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Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov
Candidates semi-final (1992), Linares ESP, rd 8, Apr-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Castling line (C86)  ·  1-0



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May-24-04  Whitehat1963: Short again unleashes a clever attack using the opening of the day.
May-24-04  Checkmate123: Excellent game by Short.
May-24-04  Jim Bartle: This is the game which clinched Short's candidates semifinals win against Karpov. Rated by Informant's committee as one of the two best games of the first half of 1992, along with Kasparov's wipeout of Karpov at Linares.
May-24-04  Calli: There is a beautiful variation on move 27. If 27...Rd3, then 28.Rxd3 Bxd3 29.Bxf7+! Kxf7 30.e6+ Nxe6 31.Ne5+ Kf6 32.Nxd3+ Nxd4 33.Qxd4+ Kf7 34.Ne5+ Kf8 35.Qf4+ Bf6 36.Ng6+ hxg6 37.Qxc7 About 10 forced moves!
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  Richard Taylor: <cali> Yes Icould see that variation after you showed it - I could have calculated that (but propably notl all the varitions leading up to it of course) - but the point is Short is calculating many variations not all as long as that but important to assess - so this is quite an (was a great) achievement even if Karpov was probably past his best -clearly Short mastered the strategy and tactics of this position in the opening of the day.
Dec-22-05  PizzatheHut: Jeremy Silman annotates the latter part of this game in one of his books. He assesses the position after 17...Rb8 and provides some analysis.

He says that Short had been studying with Anand and they determined that black's Nb4 was the key to the black position. Rather than try to dislodge the knight on e4, Anand had the idea to remove the Nb4. This knight covers key light squares all over the board, making it the number one priority.

The idea goes against the grain of typical strategy, which says that centralized knights are more dangerous. That example seems to be yet another case that modern chess is less governed by rules and more by the concrete needs of a particular position.

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  ToTheDeath: "I played like God" was Short's statement after the game.
Dec-30-06  notyetagm: <ToTheDeath: "I played like God" was Short's statement after the game.>

Typical modest Nigel. But at least he is entertaining.

Dec-30-06  Fisheremon: 18...c5 was a positional mistake leading to the almost lost position (18...f5 could give an equal game).
Dec-31-06  MrPatzer: <ToTheDeath: "I played like God" was Short's statement after the game.> Funny. Too bad he played like Icarus during the WC match with Kasparov.
Feb-27-07  Resignation Trap: From the book <Nigel Short Quest for the Crown> by Cathy Forbes (Cadogan Chess, 1993):

<<Despite his professed atheism Short would offer up prayers before every game in Linares's principal Catholic Church. Quizzed for details of his communications with the hypothetical Supreme Being, Short replied: "At first, I said 'Please God let me win this game', but I realised that was asking too much. So instead I asked, "God, please give me the strength to beat this 5h1thead.'">>

Oct-18-07  falso contacto: En este caso el elemento estratégico decisivo parecería ser la apertura de las diagonales blancas, imposible en las variantes con 6Te1
Apr-06-08  Gilesyb: Extreme amateur here, but why is 29 ... Bxc2 the move, rather than, say, Rxd5 ? Uncovering that risk of mate on g7 gives such a cracking attack to Short.
Aug-23-09  chaarl: <Gilesyb> I guess after Rxd5, Ne3 would leave white an exchange ahead, with no noticable counterplay.
Jan-08-12  Sacsacmate: 18. Na2 ! was the result of Anand & Short working together for some time in Athens. This was one off arrangement & Anand was his second. (source - My Besh Games of Chess by Anand) I wonder how it might have been if Anand had worked with Short for Kaspy match as well...
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  saffuna: Grabbing the bishop with 32...Rxd5 leads to a quick mate: 33 Qxg7 Bxg7 34 Re8++.
Dec-30-21  Stanley Yee: Correction 21. ... Qb6 should be 21. ... Qb8.

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