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Svetozar Gligoric vs Nigel Short
London BBC TV-A (1980), London ENG
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  0-1

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Nov-09-09  AnalyzeThis: Very unusual opening play here. White must have had something, but black posed some interesting opening problems here.
Dec-09-09  Granny O Doul: Black missed a nice finish at move 30 (as was pointed out by Robert Byrne when he wrote it up for the NY Times).
Dec-05-10
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  tamar: On his DVD Greatest Hits V 2, Nigel Short pinpoints 22 Kh1? as a serious error, but I wonder if his reply 22...Bd4 is the best.

Rybka 3 shows a miraculous nonchalant 23 Bd3 as nearly equal with the line 23...Bxc3 24 Bxf5 Bxf5 25 Nxb7 Qb6 26 Nxd6 with a confusing imbalance. -.31/16

Instead 22...Rxc3 23 Rxc3 Ne4 looks like a much surer win.

Apr-13-11
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  Eggman: Short misses mate in 5 (not uncommon when one is transfixed upon an alternative win) 30...Re1+ 31.Kg2 (31.Qf1 Qxh3) Rg1+ 32.Bxg1 Qg3+ 33.Kf1 Qxg1+ 34.Ke2 Qe1#

Note that this game was part of the 1981 BBC Master Game series, so it would appear to have been played in 1981, not 1980.

The BBC programme is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL_a...

Oct-13-18
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  FSR: Why not 22.Nxb7?
Oct-13-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < FSR: Why not 22.Nxb7?>

22.Nxb7!? Qb6 23.Na5 Ne3! 24.fxe3 Qxe3+ Δ 25.Kh1 Rxc3 =

Oct-13-18
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  thegoodanarchist: After going through the 22.Nxb7!? line with my engine, Deep Shredder 12, this option rises to the top of the computer evaluation in a few seconds.

But computers are materialistic, and the Black conquest of White's 3rd rank obviously was not a pleasant option for Gligoric.

However, 22.Kh1? is a mistake:

22.Kh1? Bd4! (as played in the game) and Black stands better, -0.64 ⩱

More human, and one of the engine's top moves, is 22.Bd3, threatening to eliminate the strong Black knight on f4.

After 22.Bd3 Qb6 only now play 23.Kh1 or 22.Qd2, and White maintains equality.

Oct-13-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < tamar: On his DVD Greatest Hits V 2, Nigel Short pinpoints 22 Kh1? as a serious error, but I wonder if his reply 22...Bd4 is the best.>

22. Kh1 is definitely a mistake, but a serious error? I consider a "serious error" to be something like 29...Bxh2?? in this game:

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

As I wrote in my previous comment, 22.Kh1? is indeed a mistake, but after best play by Short, 22...Bd4!, White still has the "miraculous nonchalant 23 Bd3!" to stay in the game.

However, at the top level where Short resided at the time of this game, maybe "serious error" is an appropriate description.

Oct-13-18  Boomie: <at the top level where Short resided at the time of this game>

This was a bit before Short's time. He was going on 15 years old then and was rated about 300th according to Chessmetrics.

Oct-14-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < Boomie: <at the top level where Short resided at the time of this game>

This was a bit before Short's time. He was going on 15 years old then and was rated about 300th according to Chessmetrics.>

My good man, I am a USCF class player. Being 300th in the world is top level from where I stand.

I think nowadays there are well over 1000 GMs, not to mention IMs and FMs.

Being #300 may not make you a "Super GM", but it puts you within shouting distance IMO. Back then, I would venture to guess that it at least put you in the top half of all titled players.

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