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Philip Michael Short vs Nigel Short
Bunratty Masters (2013), Bunratty IRL, rd 5, Mar-03
English Opening: English Defense. General (A10)  ·  0-1



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Mar-03-13  Bobsterman3000: It was Short...and it was short.
Mar-03-13  Jim Bartle: Another example of a phenomenon I don't really understand. Elite players tend to exchange pieces when playing lower-ranked players much more than I would think. I'd think the more pieces gone the more likely a drawn endgame that any decent player can hold.

Yet over and over I see Short or whoever somehow end up with a winning endgame, and it seems they got there effortlessly. I guess there's a reason they're so highly rated.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: To my patzerish eyes, things seem okay for white until the blunder 28 Re7, which drops a pawn. Maybe 28 Bd3 was a better try.
Mar-05-13  hellopolgar: Nothing wrong with 26.Bxc4, it's so obvious, why didn't white play it?
Mar-05-13  hellopolgar: GotD: "Short and Shorter"

Mar-07-13  Archswindler: <Jim Bartle: Another example of a phenomenon I don't really understand. Elite players tend to exchange pieces when playing lower-ranked players much more than I would think. I'd think the more pieces gone the more likely a drawn endgame that any decent player can hold.>

I'm hardly an elite player, but I tend to do the same against lower rated players. I only play sharp stuff against stronger players, because realistically, the best chance I have of beating them is to create a complicated mess on the board and hope they make a tactical oversight (pretty much all my wins against stronger opposition have come this way). Naturally, that means I want to avoid sharp positions against weaker players, and play as solidly as possible.

I've found that even dead equal endgames with not much going on are usually winnable against weaker players - you just refuse all draw offers, keep on moving, and sit them out. They almost always make a mistake sooner or later.

Mar-07-13  Jim Bartle: I have the exact same experience, except I'm consistently on the losing side.
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  Domdaniel: I've played both Shorts (and once drew with the one who isn't a GM -- but is still a strong player). If a player like Phillip Short gets an opportunity, he is very dangerous -- I recently saw him beat GM Alex Baburin. These games where an untitled player seemingly caves in against a Master can be hard to understand - but there is usually a bout of pressure before the collapse. GMs are very good at keeping up that pressure until a won ending arrives.
Dec-12-13  solskytz: Probably the idea that led to the win, was when white was busy arranging his rook and preparing a retreat of the B to c1 - and black pushed his pawn to a4, entrenching the knight on c4 and fixing b2 as a target.

Later, Bxc4 as suggested wouldn't work, as after ...bc, white will be doomed to passivity in the resulting ending, again, because of that same weakness on b2, fixed there thanks to the pawn on a4, which would now expose white to ideas such as ...Rb8.

If for example 26. Bxc4 bc, then 27. Qb4 Rb8 28. Rxb2 Qxa4 may not be the best idea, as the placement of the pieces means that the advancing pawn mass in the center (c4 is already a menace) will be decisive way before the white a pawn advances much.

Dec-12-13  solskytz: I suppose that white's 17th should have been a4, with perhaps b3 to follow, kicking the knight - if you want to take on e3, as if to say, do it now!

White's sense of danger should have awoken - it's strange that someone as highly rated as GM short will let you move your rooks and queen around on your baselines for so long, without doing something poisonous to you at the same time...

Dec-12-13  solskytz: That said, I don't see how black would win after 28. Bd3...

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