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Nigel Short vs Dragoljub Minic
Banja Luka (1985), Banja Luka YUG, rd 13, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation. Main Line (B29)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-18-05  patzer2: At Unzicker vs O Sarapu, 1970, <euripides> notes <In his book on Gligoric, David Levy refers to this game. He says that 14 Ne4 is excellent and effectively put the whole line out of commission. A critical line is 15...Rd8 16 Bd3 Bxd6 17 Qh5 f5 when Unzicker apparently planned 18 Nxd6 Rxd6 19 Qxf5 Rxd3+ 20 cxd3. However, the line was later tried again by Minic aganst Short. Short deviated from this analysis and the game was drawn. Short vs Minic, 1985>.

I ran the position on Fritz 8 and after 15...Rd8 16 Bd3 Bxd6 17 Qh5 move-by-move, @ 12 to 15 depth,with the following result (White scratches out a difficult endgame win):

15...Rd8 16. Bd3! (following Levy's analysis rather than Short's 16. Qf5!?) 16...Bxd6 17. Qh5 f5 18. Nxd6 Qxd6! Rxd6 19. Qxf5 Rxd3+ 20. cxd3 ) 19. Qxf5 Qxh2 20. Qf7+ Kh8 21. Bg5 Rg8 22. Be3 (22. Kd2? Qxg2+ 23. Kc1 Nxg5 24. Qf4 Be6 ) 22... Qxg2 23. Kc1 Qh2 24. Qf3 Qe5 $1 25. Rh1 g6 26. Bd2 Rf8 27. Qh3 h5 28. Bc3 Nd4 29. Qh4 Qf4+ 30. Kb1 Bg4 31. Bxg6 Rf6 32. Bxh5 Rh6 33. Qe1 Rxh5 34. Rf1 Bf3 35. Bxd4+ Qxd4 36. Rxf3 Qb4 37. Qd1 Qd6 38. Rd3 Qh6 39. Rd6 Qh7 40. Qd4+ Qg7 41. Qxg7+ Kxg7 42. a4 Rf8 43. Ka2 Rf7 44. Rad1 Rc5 45. c3 a6 46. Ka3 Re7 47. R1d3 Rce5 48. b4 Kf7 49. a5 Re8 50. c4 R8e7 51. Ka4 Re1 52. c5 Ra1+ 53. Ra3 Rc1 54. Rh3 Ra1+ 55. Kb3 Rb1+ 56. Kc3 Kg7 57. Rh4 Rc1+ 58. Kd4 Rd1+ 59. Kc4 Rc1+ 60. Kd5 Rd1+ 61. Rd4 Rde1 62. Rg4+ Kf7 63. Rf4+ Ke8 64. Rh4 Rd1+ 65. Kc4 Rc1+ 66. Kb3 Rb1+ 67. Kc2 Rbe1 68. Rh8+ Kf7 69. Rh7+ Ke8 70. Rxe7+ Kxe7 71. Rb6 .

Although there may be practical chances for Black to improve here (or good chances to hold the draw against human error), with strong play White has all the winning chances. So, I'd have to say that Levy's assessment of 14. Ne4! as refuting Black's play or it least making the line very undesirable for Black is correct.

Jul-18-05  euripides: <patzer> nice analysis. I think there should be a parenthesis opening after <18. Nxd6 Qxd6! > ?
Jul-18-05  azaris: 17...Qc7 18. Bg5 f6 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. Nxf6+ Kh8 21. Ne8 Rxe8 22. Qxe8+ Kg7 23. Qh5 Nf8 and how does White finish off?
Jul-18-05  patzer2: <Euripides> Thanks for the compliment and the correction. The corrected annotation goes

15...Rd8!? 16. Bd3! (following Levy's analysis rather than Short's 16. Qf5!?) 16...Bxd6 17. Qh5 f5 18. Nxd6 Qxd6!? (Levy's analysis, which puts up much less resistance goes 18...Rxd5?! 19. Qxf5 Rxd3+ 20. cxd3 ) 19. Qxf5 Qxh2 20. Qf7+ Kh8 21. Bg5 Rg8 22. Be3 (22. Kd2? Qxg2+ 23. Kc1 Nxg5 24. Qf4 Be6 ) 22... Qxg2 23. Kc1 Qh2 24. Qf3 Qe5! 25. Rh1 g6 26. Bd2 Rf8 27. Qh3 h5 28. Bc3 Nd4 29. Qh4 Qf4+ 30. Kb1 Bg4 31. Bxg6 Rf6 32. Bxh5 Rh6 33. Qe1 Rxh5 34. Rf1 Bf3 35. Bxd4+ Qxd4 36. Rxf3 Qb4 37. Qd1 Qd6 38. Rd3 Qh6 39. Rd6 Qh7 40. Qd4+ Qg7 41. Qxg7+ Kxg7 42. a4 Rf8 43. Ka2 Rf7 44. Rad1 Rc5 45. c3 a6 46. Ka3 Re7 47. R1d3 Rce5 48. b4 Kf7 49. a5 Re8 50. c4 R8e7 51. Ka4 Re1 52. c5 Ra1+ 53. Ra3 Rc1 54. Rh3 Ra1+ 55. Kb3 Rb1+ 56. Kc3 Kg7 57. Rh4 Rc1+ 58. Kd4 Rd1+ 59. Kc4 Rc1+ 60. Kd5 Rd1+ 61. Rd4 Rde1 62. Rg4+ Kf7 63. Rf4+ Ke8 64. Rh4 Rd1+ 65. Kc4 Rc1+ 66. Kb3 Rb1+ 67. Kc2 Rbe1 68. Rh8+ Kf7 69. Rh7+ Ke8 70. Rxe7+ Kxe7 71. Rb6 .

Jul-18-05  patzer2: <azaris> Your recommendation 15...Rd8 16. Bd3! (following Levy's analysis rather than Short's 16. Qf5!?) 16...Bxd6 17. Qh5 <17...Qc7!?> is fascinating and looks to hold the draw.

Playing it out with Fritz 8 gives the possibility 17... Qc7?! 18. Nxd6 g6 19. Nb5 gxh5 20. Nxc7 Nxc7 21. Bg5 Rd5 22. Bh4 Na6 23. Kd2 Nc5 24. Rae1 Be6 25. a3 Rc8 26. Bf6 Nxd3 27. cxd3 Rdc5 28. Ke3 Rc2 29. Rf2 Rxf2 30. Kxf2 Kf8 31. Re2 (+1.00 @ 15 depth & 1205kN/s) with an opposite colored Bishop ending with good practical drawing potential for Black, but also with perhaps some slim winning chances for White against Black's isolated King pawns. Good catch!

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