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Maia Chiburdanidze vs Nigel Short
"The Discovery Channel" (game of the day Jul-18-2008)
Dortmund (1983), Dortmund FRG, rd 5
Caro-Kann Defense: Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Fantastic game!
Feb-25-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: ok a couple questions

-why did Nigel play 5...c6? I know it transposes into something respectable, but how about ...c5 instead. -why did Nigel let the a-pawn hang? How about 13...Kb8

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  kevin86: A unique hold before the fork problem! Whatever black does,white will discover check and pick up queen or rook. I've seen lots of hit and hold forks, but never one in which black is trapped in a discovered check zone ,and cannot escape or save his pieces!
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  beenthere240: why doesn't black play 17....Qxh2?
Feb-25-04  Bitzovich: if 17...Qxh2, then 23. Bg4 and then Qa5+, says I
Feb-25-04  morphynoman2: In some databases this game begins with the traditional Caro Kan, 1. e4 c6.
Feb-25-04  Egghead: Very inventive play! If 26. ... Qxb2 then 27. Qa5#.
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  ganstaman: Hmmmm, the title/pun of this game looks very familiar to me.
Jul-18-08  Nikita Smirnov: Wow,very nice game.Opening up everything and sacraficing.A good example of a good game.
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  eternaloptimist: Short has been "shorting out" lately. He got spanked by Karjakin in the blitz match that they finished playing about 1 1/2 weeks ago by the humbling score of 7 1/2 - 2 1/2. Maia did a nice job of getting his ♔ out in the open, & then finished him off. You can't help but admire her for her enterprising (bold & vigorous) play & her wittiness that she exhibits in her games. Short should have developed his ♗f8 sooner. That way his ♖s would have been connected & could have guarded each other. Then her combination w/ 21.♕xd8+ wouldn't have been possible. Also, like <BiLL RobeRTiE> said <why did Nigel let the a-pawn hang? How about 13...Kb8>
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  Honza Cervenka: <why did Nigel let the a-pawn hang? How about 13...Kb8>

13...Kb8 is playable move but 13...Rg8 covers the Pawn on a7 indirectly as well - if 14.Qxa7, then 14...Bh3 and now white has to give up the exchange by playing 15.g3.

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  lostemperor: What is striking is Nigel Short awful score against women players (Polgars, Chiburdanidze). And he is not the only one. Timman for instance has similar difficulties against women (Polgar, Xie Jun) while he and Short were strong world champion candidates! Is it something psycologic, overestimation or underestimation (or simply because women were better)?
Jul-18-08  nuwanda: Very brave game by both players...

What i would like to know is: after 21...Ka7 has white more than a perpetual, and if so, would Maia have gone for it ?

Jul-18-08  eaglewing: <beenthere240: why doesn't black play 17....Qxh2?> I think, at that point Black wanted to win. With White I would answer: 17. Qxa7 Qxh2 18. Qa8+ Kc7 19. Qa5+ Kc8 20. Qa8+ and take the draw, if Black does not take the disadvantage to take another move (Kd7 Nxf6; return Qb8). While Qxh2 has big attack options, Qe5 covers square a5, so no checks coming from a8 and a5. At the end it was too greedy.
Jul-18-08  LaFreaK: Piket vs Smirin, 1993
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  whiteshark: I don't get the pun. Where is <The Discovery Channel> located? Panama?
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  Honza Cervenka: <awful score against women players> I have quite similar experience on this field though with one notable exception I was losing always only against girls and ladies vhich had better rating. (That exception was 13 years old Jana Sochorova, then with rating a bit below 1800, but I guess that she can become one of leading women player in Czech Republic quite soon, if she gets any good trainer.) Here are two examples from just one season of Prague team championship where I faced two ladies, Hana Modrova and Cejkova Miroslava. The problem, at least in my case, is that I am usually more nervous when I play against a woman player and I cannot concentrate on play so well as if I am playing with men.

[Event "Prebor Prahy druzstev 2000/2001, divize"]
[Site "Praha"]
[Date "2001.01.25"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Hana Modrova"]
[Black "Jan Cervenka"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D03"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 4. Nbd2 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 b6 8. Ne5 Nfd7 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Qh5 f5 11. g4 Nxe5 12. dxe5 g6 13. Qh3 f4 14. Nf3 fxe3 15. fxe3 Bb7 16. Rf1 Nc6 17. O-O-O a5 18. Qh6 Ba6 <(Blunder. I did not see 21.Rf6 here.)> 19. Bxa6 Rxa6 20. Ng5 Raa8 21. Rf6 Rxf6 22. exf6 Qxf6 23. Qxh7+ Kf8 24. Qb7 Qxg5 25. Qxa8+ Kg7 26. Qxc6 Qxe3+ 27. Kb1 Qe4+ 28. Ka1 Qxg4 29. Qd7+ Kh6 30. Rxd5 Qg1+ 31. Rd1 Qxh2 32. Qxe6 Qc2 33. Rh1+ 1-0

[Event "Prebor Prahy druzstev 2000/2001, divize"]
[Site "Praha"]
[Date "2001.03.06"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Miroslava Cejkova"]
[Black "Jan Cervenka"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C53"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. b4 Bb6 6. d3 d6 7. a4 a5 8. b5 Ne7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 Ng6 11. Nh4 Nxh4 12. Bxh4 Be6 13. Nd2 h6 14. Qb3 Qe7 15. Kh1 g5 16. Bg3 Nh5 17. Qd1 Nf4 18. f3 Kh7 19. Bxe6 Qxe6 20. Nc4 Bc5 21. Bf2 Bxf2 22. Rxf2 b6 23. Ne3 Rg8 24. Rd2 Rg6 25. d4 Rag8 26. Rc1 h5 27. Rcc2 g4 28. fxg4 hxg4 29. d5 Qf6 30. Nf5 Qg5 31. Qe1 Rh8 32. g3 Nh3 33. Qd1 Kg8 34. Rg2 Kf8 35. Rce2 Qh5 36. Re1 Ng5 37. Rf1 Nf3 38. Rff2 Rh7 39. Qe2 Rg8 40. Qc4 Rgh8 41. Qe2 Qg5 42. Ne3 f5 43. exf5 e4 44. c4 Rh3 45. Nf1 Qxf5 <(Here 45...Qc1!, which I have spotted immediately after making my move, could have won the game. But I was in big time troubles here already with some three or four minutes for the rest of game against 35 mins of Ms. Cejkova and in follow-up course of game I collapsed quickly and lost.)> 46. Nd2 R8h7 47. Qxe4 Qxe4 48. Nxe4 Re7 49. Nd2 Re1+ 50. Rf1 Re3 51. Nxf3 gxf3 52. Rgf2 Ke7 53. Rxf3 Re2 54. R1f2 Re1+ <(Here I exceeded time limit but the ending is objectively hopeless for black anyway.)> 1-0

Jul-18-08  Samagonka: What a wild king chase. Reminds me of "High Noon".
Jul-18-08  Jim Bartle: Except in High Noon the lone king ended up winning...
Jul-18-08  PinnedPiece: <whiteshark: I don't get the pun. Where is <The Discovery Channel> located? Panama?>

Discovery Channel is a children's TV program on American cable. As for the game title:

<kevin86: A unique hold before the fork problem! Whatever black does,white will discover check and pick up queen or rook. I've seen lots of hit and hold forks, but never one in which black is trapped in a discovered check zone ,and cannot escape or save his pieces!>

Jul-18-08  DarthStapler: The Discovery Channel is a TV station
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  Jimfromprovidence: This was a fantastic match.

Black obviously realized too late that 24Nb2 followed by 25Ka3 was the wrong way to go. (24Kc4 seems better).

He figured that at that point his knight was OK, with two attackers and two defenders. But, after 26 Rxb2, below, hes done for.

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Black cant play 26Qxb2 because of 27 Qa5#!

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  whiteshark: <PinnedPiece> and <DarthStapler> Now it's clear. Thanks for bringing home the message! :D
Jul-18-08  efrain chavez: relentless attack. No looking back from the beginning. Amazing.
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  kevin86: Mate will come very quickly...

The Discovery Channel:home of some of my favorite shows-Cash Cab,Mythbusters,Smash Lab,and coming soon SHARK WEEK

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