Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nigel Short Wins 1.d4 Nc6

Yesterday we saw our hero Nigel Short win with the Queens Knight Defence. There Short transposed the opening into a Chigorin Defence against Pia Cramling after 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 Bg4. This time Alina l'Ami does not control e5 with 2.Nf3. Therefore Short adopted the Mikenas Variation after 2.c4 e5. White closed the position with 3.d5 Nce7 4.e4 Ng6 and the game was equal.

Grandmaster Nigel David Short MBE was a prodigy in the 1970s. He lost a World Championship match to Gary Kasparov in 1995. Short has made a number of controversial statements during his time in the public eye. I don’t agree with some of them, but they don’t bother me. I just enjoy his exciting approach to chess play.

Alina l'Ami born in 1985 is a Romanian International Master and a Woman Grandmaster. She was good at chess before age 10. She reminded me of the 1969 song by Tee Set: “Ma Belle Amie”. I have read some of her chess writing and found to be thought provoking and entertaining. l’Ami plays in tournaments all over the world. She married Dutch grandmaster Erwin l’Ami.

White had a space advantage and attacked kingside. Black had good squares for his pieces. Nigel Short sacrificed his bishop for checkmate. When White resigned Black had a mate in five.

L'Ami (2345) - Short (2682), Spicenet Tanzania Open Dar es Salaam TAN (5.1), 16.06.2013 begins  1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.e4 Ng6 5.g3 Bc5 [5...Nf6 6.Bg2 Bc5 7.Nc3 d6=] 6.Nc3 a5 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Nf8 9.f4 [9.Nge2 d6 10.Na4=] 9...d6 10.f5 [10.Nf3 Nf6=] 10...Nf6 11.Bd3 c6 12.Qe2 a4 13.a3 N8d7 14.g4 Qb6 15.Nh3 Bd4 16.g5 [16.Bc2 Nc5-/+] 16...hxg5 17.Nxg5 Nc5 18.Bc2 Bd7 19.Rb1 cxd5 20.Nxd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Nb3 22.Bxb3 Qxb3 23.Rh3 Qb6 [23...Qa2!? 24.Qc2 b5-/+] 24.Qg4? 0-0-0 25.Nxf7 [25.b4 g6-/+] 25...Rhf8 26.Qg6 [26.Nxd8 Bxf5 27.Qg2 Rxd8-+] 26...Bxf5 [26...Be8 27.Qe6+ Rd7-+] 27.Qxf5+ Rd7 28.h6 [28.Rf3 Rfxf7 29.Qg4 Kb8-/+] 28...gxh6 [28...Rfxf7!-+] 29.Rxh6 [29.b4 Rfxf7-+] 29...Rfxf7 30.Rh8+ Kc7 31.Qe6 Bc3+ 32.bxc3 Qg1+ 0-1

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  1. "Ma Belle Amie" - that's an old one! ;)

  2. Actually, the name "Nigel Short" reminds me of the 1900 song "Shortnin' Bread" by James Riley and the 1977 song "Short People" by Randy Newman - well, to be honest, they don't really, but they are a tad catchy...

  3. Yes Kevin. My wife says I'm an old one!


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