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Nigel Short vs Vidmantas Vaclovich Malisauskas
"Pinning and Winning" (game of the day Jul-05-2015)
Olympiad (1994), Moscow RUS, rd 10, Dec-11
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: 18...Kf8?? 1-0
Jul-05-15  RandomVisitor: Black could try 18...Bb4 19.a3 Bc5 where the pin no longer works because of the white a-pawn. Or, he could just resign.
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  al wazir: <wordfunph: 18...Kf8?> I can't find an alternative move for black that's any better.
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  Sneaky: <al wazir> What's wrong with RV's quirky idea of 18...Bb4 to induce a3? In any case Black's position is horrible with the queen's rook out of play.
Jul-05-15  leow: Does 13 ..a6 not simply win a piece for black as the white knight on b5 is attacked and has to defend bd4?
Jul-05-15  morfishine: <leow> After 13...a6 White has <14.Nd6+> (Now if 14...Bxd6 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.Bxg7)
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  Eggman: The position after 18.Be2:

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Is 18...Bc2 worth a shot, here? If 18.Rxc2 Bxf2+ 19.Rxf2 Rxc2 White has two minor pieces for rook and pawn. Offhand, I'm not seeing the clear win for White. What say all?

Jul-05-15  LoveThatJoker: GM Short recently offered to buy a drink for the first person to guess a position from (what turned out to be) this game on Facebook. I wonder if the CG team saw this post also, and this inspired the GOTD for today.

Just visit Nigel Short's Facebook page, and you will be able to prove the truth of the above.


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  al wazir: <Sneaky: What's wrong with RV's quirky idea of 18...Bb4 to induce a3?> 19. Bb5.
Jul-05-15  Shoukhath007: one of the amazing short chess puzzle try to mate in 4. thanks
Jul-05-15  zakkzheng: 19. Bb5 20. Bc5 see nothing there
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  thegoodanarchist: He played Short and it was short!
Jul-05-15  RandomVisitor: After 18...Bb4:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.76] d=25 19.a3 Bc5 20.Bf3 Kf8> 21.Nxc5 Rxc5 22.Rxc5 Qxc5 23.Bxb7 Rd8 24.b4 Qc7 25.Bc6 Rd2 26.g3 Bf5 27.Rc1 Qb6 28.Rc5 g5 29.Qa5 Bh3 30.f4 gxf4 31.gxf4 Rd4 32.Kf2 Bf5 33.Bf3 Rd2+ 34.Kg3

[+0.24] d=25 19.Bb5 a5 20.a3 Bc5 21.h4 h6 22.h5 Bf5 23.Rc3 Kf8 24.g4 Bh7 25.Bd7 Rc7 26.Nxc5 Rxc5 27.Qd4 Rb5 28.Qxb6 Rxb6 29.b3 Rd8 30.Ba4 Be4 31.Rfc1 Bc6 32.Bxc6 bxc6 33.Kg2 Rd5 34.Re3

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  Eggman: <RandomVisitor> How about my suggestion of 18...Bc2?
Jul-05-15  RandomVisitor: <Eggman>After 18...Bc2:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+1.81] d=20 19.Rxc2 Bxf2+ 20.Rxf2 Rxc2 21.Qa3+ Ke8 22.Bb5+ Qxb5 23.Rxc2 Qxe5> 24.h3 a6 25.Rc1 Qe3+ 26.Kh1 Qf4 27.Rd1 b6 28.Rd4 Qf1+ 29.Kh2 Qf6 30.Kg1 Qe5 31.Qb4 Rc8 32.Rd6 Rb8 33.Rd2 Qe3+ 34.Kh2

[+1.72] d=19 19.Qh4+ Kf8 20.Rxc2 Bxf2+ 21.Rxf2 Rxc2 22.Qh5 f5 23.exf6 gxf6 24.Kf1 Kg7 25.Rf3 Rc7 26.Qg4+ Kh8 27.Rxf6 Qd6 28.Qf3 Rg8 29.Rf4 e5 30.Rf6 Qe7 31.Bd3 Rd7 32.Rf5 Rg5 33.Kg1 Rxf5 34.Qxf5

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  Eggman: Thanks, <RV>!
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  kevin86: Black's rook falls, and the king will soonest.
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