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Nigel Short vs Peter Heine Nielsen
1st Samba Cup (2003), Skanderborg DEN, rd 8, Oct-18
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-01-09  myschkin: . . .

after 4.b4

„Here again, I’m not too impressed with the Englishman’s sense of time. This was popular around 1860.“

„After the game my opponent said he wondered why the Evans is so little played at top level. I think it’s because it loses a pawn“.

(Peter Heine Nielsen, NIC 8/2003. S. 47ff.)

Apr-27-11  Widsith: Short says:

"Needless to say, I share the view of Professor George Botterill that this remains a viable opening. I do not see how Morphy, Anderssen, Chigorin, Fischer and Kasparov can all have been wrong."

Short's novelty in this game was 12.Nb5, although 12...d5 seems like a pretty good reply.

Jan-26-22
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  plang: Short has been partial to 7 Qb3 over the main line 7 0-0. One of the advantages of this sideline is that is that the black queen is awkwardly placed on e7. Short played 12 Nb5!? instantly indicating that it was part of his preparation. 17 Nxc7+..Ka8 18 Qxe3..Bxe3 19 Nxa8..Ne4 would have favored Black. 22..c5?! created weaknesses that White could have exploited; 22..Nd5 would have been better.

Nielsen after 25 Ne5+:
"Around here Nigel finally startyed to spend quite some time, and fortunately for me this led him to the conclusion that he had to force the draw. I had a similar view of the position, so not surprisingly the game ended soon. White, however, has a winning position here. Obviously we were focused on different mating ideas, as this certainly been the theme of the game so far, and so didn't appreciate that White actually has excellent positional compensation, even apart from the fact that Black's king is vulnerable."

Short missed 26 Re3! which would have given him a winning advantage: (a) 26..b5 27 Rg3..Be4 28 Rxg7..Rf8 29 f5 or (b) 26..h5 27 Bxf6..gxf 28 Bd5+..Kb8 (28..Ba6 29 Ra3+..Kb5 30 Bc6+..Kb4 31 Rb3+..Ka5 32 Nc4+..Ka6 33 Ra3#) 29 Nf7..Rf8 30 Re7.

A fascinating fighting game.

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