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Nigel Short vs Alexander G Beliavsky
"Short Circuit" (game of the day Jan-08-2005)
Linares (1992), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-24
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  0-1



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Dec-01-02  PVS: White must have a better move 58 than the one he made.
Dec-01-02  Vilkacis: There could not be a worse move.
Dec-02-02  Kenneth Sterling: I think I see what you mean.
May-07-04  WMD: Short circuit. Walks into a mate in 1.
Jun-22-04  Bobsterman3000: ouch
Jan-08-05  aw1988: Lol! This makes a funny game of the day because I was just looking at Short vs Krasenkow.
Jan-08-05  Reegan Milne: move 57. White to play help mate in two :)
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  kevin86: White's game looked ok,until he ran into a rarity-an endgame mate trap-actually,there are tons of mate traps,but STALEmate not checkmate.

Nigel comes up a little Short-(sorry,bad pun)

Jan-08-05  patzer2: Wow! Makes me feel better about some of my blunders. Not only does GM Short make the worst move possible, blundering into a self mate, but he also misses a sure win with 58. ♘xf6!

Play could have continued 58. ♘xf6! ♗xg2 59. b6! ♘xf6 60. ♔xf6 ♔e8 61. ♗f5 ♔d8 62. ♗g4 ♔e8 63. ♔xg5 ♔e7 64. ♗c8 ♔d8 65. b7 ♔c7 66. ♔xh4 , with White's two passed pawns assuring an easy win.

Jan-08-05  orior: lol, surprising :)
The thing is that you don't expect to get mated in an endgame with minor pieces..
Jan-08-05  WMD: Deserves to rank alongside:

Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985

Jan-08-05  artemis: this doesn't quite measure up to short's usual play, a notch or two beneath his excellent understanding of the game. I guess he couldn't live up to the height of his reputation.

The worst part about this for short is that he had a won endgame, his outside passed pawn being much stronger than his opponent's potential passed pawn. This is what sitting at a board for 4+ hours can do to even the mighty Nigel Short.

Jan-08-05  ajile: aw1988 - ha ha I was thinking the exact same thing. I think Short loses sight of some obvious stuff when he gets into long endgames. He was probably tired and/or in time trouble.
Jan-08-05  Resignation Trap: <aw 1988> This does remind us Short-Krasenkow.

By sheer coincidence, just yesterday I uploaded this game for :

Beliavsky (!!) - Leif E. Johannessen, Linares (!!) Anibal Open 2002

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 b6 8.Be2 Bb7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.b4 c6 12.0-0 a5 13.bxa5 Rxa5 14.a4 Bc8 15.Qc2 Be6 16.Rfc1 Nd7 17.Bf1 Qa8 18.Qd1 Rc8 19.g3 g6 20.Bg2 Bg7 21.Ne2 Qb8 22.Nf4 Qd6 23.Nd2 Rca8 24.Nb3 R5a7 25.Ra2 Nf8 26.Qc2 Bd7 27.a5 bxa5 28.Rca1 Qb4 29.Nd3 Qb6 30.Qc3 Ne6 31.h4 Bc8 32.Rxa5 Rxa5 33.Rxa5 Rxa5 34.Nxa5 Ba6 35.Qb4 Bb5 36.Nb3 Qa6 37.Ndc5 Nxc5 38.Nxc5 Qa1+ 39.Kh2 Qa2 40.Qe1 h5 41.Bf1 Bf8 42.Nd3 Bd6 43.Kg2 Qc2 44.Qe2 Qb1 45.Qd2 Kg7 46.Be2 Bc4 47.Nf4 Bxf4 48.gxf4 Bb5 49.Qd1 Qf5 50.Bf3 Bd3 51.Kg3 Bc4 52.Kh2 Qf6 53.Kg3 Qf5 54.Qc1 Qd3 55.Kh2 Kh7 56.Qg1 Qc2 57.Bd1 Qd3 58.Bf3 Qc2 59.Kg3 Be2 60.Bg2 Bd3 61.Qa1 Be4 62.Qa7 Kg7 63.Qe7 Bxg2 64.Kxg2 Qe2 65.Qg5 Qd3 66.f5 Qe4+ 67.Kg3 Kh7 68.f3 Qb1

And now, the moment that we've all been waiting for: 69. Kf4?? Qb8#

Jan-08-05  aw1988: <ajile> Everyone gets tired in endgames.
Jan-08-05  filipecea: Short solved with perfect accuracy his helpmate puzzle! impressive...
Jan-08-05  DocNZ: Poor Nigel. Been made to suffer the memory of this game twice in almost as many months. CBM102 pg6-7, Nigel talked about a blunder 121.Re6?? Short v Krasenkow (FIDE Wch KO (2.1) 21/6/04). Frederic Friedel then steers the report to the above game. Short describes this game as his most famous blunder.
Jan-08-05  Novice713: So was Nigel Short in a winning position before he blundered? Around move 50 there was a repetition of moves, and then Short did 53. Ne3.
Jan-08-05  oxxo: This game is an excellent illustration of just how careful you have to be in chess. You can go from hero to zero just like that in one move!
Apr-01-05  Backward Development: very nasty mate! everybody loses it in the endgame. See Peter Nielsen vs Karjakin, 2005 for another grisly example.
Apr-15-05  Eatman: Yes, Short had a winning position before that blunder.
Jul-29-05  Averageguy: Nice mate.
Mar-05-06  LluviaSean: very lucky...
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  Peligroso Patzer: Here is another famous blunder by Short, not quite as bad as walking into mate-in-one, but a totally unforced loss of a Rook:

Short vs Krasenkow, 2004

Nov-28-06  DutchDunce: First Short, now Kramnik misses mate in 1. Wow.

Of course, I should talk. I missed a mate in 1 vs. Stanley the monkey, a Chessmaster character whose rating is 1.

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