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Nigel Short vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go" (game of the day Jan-28-2012)
Gibraltar Masters (2012), La Caleta GIB, rd 3, Jan-26
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Quiet Variation (C94)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-12  iking: 31. ...f5 was a blunder for black .... uncharacteristic move from <Mamed> ~
Jan-26-12  luzhin: Mamedyarov clearly finds Short a difficult opponent: in their previous game he lost as White in 25 moves to the British GM!
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  Penguincw: Short is going to prove to be a dangerous opponent.
Jan-26-12  Ezzy: Nigel Short - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov [C94]
Tradewise Gibraltar Caleta ENG (3), 26.01.2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Nb8 10.d3< Nigel hasn't played this before, and Mamedjyrov hasn't faced it before. 10 d4 is main line.> 10...Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Nf1 Nc5 13.Bc2 Re8 14.Ng3 Bf8 15.b4 Ne6 <The knight usually goes back to d7>. 16.d4 g6< Novelty.> 17.Bd2 Nd7 18.Bb3 Qf6 19.d5 Nf4 20.c4 Nb6?! <Nigel just seems to get total control of the position after this. White controls the 'c' file and dominates the queenside.> 21.Rc1 bxc4 22.Bxc4 Nxc4 23.Rxc4 Rac8 24.Qc2 Be7< Mamedjyrov could have took the opportunity to get his queen trapped here, instead of waiting till later in the game, At least he would have had a longer day off :-) [24...Nxh3+?? 25.gxh3 Qxf3 26.Bg5 Threatening 27 Re3 or 27 Rc3 and the queen is trapped.> 25.Bxf4 exf4< [25...Qxf4 26.Rxc7 f5 27.exf5 Rxc7 28.Qxc7 Bxd5 29.Qd7 Bf7 30.a3 Kf8 31.fxg6 hxg6 32.Qa7 Bd5 33.Qxa6 Bxf3 34.gxf3 Qxf3 35.Re3 Qd5 36.Qe2 Kg7 37.b5 And black is still in the game albeit, under a lot of pressure.> 26.Ne2 Bd8 27.Ned4 Rb8 28.Qa4 Kf8 29.Nc6 Bxc6 30.Rxc6< Whites position is just dominating.> 30...Qb2 31.a3 f5??< It's probably hard to believe that your queen is going to get trapped. It was probably best it ended here because his position is aweful anyway.> 32.e5 <So unusual to see the queen caged with so much space around.> 1-0

Nigel's only played Shak twice, and beat him pretty quickly in both games.

It all seemed to go wrong in the opening for Shak. Did Nigel surprise him with 10 d3. Anyway After 20...Nb6 Nigel got a very strong initiative, and black had no moves to form a decent , or any plan.

It's quite amusing that Shak could have got his queen trapped earlier if he wanted, and have a longer day off :-)

A big scalp for Nigel and very well played. 3/3 and looking good!

Jan-26-12  GlennOliver: Another sparkling game from Nigel, his excellent form of the last 12 months continues.
Jan-26-12  Ezzy: <GlennOliver...his excellent form of the last 12 months continues.>

Most of the year was good, but he lost 9 rating point at the European team championships Nov 2011, and 11 Elo points at the London Chess Classic Dec 2011. So went from 2697 to 2677 in 2 events.

Let's hope for a good tournament from Nigel here, so as to get back on an upward curve once again.

Jan-26-12  parisattack: Ouch! Shak shocked. A poor opening choice on his part but a splendid game by Short!
Jan-26-12  waustad: Short analyses this on the vid from the main site.
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  Fusilli: <parisattack> Why do you say that the Ruy Lopez was a poor opening choice?
Jan-27-12  Shams: <waustad> Wish I could find it. That site is not so well organized, despite what we may have heard.
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  HeMateMe: Short looks to be winning, even if black doesn't drop his Queen.
Jan-27-12  crafty: 32. ... ♕a2 33. ♖d1 ♕e2 34. e6 ♖b6 35. ♖xb6   (eval 2.69; depth 16 ply; 500M nodes)
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  HeMateMe: Can someone explain the pun, please?
Jan-28-12  Knightenprise: Refers to the queen strolling confidently to b2, but finding itself with no place to go at the end of the game, I think.
Jan-28-12  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Very easy and common to make such mistakes
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  HeMateMe: <Knightenprise>

Thanx, U be right.

Jan-28-12  Deji: Rc2. Queen is trapped!
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  Penguincw: < HeMateMe: Can someone explain the pun, please? >

I think it has to due with the final position how the black queen is currently in stalemate (where she goes, she can be captured), because she is deep in the white position. That's just what I'm thinking. :)

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  Once: Fritzie reckons that the queen doesn't get trapped, but black has to make other concessions to get her out.

One way is 32... Qa2 33. Rd1 Qe2
34. exd6 cxd6 35. Nd4 Qe5

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Black's lack of coordination means that he is going to lose a lot of pawns in the next few moves.

The other way is to sac the exchange with 32... Rxe5 33. Nxe5 dxe5 34. Qxa6

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Pretty yucky either way.

Jan-28-12  timhortons: <Refers to the queen strolling confidently to b2, but finding itself with no place to go at the end of the game, I think.>

the queen can escape, it's been pointed out a couple of times by different kibitzer, but the game is lost already.

the pun is still related to the game as the queen get harassed by upcoming moves.

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  kevin86: Black's queen reminds me of the ALL IN THE FAMILY episode where Archie locks himself in the cellar,gets drunk,and sings ALL ALONE.
Jan-28-12  whiteshark: One headline to fool them all, and in the darkness blind them.
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  Sneaky: Alternate pun:
Short Sharp Shak!
Jan-28-12  rilkefan: <Sneaky> - love it. Dunno how many Michelle Shocked listeners there are here, but Short Sharp Shocked is a great album.
Feb-02-12  iking: 32...Rxe5 will lengthen the game
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