Chess PGN Game Match played Nigel D Short vs Boris Gelfand- in Candidates qf1, Open: Sicilian – Najdorf, 6.f4

Chess PGN Game Match played Nigel D Short vs Boris Gelfand- in Candidates qf1, Open: Sicilian - Najdorf, 6.f4


Match between Nigel D Short and Boris Gelfand

Event: Candidates qf1

Variation: Sicilian – Najdorf, 6.f4

Eco code: B93

Pgn File:


[Event “Candidates qf1”]
[Site “Brussels”]
[Date “1991.??.??”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Short, Nigel D”]
[Black “Gelfand, Boris”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2660”]
[BlackElo “2665”]
[ECO “B93”]
[Annotator “Rogers,I”]
[EventDate “1991.08.??”]
[PlyCount “48”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “8”]
[EventCountry “BEL”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “1999.07.01”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 Qc7 7. Be2 {
Short has scored many impressive victories against the Najdorf Sicilian but
here he adopts an unexpectedly quiet approach. } (7. Nf3 { /\8.Bd3 would be
more in Short’s style. }) 7… e5 8. Nb3 b5 9. O-O Bb7 10. Qd3 Nbd7 11. a3
Be7 12. g4 $2 { Now such aggression is completely unjustified. White’s
pieces are not well placed to support a pawn attack and Black’s king has
not yet castled and therefore remains a moving target. } 12… exf4 13.
Bxf4 Ne5 14. Bxe5 dxe5 15. g5 Nd7 16. h4 { Played after great thought. } (
{ Short may have originally intended } 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 O-O 18. Rxf7
$5 { but unfortunately Black has the remarkable answer } 18… Qa7+ $3 19.
Rf2+ Kh8 20. Rf1 Rxf2 21. Rxf2 Rf8 { winning easily. Soon White will suffer
from the lack of pawn protection around his king and Gelfand exploits this
factor with great virtuosity. }) 16… O-O 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 e4 $1 19.
Qxe4 Qg3+ 20. Qg2 ( { After } 20. Kh1 Bd6 { forces the text move under even
worse circumstances. }) 20… Qxh4 21. Rad1 Bxg5 22. Rd3 Rae8 23. Rf5 h6 {
Short, a pawn down and seriously short of time, now blunders but his
material deficit and lack of control over the dark squares would in any
case have guaranteed defeat in the long run. } 24. Nd2 $2 Nc5 (24… Nc5 $1
25. Nf3 Qe4 { one of White’s rooks is doomed. }) 0-1

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