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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993), London ENG, rd 6, Sep-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-09-05  who: I wonder why Short decided to throw away the attack and take a forced draw with 26.Bxh6. 26.Qh7 looks strong, though Fritz only gives it at . 26.Qh7 Ke8 27.Qg8+ Bf8 and black should have the more difficult game by far even if in objectively he's equal.
Oct-09-05  MaxxLange: Maybe he was just out of time. Didn't his flag actually fall during one game?
Oct-09-05  who: You might be right, but in that case Short had quite poor time management. Playing e4 against Kasparov you'd better be expecting a najdorf sicilian, and being short on time(pardon the pun) at move 26, well...
Oct-10-05  PARACONT1: 20...Qc7 should give white a big advantage. Why on earth did Short play the ridiculous 14.b4?? It's anti-positional.
Dec-18-05  MUG: <PARACONT1> Concerning 14.b4? After the game Short stated:

<Obviously this is doubled-edged and creates weaknesses in my own position, but it gains time and is the idea behind my move 13.Bd5. Black can now force a draw after 14.b4 with 14...Na4 15.0-0 Qc7 16.Bg5 Qa7+ 17.Be3 Qc7 with a draw by repetition of position. This is what I was expecting.>

Amazing wishful thinking from Short!!

Sep-17-06  babywizard: 26. Qh7 Ke8 27. Qg8+ Bf8 28. Bc5 Qc7 29. Rhd3 dxc5 30. Rd8+ Qxd8 31. Rxd8+ Kxd8 32. Qxf7 Be7 33. bxc5 Bxc5+ 34. Kf1 looks good for white.
Sep-17-06  Father Karras: Short was probably the weakest player to challenge for a world title (after Janowski). kasparov was playing at 20% form during the match for the first 10 games and then at 5% for the rest and still made him look like a beginner.
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  plang: Short was at his peak in 1993 having beaten Gelfand, Karpov and Timman in matches to earn his match with Kasparov. Of course, he was no match for Kasparov but then no one else was either in 1993. Short gave it his best shot and many of the games were interesting and hard fought. As for Kasparov playing at 20% wee; that is just silly. Of course, you have no way of supporting a statement like that and just making it lessens your credibility.
Sep-17-06  slomarko: i remember after the game kasparov said he missed 28.Rc5
Aug-25-10  DoubtingThomas: Here's the game live, sort of:


Sep-05-10  fab4: Have I missed something ? Or does Short have a win here with 30.Qg8 , instead of 30. Rh7 which he played ? Can't see any defence to the rook and queen combined on the back rank. It seems so obvious so I must have missed something ! I will have another lool lol.
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  Sastre: 30.Qg8 dxc5 31.Qe8+ Kd6 32.Qe6+ Kc7 33.Qxf7+ Kb8 is good for Black.
Sep-05-10  fab4: ^^

Yes, I can see that now. Thanks. I missed the d6 square being opened after pawn takes rook.

Still feel this is another game where Shorty let Kaspy off the hook in this match though.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Its a perpetual check at the end.

31...Ke8!?; 32.Qg8+, Kd7???; 33.Qe6#.

The whole point of 28.Rc5! is that the Black King could not flee to the Q-side.

May-03-11  hedgeh0g: And I could have sworn it was played to avoid getting mated. Then again, I'm no LIFE master.
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  perfidious: <MUG: <PARACONT1> Concerning 14.b4? After the game Short stated: <Obviously this is doubled-edged and creates weaknesses in my own position, but it gains time and is the idea behind my move 13.Bd5. Black can now force a draw after 14.b4 with 14...Na4 15.0-0 Qc7 16.Bg5 Qa7+ 17.Be3 Qc7 with a draw by repetition of position. This is what I was expecting.>

Amazing wishful thinking from Short!!>

This line of reasoning seems strange to me; why would Kasparov play this way? As the game went, he got a passive position (something he always hated) reminiscent of the 6.Be2 e5 lines when Black gets stuck defending the backward pawn without most of his counterplay.

Nov-13-11  DrMAL: Kasparov's Nbd7-Nc5 maneuver was strong aspect of black's play against Sozin attack, see Nezhmetdinov vs Krogius, 1959 for some general discussion relating to opening. After 13...Rb8 black is obviously threatening 14...b4 to dislodge N on c3. Short's 14.b4?! instead of 14.a3 to prevent this was poor. But Kasparov played unambitiously here. First opportunity was 15...Nb6 instead of 15...Nxd5 played. If after this, Short played 16.Bxb6 then 16...Qxb6+ 17.Kh1 gives black advantage of bishop pair and some initiative (this can be traded for different advantage of having to defend backward pawn if, after 17...Bb7 white decides to trade bishops instead of moving 18.a4). Or if after 15...Nb6 white played 16.Bb3 to preserve bishop, simply 16...Bb7 ties up white pieces into defending pawn on e4 that way. But few moves later Kasparov had second way to get bigger advantage, 18...Rc8! (instead of 18...Bxd5) aiming for Rc4 was probably stronger plan still. Either way, Short's comment after game was just cover-up for bad move 14.b4?! that did not get fully punished.
Jan-12-13  kecmanpfc: And what about 26.Qh7 Ke8 27.Qg8+ Bf8 27.Bc5... I think its a winning position for white.
Sep-23-13  Shams: <Vicgate1> That move has already been discussed.
Jan-26-14  rwbean: I came across an old newspaper article I'd photocopied by Malcolm Pein called "Things Looking Black for Short". After 26. Qh7 Ke8 27. Qg8+ Rf8 28. Qxg7 Qc7 Stockfish suggests

29. Bxh6 Rxa2 30. Qg6+ Kd7 31. Rhd3 Ra1+ 32. Kf2 Ra2+ 33. Kf3 Qc2 34. Bxf8 Qe2+ 35. Kg3 Qxg2+ 36. Kh4 Qf2+ + (0.77++) Depth: 49/87 0:691:27 222695 MN

the next Black move suggested after 29. Bxh6 up to that point was 29 ... Rc1+:

29. Bxh6 Rc1+ 30. Bxc1 Qxc1+ 31. Kf2 Qc2+ 32. Kf3 Qc3+ 33. Ke2 Qc2+ 34. Rd2 Qxe4+ 35. Re3 Qxf5 36. g3 Kd7 37. Rc3 Ke6 38. Rc7 + (0.69++) Depth: 49/87 0:629:49 202914 MN

Jan-27-14  RedShield: < I came across an old newspaper article>

The <Daily Sport>?

Jun-24-14  RookFile: 28. Rc5 was a terrific resource for white.
Jul-24-17  Howard: If I remember correctly, this was the game in which when Short played 6.Bc4, it literally knocked GM Patrick Wolff off his chair!

More specifically.....Wolff was in the press room in London watching the game, and when 6.Bc4 came up on the screen, he was--at the time--sitting in a chair and leaning back on the chair's rear legs. When he saw the move, he was so startled that he lurched backwards and landed on his back!

He referred to Short's move as "pretty damned stupid" given how thoroughly Kasparov knew that particular variation.

This is told, incidentally, in Lawson's Endgame book, on the match.

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  mercy1023: Wouldn't 15. Ba7 win the exchange for white?
Jul-16-21  billand88: <Wouldn't 15. Ba7 win the exchange for white?> I dunno. Play 15.Nxd5. If White takes the knight then 16. Rb7.

So play 16. Bxb8 Nxb4 and things get interesting. 17. O-O-O, Nxb8.

Black has 2 pieces + Pawn for a Rook.

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