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Nigel Short vs Alexander G Beliavsky
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-18
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Game 2 of their fourth round match in the World Championship tournament. Short leveled the match with this win and went on to win the tiebreaks and then defeat Krasenkov in the fifth round before being defeated by Adams. Short's quote after 12 d5: "A continuation that bought me success in a key game in my match against Jan Timman in 1993. It is also a lot easier than the sharp stuff beginning 12 a4..h6 13 Bc2..exd 14 cxd..Nb4 which, in my advanced state of senility, is an important consideration." 14..c6?! had been played before but was criticized as an error after this game. 14..Nc5 was recommended kicking the bishop off the a2-g8 diagonal prior to ..c6. 16..Qc7 was new; 16..h6 had been played previously. If 19..Nxg4? 20 exd wins immediately. If 18..d5 did not solve Black's problems then 22..h5?! made them a lot worse. Seirawan offered 22..g6? 23 Qf3..f5? 24 Rxd5 as a hopeless alternative and recommended 22..Rae8 although he admitted that White is a lot better here. Beliavsky had originally thought that 23..Ne7 was a winning defense but then realized that 24 Qxf7+!..Kxf7 25 Nd6+ is a crushing response. Beliavsky was probably hoping for 27 Bxe6..Bxe6 with a difficult technical endgame but after 27 Rxf7! he resigned.
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  wordfunph: short-beliavsky

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black weakened his position by playing 23...Nf4, engine suggested 23...Nc7

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  Plaskett: In my book Can You Be A Tactical Chess Genius? I described the final move of this game as "an almost unique tactic" which I found impossible to classify.
Mar-31-20  Johnraho: <<Plaskett>> I agree and feel Short has others that meet that description. Head-scratchers that work.
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  Plaskett: This was a great match.

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