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Nigel Short vs Judit Polgar
Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Budapest HUN, rd 8, Apr-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1-0



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Aug-07-06  Chess Lou Zer: An interesting game. I thought that keeping black's f pawn on f4 for so long proved to be the difference.
May-06-09  returnoftheking: According to Timman there are some small tactics that Short oversees in this game. He makes up for it by superbly using the bishop pair.

21.f3 h6! (point being Bxh6 g5 h4 e4! followed by Ne5)

26.Bh4 Kf7! (with Bxf5? Bc7!)

Again, according to Timman 39..f4 is the losing move.

<Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 12 to 3, with 5 draws> Disastrous score. Both usually tactical players, maybe playing it safe like this game is better for Short.

Jan-14-13  wordfunph: from Chess Monthly 2003/06..

<Short declined an early draw offer but Polgar stayed close to equality for most of the game. "But it never was equal", stresses Short, who finally squeezed the full point from a favourable endgame. "And you know what? This was especially sweet because of my terrible score against her: I have 13 losses against Judit, which is quite unusual between players of approximately the same rating.">

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  plang: Played in the 8th round (of a 10 player round robin); this was the decisive game of the event enabling Short to win the event a clear point ahead of Polgar who finished second. Two rounds earlier Gelfand had played 11..a5 against Short and Short had gone on to win. At dinner (after the game with Gelfand) Movsesian had asked Short what he would play against 11..d5 implying that this grants Black an easy equality. Short did not agree and when Polgar indeed did play 11..d5 and offered a draw after 13..Bxd5 Short declined.

Short after 21..Bh6!?:"A typical Polgar move. She finds tactical resources where others suspect none exist." 22 Bxh6?..g5 23 h4..e4 24 fxe..Ne5 would have been winning for Black.

25..g5 was an attempt to simplify but had the disadvantage of opening the position for the two bishops; 29..Bg5 was suggested as an improvement; ..Bg5 was played a move later but was no longer as effective as 31..Bc1 32 Bc8..Bxb2 33 Bxb7..Ne7 34 Bxa5 would have been immediately decisive. 39..f4?! weakened the light squares; 39..Bd8 was preferable aiming to exchange Black's f-pawn for White's h-pawn. 51 b4 damaged his queenside majority but but created more room for his bishops to operate (Short could find no other winning attempt). White needed to avoid 71 h7?..Nf4+ 72 Kg5..Nd3.

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