Sunday, 2 January 2011

A hard move to find

The Reggio Emilia tournament, currently running in Italy, saw Nigel Short bounce back from his poor showing in the London Chess Classic, with 2 wins in the first 2 rounds. His first round win over Gashimov was a titanic struggle where both Kings diced with death, but his second victory was a result of a "well disguised and beautiful swindle", as he posted on his facebook page. He also described the physical reaction that occurred when he played 36.Rb8!!, but as this is a family blog, I think I'll leave it there for now.

Short,N (2680) - Morozevich,A (2700)
[C11] 53rd Masters Reggio Emilia ITA (2), 29.12.2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.a3 Bxc5 8.Qg4 0-0 9.Bd3 Qe7 10.Bd2 f6 11.Qh4 h6 12.exf6 Nxf6 13.0-0-0 e5 14.fxe5 Nxe5 15.Nf3 Nxd3+ 16.cxd3 b5 17.Rhe1 Qb7 18.Be3 Bxe3+ 19.Rxe3 a5 20.Rde1 b4 21.Re7 Qb6 22.axb4 axb4 23.Nd1 Bg4 24.Kd2 b3 25.Ke2 Ra4 26.Qg3 Nh5 27.Qe5 Rf5 28.Qc3 Bxf3+ 29.gxf3 d4 30.Re8+ Kh7 31.Qc8 Nf4+ 32.Kf1 Qb5 33.Nf2 Nxd3 34.Rh8+ Kg6 35.Qe6+ Kh5 (D)
36.Rb8 Qe5 37.Rxe5 Ra1+ 38.Re1 Rxe1+ 39.Qxe1 Nxe1 40.Kxe1 Rxf3 41.Rd8 Re3+ 42.Kf1 Rc3 43.bxc3 dxc3 44.Nd3 1-0

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