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Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993), London ENG, rd 3, Sep-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Dec-28-05  seeminor: 16.f3! is an excellent move. Kasparov is echoing his own battle with Karpov in 1990, game 1, where he bolsers his central pawns but also puts the onus on black to produce a plan before he commits himself
Jun-17-06  MUG: After the game Kasparov was asked why he didn't play 13.axb5 axb5 14.Qb3 forking the pawns on b5 and f7. He refused to be drawn on the topic, claiming it was too close to his opening preparation to comment.

To my knowledge he hasn't tried it yet, but it has been played since, to good effect: D Jakovenko vs E Tomashevsky, 2005
In any case, Kasparov's 13.Nh4 is also a very good move. Instead of gaining a material plus, 13.Nh4 gains a strong positional plus. As Short has already said, there is no good way of him preventing the knight coming to g6 to exchange itself for Blacks valuable defensive Bishop.

I guess it is all a matter of taste!

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  Richard Taylor: 12...d5 might counterbalance K's
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  ToTheDeath: Lawson in his book on the match gives move 31 as the decisive error, this seems a bit harsh but its true that 31...qf3+ and then ...dxe5 would give slightly better compensation.
Oct-30-10  Ulhumbrus: 13...Ne7 answers the threat of 14 Ng6 and 15 Nxf8 gaining the bishop pair.
Nov-12-10  Knight13: By move 26 Kasparov has a firm control of the center--and the board. Black's locked down. The kingside attack was the only try, and Kasparov knew it wouldn't work.
Aug-11-11  Juninho: Kaspi did a great job till 27. Bd4, was a terrible blunder, but Nigel miss 31..., Qf3 chess. Black has 40%, maybe a draw but I wish what had happened Nigel not as unlucky as the challange had started. Another spanish game he stands better in the final position, his clock on the flag fall.
Jun-24-14  RookFile: Maybe 16....c5 for black? Rad8 doesn't seem helpful.
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  ToTheDeath: Short's attack was apelike and shouldn't have worked, of course 27.Nd4! is just curtains for Black. 27.Bd4?? and then the knight sac must have come as a shock. A strange match where psychology and mutual blunders seemed to factor more than the actual chess.
Apr-14-18  Garech: Lol Short got owned like a noob!
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  ChessHigherCat: Lol, I'm sure you would never lose to Kasparov. At least 30...Nxe1 was cute. The Queen pin is illusory because if 31. Qxg4? Rf1#
Apr-14-18  Big Pawn: <ChessHigherCat: Lol, I'm sure you would never lose to Kasparov. At least 30...Nxe1 was cute. The Queen pin is illusory because if 31. Qxg4? Rf1#>

Fascinating insight!!!

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  ChessHigherCat: What a blessing the ignore button is! That ape doesn't have to argue against evolution, he IS the proof against evolution.
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  Clement Fraud: I remember seeing this game live on television (Channel 4 it was)... chess was so popular in the UK that it soon disappeared from terrestrial TV screens; and like most things it reappeared on pay per view coverage only.

I was having some difficulty following the analysis here, but then I noticed 31... Qf3+ 32.Kg1 Rg6! (when 33.Bf4 loses to Qxf4); and black does indeed obtain superior compensation for his sacrificed material.

Aug-04-18  Ulhumbrus: If after 13 Nh4 Black has no good way to stop 14 Ng6 gaining the bishop pair this suggests that the move 13 Nh4 itself counts as a threat after 12 Ba2. One example of an earlier alternative is 11...d5 eg 11...d5 12 ed Nxd5 13 d4 Nf4 14 Nxe5 Nxe5 15 Rxe5 Rxe5 16 dxe5 Nd3
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  Plaskett: No way would you see me play Nb3.
That guy had to belong nearer his king.
I argued quite forcibly with Miles in the analysis room that, after move forty, Short still had reasonable drawing chances. But he was dismissive and indeed showed relatively simple wins in all lines. However, in his post game analysis Kasparov agreed more with me than with Miles. Miles also said things about Kasparov having "cashed in too early". I mean, several people observed that, but for terrible time shortage, Short could certainly have found the far superior 32...Rc6!
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  MissScarlett: Did Miles hold court in the press room? Dominic Lawson's book gives the impression that Miles almost savoured watching Short get squashed.

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