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Miguel Illescas Cordoba vs Nigel Short
Pamplona (1999/00), Pamplona ESP, rd 5, Dec-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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  plang: A few months earlier at Bugojno 1999 Beliavsky had played 14..Bc8 against Piket (White won - not included in this database); 14..Na6 was new. After 19 Rc1? White was in serious trouble; necessary was either 19 Ne2 or 19 Rad1 maintaining control of d4 when the chances are approximately equal. Black would have been much better after 20 g3..c4 but that may have still been preferable to Illescas 20 dxc..d4! when he was ill-equipped yo handle Shorts powerful attack. Illescas could have tried 24 Rdd1..Qg5 25 Ne2..Qh4 26 gxf..Qxf2 27 Bg2..Bxf3 28 Bxf3..Qxf3+ 29 Kg1..Qxe2 but the final result would have been the same. The alternative defense 28 Rxc6 would have lost to 28..Qxf1+ 29 Ng1..Rd1 (or 29..Rd2 30 Rg6..Qf2) 30 Rg6..Qxf3+ 31 Rg2..Qe4! 32 b3..Rxg1+ 33 Kxg1..Qe1#.
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  Fusilli: I just played this game on Guess the Move, and blundered the last move. I chose 30...Qh4. Same idea as the winning move Short played: threaten the knight, and the bishop can't move because of the mate on h2. But white has 31.Qa3 defending! (And actually comes out with a big advantage.) That cost me a -3... still scored 47, above par (40), but come on, Fusilli... Qh4??
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  ChessHigherCat: Hi <Fusilli> I think your move's okay, because 30...Qh4 31. Qa3 Qxf4. When you say "actually comes out with a big advantage", do you mean white or black?
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  Fusilli: <CHC> I mean white, because after 31...Qxf4 white has 32.Qxf3 and keeps the extra piece.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Fusilli>: I'm totally confused now. I was working from the last move in the above diagram and white didn't make a move 31 and there's nothing on f3.
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  Fusilli: <CHC> Are you looking at the final position, i.e. AFTER Short played 30...Be4? I was saying that in Guess the Move I chose the inferior 30...Qh4 INSTEAD of Be4. So, with my move that bishop is still on f3, and that's why 31.Qa3 defends against 30...Qh4.
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  ChessHigherCat: Okay, I see, sorry, I had to back up a move. I've never figured out how to play guess the move so I'm not familiar with it.
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  Fusilli: <CHC> I think Guess the Move is a great training tool. Unlike the puzzles, it resembles real life, where no one whispers in your ear that you have a winning move. My problem is that I blitz through it, though. I should work on it slower.
Aug-07-17  Howard: Larry Evans' "What's the Best Move?" followed a similar theme, as I recall. Sometimes the "best move" would simply be a good move which gave the player a significant advantage, albeit not necessarily a decisive one.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Fusilli> I just played Guess the Move for the first time, thanks! I had to search "Guess the Move" + "Chess" on Google to find it because the search function on this site seems to be limited to individual words (a thing devoutly to be unwished). It was a lot of fun but I don't understand why Carlsen was not penalized on the rare occasions when he failed to find my move :-)

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