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Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short
Kasparov vs Short (Blitz) (2015) (blitz), St Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Apr-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Main Line (D07)  ·  1-0

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Apr-26-15  offramp: Black plays 61...c2


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White to play.
This is not the kind of position you want at the end of a blitz game.

Apr-26-15  Cactusjuice: It seems that short deliberately use unusual opening so that make kasparov embrass with it
Apr-26-15  ToTheDeath: 61...a1=Q leads to a book draw with king and c pawn. Embarassing for a player of Short's level to miss it even in a time scramble.
Apr-26-15  MagnusVerMagnus: definitely strange since Short is active and one of the greatest players off all time.
Apr-26-15
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  perfidious: The opening may have begun in unusual fashion, but the line is no stranger to Kasparov's praxis, qv Kasparov vs Smyslov, 1984.
Apr-27-15  chesssantosh: <ToTheDeath> Could not agree more. Real surprise that Nigel messed up a simple tactic in the end. He was probably in time trouble.
Apr-27-15  TrollKing: 14 ... Nf6?! I like Black up until this move. White's pawn structure SUCKS. The f5 square screams to have a fat ole knight planted on it. To that end, Nh6 or Nge7 seem to make much more sense to me.
Apr-27-15  Whitehat1963: Clever finish by Kasparov.
Apr-27-15
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  OhioChessFan: I agree with <TK> Drop a Knight on f5 and await developments. I still fancy White's Bishop pair but Short missed a great opportunity to take advantage of White's horrible Pawns.

As for the ending, missing 61. a1Q was horrible, but that sort of thing does happen in blitz.

Apr-28-15  MagnusVerMagnus: this was by far Kaspys' worst game and he still hogged the initiative the whole game
Apr-28-15  kia0708: Nigel Short, please resign.
Apr-28-15  Petrosianic: Um, he did. The game is actually over.
Apr-28-15  sreeskamp: Kasparov completely ouplays Short strategically,
A lesson how to play with the Bisshops and give the pair back when the time is ripe. Great to see all this games
Apr-28-15
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  Penguincw: There was a way for Short to draw this endgame, and not even have the opportunity to blunder with 61..c2, but it's practically impossible to find in a blitz game: 51...Rxe7+ 52.Kxe7 Kb4 53.Rc1+ c3 54.h6 Kb3 55.Rb1+ Ka2 56.Rg1 Kb2 57.Kf8 c2 58.Kg7 c1=Q 59.Rxc1 Kxc1 60.Kxh7 a3 61.Kg8 a2 62.h7 a1=Q 63.h8=Q.


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Apr-28-15
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  Phony Benoni: Would you have guessed at move 14 that White would win the game with a passed pawn on the kingside?
Apr-30-15  Ayaend: 61...a1=Q yes me too I saw it, but it's the blitz so time is the real pressure
Apr-30-15
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  Sally Simpson: Hi,

Blitz is all about snap decisions, pattern recall, intuition and luck.

Here: Black to play.


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The c-pawn in a Q v Q ending draw did not register first. (the c- pawn being pinned here did not help.)

Nigel saw the other book draw and quickly satisfied that by forcing the King to g7 White could not play Qa1.

(A recognised pattern, a snap decision and bad luck.)

So we got here with White to play.


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The position Nigel had in his mind a few moves ago. Here he saw and knew that 63.Rxc8 is a book draw. (I'm guessing the moment he played c1=Q he knew he had made the wrong choice. White is not forced to take on c1. OOPS!)

A standard blitz blunder that will no doubt feature on someone's 'Greatest GM's Blunder Page.'

I hope they add that Gary missed winning the Queen instead of trading off.

In the above position Kasparov played 63.Kf7+.

63.Qb8+ was the better blitz choice. In this line White ends up with Queen & Rook v the King and mate soon follows.

Yes that last bit is nit-picking, but there again so is this whole thread.

It's Blitz Chess. A different game.

Dec-22-15  fork: What a game
Oct-03-16  Pyrandus: Opening: why Bogolioubov Defence! The Name is Nimzowich Defense!
Oct-05-16
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  Domdaniel: <Pyrandus> Yes, 1.e4 Nc6 is the Nimzowitsch Defence (to e4).

But you'll note that this game starts with 1.d4 Nc6, which is ambiguous. 2.e4 would lead to the Nimzowitsch, and 2.c4 Nf6 is the Black Knights Tango (aka Mexican Def.).

But this game transposes directly to a Queen's Gambit, Chigorin Defence, after 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4. Which is identical to the regular sequence: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 ...

Ergo, this is a Chigorin.

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