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Jeroen Piket vs Nigel Short
European Team Championship (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 9, Dec-07
English Opening: English Defense. General (A10)  ·  0-1



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Oct-16-12  The Last Straw: Black could have played 30...♖e2!, which wins after 31.♕xd3 ♖e1+ 32.♔h2 ♕xd3 33.♖xd3 ♖xd3 34.♘xd3 ♖h1#.
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  plang: The two leading experts in the English Defense, Kengis and Miles, have both played the double-fianchetto 3..g6 against 3 a3. 6 f4!? was new and has not been repeated; 6 Nf3 is most frequently played. 11 dxc..Bg4! intending ..d4 would have been bad for White. After 15..f6 Black was at least equal. White would have lost material after 18 Nxd5..Qf7. When Short initially moved the bishop to h1 (28..Bh1) he suddenly realized that it could be captured by the knight; he had not taken his hand off the piece and returned it to its original square. Fortunately, he subsequently determined that Black wins after 29 Nxh1..Qd4 30 Rce1..Rxe3 31 Rxe3 (31 Qxe3..d2)..Re8 32 Kf2..Qxf4+. 30 Rc7 would have not allowed the shot 30..Re2 (see above post) that Short missed. Short had originally thought he was losing had Piket played 40 Qxc2..dxc 41 Qxc2 but Conquest later pointed out that 41..Rd2! 42 Rc3..Bf3+ 43 Kg3..Bxe4 44 Kf4..Bxf5 45 Kxf5..Rd5+ 46 Ke4..Rc3! wins for Black.

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