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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
Exhibition Game (Rapid) (1993) (quick), London ENG, rd 4, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  0-1



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Nov-24-03  lordazol: White makes a wrong plan at 19th move than began to retreat. 26th move shows that attack were aimless and whites position collapse. The counter attack is well planned by Kasparov.And there is no way out.One short game has been ended by kasparov as he always say.His name is Short and game will be short!.
Jul-02-05  Kangaroo: Quite a pleasant choice for Black at the end: <<37... Qf1#> vs <37... Qxh2#>>
Jul-02-05  aw1988: So the big question is: which one do you prefer? Qf1 is probably my choice.
Jul-02-05  Kangaroo: To <aw1988>

Would there be any difference in the result between the two mates?

Jul-02-05  aw1988: Of course not, but it's interesting to compare preferences.
Jul-03-05  micartouse: <aw1988> lol I'd go for Qf1# too. Often in online blitz games given a basic K+Q v. K, I will take an extra move to mate from a distance. That way my queen "can't be captured."

You know the D. Byrne-Fischer game? He shoulda mated with the bishop! :)

Jul-03-05  farrooj: Qf1 is prettier. Qh2 is a basic checkmate, ewww
Jul-03-05  VerySensitivePerson: I actually prefer short distance mate Qxh2#, it's like killing the last guardian and putting a sword on king's throat.
Jul-03-05  jamesmaskell: I like Qxh2 as well...its a simpler idea. By the way isnt it supposed to be # not +? Just to be a pedant. It is a checkmate right?
Oct-19-05  AlexanderMorphy: one of the few times two grandmasters fight it out until checkmate, i mea Short was obviously lost before the checkmate arrived!
Dec-31-06  notyetagm: This game was not part of the Short-Kasparov World Championship match, was it?
Dec-31-06  Happypuppet: No, it wasn't. Kasparov only beat Short once as Black in the match (not this game), and I would very much doubt that he mated him in a world championship game (otherwise the game would probably be more famous).
Dec-31-06  whatthefat: The position after black's 17th move is very intimidating. Short made an attempt to infiltrate on the kingside, but the position after black's 25th move tells the whole story - things have not improved!
Jan-01-07  Father Merrin 1: This was part of a series of blitz games the organizers forced the 2 contestnats to play after the official match had ended. kasparov crushed Short very easily in almost all the games. The organizers had to forced kasparov to play the black side of a very inferior Kings Gambit variation to enable Short to post a win in the series of blitz games. It was truly a pitiful world championship match with an out-of-form champion still able to crush an extremely weak challenger.
Dec-13-07  dx9293: <Father Merrin 1> I wouldn't call Nigel Short of the early 1990s "an extremely weak challenger!"

It is true though that after this match Short was not the same player, even though he did cross 2700 in the early 2000s he wasn't as strong.

Dec-13-07  Jim Bartle: Right, a player who had just won matches against Gelfand, Karpov and Timman was weak. He just got off to a bad start, guessed wrong about openings (prepared Marshall with black, K played anti-Marshall lines), and never recovered.
Dec-13-07  sambo: The first time I played through the last move I was expecting Qxh2# and didn't notice that Qf1# was mate as well. I was, for a moment, floored.
Mar-14-09  chessknight21: nice game of Kasparov
Mar-14-09  slomarko: <He just got off to a bad start, guessed wrong about openings (prepared Marshall with black, K played anti-Marshall lines), and never recovered.> in other words he was weak.
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: <Qxh2# is my choice>
Mar-01-14  solskytz: What a game! Every possible exchange is sacrificed. It's like they had an agreement that the rook is worth less than a minor piece or something
Nov-21-15  PJs Studio: It's hard to assess a player who loses a match to Kasparov as "weak". It's disingenuous. Plus, at his weakest (and even drunk) he was much much stronger than you'll ever be.
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  perfidious: <slomarko: <He just got off to a bad start, guessed wrong about openings (prepared Marshall with black, K played anti-Marshall lines), and never recovered.> in other words he was weak.>

A strong GM got outclassed by an all time great in that match; the very greatest players have the capability to make otherwise top-notch opponents appear to play below their strength.

As to the above: horsebleep.

Dec-31-15  Kettalchess: Why Short made the last move?

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