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Nigel Short vs Shardul Gagare
Commonwealth Championship (2008), Nagpur IND, Sep-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1-0



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Oct-14-08  LaFreaK: 45.c4!!
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  gawain: That c4!! is really a great move to allow W to get Ng4 in. 46 Ng4 is winning because it threatens an unanswerable breakthrough. 46 Ng4 threatens either 47 Nh6 (which puts Black in grave danger of being mated) or even 47 Rxf7+ Kxf7 48 Nh6+ Ke8 (not 48...Kf8 49 Rxg8#) 49 Rxg8 Kd7 49 Rxc8 Kxc8 50 f7 and the pawn will queen.

Short obviously saw that Ng4 would win by force but he could not play Ng4 at move 45 because it loses to 45...Rc4+. So Short gives up a pawn to keep the R off the c4 square. Black loses if he takes the c4 pawn with either pawn or bishop.

Black must reply 45... Be8 (to protect the f7 pawn but this loses to 46 cxd5 Re8 47 Ng4 etc. In this variation B cannot take the pawn with 46...exd5 because of 47 Nf5! which (again) threatens a forced mate after 48 Nh6

It's really worth loading this one into the chess engine and playing out the variations.

Oct-14-08  Jim Bartle: Wonder what feels like playing an 11-year-old boy.
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  gawain: Well, two players in that tournament know what it feels like to *lose* to an 11 year old boy. And only two others, Short included, know what it feels like to beat him.

I had no idea he was a youngster when I analyzed Short's excellent move.

Oct-14-08  belgradegambit: I also love a good Short King walk!
Oct-14-08  Jim Bartle: gawain: I wasn't trying to be snide. It must be hard to concentrate playing against a kid.
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  gawain: Sorry, <Jim Bartle>, I admit I did slightly mistake your drift.

You make a good point.

Part of what we can admire about Short's move is that he came up with the c4 move under the pressure of not permitting the underdog youngster to get away with a draw.

Nov-01-08  Takya Kotov: <Jim Bartle: Wonder what feels like playing an 11-year-old boy> Well Short should know. He was a child prodigy himself and at age 11, he was hammering really good players on a regular basis.
Nov-01-08  Jim Bartle: Good point.
Nov-15-08  rogge: 11 years old? Not bad.
Nov-21-08  just a kid: A great game from a 11-year old!Short didn't underestimate his opponent and slowly worked him into a losing position.26...Rg8 was probably not the right way to go.
Dec-23-18  Saniyat24: Short Gags...!
Dec-23-18  Cibator: Short does Gagare in and flies high.
Dec-23-18  Saniyat24: I first thought Short goes Gaga...!...but he knows where he is going...! :P

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