Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993), London ENG, rd 7, Sep-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 28 times; par: 54 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 91 more Kasparov/Short games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-08-05  siu02jm: so is 33...♗xd4!? the cause of Neil Short downfall. it seems he has trouble later getting it to back to block the pawn on f file. And was gasparov luring him with that d4 pawn? was it really necessary for him to take it.
Feb-08-05  euripides: On reflection 35...Nxh6 36 Qg5+ Kh7 37 Bc2 may be better. Now if 37...Bxf2+ then simply 38 Kxf2; if 37...Qc6 then 38 f6+ Qxc2 39 Qg7 mate; and if 37...f6 then 37 Qg6+ Kh8 38 Qxh6+ Kg8 39 Bb3+. Best may be 37...Bf6 38 Qxf6 with Re4-h4 to follow. Is there a better defence ?
Feb-08-05  WMD: <Were there any analysis comments by Kasparov, Short (or both) or anyone else on this game on the lines suggested above ?>

Naturally. 35...Nxh6 loses to 36.Qg5+ Kh7 37.Bc2! Bf6 38.Qxf6 Re8 39.Re6!.

Kasparov criticised his move 27.Nh4, giving the superior 27.Kg2! Qxf5 28.Rh1 with a big advantage.

When Short played 34...Bxd4? it appears he missed 35.Ng4 Bf6 was refuted by 36.Qxh6! and the knight fork on f6 decides. Better chances were offered by 34...Bg5 or ...c6 (Fritz).

Feb-08-05  eyalbd: <WMD, euripides> Yes, 35...Nxh6 36 Qg5+ Kh7 37 Bc2! is the clearest way to win.

The bishop controls f5 so the Bxf2+, Qf5+ trick doesn't work.

Once again, the threat (of f6) is stronger than then the execution (Nimzovitch)


Feb-08-05  radu stancu: <Open Defence> I think this is the game in question: Ivanchuk vs Adams, 2002
Feb-08-05  acirce: Kasparov has never allowed the Marshall Attack in a serious game -- he has shifted between the 8.h3 and 8.a4 anti-Marshalls -- unless you count a game in a simul against computers in 1985.
Feb-08-05  Open Defence: <radu stancu> sorry i was searching for a Marshall game instead of Anti Marshall
Feb-13-05  Clubfoot: That's it, that's the Anti-Marshall game from Linares 2002 and sorry to Open Defence for the delay...I think it's one of the most beautiful chess games ever; it was a shock to chess commentators that Ivanchuk-Adams was not chosen as Game of the Tournament later on, but I believe it was another Ivanchuk game that took the prize: his loss to Ponomariov in the first round in a grisly French.
Feb-13-05  Swindler: Taking into account Kasparovs reluctance to accept the Marshall, can it be looked upon as a safe gambit, or does Kasparov never accept gambits as White?
Feb-13-05  samvega: Kasparov may have refused to allow the Marshall just to irritate Short. "I play an hombre move like 7..0-0 and he gives me this quiche"
Aug-04-05  bomb the bishop: Actually many grandmasters consider that accepting the Marshall Attack by playing c3 is an unnecesary risk because it gives too much initiative to black
Aug-04-05  who: <samvega> Kasparov also never played the Marshall as black.
Aug-04-05  who: I meant Swindler not Samvega in my previous post.
Oct-30-10  Ulhumbrus: 21...g5 disturbs the King side pawns. An alternative is 21...Ne7 with the plan of ...c6, ...Nc7 and ...Be6 to exchange White's King's Bishop.
May-21-11  alexrawlings: I don't have a chess programme to hand to refute this myself at the moment, but would 25.. h6 or f6 have been any better?
Jun-09-11  newton296: kasparov is just a great attacker!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <alexrawlings> 25...h6 fails to 26.Nxg5 uncovering the queen attack on black's h5 knight. 25...f6 weakens black's light square complex and leaves the h5 knight without a retreat square.

Fritz recommends 25...Qd7, actually.

Jul-02-11  ycpl: What is 21... g5 about? I give it a question mark.
Oct-22-11  indoknight: why not 26...Qxf5 ?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: <indoknight> Kasparov does give 26...Qxf5!? 27.Bd5 f6 without evaluation in Informator, implying it was a better try; after 28.Be3 Ne7 29.Nh4 Qd7 30.Qxh5 Nxd5 31.Ng6+ White wins the exchange. The problem is that White's bishops dominate the board. Black should probably try 26...Nf6 or 26...Bf6.

Incidentally Kasparov's reluctance to play the Marshall with either colour probably indicates a reluctance to remember huge amounts of theory he might never be able to use; I wouldn't take it as a comment on the soundness or otherwise of the gambit.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: <vcpl> Kasparov does gives 21...g5 a ?! and gives variations with 21...gxh5 and 21...Nf4 as critical in Informator. I assume that Nigel was hoping for exchanges on f4 after ...Nf4 and then an attack on the open g-file with ...Rg8, which is the plan he started with 20...Kh8, but Gary's pawn sacrifice 23.g3! puts a stop to that.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "I am playing the world championship and I have to defend my title and I want to do it convincingly. That is my only goal. If it is not a close race, I'm sorry, but I want to win."

- Garry Kasparov (after the game and leading the match 5.5-1.5)

Jun-24-14  RookFile: < Uhlhumbrus: 21...g5 disturbs the King side pawns. An alternative is 21...Ne7 with the plan of ...c6, ...Nc7 and ...Be6 to exchange White's King's Bishop.>

21....Ne7 22. h6 and black can resign.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Simple, concrete tactical point noted by a strong player demolishes yet another generality by <u>.
Aug-04-18  Ulhumbrus: < RookFile: < Uhlhumbrus: 21...g5 disturbs the King side pawns. An alternative is 21...Ne7 with the plan of ...c6, ...Nc7 and ...Be6 to exchange White's King's Bishop.>

21....Ne7 22. h6 and black can resign.> If the move 21 Nd5 transforms the move h6 into a threat one alternative to 20...Kh8 is 20...Ne7

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Game 225
from Guinness Book - Chess Grandmasters (Hartston) by maple227
To Meet Short
from Grega's favorite games by Grega
Game 225
from Guinness Book - Chess Grandmasters (Hartston) by Qindarka
Match Short!
by amadeus
Best Chess Games of All Time
by 3sun3moon
Supplementary Game 30.1
from Zenon Franco Counterattack! by catlin
Kasparov The Killer!!
by chezstartz
Game 7, GK leads 5 1/2-1 1/2 The threat is stronger than the X
from GK Collection on the move to Fredthebear's den by fredthebear
Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov
by LionHeart40
Kasparov Ruy Lopez
by ISeth
Ruy Lopez Research
by russep
Great positional and tactical game
from tucak's favorite games by tucak
,london times,july 24,Keene,a chess gold ending.
from Kingsider's favorite games by Kingsider
EruditeEgress' favorite games
by EruditeEgress
Game 7, GK leads 5 1/2-1 1/2 The threat is stronger than the X
from Spaniards Settin' Sail by fredthebear
Kasparov's Anti-Marshall
from Inspiration by radu stancu
Decisive World Championship Games
by FaradayBach
great anti-Marshall
from Kasparov! by larrewl
Game 73
from Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games (Stohl) by AdrianP
B1: Closed Variation
from Ruy Lopez: Closed, Main Line alternatives by imsighked2
plus 16 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC