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Jan Timman vs Nigel Short
Interpolis 14th (1990), Tilburg NED, rd 14, Sep-24
Dutch Defense: Classical. Stonewall Variation Botvinnik Variation (A93)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-13  Travis Bickle: Beautiful ending!
Oct-08-15  SimplicityRichard: "Why didn't Short resign after Nf7+, or at least after Nh6+"? Rhetorical question: in my view, Short was "being a sport" and allowing the game to end artistically for posterity. I am a club player and saw the mate immediately after Nf7+; and it is therefore my view that a super grandmaster will see this just as quickly if not quicker.#
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  Retireborn: Short has let himself be mated quite frequently in his games - at least ten examples that I know of. The famous one against Beliavsky was accidental, but I suppose it's usually a generous impulse to let the opponent have the satisfaction.

Timman returns the compliment here:-

Short vs Timman, 1992

Oct-08-15  Howard: No, you mean that Short "returns the compliment", not Timman.

But then Timman mated Yusopov in their 1992 candidates match, later that same year.

Jan-18-16  Joker2048: What a beautiful mate.
Fantastic ...
This is all about mathematics & skills.
Nicely done.
May-18-16  posoo: Dats RITE. Dats RITE. Niglus Shoat gets ALL da credit for da KINGMURCH game but DIS is a proper COUNTERPOISE.

I nommanate dis game for GOTD with da pun:


May-13-19  lost in space: A smothered mate as solution for the beloved Monday’s puzzle
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  drollere: i went the long way round:
29. Rd8 Qxe7
30. Qg8+ Rxg8
31. Rxg8#
May-13-19  Stale.Mate: Nigel Short made that move?! Now I don’t feel so bad that I mess up once in a while.
May-13-19  jith1207: Back to Easy Mondays.

About time we take <posoo>'s words seriously.

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  agb2002: A famous game: Short played on until mate.
May-13-19  hdcc: Short of breath.
May-13-19  saturn2: I saw 29. Qg8+ Rxg8 30. Nf7#
May-13-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I've never gotten a smothered mate over the board. Closest I got was in a youth tournament, where somebody had to pitch the exchange to me because the alternative was mate.
May-13-19  devere: Looks like 18...Qc5 was the losing move. Instead 18...Ngxe5 was needed.
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  Richard Taylor: The threat of smothered mate forces action by the defender. It is a beautiful mate when first discovered. I may have used it OTB but cant recall. Certainly in blitz etc.
May-13-19  TheaN: The classic smother for a Monday. No need to say more I guess. I know this instance of the mate as well, quite a pretty combination by Timman.

On a side note: anyone else noticing a few Timman daily puzzles recently? Wonder if it's pure coincidence.

May-13-19  cormier: 27.Qg8+ is shorter
May-13-19  zb2cr: A smothered mate follows 29. Qg8+.
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  whiteshark: <hdcc: Short of breath.> Exactly.
May-13-19  Sally Simpson: ***

C.G. Must think we are getting weaker and need help.

On the 1st December 2008 (a Monday) they asked us to solve this. (White to play)

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Today they have played moves 26 to 28 for us.

Thank You C.G.

Philidor's Legacy on the Black Kingside corner of the board (where it is often shown in primers) is probably the most easily recognised pattern in Chess. Players spot a mate in 5 with a queen sac instantly.

Philidor's Legacy not on the Black Kingside have been missed and even cocked up - this position (Black to play) from an English League game in 2013.

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Black played 19...Qg8 (OPPS!)


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  drollere: <Black played 19...Qg8 (OPPS!) >

oops! indeed. the black Q can't get to g8 in any move. although the exchange or Q capture for 19. .. Nf2+ looks pretty good.

May-13-19  DrGridlock: After

29 Qg8+ Rxg8

Short has a "condo made of stona"
Only thing that's left is for Timman to seal the tomb!

May-13-19  Hercdon: Being a big fan of the “game of the century” I saw this in like two seconds. Not because it did happen that game, but because it could have
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  wood n tempo: It seemed to me Timman strongly directed the game starting at move 19. Ng5. <cormier: 27.Qg8+ is shorter> fails to 27...Kxg8.
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