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Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
Kasparov vs Short (Rapid) (2015) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-25
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-26-15  MindCtrol9: <36.Bxg7+ Kg8 37.Bd5> Is it not winning the game?
Apr-26-15  Eduardo Leon: <MindCtrol9> 36.♗xg7+ ♔g8 37.♗d5 ♖xe5 38.♗xf7+ ♔xg7, and it seems to me that it is black who wins. :-|
Apr-26-15  MindCtrol9: <Edwardo Leon>Yes, Black is the one who wins, I was trying to delete the comment, but with the cell I could not do it.
Apr-26-15  DrGridlock: I watched this game live on the US Chess Champs video stream.

At move 24, commentators Maurice Ashley and Alejandro Ramirez were stumped - White's position is dominant, but they could not find a winning line. Video after the game shows Kasparov "pacing" in the refreshment room while Ashley and Ramirez note that Kasparov must have felt he had a win, but somehow let Short slip out.

Instead of 24 Nd5, 24 Qh4 is rather crushing, with the idea of Bg6 to follow for white, piling up on black's h-pawn. Black simply can't get enough pieces back to the king-side to defend Kasparov's attack. Komodo gives:

Garry Kasparov - Nigel Short

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24.Qh4 Ne6
25.Bg6 Nf8
26.Bxe8 Qxe8
27.exf6 Ne6
28.f7 Qf8
29.Qh3 Qd6
30.Nd5 Rac8

Short had played Kh8 on move 23 to "unpin" his g-pawn. Tactically, lining the queen up against the h-pawn shows black that one pawn or the other (g or h) is going to be pinned.

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  ToTheDeath: Yes it seemed like the old Garry up until then, the slow buildup then exchange sac leading to a blistering attack, but clearly the rust was showing as he lost his way against Short's nimble defense.
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  Penguincw: Surprisingly the only drawn game in the entire "Battle of the Legends" match.
Apr-28-15  RookFile: A hacker like me will never understand a defense involving 5... Bxd2. Black is saying, "Hey, it's move 5, and I'm going to get rid of my best protector of the dark squares. For bonus points, we'll give white the two bishops too. Unlike the Nimzo, we don't even double white's pawns. Woo hoo!"
Apr-28-15  1d410: Well, I think Short reasoned that GK is an attack minded player, and wanted to do everything he could to at least slow him down, and it worked... for a while.

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