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Nigel Short vs Viktor Korchnoi
Phillips & Drew Kings (1980), London ENG, rd 2, Apr-11
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Mackenzie Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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Feb-24-04  drukenknight: that center attack in the Spanish. Short appears to have got a real sharp opening out of this, and then he falls back in retreat, everywhere. He was up by a pawn and then he choose to reposition the Q; only to move it back again, hmm why not 10 Ne4?
Aug-03-04  Shah Mat: normally, i despise the Ruy Lopez as either white or black, but I enjoy this variation because of its aggressive intentions.

10. Ne4 looks pretty good to me. if 10...NxN the queen recaptures with a good game for white. the black N on c5 is a paralysing force against whites queenside, and is a beachhead that allows black to dominate the board Nimzo style.

Sep-19-04  mack: <hmm why not 10 Ne4?> The bishop hangs.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Mack> I don't see the bishop hanging after 10 Ne4. Were you thinking of 11 Ne4?
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  Eggman: This was Short's first major international tournament. The 14-year-old wunderkind finished dead last, without winning a single game. This failure was so distasteful that his chessboard gathered dust for the next 6 months while he played video games.
Sep-10-05  jahhaj: That sounds like his reaction on playchess. Every time he loses to a lower ranked player he immediately logs off!

I find losing distasteful too, but normally I want REVENGE.

Oct-09-05  CaptainEvans: Korchnoi's 10...Kf8 is a great move as 10...0-0 allows Short a big adv after 11.Bh6. And after 11...d5 Short has to waste time protecting his queenside pieces. Instead of 10.Qg4 Short could've played 10.Nd5.
Oct-17-08  ZIMMIE: must agree 10..kf8 top move nigel played ok don't know about the video games it was 1980
Oct-17-08  Pyke: What I like particularly is the pawn advances by black from move 16. onwards:

First in the center gaining space and driving off the defenders to the back rank. Including the threats of the passed d-pawn.

Followed by the advance of the kingside pawns, finally breaking through and allowing the queenside rook to decissevly join the attack.

Sep-07-09  nezhmet: Very nice performance by Korchnoi.
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  perfidious: This game followed a disastrous first-round encounter with Miles, in which Short fell victim to a swindle, enabling his opponent to gain a draw from a completely lost position.

Korchnoi pointed out immediately after the game that 15.Qd1 was stronger, to avoid the forced recapture away from the centre which enabled Black to set his queenside pawns in motion.

Oct-15-10  cunctatorg: The most devastating pawn storm ("the collective mobility of the pawn mass" in Aaron Nimzowitsch's words) I ever witnessed!! I should rather say: a pawn avalanche!!...
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  whiteshark: Game-related picture - Viktor Korchnoi, the world's number 2 player, plays 14-year-old Nigel Short:
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  Tabanus: Updated photo link:
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  thegoodanarchist: A GOTD pun for this one could be "Short Tempered" because of Korchnoi's famed short temper.

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