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Joel Lautier vs Nigel Short
Pamplona (1999/00), Pamplona ESP, rd 8, Jan-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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  plang: Short and Lautier were tied at +3 after 7 rounds of this 10 player round robin; this round 8 win was the decisive result leading to Short's tournament victory. In Kramnik's win against Yusupov at Dortmund 1998 13..Nxg3 had been played; Short had forgotten that game but using general principles came up with the improvement 13..Qc8. 14 Bb1?! and 15 Qc2 did not work well in this type of position; 14 Rc1 or 14 a4 were alternatives. Lautier offered a draw with 17 dxc which Short turned down not because he thought he was better but because Lautier's last few moves had indicated that he was not comfortable in the position. 18 Qb3 would have been better avoiding Black's reply 18..Ng5!. Black would have had a clear advantage after 27 Ne4..Bxe4 28 Bxe4..d3 29 Rd1..Qb4 30 Nd2..Rd4 31 a3..Qc3 winning material. 30 Qd4? would have blundered a piece after 30..Qxd4 31 Nxd4..Nf4. Sokolov analyzed a drawing line with 35 Bh7+..Kg8 36 Bf5..Qd5 37 Bd3..Nf4+ 38 gxf..Bb7 39 Be2..Qe6 40 f5..Qxe2 41 Qxe2..Rxe2 42 Rxd4..Rxa2 43 Rd8..Kg8 44 Nc5..Bc6 45 Rc8..Rc2 46 Rxc6..Rxc5 47 Rxc5..Bxc5 48 Ne5; instead after 35 Nd2?! White would have been close to winning had Black played 35..Bb5!. 39 Be4? was a poor square for the bishop; either 39 Bf3 or 39 Bc4 were better. A good example of the dynamic potential of "hanging pawns".
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  plang: The position up to 28 Rc1 is correct; for some reason the rest of the game score is incorrect.

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