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Nigel Short vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2011), London ENG, rd 5, Dec-08
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: 61...Kf4 62. Kf2 f6 simple win.
Dec-08-11  boz: That does it.
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  OhioChessFan: 63. Kg2 Ke3 64. f4 Kxf4 1-0
Dec-08-11  Ulhumbrus: 63 Kg2 Ke3 and the white king has to abandon the f pawn
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  OhioChessFan: Anand simplified to avoid any perpetual tricks. Well done.
Dec-08-11  BadKnight: Over.
Dec-08-11  SuperPatzer77: <OhioChessFan> not 1-0 -> 0-1.


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  OhioChessFan: Super, yeah, I don't think Anand could blow this one!
Dec-08-11  SuperPatzer77: <OhioChessFan> Yeah, I don't think so, either.


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  whiteshark: That's the trick!
Dec-08-11  lost in space: Hmm, can understand why Short resigned. This would even I win against him. Or Kasparaov. Or Fischer.


Dec-08-11  Riverbeast: So now that Anand won a game, maybe he gets a temporary reprieve from all the dogs calling for his head?

For a day at least, I'm guessing

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  Penguincw: Anand with this victory puts him at an even record. I like it. Not drawing every game.
Dec-08-11  wordfunph: Game Quote:

"A move of criminal stupidity."

- GM Nigel Short (on 34.Na6? - in time trouble)

Dec-08-11  master of defence: Why not 62...f5?
Dec-08-11  Shams: <master of defence> Your move wins too, but hoarding tempos is never a bad idea in pure pawn endings. Even if you're a World Champion and the position is candy.
Dec-08-11  bronkenstein: <master of defence: Why not 62...f5?> Maybe Vishy remembered Short playing his game with Aronian to the very mate (which can be considered nice manners in fact) , and humorously suggested by this `short` pawn move that he would prefer bit earlier dinner to the honor of being allowed to mate =)
Dec-09-11  serenpidity.ejd: Just like what I kibitzed in this Corner, I already assumed Anand will pick up points against the 3 stooges.
Dec-09-11  King Death: < serenpidity.ejd: Just like what I kibitzed in this Corner, I already assumed Anand will pick up points against the 3 stooges.>

I've got a few bucks that say you couldn't play with these GMs you put down as the "3 Stooges". Unless you had your engine right there, and even then with that clock going "tick, tick, tick", what would you do?

Some of the comments in these pages go way beyond the merely stupid.

Dec-09-11  serenpidity.ejd: <King Death> No offense here. Just opinion. Stooge- one who plays a subordinate or compliant to a principal.
Dec-09-11  jussu: Playing the short move with a pawn when you have to lose a tempo is so much a standard, that Anand probably didn't even think about 62... f5. You have to lose a tempo, you make the least committal move available.
Dec-09-11  serenpidity.ejd: < Short prolonging the game >

Is this PRIDE rice or PISS (off) fillet?

Dec-10-11  visayanbraindoctor: This game was not won out of the opening, but in a protracted middlegame battle wherein Anand consistently plays slightly better moves than Short. Eventually Short made a move that tipped the scale to a lost game (34. Na6)- technically a blunder but humanly just another inferior move in a series of inferior moves. In brief, Anand outplayed Short.
Dec-19-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 31 Nc5 is 31 Nd2 so as to attack the blockader on d6 by Nc4
Nov-13-14  tranquilsimplicity: Absolutely beautiful endgame acumen!#
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