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Nigel Short vs Valery Salov
Linares (1990), Linares ESP, rd 3, Feb-20
Italian Game: Bird's Attack (C53)  ·  0-1



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May-16-03  I.Carras: I have the feeling that they have made more than 50 moves without exchanging pieces nor moving pawns but ainĀ“t sure.Would it be a draw?
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  Honza Cervenka: I don't see 50 moves without exchanging pieces and moving pawns in this game.


Nov-06-03  Jack21221: Even if they had, it is only a draw if it is claimed by one side or the other.
Apr-27-06  soberknight: Have you ever felt stupid for hitting the space bar 320 times without actually writing anything? Because that's what I just did in order to play through this yawner of a game.
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  offramp: Almost exactly like watching a disk defragment.
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  WannaBe: But disk defrag. have prettier colours! =)
Apr-28-06  Swapmeet: Wow, I had no idea the spacebar moved the game just changed my life.
Apr-28-06  PivotalAnorak: <Swapmeet> same here lol Thank you <soberknight>
Apr-28-06  soberknight: I'm surprised you folks didn't know that hitting the spacebar moves the game forward, but that's okay. What's funny is that for me, I needed to use the keyboard because on my old-fashioned computer monitor, the board covers the whole height of the screen window, and the buttons below the scoresheet are off the screen.
Apr-28-06  Nomen Nescio: 56...Black to play and win.
Apr-30-06  soberknight: <NN> Did you mean <156>...Black to move and win?
Jun-18-06  Chess Classics: <soberknight> Hey, good idea, thanks! That makes my life so much easier.

I guess I learned more from soberknight than from any of the 320 ply here.


Aug-16-06  tTinker: This is the kind of ending I'm afraid of, you though a complex bishops of opposite with a lot of pawns did it. I guess bishop endings take longer because they can only hit half the squares. With knights, it appears more cut and dry but I could be wrong.
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  keypusher: It's actually a pretty interesting game...Salov's manuever of his king from the upper right to the lower left side of the board is quite something.

Thanks, Soberknight.

Jul-29-07  ceebo: I would have played on with Kh2 hoping for c1Q stalemate :)
Aug-04-07  alexandrovm: it must be the 50 move rule, otherwise black wins this...
Jan-01-08  Whitehat1963: OMG! Did these guys hate each other or was there a lot of money riding on the outcome?
Jan-01-08  Riverbeast: A fascinating game
Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: 161. Qxc3+??? I think this was a huge blunder on Short's part, why did he trade in the first place?
Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: why wasn't the game Short?
Dec-31-14  Poisonpawns: Short seemed to be in Zugzwang at move 45 and Salov could have played 45..Nc7!or Nd8 with the idea of bringing it to b4. White can only give up material to stop it.
Mar-24-21  rwbean: 32... ♕xb4 is safe

56... ♕e8+ would have saved about 100 moves on each side. 56... ♕e8+ 57. ♔f1 ♕e6 followed by ♕h3+ and ♘e5, winning

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