Tuesday 21 January 1997
The loss came after Short had obtained a beautiful position in the opening against the Ukrainian grandmaster Onischuk. His 11.Bxf7+! cast doubt on Black's over-aggressive play. After 11...Kxf7 12.Qxd7+ Kf8 13.Be3, White's position soon becomes overwhelming. 11...Ke7! was certainly the best way to fight, but Black still looked groggy after 18.e6! (when 18...dxe6 loses to 19.Qh4+ g5 20.Qb4+)
Short let himself be bluffed by the rather desperate 23...Rhg8 (which was the only defence to the threat of 24.Rf5). Instead of playing simply 24.Bxg8 (when 24...Rxf2 25.Kxf2 Qf4+ 26.Ke2 Qxg4+ 27.Ke2 is clearly winning for White) Short went off on an attractive-looking adventure which failed to deliver the goods.
White: Nigel Short
Black: Alexander Onischuk
1 e4 e5 20 Qh6 Qe5
2 Nf3 Nc6 21 Rd3 Be4
3 Bb5 a6 22 Re3 d5
4 Ba4 Nf6 23 g4 Rhg8
5 0-0 Bc5 24 Rf5 Qg7
6 Nxe5 Nxe5 25 Qh3 Bxf5
7 d4 b5 26 gxf5 Rh8
8 dxe5 Nxe4 27 Qg3 Rc8
9 Bb3 Bb7 28 Re5 Rhd8
10 Nc3 Qh4 29 f6+ Qxf6
11 Bxf7+ Ke7 30 Rxg5 Qh6
12 Be3 Bxe3 31 Bh5 Rf8
13 fxe3 Nxc3 32 Rg7+ Kf6
14 bxc3 Qe4 33 Rf7+ Rxf7
15 Rf2 Raf8 34 Qf2 Kxe6
16 Qh5 Qxe3 35 Qxf7+ Kd6
17 Rd1 Bc6 36 Bg4 Rd8
18 e6 d6 White resigns
19 Qh4+ g5
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