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Nigel Short vs Christopher Lutz
Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Budapest HUN, rd 1, Apr-11
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0



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May-30-04  Tigran Petrosian: Good game.
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  plang: Short's unusual move order playing 8 f3 before 0-0-0 caused Black to play the dubious 8..Nxd4 9 Bxd4..Ne7.

Short after 11 Be3
"Alright, Black has forced the bishop to retreat. But so what? He is still behind in development and his kingside is denuded of protection now that the knight has galloped off to c6, incidentally, where it is not especially well placed."

11..Bb4 had been played in the draw Van Wely-Lautier Tilburg 1997; 11..Be7 was new. The plan of 13..Rb8 and 14..b4 was not effective; perhaps 13..Ra8? 20 Bd3 wouldn't have worked due to 20..Nxd3 21 g4..Qe6 22 dxe..Re8 23 Qxd3..Rxb3. White playing to regain the pawn with 23 Bf2..a5! 24 Bd3..Nb4+ 25 axb..axb+ 26 Kb1..Qa5 would have given Black a tremendous attack. Short suggested 33..g5 as a way to slow down the White pawn steamroller. White missed an immediate win with 37 h6: eg. 37..Rxd6 38 h7+..Kh8 39 Re8..Rxe8 40 Qxe8+..Kxh7 41 Rh3+..Kg6 42 Qe4+..f5 43 Qe8#. Short had originaly planned 43 Re5 but then found a forced mate. Also leading to mate would have been 45..Be7 46 Qxe7+..Kh8 47 Qf6+..Rg7 48 Qf8+..Kh7 49 g6+..Kh6 50 Qh8+..Kxg6 51 Qh5+..Kf6 52 Qf5#. If 46..Bf6 then 47 Qf5+ mates quickly.

Played in the first round of a ten player round robin; Short went on to take clear first a full point ahead of Polgar and a point and a half ahead of Leko.

Voted the 3rd best game in Informant 87.

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  kerpa: This is the second example of a combination (right after move 42) in chapter 15 of Yusupov's excellent book, Build Up Your Chess, 1 The Fundamentals, p. 149, diagram 15-2.
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  kerpa: I mean first example, page 148.

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