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Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
Korchnoi Birthday KO (2001) (rapid), Zuerich SUI, rd 2, Apr-29
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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  Hanada: Nice attack! Bh6 comes out of nowhere. Happy birthday Korchnoi!
Mar-14-05  alexandrovm: Very nice attack by Kasparov
Mar-14-05  watchchess79: Can anybody explain the winning line here?
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  keypusher: If 24...♔xf7, 25 ♕g7#. If 24 ...♗f6, then 25 ♘d6 and 26 ♘xf6+
May-21-05  notyetagm: 18 ♗h6!!, wow.
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  al wazir: If 24...Bf6 25. Nd6, then 25...Bh8. White is only an exchange up.
Jun-24-05  schnarre: Black was lost in any event, but what's with 22...Qxb5?
Jun-25-05  InspiredByMorphy: 22. ...Nh8 was blacks last grim hope of staying in the game.
Jun-26-05  schnarre: 23. f7+ is still a killer: 22...Nh8, 23. f7+ & either 23...Nxf7?? 24. Qg7#, or 23. f7+ Qxf7 24. Nxf7 Rxf7 (...Kxf7 25. Qg7#) 25. dxc5 bxc5 26. Rad1 should win easily enough.
Mar-15-06  Topzilla: Beatifull attack.
Aug-12-07  ToTheDeath: Short's play was very weak and he missed several chances to challenge White's setup, but 18.Bh6!! what a shot!
Aug-12-07  Gouki: quite a short game by short :D

excellent game by Kasparov!

Oct-22-11  serenpidity.ejd: The title of this game is: "SHORT: I CAN'T UNDERSTAND KASPAROV, PART 2."


Feb-15-14  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ comments on this game:

(the 2nd part of the video refers to G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 )

Jan-28-15  knight knight: If 24...Bf6 25. Nd6 Bh8, then 26. Nxb5 ;-)

Nice fast attack and analysis by King.

Jan-28-15  RookFile: I'm surprised by 4....Nf6. 4....Nc6 invites Kasparov to try to win positionally.
Jul-11-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess- Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov "

Solve for white on move 18.

Mar-03-21  Gaito: The critical moment of the game was probably just after White played 17.Kg2 (see diagram below):

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Here Short played 17...Qd7?? with an attack against White's weak b5 pawn. To me the move looks O.K., but the engines (LcZero and SF13) believe that it was a terrible mistake. Alternatives that are suggested are 17...cxd4 (LcZero and GNU Chess 6.2.7), and 17...Nd7 (Stockfish 13 and Cfish 12). A very thorough analysis should be needed in order to find out why the move 17...Qd7?? is considered to be a blunder by the computer engines. Maybe the queen is needed in the diagonal d8-h5 in order to strengthen the defence of Black's K-side. Besides, White's b5 pawn is unimportant and it doesn't look like a good business for Black to spend two valuable tempi to capture that pawn. I only wonder if Short knew that White would play 18.Bh6! or if it came as a surprise to him. At any rate, after 17...Qd7?? 18.Bh6 the computer evaluation becomes stratospheric in White's favor (+6.31 SF13; +7.63 LcZero).

Mar-03-21  Gaito: If Black's queen were on d8, the capture 20.exf6(e.p.) would not have been feasible. That is one possible reason why the move 17...Qd7 was considered to be a blunder by the chess engines.
Mar-03-21  Gaito: I have always suspected that Nigel Short was always much stronger with the white pieces than with the black pieces. I have seen many beautiful games won by Short, but almost always as White. It seems to me that his rating with the white pieces was something like 2700, but his rating with the black pieces was something like 2400. But maybe I am wrong.
Mar-03-21  Gaito: In my comment above I wrote "the diagonal d8-h5". Sorry; that's not a diagonal. What I had in mind was the diagonal d8-h4. I apologize.
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  fredthebear: Where did Gaito go?

A fine finish to this game!

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