Chess PGN Game Match played Nigel D Short vs Alexander Khalifman- in Merida 2nd, Open: Caro-Kann defence

Chess PGN Game Match played Nigel D Short vs Alexander Khalifman- in Merida 2nd, Open: Caro-Kann defence


Match between Nigel D Short and Alexander Khalifman

Event: Merida 2nd

Variation: Caro-Kann defence

Eco code: B11

Pgn File:


[Event “Merida 2nd”]
[Site “Merida”]
[Date “2001.05.17”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Short, Nigel D”]
[Black “Khalifman, Alexander”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2676”]
[BlackElo “2690”]
[ECO “B11”]
[Annotator “Lukacs,P”]
[EventDate “2001.05.13”]
[PlyCount “81”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “6”]
[EventCountry “MEX”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2001.09.13”]
[EventCategory “18”]

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bh5 5. d4 $5 { This is a rare
continuation and not without reason. } 5… e6 (5… dxe4 6. Nxe4 Bxf3 $5 (
6… e6 7. Be2 (7. Bd3 Nd7 8. O-O Ngf6 9. c3 { looks also logical }) 7…
Bg6 8. Nc3 { The N is not well-placed here. } 8… Nd7 9. Bf4 Ngf6 10. O-O
Bb4 $5 $11 (10… Be7 11. Re1 O-O 12. Nh4 Nd5 13. Nxg6 hxg6 14. Nxd5 cxd5
15. c3 { /\ Bd3, Qg4 with some chances for a >> ->. } 15… Nb6 16. Bd3 Bd6
17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Qg4 $14 { Kujpers-Simagin, Alekhine mem 1963 })) 7. Qxf3
Qxd4 { Black takes up the gauntlet, in semi-opened openings the P sacrifice
for development is less dangerous than in the open ones. } 8. Be3 $142 (8.
Bd3 Nd7 9. O-O Ngf6 10. c3 Qb6 11. Be3 Qc7 12. Nxf6+ gxf6 13. Qe2 e6 $15 {
Leroy-Vasquez, 1990 }) 8… Qxb2 9. Bc4 Qb4+ (9… Nf6 10. O-O Nbd7 11.
Rab1 $44) 10. Nd2 e6 (10… Nf6 11. Rb1 Qd6 12. Rxb7 Nbd7 13. O-O Ne5 14.
Qe2 e6 { (Short-Adianto, Internet blitz 2000) } 15. Bf4 $1 Nfd7 16. Rxd7
$18) 11. Rb1 Qe7 12. Ne4 $44 { with a big lead of development for the
pawns. }) 6. Bd3 (6. g4 Bg6 7. Ne5 Nd7 8. Nxg6 hxg6 { Black is usually not
sad, if his light-squared B will leave the board. } 9. Bg2 dxe4 10. O-O Qc7
11. Nxe4 Ngf6 12. Ng3 Nb6 13. b3 O-O-O 14. c4 Bc5 15. Be3 Bxd4 16. Bxd4 c5
17. Ne2 cxd4 18. c5 Nbd5 19. Qxd4 g5 $13 { Planinec-J.Nikolac, Zagreb 1975
}) (6. Be3 Nf6 7. exd5 cxd5 { Now White’s pieces are not working
harmoniously together. } 8. a3 Nc6 9. Be2 Be7 10. O-O Bxf3 11. Bxf3 O-O 12.
Be2 Rc8 13. Qd3 Ne8 14. Rae1 Nd6 $15 { Rivas Pastor-Magem Badals, Pamplona
1994 }) (6. exd5 cxd5 7. g4 { is the most aggressive try, but Black has
rich defensive resources. } 7… Bg6 8. Ne5 (8. h4 Nc6 9. h5 Be4 10. Rh3
Bxf3 11. Rxf3 Nf6 12. Rh3 Bb4 $13 { S.Djuric-Nanneli, Montecatini Terme
1994 }) 8… Nc6 9. h4 Nxe5 10. dxe5 Bb4 11. h5 Be4 12. Rh3 d4 13. a3 Ba5
14. b4 dxc3 15. bxa5 Qxa5 16. Qd4 Bc6 17. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 18. Rxc3 Ne7 $11 {
Ghinda-Lobron, Luzern 1982 }) 6… Nf6 7. e5 (7. O-O Be7 (7… Bb4 8. e5
Nfd7 { with a comfortable French type of position, where the B is on h5
instead of c8. } 9. g4 Bg6 10. Ng5 { /\ f4 } 10… Be7 11. f4 c5 12. Nf3 {
(Chernyshov-Von Herman, Berlin 1995) } 12… Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nc6) 8. Be3 (8.
e5 Nfd7) 8… dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 Nd7 11. c3 Nf6 12. Bd3 O-O 13. Be2
{ This type of position cannot yield any advantage for White. } 13… Qc7
14. Ne5 Bxe2 15. Qxe2 Nd7 $11 { Markowski-Mitura, Wisla 1992 }) 7… Nfd7
8. g4 ( { On } 8. O-O c5 { /\ Nc6 is the typical “French” blow. }) 8… Bg6
9. Bxg6 hxg6 { Black has exchanged his bad B, and has a good “French”. }
10. Ne2 { /\ c3 in order to defend >< d4. } 10... c5 11. c3 Nc6 12. Kf1 { /\ Kg2 } 12... Be7 (12... cxd4 { looks also promising, for example: } 13. cxd4 Rc8 14. Kg2 Be7 15. Be3 Nb6 16. b3 Ba3 $15) 13. Kg2 Qb6 ( { or simply } 13... Rc8) 14. Rb1 a5 15. Be3 a4 { Black wants to insert pressure on the weakened light squares. } 16. Nf4 Qa6 17. h4 a3 { Black will soon regret this move, although there is no problem yet in his position. } (17... Rc8 { was useful again. }) 18. b3 { It is hard to believe here, that the P on a3 will become a vulnerable target! } 18... cxd4 19. cxd4 Nb4 20. Qd2 O-O-O $2 { This runs into a tactical skirmish. } (20... Rc8 { was the safest option again. } 21. Rbc1 Rc6 $15) 21. Ng5 $1 Bxg5 (21... Rhf8 22. Rbc1+ Kb8 23. Ngxe6 $1 fxe6 24. Nxg6 $16 { and the b4 N is hanging. }) 22. hxg5 Rxh1 $2 { giving up the h <-> deliberately is erroneous. } (22… Nc6 { was still
playable. } 23. Rxh8 (23. Rhc1 Kb8 24. b4 Qb5 { blockading the << just in time. } 25. Qc3 Rh4 26. Kg3 Rdh8 27. Qxa3 f6 $1 $132 { and suddenly Black has a counterattack on the >>. }) 23… Rxh8 24. b4 Na7 25. Qc3+ Kb8 26. b5
Qa4 (26… Nxb5 $2 27. Qb4 Nc7 28. Qe7 $16 { with penetration. }) 27. b6 (
27. Rb3 Nb6 { >< c4 } 28. Nd3 Rc8 29. Nc5 Qc4) 27... Nc6 28. Rb3 Rc8 (28... Qc4 $5 29. Rxa3 Qxc3 30. Rxc3 Nxb6) 29. Rxa3 Qd1 30. f3 (30. Ra8+ Kxa8 31. Qa3+ Kb8 32. Qd6+ $11) 30... Rh8 31. Bg1 Nxb6 $13 { and the N on c4 will be a superpower. }) 23. Rxh1 Nc6 24. Nd3 Kb8 25. Rh3 ( { missing the forced } 25. Rh7 $1 Rg8 26. Nb4 $1 Qb5 27. Nxc6+ bxc6 28. Qc3 Kc7 29. b4 $1 Qa4 30. b5 $1 $18 { and the penetration of the white Q is inevitable. }) 25... Qb5 26. Rf3 $1 (26. Rh7 { can be parried now by } 26... Rg8 27. Qc3 (27. Nf4 Nf8 28. Rh1 Nd7) 27... Rc8 $1 $11) 26... Rf8 27. Qd1 Qa6 28. Ne1 $1 { /\ Nc2 >< a3 } 28... f6 (28... Nb4 29. Bc1 $5 ( { or simply } 29. Bd2 Nc6 30. Nc2 $16) 29... Nxa2 (29... f6 30. exf6 gxf6 31. gxf6 Rxf6 (31... Nxa2 32. Bf4+ Ka8 33. Qd2 $18 { and the greedy N is trapped. }) 32. Rxf6 Nxf6 33. Qd2 $18 { with doble ->. }) 30. Bd2 $1 Qb5 31. b4 $1 $18) (28… Ka8 {
leaves the h2-b8 /^ in case of a later f7-f6. } 29. Bc1 $16 { >< a3 }) 29. gxf6 gxf6 30. exf6 Rxf6 31. Nc2 (31. Rxf6 Nxf6 32. Qf3 Ne4 33. Qf8+ Ka7 34. Nf3 $16 { >< g6 }) 31... Ka8 (31... e5 { founders on the pin after } 32. Rxf6 Nxf6 33. dxe5 Nxe5 34. Bf4 $18) 32. Rh3 Rf8 33. Bh6 $1 { and the R has to decide where to go. } (33. Bc1 Rc8 34. Bxa3 e5 35. dxe5 Ncxe5 $14) 33... Rf7 (33... Rh8 34. b4 $1 { and finally >< a3 falls. } 34... Na7 (34... Qc4 35. Rxa3+ Kb8 36. Bf4+ e5 37. Bg3 $18) 35. Rxa3 $1 (35. Nxa3 Rxh6 36. Rxh6 Qxa3 37. Qe2 Nc6 38. Qxe6 Nb6) 35... Qd6 36. Qd2 Nb6 37. Rh3 Nc4 38. Qg5 $18) 34. Re3 { Black has too many weaknesses (>< a3, e6, g6) and a passive position. The position is probably lost already. } 34... e5 (34... Rh7 35. Bf4 Na7 (35... Rf7 36. b4 $18) 36. b4 Nb5 (36... Nf6 37. Nxa3 $18) 37. Qd3 $18) 35. dxe5 Ndxe5 36. Qxd5 $18 Rd7 37. Qe4 Rd1 38. Re1 Rd8 39. Bg5 Rf8 40. Re3 Qb5 41. Nxa3 1-0

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