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Nigel Short vs Eduardo Blank Goncalves
"Blank Check" (game of the day Jan-28-2005)
Clock Simul (2001) (exhibition), Sao Paulo BRA, Sep-03
Pirc Defense: Kholmov System (B07)  ·  1-0



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Jan-28-05  Ernesto7: awsm mate...i think this is one of those "less flashy" queen sacks but its nice and solid and it got the job done....
Jan-28-05  dafish298: yea im not the biggest short fan but he did a great job of just demolishing the pirc and beating a 2200 player in a time odds simul no the less! most high players simuls require ratings of 1800 or less...such as kasparov's for example.
Jan-28-05  pastpawn: Doesn't 27... Kg8 hold on for longer?
Jan-28-05  isolatedpawn: Excellent game by Short!!! Just ripped apart the Pirc defense.
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  cu8sfan: What a game! I'll try to remember it the next time I face the Pirc. This opening is a pain for every e4-er.
Jan-28-05  themindset: you consider the pirc a pain?

just pick a system against it (i use the austrian attack) and book up, you won't have too much trouble. the pirc is not much of a test, and if you play e4 in order to get attacking chances, well... the pirc affords quite a few of those, often down the h-file as in this game.

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  cu8sfan: It just feels a little awkward, I'm storming ahead with my pawn, ready to attack and unleash my King's Gambit or the likes and Black just replies with some lame pawn move that locks everything in. I want my opponent to be saying <Bring it on> and not <I think I've got a little bit of a headache, why don't we play another time>. That's how the Pirc feels.
Jan-28-05  euripides: <most high players simuls require ratings of 1800 or less...such as kasparov's for example. > Kasparov has given some successful simuls against grandmasters.
Jan-28-05  panzer6tiger: dafish298, Kasparov's simuls are not with players with rating less than 1800. Check Kasparov's match with the national team of the Czech republic (4 grandmasters) which is said to be the strongest simul in history!
Jan-28-05  acirce: Kasparov's usual cutoff is around 2000 is it not. is a story about that.

<he rather nervously asked me if I had a rating. I replied 2084 and he, not looking very happy, asked why I didn't write it down in front of the board next to my name. I replied that no one asked me too and that the Belzberg people knew my rating and only today OK my playing since I am a client. He then stated that if he had known I was rated that highly he would have played differently rather than getting into a very theoretical line. Being aware of the 2000 cutoff I again appologized for the misunderstanding and we quickly realized that the Belzberg staff had erred in not telling people to write down their ratings (these were different people than from the NYC event). I simply stated "I'm sorry for the confusion, I won't play " and started to get up and Garry, reiterating that he'd have played differently vs a rated expert, started resetting the pieces to the starting position and said we can restart.>

But yes, he has played a few very impressive simuls against GM's as well. Of course with fewer boards then.

Jan-28-05  JohnBoy: <pastpawn> - Indeed 27...Kg8 holds a bit longer. What I would play as a follow-up is 28.Rxd7 Qxc4+ 29.Kf2 with the intention of g7 and Rh8. Hard to meet. If black plays 29...Nd8, for example, then 30.Rhh7 threatens Rdg7+ followed by Rxc7, Bc5+ and general mayhem.
Jan-28-05  pastpawn: <JohnBoy> Your line looks good. As Black, I would probably try 29 ... Rd8 30 Rxc7 Rd4, but then 31 Ne2 seems to hold everything, and leave White with the unstoppable threats you mention.
Jan-28-05  Castle In The Sky: 11...f5 seems to be a mistake as it allows white to lock in the king side pawn advance and inevitably open the h file, better perhaps would have been f6, while this move would temporarily lock in the g7 bishop it would challenge white's bind. Just a kibitzer's idea.
Jan-28-05  artemis: <cu8sfan> if you play against the pirc with an opponent brazen enough to castle kingside early, then pretend that you are playing the yugo-slav attack against the sicilian dragon. The great news for you is that your opponent won't have the open c file for an attack. Most people playing the pirc know the difficulties in castling kingside and dont do it ( see the famous Kasparov vs. Topalov king hunt).
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  kevin86: White's play along he h-file is irresistable! When you get such a strong position-even a queen is dispensable.
Jan-28-05  Shah Mat: few things make me happier than a QRR or RQR battery along the a or h file.
Jan-28-05  nopawnintended: I saw short playing blitz on icc against a very high rated chinese GM and he was phenomenal. He won game after one game his opponent lifted short's king out to the third rank in the first ten moves and short still won! You might say he made short work of him (sorry).
Jan-28-05  Timetraveller: <JohnBoy> and <pastpawn>: After 27...Kg8, 28. Be2! contains the deadly threat of 29.Rh8+, Kg7; 30. R1h7+, Kxg6; 31.Bh5#
Jan-28-05  JohnBoy: Indeed it does, <Timetraveller>! Gracias! Looks hard to stop, too.
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  cu8sfan: <artemis> Thanks, I'll try and keep that in mind!
Jan-29-05  patzer2: Short's 19. h5! positional sacrifice demolishes his strong simul opponent's pawn strcture, and facilitates the decisive Queen sacrifice which follows.
Nov-15-05  BabyJ: On 27...Kg8 (or f8), White may also
simply play 28 Bb3 .
Nov-15-05  apoorv: as a e4-er, i love it when the opponent plays the pirc, i simply LOVE it when he castles kingside, out of 4 pirc games in which i'm white, i won 100%
May-22-07  Whitehat1963: Tuesday puzzle after 24...Bd7.
Aug-16-07  aazqua: Bb3 looks better than any sort of antics with the rooks. Balcks king is so weak and his pieces so uncoordinated. The white bishop has no where to go, the black rook is pathetic and the g pawn is threatening. Of course, anything is better than conceding a one move mate.

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