Monday 10 August 1998
With the rise of Michael Adams in recent years, however, Short's position as England's number one came under threat and, when the team was announced for the forthcoming Chess Olympics, he dropped to second board for the first time. With Matthew Sadler also rising rapidly up the rating list, even second position did not look secure. Perhaps that explained in part why Short returned to the British Championship this year. For the first time in a decade he had something to prove - and he did it in fine style.
This win against Thipsay was a typically powerful effort. Short established a grip on the game in the opening and never let go. The attack finally broke through with 50.f4, 51.f5 and 52.f6+, and Short won a tricky-looking endgame with no trouble at all.
White: Nigel Short
Black: Praveen Thipsay
1 e4 e5 34 h4 Qf8
2 Nf3 Nc6 35 Qf4 Kh7
3 Bb5 a6 36 Nf6+ Kg7
4 Ba4 Nf6 37 Ng4 h5
5 0-0 Be7 38 Ne3 Rb6
6 Re1 b5 39 a3 Qe7
7 Bb3 0-0 40 Qg3 Kh7
8 c3 d6 41 Rc1 Qd7
9 h3 Na5 42 Qf4 Rc6
10 Bc2 c5 43 Rcd1 Qe7
11 d4 Bb7 44 Nd5 Qf8
12 Nbd2 cxd4 45 Qg5 Qh8
13 cxd4 exd4 46 Nf4 Re5
14 Nxd4 Re8 47 Qg3 Qf6
15 b3 Bf8 48 Nh3 Bc8
16 Bb2 g6 49 Ng5+ Kg7
17 Qf3 Bg7 50 f4 Re8
18 Rad1 Rc8 51 f5 Qe5
19 Bb1 Qe7 52 f6+ Qxf6
20 Qe3 Nc6 53 Rf3 Qe5
21 Nf1 Nxd4 54 Rxf7+ Kg8
22 Bxd4 Qf8 55 Rdf1 Qxg3+
23 f3 Nd5 56 Kxg3 d5
24 Qf2 Nc3 57 exd5 Rc4
25 Bxg7 Kxg7 58 R7f4 Bf5
26 Rd3 Nxb1 59 Rxc4 bxc4
27 Rxb1 Re6 60 Rc1 Bd3
28 Rbd1 Rc6 61 Ne6 Kf7
29 Ne3 Qc8 62 Kf4 Ke7
30 Kh2 Kf8 63 Ke5 Kd7
31 Qg3 Qb8 64 Kd4 Kd6
32 Nd5 Kg7 65 Nc5 resigns
33 b4 h6
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