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Ivan Sokolov vs Nigel Short
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 7, Nov-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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  TheAlchemist: After the game, Short is supposed to have done a little whining to Gennadi Sosonko (Dutch team captain): "Do you know, where I went wrong?", to which Sosonko cleverly responded: "I don't know. Maybe you should ask Victor Korchnoi."
May-29-05  Everett: I'm out of the loop, please explain.
May-30-05  Hidden Skillz: same rates at the time..nice lol
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  TheAlchemist: <Everett> Korchnoi is a notorious bad loser, he used to talk well about players he beat and bad about players that beat him. At least, that's what I think.
May-30-05  Hidden Skillz: the threat is the penetration of the rooks on the h cant stop the mate.. for example Qg6 would be crushing..
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  TheAlchemist: <Hidden Skillz> Right, although Qg6 can be prevented with 32...Bh7, but it's of no avail: 33.Bxh7 Kxh7 34.Qg5! and the sacrifice on h6 can't be prevented.
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  notyetagm: White has some of the best minor pieces ever seen on a chessboard after 24 e5.
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  notyetagm: Hard to believe that a 2684-rated player could be so completely outplayed positionally.

Have a look at the final position. It looks like a Sokolov-NN game from a simul.

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  notyetagm: Looks like Nigel could have used a quick read of Hansen's Improve Your Positional Chess after this strategic rout.
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  plang: Earlier in the year at Malmo Epishin had played 9 b4 against Short and Black had won a nice game after the interesting sacrifice 9..Nxb4!?. 12..Qb6?! had been played several times before but Sokolov felt it was an error recommending 12..Rfc8 instead; Sokolov's response 13 b4 was new. 17..Bh4!? seems a bit odd leading to the opening of the h-file and leaving a hole on d6.

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