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Nigel Short vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2010), Havana CUB, rd 8, Jun-18
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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Jun-18-10  guikfc: nice back rank tatic.
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  luzhin: In this Dragon, Short's 11.Qe1 seems new --but not very good. But it seems he was coping with all of Black's threats until 25.Rg1? after which he was overrun. At the end 29.Bxg2 Qxa1+ 30.Nxa1 Re1+ 31.Bf1 Kxg7 is curtains. Nepo's 21...Qa8! is geometry in action.
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  wordfunph: in a sharp complicated positions, 45-year-old Nigel may be at disadvantage against his young 20-year-old opponent..
Jun-19-10  falso contacto: I dont think so. As long as he is healthy, he's still a young man. Just a game. Maybe Nigel tried to bring Nepo out of the books. Didn't succeed. Qe1 is typical Schveningen manouvre. But he has plenty of experience and he's totally capable of playing.
Jun-19-10  falso contacto: btw, that russian name is laughable.
"chtch". Too many indications. Not good for latinos.
Jun-19-10  Prugno: Spectacular finish, although perhaps more appropriate for an Alekhine rather than a Capablanca Memorial.
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  whiteshark: Nepo combined wizzard-like
Jun-19-10  ozmikey: Wonderful finish.
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  whiteshark: Commenting on 25.Rg1 chessbase said that it was a mistake

<The two have fought a raging battle in this Sicilian Dragon, but now Nigel Short blunders the sure draw away with the careless 25.Rg1?>

but what had they in mind when speaking of a <sure draw <?>>

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  vonKrolock: <whiteshark> Yes, the game is too complex for such assertions like <*<*<the sure draw>*>*> in that moment

after 24...♘e3

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  vonKrolock: Just a sample: 25.c4!? ♗xg2+ 26.♔g1 ♗xf1 27.♗xf1 ♕f3!? analysis diagram

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If now 28.♗h6?!, then ♘f5! etc, so maybe 28.♗d4!?, or even 28.♖e2 ♖ea8 29.♗d4 etc

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  vonKrolock: Again: 25.♗d4 (possibly this is the best move) ♗xg2+ 26.♔g1 ♗xf1 27.♗xf1 ♘xf1 28.♕xf1 ♖xa2 etc Yes, now it seems that black attack will not bring a decision, and white is a ♗+♘ vs ♖ piece up ...
Jun-19-10  Caissanist: While commenting here on the recent WC match, Short said that Anand's "fitness is a real cause for concern" and that he was making the kind of errors you would expect from a "flabby, middle-aged Indian" suffering from fatigue. Short is of course several years older than Anand and rather flabby himself, as he readily acknowledged.
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  whiteshark: <vonKrolock: <25.♗d4! ♗xg2+ 26.♔g1 ♗xf1 27.♗xf1 ♘xf1 28.♕xf1 ♖xa2> etc Yes, now it seems that black attack will not bring a decision, and white is a ♗+♘ vs ♖+♙ piece up ...>

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Thanks! Yes, that's the line. I think the position is in balance .. Black's heavy pieces are well places and White's King's position is quite fluffy

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  mike1: great finish but Black got nothing but a pawn minus at move 19!What did Nigel had in mind with 19.e5? No idea.
19.Bd4 had to be much better for White.
Jun-21-10  ounos: And all this time the bishop was standing on g7! Quite amusing.
Jun-23-10  Marmot PFL: I like black's idea. He takes initiative at a small price and white's extra pawn is almost useless. Black's position is easier to play than if he just defended against white's king side attack.
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  HeMateMe: Ian isn't a typically Russian name, is it? nice tactics, like something out of an advanced tactics book.
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