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Jonny Hector vs Nigel Short
Wch U20 (1983), Belfort FRA, Aug-??
French Defense: Schlechter Variation (C00)  ·  0-1

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Feb-08-07  mr j: nice game short :)
Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: This chess-game-of-note~^^^% is a victory of N. Short. The proper use of beyond basics and ordinary made a fine showing.
Jan-27-17
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  Jonathan Sarfati: World Junior Championship.
Jan-27-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I guess if black captures en passant on move 18 then white plays 19. Nc7+ Qxc7 20. Bxc7 Bxd3 21. cxd3 axb2 22. Rb1 Nd5. That doesn't seem very good for white. Did Short have some other plan in mind?
Nov-24-17  TheBish: <ChessHigherCat: I guess if black captures en passant on move 18 then white plays 19. Nc7+ Qxc7 20. Bxc7 Bxd3 21. cxd3 axb2 22. Rb1 Nd5. That doesn't seem very good for white. Did Short have some other plan in mind?>

If 18...bxa3, simply 19. Rxa3 is good for White, since 19...Bxb5 20. Rxa8+ Qxa8 21. Qxb5+ Nd7 22. Kg2 gives White a nice advantage.

Nov-24-17
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  thegoodanarchist: In the French Defense, do not castle first (unless you are Magnus Carlsen!)

Here White castles first, and of course he loses.

Dec-21-17  ndg2: I postpone castling often as black with success. But i still think your statement is a stretch :-)
Jan-09-18
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  luzhin: I'm sure White should have gone in for 12.N(either)b5 axb5 13.Nxb5 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Bxf4 15.Nxc7+ Bxc7 which looks about equal.
Jan-09-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <The Bish> Thanks for answering my question, which I just noticed. 19. Rxa3 looks good, as you say. On "third thought", maybe this line is good, too: 18. a4 bxa3 19. Nc7+ Qxc7 20. Qxa6 Rxa6 21. Bxc7 a2 22. Bd6.

Short was already a great tactician at this tender young age!

Jan-09-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <luzhin: I'm sure White should have gone in for 12.N(either)b5 axb5 13.Nxb5 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Bxf4 15.Nxc7+ Bxc7 which looks about equal.>

That's what I was expecting, too, but black gets three pieces for the Queen: 12. Ndb5 axb5 13. Nxb5 Nxf3+ 14. Qxf3 Bxf4 15. Nxc7+ Bxc7 The continuation might be 16. Qc3 Bd6 17. Rfd1 Be7 and white has the three connected pawns and better development but 3 pieces are supposed to be better than a queen if you know how to coordinate them, right?

May-06-19
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  Count Wedgemore: A much safer choice for White after 12...Nxf3 would be to have taken on d6 at once, i.e. 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Nxf3 with an equal position.

Instead, Hector played 13.Ndb5 which forced him to weaken his king's safety by compromising his kingside pawn structure (now he had to take back on f3 with the g-pawn instead of with the knight) with the ugly looking move 15.gxf3.

Kind of typical Hector, though. A fearless attacker, but the guy has never been very good at defensive play (relatively speaking, that is. GMs are, of course, quite adept at all aspects of our beloved game).

May-06-19
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  perfidious: <CW>, in view of the way things actually went and the putrid position White got, hard to understand why he did not choose the quieter path, though as you say, that would hardly have been in Hector's style.
May-06-19
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  mckmac: <Count and Perf> Yes, gentlemen, I am now seeing this game in a whole new light. To be frank, the little I actually *know* about the French Defense you could fit on a postcard, leaving plenty of room for the stamp.

When facing 1..e6, I chicken out and play the exchange, or 2.f4, if I feel like a fight - though often all I get is a fright.

May-16-19
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  diceman: <Count Wedgemore:

Instead, Hector played 13.Ndb5 which forced him to weaken his king's safety by compromising his kingside pawn structure (now he had to take back on f3 with the g-pawn instead of with the knight) with the ugly looking move 15.gxf3.

Kind of typical Hector, though. A fearless attacker, but the guy has never been very good at defensive play >

That's the problem with 3.Bd3, if you want to mix it up, you have to take risks. He should have played a stronger opening line.

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