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Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov
Dortmund Sparkassen (1997), Dortmund GER, rd 7, Jul-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-06  suenteus po 147: 45.Be2 was coming if Karpov had not resigned. Did he miss it, or was his last move made in a time scramble?
Mar-01-06  Capthahn86: Besides 44. Rg4?? is there really any other rook move that Karpov could do? No matter where he moves the rook he has to give back material and go into a losing position because of the unstoppable pawns. If ...44.Rg3 then 45.Be2+,Kh6. 46.f6, Kg6. 47.Bh5+!, Kxh5. 48.f7... and white gets a new queen and wins. Of coures there are other moves but it is hopeless none-the-less.
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  plang: Short normally plays 1 e4; apparently he played the rarely played line in the classical Nimzo Indian (5 e4!?) to catch Karpov by surprise. Robert Byrne has recommended 5..d5 6 e4..Ne4 7 Bd3..c5 8 dxc..Nd7 9 Nf3..Ndc5 as promising for black. Another line 5..c5 6 a3..Qa5 7 axb..Qxa1 8 bxc is a promising looking exchange sacrifice for white. Karpov's 5..d6 is less aggressive apparently trying to avoid a prepared variation. I wonder if 6 a3 is really necessary. Why not develop normally with 6 Nf3? Short's idea may have been to play the position like a favorable version of the Samisch with e4 accomplished in one move. Although Short was making some progress on the kingside, Karpov appeared to be OK until the time pressure blunder 27..Rg8? Short pointed out that he missed the shot 29 Ne8!..Rxe8 30 Qxf6+..Rg7 31 Qxe6! winning more material. Karpov had several opportunities to take the a pawn when he would have at least had material equality. 36..Rg8? was an odd repeat of the blunder Karpov had made at move 27. 38 Bh4..Nxf1 39 h6 would have been quicker and prettier. 43 Rf5+ was a bold exchange sacrifice freeing the white bishops although Short could not have anticipated Karpov's final blunder 44..Rg4?.
May-03-11  janovisk: 29.Ne8!!
Nov-17-17  sensex: Mastering the Nimzo Indian - Kosten...Game 1
Nov-17-17  offramp: <janovisk: 29.Ne8!!>

That's a great move. But Stockfish reckons it's the same strength as the game move. It might have blown Karpov's socks off, though.

Dec-20-17  WhiteRook48: A nice game from Short. Karpov's king was really unsafe this game.
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  Clement Fraud: I think that 27... Rcd8 (planning ... Qd7 followed by ... Bxf5) would have been fine for Black.

This game sees some excellent chess played by both participants, but I do feel that the quality of Karpov's contribution has been overlooked here: aside from his blunder he gave a positional masterclass.

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