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Nigel Short vs Ivan Sokolov
Staunton Memorial (Scheveningen Match) (2009), London ENG, rd 3, Aug-10
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-09  Marmot PFL: I am for the Dutch but if Short keeps it up England will probably win
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  bright1: Could Sokolov have survived after playing 31 ... Qxa4 ?
Aug-11-09  Chicago Chess Man: <bright1> I don't think so. I'm seeing something like 32.Rd4 Qxa2 33. Rd7 with too many threats. And I'm sure Sokolov would have looked at Qxa4 before resigning.
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  JointheArmy: Ouch.
Aug-11-09  mandy64: <bright> After 31..Qa4 white replies 32.Bb5, attacking the queen and the e-rook
Aug-11-09  aragorn69: Impressive play by our very own GM Nigel, again. :-))

I don't remember seeing someone countering the "Polerio gambit" so effectively since Fischer!

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Blocking the d-pawn with the Bishop has become fashionable of late. 8.Bd3 here, and in the Four Knights, 1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nc6; 3.Nc3,Nf6; 4.Bg5,Bd6. In my time, such moves would have been ridiculed. Chess marches on!
Aug-12-09  eainca: If 31....Qa4 then
32.Bc4+, Kf8
33.RxR+, RxR or BxR 34.Qf6
33....., QxR
34.Qf6+, Bf7
35.Qh6+, Ke7
36.Qg5+, Kf8
37.Qf3 exchange Queens and Bishop with a won end game. and if 33...KxR 34.Qh8
Aug-12-09  Eisenheim: whoops! black appears ahead in development and 8 Bd3 looks suffocating, yet NS solidly opened it up, but I would consider the finish a blunder
Aug-12-09  WhiteRook48: 8 Bd3?!?!
Aug-13-09  eainca: WhiteRook48: 8 Bd3?!?!
8.Bd3, Ng4
9.Ne4, f5
11.h3, fe4
13.b4, Qd4
18.Rf2 Dzindzichashvili

There ia more but I'm to lazy to record the rest.

Aug-17-09  Wolfgang01: Nigel preferes „Short“-games!

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