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Nigel Short vs Maia Chiburdanidze
Banja Luka (1985), Banja Luka YUG, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: Why did he play 30.♗f3 instead of 30.b4 first. Wish he played like that when I played him.
Sep-07-06  KOCCMOHAYT: yeah!
Sep-12-06  CapablancaFan: Oops!
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  Honza Cervenka: <drmariogodrob: It looks lke Qb5 wins one way or another. So, 31. b4 isn't the losing blunder, which had ot happen sometime earlier--it just Shortens things up a bit.> That's not true. After 31.Qd4, 31.Qe3 or 31.Qf2 white is okay. From f2 the Queen covers Nc5 and point f1 and from e3 or d4 the Queen can go to g1 in case of Qf1+. Also 31.Qf2 (or Qe3) 31...Ne6 32.Nxe6 Qxa4 33.Nxf8 gives black no special advantage though 31.Qd4 Qxb2 32.h3 with nice play for a Pawn is playable too.
Jan-05-07  Total Blunder: 30. Bf3 is the blunder...
Jan-05-07  syracrophy: <Total Blunder> In fact, as <Honza Cervenka> points it out, the blunder was 31.b4??, when the good move was 31.♕f2. I mean that 30.♗f3 was OK, but White's 31th move was the blunder
Jan-11-07  Total Blunder: <syracrophy> now I see, thanks.
Jun-22-07  lilfoohk: Well , Qf2 is the move

Short is just too tired , maybe

But he plays great. I pay great respect to him .

Aug-19-07  Cactus: Why is this a notable Dragon game? It's simply a silly mistake.
Aug-19-07  Dobbs: Simply playing 31.Qf2 would have solved the problems Short faced.
Oct-07-09  sfm: LOL! Would have like to have seen his face.
After 31.Qf2 white is clearly better. The bishop is much better than a knight in this position, White has two passed pawns (and very advanceable), Black just one, Black will need to spend some moves on getting her backmost pieces active.
Oct-23-10  Tigranny: How many blunders has Short made in his career, including this one? Qf2 would've protected the pawn, knight, and king, all in one.
Dec-27-10  knt980: შესანიშ&-
#4316;ავია! I love Maia! She knew Short had better position but she did not despair and went on offensive. I guarantee you she saw how easy it was to defend her 30...Qb5.

Sometimes disguised non-threats confuse your opponent and help you win another game.

Dec-27-10  sevenseaman: Short-circuited! 'disguised non-threats'?
Aug-09-11  Whitehat1963: Oops!
Nov-10-11  pcg79: I'm a chess newb. I get that 31. b4 was a mistake. But I'm wondering why he did 8. Kh1?
Nov-10-11  Retireborn: <pgc79> Kh1 is usually to play f4 without allowing ...Qb6check (or ...Bc5check in some cases), or it may be the start of an attack with Rg1, g4.

John Nunn had beaten Kudrin with 8.Kh1 at Wijk a few months earlier, which may be why Nigel tried it here. Not sure either of them played it again!

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  HeMateMe: I heard that Maia said "My opponent is Short, and the game will be short."

Someone told me that.

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  Penguincw: 30.Bf3 seems to be the losing move.
Apr-21-12  Tigranny: <Penguincw> 30.Bf3 was fine, but 31.b4?? was the true blunder. It shows that after 30...Qb5, 31.Qf2 guards all three threats and according to sfm White is better.
Jan-17-14  leo.bulero: The white g1 N makes problems from the very beginning until the bitter end - does not play any constructive role in the game (I mean apart from the standard moves in the opening), has to be defended all the time, even one move before mate :-) The opponent should have traded it in the 9th move against the black N...
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  thegoodanarchist: Well, Kramnik also gave an opponent a mate in 1 opportunity in a high-profile game

Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006

May-18-16  posoo: KaSLAMMO!

aNOTHER case of Niglus Shoat LOOSING thangs to NOT seeing a mate in ONE!

As on da other game, I will point out

- ONE is even LESS than TWO.

Almost ZERO.


Jun-18-17  Xonatron: Short mentions this mate in 1 blunder in his book, "Nigel Short's Chess Skills".
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  Korora: Remember, always say «J'adoube» before adjusting a piece.

At least, that's the only way I can explain 31. b4, as a touch-move blunder.

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