Thursday, February 12, 2009

Games Collection from Wijk aan Zee

Reinderman,D (2549) - Short,N (2663) [C69]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 23.01.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0–0 f6 6.d4 Bg4 7.c3 Bd6 8.Be3 Ne7 9.dxe5 fxe5 10.c4 c5 11.b4 b6 12.bxc5 bxc5 13.Nbd2 0–0 14.Qa4. Technically a novelty. In the game Shaw-Ashton, Gibraltar 2006, White first interpolated 14.h3 Bh5 and only then proceeded with 15.Qa4 In either case, one feels that Black should have good chances, with his kingside prospects at least balancing his queenside pawn weaknesses. Like many classical players, Short always likes such situations, pointing out the unarguable fact that if things go well for White, he will win a pawn or two on the queenside, and may or may not win the game. On the other hand, if Black manages to cash his trumps, he will deliver mate. 14...Ng6 15.Kh1 Qe7 16.Ne1 Nf4 17.f3 Bd7 18.Qa5 Rf6 19.Rf2 Rh6 20.Nf1 g5 21.g4!? A radical response.

21...Rh3!? And an equally radical reply! The rook move looks odd at first sight, but is perfectly logical – Black wants to play h7-h5, and in the meantime, his rook takes aim at the freshly-created weakness on f3. 22.Ng3 h5 23.gxh5 Rf8 24.Qd2 Qf7 25.Rc1 Be6 26.Bxf4?! After this, White's position soon crumbles, but it is extremely hard to suggest a constructive move for White. The best that Fritz can come up is 26.Rb1 or 26.Rd1, and it is probably significant that it evaluates both moves equally, as both look equally useless. Possibly 26.Kg1 is the best try, but White is clearly in the toils. 26...exf4 27.Nf5 Bxf5 28.exf5 Qxf5 29.Nd3. This makes things even worse, by allowing Black's next, but I am really not very motivated to try to defend the white position. 29...g4 30.Qe2 g3 31.Rg2 Qxh5 32.Qe6+ Kg7 33.Rcc2 Re8 34.Qd5 Qxd5 35.cxd5 Re3

Simple and totally decisive. Reinderman sportingly allows Short to administer mate, a gesture that was appreciated by the English GM after the game. 36.Nf2 Re1+ 37.Rg1 Rxh2# 0–1.

Source: Chessbase

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