Friday, October 21, 2016

Cramling vs Short in Chigorin

GM Pia Cramling played Nigel Short in Queens Knight Defence that became a Chigorin Defence. The basic opening repertoire of Grandmaster Nigel Short is not limited to the most popular lines. Short plays a wide variety of attacking schemes.

In 1992 Pia Cramling of Sweden became only the third female to earn the grandmaster title from actual play. The year before in 1991 Susan Polgar and her youngest sister Judit Polgar earned the grandmaster title. Grandmaster titles were awarded to both Nona Gaprindashvili and Maia Chiburdanidze. These women proved themselves over many years with ratings around 2500.

I have enjoyed watching the career of Pia Cramling for over 30 years. I found her to be an attractive lady who is a strong chess player. Pia Cramling regularly defeats men and women over the board. She married Grandmaster Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. Also her older brother Dan Cramling is an International Master. GM Pia Cramling has remained an active player at an age when many of us retire from most competition. I’m sure she will slow down eventually. I wish her well.

Nigel Short likes to challenge his opponents with bold opening play. Sometimes like here GM Short chooses 1.d4 Nc6.

Cramling (2516) - Short (2658), Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG (2.9), 26.01.2011 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 Bg4 4.Nc3 e6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bf4 [6.Qb3!? Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.e3 Na5 9.Qa4+ c6 10.Ne5 Be6 11.Be2=] 6...Bd6 7.Bg3 Nge7 8.e3 Qd7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Bxg3 11.hxg3 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Nd8 13.f4 Ne6 14.Rc1 c6 15.Kg2 g6 16.Bd3 Ng7 17.Ne2 Rae8 18.Ng1 Nef5 19.Re1 Re7 20.Nf3 f6 21.b4 a6 22.a4 Nd6 23.Qb3 b5 24.axb5 axb5 25.e4 Nc4 26.e5 Ne6 27.Bf1 f5 28.Ra1 h6 29.Bd3 g5 30.Rh1 gxf4 31.Rxh6 fxg3 32.Rah1 Nf4+ 33.Kg1 Rg7 34.Rh8+ [34.Bxc4 dxc4 35.Qe3 Ne6 36.R1h5=] 34...Kf7 35.R8h7 [35.R8h4 Nxd3 36.Qxd3 Ra8 37.Rh7 gxf2+ 38.Kxf2 Ra2+ 39.Kf1 Ra1+ 40.Kf2 Rxh1 41.Rxh1=] 35...gxf2+ [35...Ke8-+] 36.Kxf2 Ke8 37.Ng5 [37.Rxg7 Qxg7 38.Bf1 Qa7-/+] 37...Qa7 38.Bxc4 [38.Qc3 Qa2+ 39.Bc2 Rxg5-+] 38...bxc4 39.Rxg7 Qxd4+ 40.Qe3 Qb2+ 41.Kf1 Qg2+ 42.Ke1 Nd3+ 43.Kd1 Qxh1+ 44.Kc2 d4 0-1

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