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Nigel Short vs Jonathan Penrose
British Championship (1977), Brighton ENG, rd 3, Aug-10
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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Sep-16-04  RisingChamp: If I remember what I read correctly Nigel was 13 and Jonathan Penrose was the National Champion at the time of this game.Nigel makes it look very simple.
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  Eggman: 13? No. Short was born in 1965, so the math doesn't add up.
Sep-18-04  RisingChamp: Fine 12!!! Big difference!!!
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  Eggman: A year IS a big difference at that age. Wouldn't it make a big difference whether a player became a GM at the age of 13 as opposed to 14, for example?
Sep-19-04  RisingChamp: It isnt in relation to my point.And as far as his being a child prodigy is concerned I dont think there is a significant difference between his being GM at 13 or 14.
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  samvega: A year earlier (when he was 8, no wait 9, years old), Nigel beat Korchnoi in a simul.
Dec-04-05  CaptainEvans: 28. Ne8! was a great move especially for someone so young. 5. ... Ba6?! was the start of Penrose's problems cos Short is able to build up such an impressive centre after. Not 8...Nxe4 cos of Qe2 (with b4 to threaten either N that moves to c5)
Dec-14-05  MUG: Penrose rather shrewdly offered a draw on move 21, but Nigel showed supreme confidence (for someone so young) to play on and push home the advantage to defeat the 10 time British champion.

This was the game which really made Nigel known to the wider chess-playing public. It created a national sensation at the time.

Apr-03-06  Chess Classics: Nigel was 10 years old when he played this game according to Weeramantry.

<samvega> Yes, the game went 9 1/2 hours!

Has anyone read Dominic Lawson's book "Endgame"? It's a novel like account of Nigel's unsucsessful challenge for the World Championship.


Aug-13-07  sneaky pete: <Chess Classics> Nigel was born June 1, 1965 and this game was played August 10, 1977. Go tell that to your Weeramantry (and give him my regards).

After 12... f5?? 13.Qh3 Nc7/Nb4 14.Bg7 .. wins at least the exchange.

Mar-06-09  MikedaSnipe: 21... Kxe7? was a large error by john. Axb5! was much more important to keep the knight off the outpost!

The whole Bg7 sequence seemed to be wishful thinking by nigel, but it did pay off after that blunder.

May-02-20  jerseybob: Penrose's 4..b6 and 5..Ba6 are overly-subtle. The straightforward d5 looks better on either turn.

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