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Nikita Vitiugov vs Nigel Short
"The Big Game" (game of the day Feb-01-2013)
Gibraltar Masters (Tiebreaks) (2013) (rapid), La Caleta GIB, rd 2, Jan-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: exciting game; a tough ending to lose.
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  Sneaky: Photo
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  Phony Benoni: Starting kind of early with the Super Bowl puns, aren't we?
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  WannaBe: Now, between moves 90 and 92, that's kinda interesting, if white had gone for the 3-fold, it would be another play-off (armageddon??)

Or was white merely trying to build up more time with increment?

Feb-01-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni: Starting kind of early with the Super Bowl puns, aren't we?>

I thought it was a reference to Cal vs. Stanford.

Now, let's have a look and see if the marching band takes the field while the final (and decisive) play is in progress.

Feb-01-13  Abdel Irada: Hmm. A game between the Fighting Kings of England and the Warrior Czars of Russia, it would seem. These players' monarchs are not battle-shy.
Feb-01-13  Naniwazu: The amount of times Black's king lands on either e8 or e7 is staggering. I counted 30 times. Makes me dizzy just to watch it..
Feb-01-13  Abdel Irada: Thirty times it is. Any more and the king would qualify for frequent-oscillator miles.
Feb-01-13  rilkefan: Frequent fleer.
Feb-01-13  paavoh: I prefer the suggestion by <rilkefan> "Frequent fleer" :-)
Feb-01-13  Abdel Irada: I get fleered at frequently enough, thanks. :-S
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  HeMateMe: "Rock of Ages".
Feb-01-13  Alphastar: Moves 69 through 73 are a threefold repetition - Short could've claimed a draw.
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  Phony Benoni: If you enjoy watching oscillating kings, check out J H Donner vs Smejkal, 1975 from moves 35-55.
Feb-01-13  fokers13: 87.Qxf4+ draws on the spot.
Feb-01-13  King Radio: <fokers13>


Feb-01-13  fokers13: Talk about chess blindness missed the check somehow.
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  kevin86: a short game,far from
Feb-01-13  morfishine: Game of the Century....because thats about how long it took to watch it...
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  Check It Out: <Phony Benoni> I like watching that game and this game with the button pressed fast forward. I don't learn much but it sure is fun.
Feb-01-13  pjanda: I saw it live, it was exciting blitz game
Feb-01-13  nilba: Isn't there a draw by threefold repetition after 69. ♕h5, 71. ♕h5 and 73. ♕h5?
Feb-01-13  Zkid: <nilba> Yup, threefold repetition. Bummer for Short...
Feb-01-13  eaglewing: Is there any reson to assume 86. ... QxQg3 does not lead to a draw? Followed by 87. Kxg3 Kf6 and soon e6-e5 a draw seems easily reachable for Black.
Feb-03-13  Bratek: <nilba: Isn't there a draw by threefold repetition after 69. Qh5, 71. Qh5 and 73. Qh5?><What of those threefold repetitions? Nobody seems absolutely certain how the law stands. Simon and Irina can be heard on the video remarking that Short couldn’t claim a threefold repetition at a rapidplay time control. Nigel himself came into the press room after game one of the final and asked me whether he could have claimed. Slightly flustered that I had been put on the spot (I have no arbiting qualification), I had to admit that I wasn’t sure about the rule and told him that I hadn’t personally spotted a repetition (I now know I was wrong on the latter point).

Could Nigel have claimed? A little while later a qualified arbiter who was not officiating in that capacity at the congress told me he saw no reason why Short shouldn’t have pressed a claim, though I’m not entirely sure I understand under which law. The rules for quickplay finish have provision for a draw claim in the case of someone making no effort to win by normal means, but this was not a quickplay finish – it was quickplay from the start.

Law nine, governing draws, talks in terms of players writing draw claims on scoresheets – inapplicable in the circumstances of a rapidplay game. In this respect the rules have failed to keep up with the times or meet the requirements of high-profile competitions. This game was played with highly sophisticated technology being deployed to record the moves via the board and video cameras – and, of course, had a large sum of money riding on it. Not to mention a vast watching audience online, with the reasonable expectation of having a game that would not be interrupted by player claims or arbiter interventions. As they say in tennis, “play must be continuous” and we are ever to attract a TV audience, chess needs to strive for the same thing.>

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