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Nigel Short vs Gawain Jones
British Championship (2011), Sheffield ENG, rd 7, Aug-01
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: Another beauty by Short, complete with trademark King march. 22.d6! is excellent. In what followed, giving up the Queen for B+N was Jones' only real hope, but his Knight was always too passive to live.

After White's 32.Nd5, he has a completely dominant position - it's much worse for Black than just an Exchange down. Of course 33...Bxc7?? allows 34.Nf6+, but the same theme turns up in other lines, eg 33...Qe8? 34.Rc8! Qxc8 35.Ne7+.

Aug-02-11  DiscoJew: King March FTW!!
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  sackman: Very nice from Short - he grabbed the initiative on moves 14-16 (leaving the c4 pawn hanging) and never let up. Black was never in the game - would be interesting to know where the computers (or the humans!) think he went wrong.
Aug-02-11  ashalpha: 22.d6 was a great concept domdaniel :-) exposing two diagonals for Queen and bishop while threatening a rook at the same time. This makes 19...e4 the losing move because everything is forced after this, though Black's position was already bad by 17...b6.
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  Domdaniel: <ashalpa> Yes, 17...b6 was a bad mistake - it's crazy to open the long diagonal with the Rook still on a8, and the N on d8 makes it even worse - Black can't recapture on a8, so he doesn't have the option of an Exchange sac to gain control of the light squares.

As far as I remember, Fritz suggested an immediate 18.Nc3 with advantage to White. Nigel's exchange on e7 first is at least as good, probably better.

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