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Boris Becker vs Nigel Short
"Tennis, Anyone?" (game of the day Dec-05-2011)
London Classic Exhibition (2011) (exhibition), Dec-03
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Exchange Variation (C63)  ·  0-1



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Boris Becker vs Nigel Short (2011) Tennis, Anyone?
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  SteinitzLives: Let's have Becker play Sting, maybe a celebrity chess tournament.
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  HeMateMe: Madonna and Tom Scholz, from the 70s band Boston, play. Scholz has an engineering degree from MIT!
Dec-05-11  knighterrant999: Is Short wearing lipstick?
Dec-05-11  mrbasso: The first and only win for Short in London?
Dec-05-11  shakespeare: Bum bum Boris
Dec-05-11  haydn20: I'm a big tennis fan, and one of the most fun days I ever had was watching a friend play in a charity celebrity pro-am. It wasn't great tennis, but so what? [The friend was a retired pro.]
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  kingscrusher: Video footage :

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Dec-05-11  screwdriver: Where is the analysis? Let's get some analysis please. I'm big fan of Boris Becker, and it looks like this other guy barely squeaked by him in this game.
Dec-05-11  swordfish: Former tennis great Becker seems like a real sportsman. I can't quote a source but recall that years ago he played an exhibition against no other than Garry Kasparov. Becker reportedly requested GK "Don't embarrass me too badly," to which the chess champ replied, "I am sure that if we played tennis, the ball would find me, no matter where I was on the court."
Dec-05-11  Shams: <swordfish> I'm being obtuse I guess, but wouldn't it be the opposite, Becker's ball consistently "finding" the spot on the court where Garry wasn't?
Dec-06-11  PaulLovric: Seeing that this is a game between a chess player and a sportsman, i thought i'd ask about chess boxing; it has always excited me. Anyone got some info. or links?
Dec-06-11  Chickenbrad: For those of you who think these matches are silly. This is exactly what made poker so popular recently. Media coverage of 'average joes' being able to sit and play against a champion.(Even if the average joe is a tennis champion)

No, it won't make interesting chess, but it's great for the game.

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  HeMateMe: This was sort of intriguing but Caroline Wozniaki playing Jennifer Shahade's Naked Chess might draw even more interest. Jus sayin...
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  Stonehenge: <HeMateMe> Heh, more interesting than Navratilova - Korchnoi, for sure :)
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  HeMateMe: I think I'd resign. Quickly.
Dec-10-11  whithaw: Games like this are intersting, in that they illustrate how much stronger a GM is vs. the average chess player.

You must remember that the average player is not a rated player, and probably plays at around 1200 strength. To the average player, a rating of 1800 is monsterous. A rating of 2100 places you in the upper 2% of all RATED players. A rating of 2500 is a monster to the 2100 player, and will almost always win. A rating of 2500 puts you near the top 1000 players in the world. A player with a rating of 2700 walks on water, makes pieces levitate with his head, and creates masterpieces. A player with a 2800 rating is WC material. Amazingly, each of these players has the same pieces and board with which to play a game.

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  OhioChessFan: <Shams: <swordfish> I'm being obtuse I guess, but wouldn't it be the opposite, Becker's ball consistently "finding" the spot on the court where Garry wasn't?>

Kaspy meant he knew Becker was good enough to not totally embarrass Kasparov, by hitting balls within reach. And that was analgous to Kasparov not embarrassing Becker.

Jan-12-12  Xeroxx: Is this a joke game?
Apr-11-13  Overgod: Based on the two games played by Becker against Kasparov and Short, I estimate his strength to be around 1100.

I am being serious. 1200s give you a bigger challenge than what Becker displayed here.

Jan-03-14  estrick: This is actually a very useful game to me. I play the Schliemann in tournaments and have had a lot of success with it against Class C & Class B players.

In over the board tournaments, most people do not play Bxc6, and no one has ever played exf5 against me in a rated game.

But online, I've seen it a number of times and have played incorrectly and gotten rolled. Usually, if White plays 4. Bxc6, he follows it up with 5. Nxe5, after which Black can play 5. ...Qd4 and is fine.

But, when White plays 5. exf5 and Black plays 5. ...e4, followed by 6. Ne5, 6. ...Qd4 does not work. I've made this mistake in online games more times than I'd like to admit.

Hopefully, I'll remember to play 6. ...Bxf5 the next time .

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  keypusher: <OCF>

<Kaspy meant he knew Becker was good enough to not totally embarrass Kasparov, by hitting balls within reach. And that was analgous to Kasparov not embarrassing Becker.>

Right. You can get a very distorted idea of your level taking lessons from a pro, because if you can get it over the net, he can almost always feed it right back to you. Then you play someone as bad as you are, and suddenly you can't manage a three-shot rally.

Jan-03-14  Poisonpawns: Short played a difficult variation for a novice to handle; geez....BTW 4.d3 is a nice way for white to play against this.
Jul-20-15  RookFile: Very amusing game.
Sep-19-20  MordimerChess: Wondering if Nigel Short would attack Boris Becker on the tennis court as BoomBoom Boris did in their 2011 game in London.

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