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Victor Markovich Mikhalevski vs Nigel Short
Edmonton International (2012), rd 1, Jun-27
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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  PhilFeeley: Well played! Nice to see Mikhalevski beat Short these days.
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  HeMateMe: Maybe black's play in the center was too aggressive. He ended up with some weak squares.
Jun-28-12  Edmontonchessclub: Short says that he was actually winning before he was losing.
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  HeMateMe: Well, its too deep for you or I. Black putting up such an agressive center so soon looked a tad risky. Of course,if it had worked, we would say "brilliant choice". All in a day's chess.
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  Eyal: <Short says that he was actually winning before he was losing.>

Yeah, apparently after 25.Qxa7? (the correct move is Qd2) Black could win with an immediate <25...Qb2!>:

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e.g. 26.Qxb7+ Kh8 27.Rf1 Qd4+ (now that the white queen has left the a7-g1 diagonal), or 26.Rf1 Kg8/h8!! 27.h3 Be4! and now 28.Bxe4 is played <without check> and so allows mate on h2 (an immediate 26...Be4? loses to 27.Bxe4+ followed by 28.Qxb7+ with a winning attack for White). A very tricky position tactically.

After 31...Ne3 it's completely hopeless - Perhaps Short could still save himself with 31...Be4! 32.Nf5+ Bxf5 33.Rxf5 Ne3, and after the knight is exchanged for the rook it's going to be very difficult for White to win the resulting queen endgame.

Jun-28-12  Whitehat1963: Probably obvious to most people here, but:

37...Qxd5?? 38. Qf8+ Kh7 39. Re7+ Bf7 40. Rxf7+

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  Check It Out: <Eyal> Right. Or, after 25.Qxa7 Qb2

A better move for white, 26.Rf1 and Shredder gives this as a possible line:

26...Kg8 27.Nc7 Be4 28.Rf2 Qb1+ 29.Rf1 Qc2 30.Rf2 Nxf2 31.Qxf2 Qxf2+ 32.Kxf2 Rf8+ 33.Kg1 Bxg2 34.Kxg2 Rc8 35.Nb5 Rxc4 36.a3 [-3.37]

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Jun-30-12  Edmontonchessclub: Photos from this game:

Jun-30-12  PinnedPiece: <Ed> Nice!


Aug-20-12  andyatchess: Yeah nice pics <Edmontonchessclub>
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