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Nigel Short vs Jan Gustafsson
11th BCC Thailand Open (2011), Pattaya THA, rd 7, Apr-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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Apr-15-11  bezzazz: I think that either 34. Ne1/Nh4 both fail to 34....Rxg2+, 35. Nxg2 Qxh3+, 36. any K move Qxg2++ mate. Also, 34. g3/g4 both fail to 34....Qxf3. Is my analysis correct?
Apr-15-11  bezzazz: 33. Rc7 is the fatal mistake so perhaps 33. Rxf6 should be recommended as the better continuation?
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  FSR: <bezzaz> Your analysis of the final position is correct.

Your suggestion of 33.Rxf6 is a little better than the game continuation. However, Short would be down a knight for a pawn (White's pawn on d5 would fall) and have a hopeless game. He was desperately trying to get an attack going to compensate for his piece minus, and was probably also in time pressure.

Apr-15-11  bezzazz: 28. Ncxe5 must be considered an unsound sacrifice or not? What do the computers say and suggest?
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  tamar: Rybka prefers 31 g4 Qd7 32 Nxe5 Qa7 33 d6 Nf6 34 Rf3 Rae8 35 Rc5

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Here Black has a knight for two pawns, but must give up an exchange, as his knight on f4 protects against Ng6+

Pretty even though Black is minimally given the edge after 35...Rxe5 36 Rxe5 Ng6 37 Re6 -.13/22

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  wordfunph: quote of the game..

"I think he didn't have time for his [slow plan from moves 17-20]. His piece sacrifice at the end [isn't great] but I already have strong threats."

- GM Jan Gustafsson

Apr-16-11  Atking: I was hoping for a King Gambit typical of the imaginative and fighting spirit of GM Nigel Short.

But this Ruy Lopez shows some fight too. 28.Ncxe5 maybe not correct is courageous. And as showed by <Tamar> there is still chance to complicate the issue.

Before Black threats the King side with a potential f file wasn't possible to keep the diagonal opened by 14.Qb1 (With slow pressure on the Queen side Ba2 b4 eventually Qb2 &c4) ? A point behind this move is 14...Na5 15.Ba2 exd 16.cxd Nxe4 17.Bxh6! NxN 18.Bxf7+! KxB 19.Qf5+ ~ 20.Ng5 which seems crushing. Maybe after Qb1 Black should play somewhere d5.

Apr-17-11  The Eagles: After 28.Ncxe5

Nigel Short - Jan Gustafsson, 11th BCC Thailand Open 2011

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Analysis by Houdini 1.5a w32:

1. ³ (-0.65): 28...Bxb1 29.Nd7 Qg6 30.g3 Qf5 31.gxf4 Qxd7 32.Qxb1 Rxf4 33.Qg6 Raf8 34.Rcc3 Nf6 35.Rcd3 Nxd5 36.Rxd5 Rxf3 37.Rxf3 Rxf3 38.Rxd6 Qxh3+ 39.Kg1 Qh4 40.Qe8+ Kh7 41.Qg6+ Kg8 42.Qe6+ Rf7 43.Qa2 Qg4+ 44.Kf1

2. ³ (-0.54): 28...dxe5 29.Rc6 Qd8 30.d6 e4 31.Bxe4 Be6 32.Qd1 Nf6 33.Qd4 Nxe4 34.Rxe4 Bd5 35.Re7 Rf6 36.Rcc7 Qxd6 37.Rcd7 Qb6 38.Qxb6 Rxb6 39.Rxg7 Be4 40.Nh4 Nh5 41.Rge7 Nf6 42.Rd4 Bh7 43.f4 Rc8 44.Nf3

3. ± (0.81): 28...Rac8 29.Rxc8 Rxc8 30.Bxf5 Qxf5 31.Nd4 Qf6 32.Nec6 Rf8 33.g3 Ne6 34.Nf3 Nhg5 35.Kg2 Nc7 36.h4 Nxf3 37.Rxf3 Qxf3+ 38.Qxf3 Rxf3 39.Kxf3 Nxd5 40.Nd8 Nc3 41.Nf7+ Kg8 42.Nxd6 Nb1 43.Nb7 Nxa3 44.Nc5

Apr-17-11  The Eagles: After 31...Qd3

Nigel Short - Jan Gustafsson, 11th BCC Thailand Open 2011

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Analysis by Houdini 1.5a w32:

1. ³ (-0.36): 32.Qxd3 Nxd3 33.Re2 Nf4 34.Rd2 Nf6 35.d6 Kh7 36.g3 Ne6 37.Kg2 Nd7 38.Nd4 Nxd4 39.Rxd4 Ne5 40.Rc7 Rad8 41.Re7 Nc6 42.Rg4 Rg8 43.Re6 Rd7 44.Rf4

2. (-1.83): 32.Qb2 Rf6 33.Qc1 Nxd5 34.Rc8+ Rxc8 35.Qxc8+ Nf8 36.Re8 Qf5 37.Qc5 Qf4+ 38.Kg1 Nc7 39.Rc8 Nce6 40.Qe5 Qxe5 41.Nxe5 Kh7 42.Ng4 Rf7 43.Rc6 Ra7 44.Ne5 Nd4 45.Rd6 Nf5 46.Rd1 Rc7 47.g4

3. (-1.94): 32.Qc2 Qxc2 33.Rxc2 Rfd8 34.g3 Nxd5 35.Re1 Nhf6 36.Ne5 Re8 37.Kg2 Kh7 38.Rc5 Rac8 39.f4 Nc3 40.Kf3 Na4 41.Rxc8 Rxc8 42.Re2 Nc3 43.Re3 g6 44.Rd3 Nce4

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