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Nigel Short vs Jeroen Piket
"Short Piket Fence" (game of the day Feb-09-2007)
Madrid (1997), Madrid ESP, rd 7, May-29
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: Wow! Played like Keres, Short walks on his opponent here, inviting an attack on the King. Reminiscent of Steinitz.
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  offramp: Short and Fischer both thought that players like Steinitz and Anderssen had something meaningful to say to today's chessplayers. Fischer said he got the idea for the opening in this important game - Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 - from playing through some games of Anderssen.

Those old players did of course know what they were talking about. Short knew that; Piket was more sceptical and tried for a modern-day refutation. He got into a bad position, also he ran short of time.

Short made a mistake with 20.Kg1. 20.Kg3 wins.

Though very short of time Piket found 20...Rxf1+ but after 21.Kxf1 21.Re1+ 22.Kf2 he failed to find 22...Re2+ 23.Kg3 Rxg2+ 24.Kxg2 Qe2+ which draws by perpetual check.

A good game by both players, really.

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  offramp: The TN in this game might have been 9.Qd2. I am not sure though.
Mar-16-05  sneaky pete: More usual is the move order 9.c3 Nc6 10.Qd2 .. when 10... g5 has been played (11.Kd1 0-0-0 12.Kc2 .. is recommended by Bhend in his 1971 book). 10... 0-0-0(?) seems to be the novelty.
Feb-09-07  ajile: What about 17..Qxe4+? I don't have a board handy but this looks better than what Black actually played.
Feb-09-07  mack: It's been a long time since I flicked through Neil McDonald's book on the King's Gambit, evaluating how far away from the exit I was and where the nearest security guards were, but I seem to remember the author describing Nosher sweating and visibly shaking during this game.
Feb-09-07  schnarre: I've always been an Anderssen fan myself, & I always enjoy going over Steinitz's King-moving. It's nice to see their legacy resonating still!
Feb-09-07  diemjay: wow...


Feb-09-07  MikeChesss: What about 20..Qb6 . This wins the bishop on f1. Or does this open Black's back rank to attack by White's Queen and advanced rook?
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  kevin86: Harry Nelson Pillsbury once said:"Make sure when the fire is out-it isn't out".

He was cautioning about an attack that could run out of steam. This game is a prime example of one that does. Now white will win easily,being a rook and bishop ahead.

Feb-09-07  Ashram64: not many players can survive a game w/ king is soo exposed...
Feb-09-07  suenteus po 147: Short actually prepared the King's Gambit for this whole tournament. The other two times his 1.e4 was met with 1...e5 he played a King's Gambit. He did pretty well, too: +2 -1 =0 with the one loss coming from Shirov in this game: Short vs Shirov, 1997
Feb-09-07  peabody88: <MikeChesss: What about 20..Qb6 . This wins the bishop on f1. Or does this open Black's back rank to attack by White's Queen and advanced rook?>

After 20...♕b6+ There is 21.♖xb6 and black is in deep trouble now.

Feb-09-07  Shams: what happens on 17.Kxd4 <?>
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  playground player: Why does it so often seem that the Cunningham Defense falls short? You'd think it'd really harass and scare White: which it does, but somehow the thrust never quite goes all the way to victory. In the words of Dr. Johnson, "The pleasure is transient and the position is ridiculous."
Feb-09-07  Shams: <playground player> great quote, but I thought that was H.L. Mencken? Also, you left out "...and the consequences enormous".
Feb-09-07  Fire on the Beard: Excellent game, much fun to watch. The White king was slippery as an eel.
Feb-09-07  Themofro: Again game where the white king is way exposed but eventually wins is Henrik Danielson vs. Regina Pokorna Selfoss 2003.
Feb-10-07  teak poker: So what in the world was wrong with 15...Qxp ? It seems very strong & forcing ?
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  plang: 4 Nc3 certainly is bold allowing the KB to be blocked. 4 Bc4 is much more intuitive. McDonald says that Piket should not have given up his f pawn so easily; he recommends 10..g5. 12 Ke3 is quite clever with the idea of 13 Nh4 as well as 13 Bc4. 15 h3 is another clever move avoiding 15 e5..Ne5 16 de..Qb6+ 17 Kf4..Qf2#.

"So what in the world was wrong with 15...Qxp ? It seems very strong & forcing ?" Short gives 15..Qe4+ 16 Kf2..Bd1 17 Qf4..Qc2+ 18 Qd2..Qa4 19 Bd3 as hopeless for black.

McDonald says 17 Kd4 may have been winning (for example 17..Rd8+ 18 Qd8+!)but that it was unnecessarily risky.

Sep-22-11  katar: The first 10 moves of this game are recited in the French movie Joueuse ("Queen to Play").
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  FSR: Yes, at the end when the characters are playing blindfold chess. I came here and looked this game up after seeing the movie.
Sep-22-11  uscfratingmybyear: <FSR> Yes, saw the movie last night and found the game this morning.
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  Penguincw: Black did everything just to check the white king.
Dec-16-11  TheBish: What does "7" mean for the site? It would be nice if they put the actual location or tournament.
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