Tuesday 23 December 1997
Short has played as well as at any time since 1993, when he qualified to meet Kasparov in a world title match. In the four years since then, he has looked unimpressive. Last month, for example, he drew all his games on top board for England in the world team championship. In the current event he has rediscovered how to win games against top grandmasters.
In the last round, he beat Mikhail Krasenkov 2-0. Here is his first win. White gains a small advantage from the opening, and maintains his grip until Black allows a devastating combination in the endgame. After 45...Nxd5 46.Re8 Black is mated.
White: Nigel Short
Black: Mikhail Krasenkov
1 e4 c5 24 Nc3 Qd7
2 Nf3 Nc6 25 f3 Ng6
3 c3 Nf6 26 Qd2 Rc7
4 e5 Nd5 27 Ba4 Qc8
5 Bc4 Nb6 28 Re1 Rd8
6 Bb3 d5 29 Kf2 Ne7
7 exd6 e6 30 Bb3 Qb8
8 d4 cxd4 31 Ne2 Rxc1
9 cxd4 Bxd6 32 Rxc1 Rc8
10 0-0 Ne7 33 Re1 Nc6
11 Nc3 Bd7 34 Bc2 Qd6
12 Ng5 h6 35 a3 Ne7
13 Nge4 Bc7 36 Bb3 Kf8
14 Qg4 Nf5 37 Nf4 a5
15 Rd1 0-0 38 h4 Qd7
16 Nc5 Bc8 39 h5 Qb5
17 g3 Nd5 40 Bd1 Rc6
18 Nxd5 exd5 41 g4 Qc4
19 Qf3 Ne7 42 Re3 Qc1
20 Bf4 Bxf4 43 Qxc1 Rxc1
21 Qxf4 b6 44 Ba4 Bc8
22 Na4 Be6 45 Nxd5 resigns
23 Rac1 Rc8
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