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Nigel Short vs Jan Timman
"A Long Walk Off a Short Peer" (game of the day May-26-2009)
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 4, Oct-21
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  1-0

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Dec-18-13  ndg2: It's fantastic. To this day, Short's king march creates a "mental blockage" in chess engines. King safety seems to be paramount in middle games. They cannot figure out the plan even after 32. Kg3 (let alone 30. h4). Only after 32...Re8 the evaluation jumps up highly.
Feb-25-14  navneet4751: Short kings is brave and powerfull
Aug-08-14  SpiritedReposte: Angry king style! Don't see that often.
Aug-10-14  Chessinfinite: An absolutely crushing win by Short.
Aug-26-14  TheBish: A long walk for a Short king!
Dec-21-14  GoldenBird: I think Short had remembered what Steintiz once said 'The King is a fighting piece!'
Mar-30-15
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  Alex Schindler: Wow. It's so simple, but so painfully counterintuitive at the same time. To treat a board with all major pieces still on it like a king and pawn endgame and just waltz right up to the enemy lair to assist checkmate... That's a king who leads from the front!
Apr-27-15  ip0: King: I will do it my self.
Dec-03-15  Granny O Doul: Whatever may have been going on with the substitution of "peer" for "pier", the correct phrase is "long walk ON a short pier". To say "off" instead destroys the joke.
May-05-16  posoo: INCORECT Grannus. It is Tinman HIMSELF who is da short peer. GET IT?

A TRIPUL PUN.

Sadly, though this game is one of posoo's FAVORITES, i can NO LONGER agree with king marhces like dis because of da HORIFIC way Niggul Shoat treats his "friends." DISGRACEFUL.

May-08-16  The Kings Domain: :-) Funny and unique game.
May-08-16  The Kings Domain: Great time for Chess too; anyone who lived through the era will recall the excitement and relevance the game had to the world at large. That importance has yet to be recaptured and probably won't be so for a long time.
May-08-16  Howard: At least that game made it into Giddons' book 50 Essential Chess Lessons.

Inside Chess annotated it in full, too.

Personally, Tilburg 1991 left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth, due to Karpov's disappointing performance. The year 1991 was a very mediocre year for him, overall, and it was clear that Karpov was by now past his peak.

May-08-16
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  offramp: <Howard: At least that game made it into Giddons' book 50 Essential Chess Lessons. Inside Chess annotated it in full, too.

Personally, Tilburg 1991 left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth, due to Karpov's disappointing performance. The year 1991 was a very mediocre year for him, overall, and it was clear that Karpov was by now past his peak.>

I had a feeling that Karpov thought, "I could beat these Joe Shmoes if I tried hard. But do I <really> want to play Kasparov again?"

Would you?

May-08-16  Howard: No, I wouldn't.

By the way, Karpov did miss a likely win against Kasparov in the game in which Karpov had White (It was a double round-robin event.) And the game ended up reaching a position which was truly unique in chess !

May-08-16
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  OhioChessFan: I recall a tortured explanation of cg.c about why it's "peer", since the opponent was a "peer" of Short's. Much too strained and busy for a pun. Anyway, a great game.
May-09-16
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  offramp: <OhioChessFan: I recall a tortured explanation of cg.c about why it's "peer", since the opponent was a "peer" of Short's. Much too strained and busy for a pun. Anyway, a great game.>

I always thought it was rubbish as well. What a load of rubbish! Good game, though.

Jul-22-17
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnX....
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: i would just absolutely love to be a penguin
May-29-18
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  takchess: http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2018...
Jul-14-18  Tjm50: This game is also included as a supplemental game to the 3rd lesson in the book “Best Lessons of a Chess Coach” by Weeramantry/Eusebi, a fantastic instructional book for intermediate levels. It’s given as an example of “dark square domination”, and they recommend comparing it to Alekhine vs Yates, 1922
Oct-10-18  wtpy: So if short has been knighted and particularly if vertically challenged the title might long walk of the short peer.
Sep-12-19  Howard: There was another quicker win on White's 30th move, in addition to the one which Stockfish found.

In the book Modern Chess Analysis, it's stated that 30.Nh4 followed by 31.f3 would also have wrapped up the game faster.

Neither of these faster wins are mentioned in the Informant, but this game at least took first place in the "best games" category for that volume.

Sep-12-19
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  saffuna: <In the book Modern Chess Analysis, it's stated that 30.Nh4 followed by 31.f3 would also have wrapped up the game faster.>

But if Short saw a clear win, there was no reason to look for another one.

Short once criticized me here for doing just that, for claiming Anand had a quicker way to win than the one he played.

Apr-02-20  MordimerChess: So we all know that Nigel Short could win faster, but not sure if it's easier by playing:

30. Nh4 Ba8 31. f3 Qc5 32. Kh2 Re7 33. Nxg6 fxg6 34. Qxe7 Qxe7 35. Rxe7±

or

30. Qh4 h5 31. Qf4 Qxa4 32. Ng5 Qa1+ 33. Kh2 Qf1 34. f3 Bc6 and not 35. Rxf7? that would be problematic after 35...Bxf3 36. Qxf3 36. Rxf7?? 37. Qxf7+ Qxf7 38. Nxf7 Kxf7 and black is winning!

White would have save the game by 36. Rd2!! Be2 37. Qxf1 Bxf1 38. Rxc7 with maybe long endgame...

So much better is safe:
35. Rxc7! Bxf3 36. Nxf3+-

Also very important note. Do you know that after 31. Kh2 black can stop white from winning by famous King Walk? 31...Bc8 32. Kg3 Bxd7 33. Kf4 Bc8 34. Kg5 Kh7-+ black is winning here :D

So white would be forced to play prozaic chess:
31...Bc8 32. Ng5 Bxd7 33. g4 hxg4 34. h5 g3+ 35. fxg3 Qxa4 36. h6 Qxc2+ 37. Rd2!! Qxd2+ 38. Kh3 Qxg5 39. Qg7#

Full analysis with all the fancy lines:
https://youtu.be/iMkyT4yaxA4
Enjoy and try to solve some crazy lines puzzles there ;)

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