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Nigel Short vs Rafael Vaganian
Hastings (1982/83), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  0-1



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Jun-21-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Say I like this game a lot - Vaganian made winning it look very easy.
Jun-27-04  gmann: If I'm not mistaken this is an exact replica of the Short-Vaganian 1982 match. Short didn't learn his lesson ;(
Feb-12-11  maelith: I bet most GM nowadays will agree to a draw at move 34 in this game, great win by Vaganian
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  Retireborn: Vaganian has a cunning plan with ...f6 and ...Be5, tempting Short into a pawn endgame which is "obviously" drawn, and indeed is drawn until he goes wrong with 42.g4 (was that a sealed move, perhaps?) Instead 42.f3 should hold on.

Does anybody have a round number for this game? Just to check whether it was played in 82 or 83.

Interestingly Short could have bailed out for a perpetual with 19.Nxh6+, and a few years later he did just that:-

Short vs Vaganian, 1986

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