Games: Chess

Nigel Short self-destructed in the opening game of his world championship quarter-final against Nigel Short. Thanks to some clever play in the opening (his 6...Nf6! is a big improvement on the natural cxd4) he gained an early initiative and turned this into a clear space advantage on the Q-side.

When Black had established a pawn chain at a5, b4 and c3, and had his bishop firmly cemented on d4, Adams could only wait for his opponent to launch an attack with f5. Both players manoeuvred their pieces to be ready for that advance, but when it happened, it looked as though Black was well on top.

Short must have planned well in advance to meet 31.Nc4 by sacrificing the exchange, but it did not turn out as well as he had hoped. After 35.f4, the position became very loose. Shirt won the pawn on c2, but it was Adams's e-pawn that won the game in Short's time-trouble.

White: Adams Black: Short

1 e4 c5 22 b3 Bd4

2 Nc3 e6 23 Rab1 c3

3 Nf3 a6 24 Bxa6 Rxa6

4 g3 b5 25 Nc4 0-0

5 Bg2 Bb7 26 Ne3 g6

6 d4 Nf6 27 Re1 Rc6

7 Bg5 cxd4 28 Rbd1 Rc5

8 Nxd4 h6 29 Kg2 f5

9 Bxf6 Qxf6 30 exf5 gxf5

10 0-0 Nc6 31 Nc4 Rxc4

11 Nxc6 dxc6 32 bxc4 Qxc4

12 Qe2 e5 33 Qb7 Rf7

13 a4 b4 34 Qb8+ Kh7

14 Nb1 a5 35 f4 Qa2

15 Qe3 Bd6 36 fxe5 Qxc2+

16 Nd2 Qe7 37 Kh3 f4

17 Nb3 c5 38 e6 Qf5+

18 Nd2 Ba6 39 g4 Qd5

19 Rfd1 c4 40 Rd3 Rf6

20 Bf1 Bc5 41 Qc7+ resigns

21 Qf3 Qe6