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Nigel Short vs Hameed Mansour Ali Kadhi
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LIB, rd 1, Jun-20
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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  Gypsy: Black was not playing for a draw. Not at all.
Jun-20-04  Swindler: What a spirit! Not exchanging Queens against Short... BTW nice with a MacCutcheon.
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  Chessical: I do not like Black exchanging pawns on move 15. Although, it is often played in the MacCutcheon, this is in association with the N on c6 rtaher than d7.

<15...c4> 16.Be2 Qe7 17.fxg5 Rg8 18.g6 0-0-0;

<15...Qe7> 16.fxg5 c4 17.Be2 0-0-0 18.g6 fxg6; may be safer

The N on d7 cannot generate the same counterplay against the weak pawn on d4, and the exchange tends to free up White's position.

Jun-20-04  dragon40: <Gypsy: Black was not playing for a draw. Not at all. > Very true, and being down 1-0 already, at least he did what he thought he had to do to win...noble, but Short was more than prepared it seems! the Knight on D7 was a major issue for BLack, and Short has to feel good about a steady performance to get into the 2nd round!
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  Gypsy: <┬ádragon40: ... Short has to feel good about a steady performance to get into the 2nd round!> He plays well from the inside track, so to speak.

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