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Nigel Short vs B Kimber
"Short and Sweet" (game of the day Oct-25-2006)
ENG (1975)
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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Oct-19-04  fasting: Nice "short" game by young Short, I must admit I had to look at the position for around five min. before I saw the mate after blacks 16... Qxf4
Apr-07-05  Holden: If 16. ... ♕xf4, then mate soon follows indeed! I'll also admit it took me a little while to work out the two mating variations after 17. exf7+. Beautiful game showing the power of a passed e pawn against Bird's Defense. Frequently when I play against Bird's Defense I win the game by pushing the e and f pawns.
Apr-07-05  Shams: two mating variations? I see 17.exf7+ Kf8 18.Rd8+ mating, or black has to play 17...Qxf7 18.Bxf7+ and we can stop our analysis. I miss anything?
Apr-08-05  Holden: <Shams> My mistake. The two things I was looking at were:

16. ... ♕xf4 17. exf7+ ♔f8 18. ♖d8+ ♗xd8 19. ♕e8# (which works), and

16. ... ♕xf4 17. exf7+ ♕xf7 18. ♖d8+ (which I thought was mate, due to the pin on the ♗e7 but black could simply take the rook with the king.) After bishop takes queen, it is certainly resignable, but there is no immediate forced mate to follow. I guess I was just wanting to see a mating finish to the line so much that I thought I saw one.

Oct-25-06  syracrophy: 17.exf7+ <17...Kf8 18.Rd8+! Bxd8 19.Qe8#>

A lovely game, but honestly, I prefer the great game of Short: S J Hooker vs Short, 1975 (An amazing king hunt played by a 10-year old boy!)

At that age, I was just leaving the toys and the Micro Machines! :-)

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  Richard Taylor: You dont need to work out a mate on move 16 as Black loses his Q !!

Short probably played this in about 5 minutes - it is very obviously winning most of the game. I could have won this with my eyes shut and with several beers in me.

Oct-25-06  euripides: Yes Black's problems start early here. In Khalifman vs V Malaniuk, 1987 Black draws with 8...Be7. Here Black's 9th develops a white piece and his 10th delays his development a further move, which may already be fatal against best play.

By move 11 if Black tries 11...a4 or 11...b4 White may be able to crash through immedately with 12.e5.

On move 14 Black could take the pawn but it looks awful e.g. 14...fxe6 15.Qxe6 Rf8 16.Re1 Nc5 17.Qc6+ Bd7 18.Qxc5 White wins a piece.

A good example of why every player should spend some time playing 1.e4 when learning the game - playing this sort of attack is a fundamental skill.

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  sfm: Black must have seen 16.-,Qxf4 17.exf7+ and 18.Rd8+, as this could be the only reason for not grabbing the bishop! Unfortunately his chosen move allows the same mate! :-)
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  kevin86: The end,of course,will come slowly:

17...♔f8 18 ♖d8+ ♗xd8 19 ♕e8#

Really Short and sweet

Oct-25-06  Jack Kerouac: <Richard Taylor "...several beers in me."> My prefered M O.
Oct-25-06  Chess Classics: Wow, nice game by 10 year old Nigel.


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  playground player: Poor Kimber--in trouble from the git-go! (Wonder how this opening worked for Bird?) By move #10 White has three pieces developed, to Black's one. And it won't save Black to take the Bishop on move #16--he's already doomed. Does anybody have any success with this defense for Black?
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  playground player: Just checked Boden vs. Bird, 1873--Bird handled this defense a great deal better than Kimber, and won the game. He did not fall behind in development. Kimber should've known better.
Oct-25-06  ahmadov: I do not remember any other short win by Short.
Oct-25-06  ahmadov: Actually, this database gives 16 games which Short won in 20 or less moves.
Oct-25-06  hidude: ♕
Jan-27-07  CaptainEvans: 9...b4 to attack the knight is surely better than 9...a5
Mar-30-07  aazqua: Now this should be a Saturday puzzle! bf4 is truly inspired, drives the queen away from d8 and sets up the rook sac after the f7 ch to open the way for the queen.
Dec-30-08  YoungEd: Impressive game by Short! I agree with those who point out the weaknesses of Black's 8th and 9th. Simple development was in order.
Jun-05-10  Archswindler: 16... Qb7 looks like black was just refusing the sacrifice on principle, rather than having actually seen the point of it (to decoy the queen away from protecting d8). Otherwise, he should either have resigned straight away, or played ...Qb6.
Oct-23-12  wildrookie: At last Nigel didn't fall Short in a game...
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  FSR: I see that someone thought of this pun before I did.
Nov-13-12  Shams: If 10...b4 11.Qc4 and Black is in desperate troubles.
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  FSR: <Shams: If 10...b4 11.Qc4 and Black is in desperate troubles.>

It gets messy after 11...d5 12.cxd5 (12.Qxc6+ Bd7) dxc3.

Nov-19-14  MarkFinan:

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Mate in 3. It'd make a good Tuesday or Wednesday shizzle.. ✌

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