in the simpsons of anderssen bird morphy and so on--the venue was the savoy hotel right next to simpsons---the exhibition games were of course not rated!
Oct-10-05  WMD: Eric, was it you who ordered John Henderson's expulsion from the press room, or was that Ray?
Oct-10-05
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  Eric Schiller: <WMD> It wasn't me. I was staunchly and loudly opposed. But the security decisions were made on high. Ray might know.

Often when I was press chief various organizers were upset with some journalists. I believe that on all occasions but one (a journalist who refused to leave when we were shutting down for the night, becuase he had simply failed to file his story on time) I sided strongly with the journalists. I even allowed distribution of materials critical of the event (and there was no shortage of publications aimed just to embarrass the event, especially when The Times was a sponsor).

It was for such acts that Campomanes banned me from being officially in charge of the press, which is why I had all sorts of other titles when I was running the press operation, which I usually did from 1983-1990 (in 2000 I was arbiter, did not do press work, though I did turn up to assist the press in the press room almost daily, as did the other arbiters, Averbakh and Filipowicz.) In the Campomanes era, FIDE officials were often confronted by journalists and they held a strong dislike for them. But the journalists were well treated and cared for, I took care of that.

Oct-19-16  Christoforus Polacco: Isn't better 20.Re4 instead of 20.e6 ?
Oct-19-16  Nerwal: 20. ♖e4 ♘f5.
Oct-22-16  Christoforus Polacco: <20. ♖e4 ♘f5.> 21.R:f4

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