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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
Exhibition Game (thematic) (1993) (exhibition), London ENG, rd 3, Oct-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bryan Countergambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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May-01-09  AnalyzeThis: <Confusing blunders from Kasparov. Very wierd that he lost the game. >

This isn't a real game. They were committed to a certain setup before the game that Kasparov says is bogus.

Of course, Adolf Anderssen would be only to happy to play the white pieces in this game.

May-04-09  scarredwolf11648: That's true.
Jul-08-09  furrer: After Kf1 I thought d5 was =?
Jul-08-09  kurtrichards: Short short game.
Jul-08-09  furrer: shouldnt it be short Short game?
Jul-10-09  kurtrichards: Short Short game. :-)
Jun-01-10  theodor: <<hedgeh0g>: Everyone mentions lines with 17. Qe4+ Be7, but what about 17...Kd8? I see white winning a rook, but not much more. Isn't this better than the other lines for black (It's still losing, just not as much)?> if 18.Qxa8 then 18...c6! 19.Bf1;Bd6! I think 18.Bf4 is winning
Jun-01-10  goodevans: <WhiteRook48: after 15 Nxe4 15...fxe4? I am not sure if Kasparov has a defense against the following line: 16. Rxe4+ Bxe4 17 Qxe4+ any move 18 Qxa8>

After 15 ... fxe4 <16 Qh5+> is a killer.

Jul-15-10  black.pr0jekt: simpy embarassing
Jul-15-10  Kinghunt: I believe the first four or five moves of this game were decided in advance by people other than Kasparov and Short. I think Kasparov was so ticked off at this he just moved without even trying to win.
Nov-20-10  Igor Egin: 4...b5!?
Maybe Kasparov talked with Anderssen before the game :). But I do not mind about this gambit. If you art an amateur - play it.
Nov-20-10  kingfu: Is it not amazing that The King's Gambit has been "written off" for years, decades?

Many modern players , who are great, play The Sicilian and The Ruy Lopez. We do not want be too predictable, so we have two defenses.

Now, what happens , from time to time , is that someone crosses up The Spanish Game experts with The King's Gambit. It seems as if they are unprepared like GK in this game.

Does Rybka EVER play The King's Gambit? The BIOS does not allow taking chances, only calculation.

Take a chance, let's play Chess, left my prophylactic in my other pants, dime a dance romance.

Is it NOT the greatest feeling in the World to just GO FOR IT? Pull out the two handed swords and just munge until someone is toast?

Let us get MEDIEVAL on each other. Let us play CHESS.

I love this game! Thank you , Kinghunt for bringing to our attention.

It seems Anderssen is alive and well.

Feb-05-11  Tigranny: Nobody should ever try to copy the Immortal Game. Just my opinion, or they'll lose.
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  FSR: They drew from a hat, and what they drew determined the first four moves of the opening. This may well have been the most ridiculous set of four moves in the hat. It was a popular line in the mid-19th century (Kieseritsky used it to lose the Immortal Game), and actually gives Black a plus score on CG's database, but it doesn't cut the cake in modern chess. Kasparov was not at all happy that he got stuck with this.
Mar-24-11  MaxxLange: right, this was some kind of exhibition game that they did after the match was finished, for the people who still had tickets

it proves nothing except that 4...b5? is a stupid move, even GK got a losing game quickly

Is this is "Rice Gambit" Rice was a rich guy, who paid GMs to play theme tournaments in his pet KG line, about 100 years ago

Mar-24-11  MaxxLange: eh, the Rice Gambit is something different:'s...

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  FSR: 4...b5? is the Bryan Gambit.
Mar-24-11  MrQuinn: Gary has never been known for his sense of humor or a magnanimous nature. He got rather more upset about this game than he should have. It was a piece of fluff, but he managed to infuse the event with unpleasantness over it. It brings to mind his dreadful behavior after the loss to the young Radjabov some years ago. One hopes that even he saw how badly he behaved on that occasion - but I wouldn't bet on it.
Apr-17-11  cracknik: One of my all time favorite games
Apr-23-11  drik: <WhiteRook48: why should this game be in the database?>

Because it was played.

<What's the point in leaving a thematic game that Kaspy was forced to play...>

By 'leaving', you mean 'not removing'? The point would be honesty, I would say. As for being 'forced' to play, it was the players who chose to fill the empty schedule, with exhibition games -

Is it significant that in the 3 games with openings chosen from out of a hat, Short scored 2 draws & a devastating win? Does that say something about Kasparov out of prep?

Oct-18-11  fischer2009: <drik> It doesnt say anything about kasp out of the prep.For your kind information,kasparov was asked to play a clearly dubious pawn sacrifice b5 and defend a black position in which he didnt believe in.He wasnt playing the chess he learned throughout his life.So this game tells nothing about kasp out of the prep but it does tell something about the dubiousness of b5.
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  Domdaniel: <So this game tells nothing about kasp out of the prep but it does tell something about the dubiousness of b5>

Actually, it tells us something about both.

When you're looking for tells, check the view from both sides. Cubism helps.

Jan-27-12  Capacorn: <FSR: They drew from a hat, and what they drew determined the first four moves of the opening. This may well have been the most ridiculous set of four moves in the hat.>

<MrQuinn: Gary has never been known for his sense of humor or a magnanimous nature. He got rather more upset about this game than he should have. It was a piece of fluff, but he managed to infuse the event with unpleasantness over it.>

I understand that Kasparov's ego got in the way on this day (and, apparently, on some other days), but does anyone know what opening variations Nigel got "stuck" with? Were they as bad as Garry's Bryan gambit? Was Kasparov so upset because he felt that he got the "short" end of the stick? (Heh, heh, heh....) From what I understand, Black is only slightly worse after 4...b5?! <Honza Cervenka> seems to think that Garry may as well have strewn the pieces across the board with his 10...gxh4.

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  FSR: <Capacorn> I think <McQuinn> and <Honza Cervenka> have it about right. 4...b5 is weak, but Kasparov was so upset at having to play this line that he was not going to even attempt to make a game of it. The other two "thematic" games were Kasparov vs Short, 1993 (Evans Gambit) and Short vs Kasparov, 1993 (King's Gambit, Cunningham Defense). All three were sharp gambit lines, but the other two lines were much more respectable, and both of those games ended in draws.
Jan-29-12  Capacorn: Thanks, <FSR>. I wonder if Kasparov could've pulled a draw after 4...b5, but didn't feel like being bothered.
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