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Nigel Short vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-29-05  acirce: Not a good game by either side. For Kramnik in particular it's probably his worst in the tournament except his strange quick loss against Topalov.

From the official site: <With the White pieces against Kramnik, Nigel Short declined yet another theoretical battle in the Sveshnikov and instead preferred the Closed Sicilian. Some slightly over-ambitious play by Kramnik soon backfired, and by move 15 the Russian admitted to standing much worse. In the diagram position (see diagram 4), he forced the pace with 21...d5 and after 22.Nce5 Nfxe5 23.dxe5 Nxe5 24.Nxe5 Bxe5 25.Qg5 his position was looking highly dangerous. What Kramnik himself thought about his chances is shown by his semi-serious comment in the post-mortem about one variation: "At least I am not losing by force. That was my only ambition in this position!" However, after the further moves 25...Bb7 26.Ra7 Rd7 27.c4 Qd6, Short missed the strongest reply 28.Rb1. After this, the post-mortem did not find a forced win, although Black's position would have remained perilous. Instead, after the game continuation 28.cxd5, Black was able to survive to a drawn ending.>

TWIC has analysis too at with which I agree that 28.Rb1 dxc4 works for Black, for example 29.Rbxb7 Rbxb7 30.Bxb7 Bd4!

However, I wonder how the surprising 32.Bxd5!? would have been, and then 32..Rxa7 33.Bc4! Kg7 34.Rxf6! and after either 34..Rxd3 35.Bxd3 Kxf6 36.Bxc5 or 34..Kxf6 35.Bh4+ and 36.Bxd8 White remains with a mighty bishop pair against R+p on an open board. In the former line White can also ponder leaving his rook on the board with 35.Rc6 but will only have one pawn left. Still these lines look dangerous.

25..Bxc3 might be risky but shouldn't Black survive? 26.Ra7 Rb7 27.Rxb7 Bxb7 28.Re7 Rd7, I don't know if White gets anything more than a pawn back. 26.Re7 Qd6

Jan-29-05  yoozum: Thanks for the link, <acirce>. I rather doubt anybody expected Short to pull this off, but I sure am glad that he gets to take home a small amount of Kramnik's elo points.

The main struggle for Short in Corus is to still command some respect, and the fact that he may have had a win against Kramnik goes to prove that he hasn't lost it completely ;-)

Seriously, though, losing against Topalov and Leko is perfectly understandable, but I am still a bit upset by his loss against Bruzon.

Apr-26-18  TanoBols: Why not 9. Na4 in order to block the Queen?
Apr-27-18  Nerwal: <Why not 9. Na4 in order to block the Queen?>

9. ♘a4 ♕a5 loses immediately.

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