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Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov
"Came Up Short" (game of the day Feb-27-2005)
Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993), London ENG, rd 8, Sep-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tpstar: This was a fantastically complicated struggle which has been used as Game of the Day and also Sunday/Insane Puzzle of the Day. The consensus is that White missed two wins:

1) 24. Qf6 Rh7 25. Bh6+ (Gliksman) or 25. Rf5 (<wals>/Rybka 4)

2) 38. Bd4 preventing the perpetual check

On Page 1, Short laments missing 38. Bd4 which would make this game "one for the anthologies" although he would still be way behind in the WC match.

Aug-17-11  ProjectR: Nigel short really had Kasparov in trouble in this match. Iv always felt short was missing some kind of killer instinct,not just in this match but in general
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  ToTheDeath: The best game of the match.
Mar-15-16  Waxmati: Great game.
Aug-24-16  iking: <ToTheDeath: The best game of the match.> ... 101% agree.
Aug-04-18  Howard: Wasn't this the game where, according to Lawson's book, Huebner stopped by Short's hotel room the morning of the game to show him 12.Qg4 ?
Jan-27-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Howard,

I'm re-reading 'The Inner Game' by Dominic Lawson.

On the morning on this game (!) Hübner suggested 12.Qg4 and right away Speelman said 'No' because Gary would play 12...h5, 13...h4 and 14...g5.

Hübner and Short disagreed, Lawson who sat in on the analysis adds that Hübner said they don't have time to look at that and must consider what Kasparov will really play.

Nigel adds: 'Yes, that looks like complete crap, Jon. Gazza won't play that.' (page 147.)

When 12...h5, 13...h4 and 14...g5 was played Speelman was commentating live on Ch 4. acting like he had never seen those moves before.

God alone knows what Nigel was thinking at the time but he dug in and then created an OTB masterpiece of attacking play.

Nigel missed the win. It was his OTB imagination v the clock and the clock does not take breathers.

Nigel slipped in the repeat trick to gain some time, moves 29 and 31, but even then he was left with a minute for the last three moves.

But credit also to Kasparov who threw in every defensive trick he could think of. At the end even Kasparov said it was a great attack. Both players were given a standing ovation lasting many minutes. One of the best games ever in a World title match.

Meanwhile on the same day, the 23rd September, In the Netherlands, Timman and Karpov were playing out an 11 move draw in the match that time forgot. Timman vs Karpov, 1993


Jan-30-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Just notice, no post from Howard since August last year.

He was a regular poster, liked him. I hope he's OK.


Feb-24-22  PatrickGJr: ANALYSIS[x]24. Qe7+ Kg7 25. Nf5+ Kg6 26. Qf6+ Kh5 27. Ng7+ Kg4 28. Qf4#

I think is the winning line.

Jan-15-23  Brenin: 20 Rd6, threatening 21 Rxe6+, is very tempting, since 20 ... Bxd6 21 Nxd6+ Kf8 22 Rf1 Nxe5 23 Qxe6 looks good for White, as does 20 ... Nxe5 21 Nf6+.
Jan-15-23  jrredfield: I didn't see 20 Rd6. But after further analysis, I see that it was the best move for White, and with 20 ... Nxe5 21 Nf6+ Qxd6 22 exe6, White is fast attaining a winning position. So where did he go wrong? Further analysis is in order.
Jan-15-23  jrredfield: Huge blunder: 24 Rxf7+?? when 24 Qf6 would have pretty much sealed the victory.

After 24 Qf6:

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24.... Rh7 25.Rf5 Ng4 26.Qe7+ Kg8 27.Rxd5 Bxd5 28.Nf5 Be6 29.Nd4 Nh6 30.Nxe6 fxe6 31.Qxe6+

Jan-15-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: After surprised to note the game finished tie, I found directly the answer as: 20. Rxd7 Kxd7 (If Qxd7 21. Nf6+ capture the ♕, the King loves it!) 21. Rd1+ Ke8 22. Nf6+ Ke7 23. Ne4+ Ke8 24. Nf6+ Ke7 (perpetual check, and I swear that didn't saw this game before).Time to check.
Jan-15-23  Mayankk: My two tries were 20 Rxd7 and 20 Nf6+ and I came up short in both.

20 Rxd7 Kxd7 (since Qxd7 leads to a Royal fork) 21 Rd1+ Kc7 and White is running short of attacking ideas. 20 Rxd7 Kxd7 21 Nf6+ Kc7 also leads nowhere.

20 Nf6+ Nxf6 21 Bxf6 Rh7 22 Qg8 was tempting. But if 21 ... Rh6 then White can't play Qg8 with tempo.

For some reason I didn't give 20 Rd6 too much attention although it did cross my mind. Checks and captures usually capture more of our attention I guess.

Jan-15-23  pauldo: @King.Arthur.Brazil 20... QxN
Jan-15-23  mel gibson: I didn't get this one today.

Stockfish 15 says:

20. Rd6

(20. Rd6 (♖d1-d6 ♘d7xe5 ♘e4-f6+ ♔e8-e7 ♖h1-d1 ♕c6xd6 ♖d1xd6 ♔e7xd6 ♕g4-d4+ ♔d6-c7 ♗g5-f4 ♗f8-d6 ♗f4xe5 ♗d6xe5 ♕d4xe5+ ♔c7-b6 ♕e5-d6+ ♗b7-c6 ♘f6-d7+ ♔b6-b7 ♘d7-c5+ ♔b7-b6 ♕d6-d4 a6-a5 ♘c5-a4+ ♔b6-c7 ♕d4-f4+ ♔c7-b7 ♕f4xf7+ ♔b7-b8 ♘a4-c5 ♖a8-a7 ♕f7xe6 ♖h8-c8 ♔c1-b1 b5-b4 h2-h3 ♗c6-e8 ♕e6-d6+ ♔b8-a8 ♘c5-a4 ♗e8xa4 b3xa4 ♖a7-c7 ♕d6-d5+ ♔a8-b8 ♕d5-e5 ♖c8-d8 ♕e5-b5+ ♖c7-b7 ♕b5xa5 ♖d8-e8 ♕a5-d5 ♖e8-e1+ ♔b1-a2 ♖e1-e2 ♕d5-d6+ ♔b8-a7 ♕d6-d4+ ♔a7-a8 ♕d4xh4 ♖e2xg2 ♕h4-d8+ ♔a8-a7 ♕d8-a5+ ♔a7-b8 ♕a5-e5+ ♔b8-a7 ♕e5-c5+ ♔a7-a8 ♕c5-c6 ♖g2-g7 h3-h4 ♖g7-c7 ♕c6-e4 ♔a8-a7 ♕e4-d4+ ♔a7-b8 ♕d4-d8+ ♖c7-c8 ♕d8-d6+ ♔b8-a8 ♕d6-d3 ♖c8-h8 ♕d3-d5 ♖h8-h7 h4-h5 ♔a8-a7 ♕d5-c5+ ♔a7-a8 ♕c5-a5+ ♔a8-b8 ♕a5-d8+ ♔b8-a7) +5.87/51 396)

score for White +5.87 depth 51.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Already knew this one, and it still proved a knotty problem. 4/6 for the week, with this one already known.
Jan-15-23  Mayankk: How does White win if Black plays the greedy 36 Kxg5 ? There should be a quick mating combination as White is down a full Rook and will lose easily if the Queens are exchanged.
Jan-15-23  Mayankk: No worries, I got it.

35 ... Kxg5 36 Qe5+ Kg6 ( 36 ... Kg4 37 h3 wins the Queen) 37 Qf6+ Kh7 38 Qg7#

Jan-15-23  Brenin: <Mayankk: How does White win if Black plays the greedy 36 Kxg5 ?> Do you mean 35 ... Kxg5, as 36 ... Kxg5 isn't a legal move? If 35 ... Kxg5 then 36 Qe5+ Kg6 (not 36 ... Kg4 37 h3 mate, or 36 ... Kh6 37 Qg7 mate) 37 Qf6+ Kh7 38 Qg7 mate).
Jan-15-23  Lambda: I remember looking at the position after 20. Rd6 on Ceefax and thinking Short is finally going to win one today.
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  chrisowen: Move it is wintry a cup Rd6 fib huffle cog imbibe it is dank cc iberia dabble exorbitant Rd6 brush :(
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  chrisowen: Rd6 it is no x jug hark x countdonv
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop.

Black threatens Qxe4.

The position of the black king suggests 20.Rd6:

A) 20... Qxe4 21.Rxe6+ Be7 (21... fxe6 22.Qxe6+ Be7 23.Qxe7#) 22.Rxe7+ Kf8 (22... Kd8 23.Qxd7#) 23.Qxd7 Bd5 24.Rf1 Rh7 (24... Qg6 25.Qxd5 Qxg5 26.Qxf7#) 25.e6 (25.Bh6+ Rxh6 26.Rexf7+ Kg8 27.Rg7+ Kh8), looks winning (25... Bxe6 26.Rxe6).

B) 20... Bxd6 21.Nxd6+ Kf8 22.Rf1

B.1) 22... Nxe5 23.Qxe6

B.1.a) 23... Re8 24.Rxf7+ Kg8 (24... Nxf7 25.Qxf7#) 25.Qg6#.

B.1.b) 23... Rh7 24.Qxe5 looks good for White. For example, 24... Qxg2 25.Rxf7+ Kg8 (25... Rxf7 28.Qh8#) 26.Qe6 Rg7 (26... B(Q)d5 27.Qg6+ and mate next; 26... Qg1+ 27.Rf1+) 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qf7+ Kh8 29.Bf6+ Qg7 30.Qxg7#.

B.1.c) 23... Qd5 24.Qf6 (24.Qe7+ Kg8 25.Nxb7 unclear) 24... Rh7 25.Rd1 seems to recover material with the better position (25... Nd7 26.Qe7+).

B.2) 22... Rh7 23.Qxe6 Nxe5 24.Qxe5 transposes to B.1.b.

B.3) 22... f5 23.Rxf5+ exf5 24.Qxf5+ and mate in two.

C) 20... f5 21.exf6 Bxd6 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 23.Nxd6 Rh7 24.Bh6+ Rxh6 25.Qf7#.

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  agb2002: I forgot that the rook was pinning the f-pawn and made Qe6 impossible in my line B.1.c. Instead of 25.Rd1? the alternative 25.Rf5 keeps everything under control.
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