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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Nigel Short
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-17
English Opening: English Defense. General (A10)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Both players deserve a lot of credit for this game; it is quite a battle. It was voted the second best game in Informant 71. This was game 1 from their fourth round match in the World Championship tournament. Short won game 2 and went on to win the tiebreaks and defeat Krasenkov in the fifth round before being eliminated by Adams in the sixth. 4..f5 is one of the sharpest lines in the rarely played English Defense (it should be coded A40). The complications from 5..Bxg2 6 Qh5+..g6 7 fxg..Bg7 8 gxh+..Kf8 9 Bg5..Nf6 10 Qh4..Bxh1 11 Ne2 are considered bad for black ever since Browne's nice attacking game against Miles in 1978. 7 Be2 was a clever innovation; 7 c5, 7 Bg5 and 7 fxe had been played previously. The idea was to prepare 7 c5..bxc 8 a3 which, at this point, could have been answered by 8..c4. Bh5+ and Bf3 are also possible follow-ups. 10..c6 11 b4..Bc7 avoids the loss of a piece but leaves black with an awful position. Beliavsky felt that 11 fxe would have left Short with less counterplay. The complications starting with 23 g4 were quite dizzying. Rohde and Seirawan both suggested 30..Ke7 as better keeping the white queen out while maintaining black's threats. After 42 Rh6! there was no longer a defense for black.
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  Plaskett: Hard to believe that Short played such a load of crud in a Candidates match. And he almost pulled it off too!"

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