Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by Joshua Gibbs » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:33 pm

John Saunders wrote:Poser for chess historians - Nigel Short thinks he first played Robert Bellin at the Charlton Open in about 1978 but is not sure about the date. Needless to say, I don't have my chess magazine library to hand in Gibraltar and was wondering if someone could find out. Robert thinks their game appeared in Nigel's book Nigel Short Teaches Chess, so that would be a good place to start looking. Thanks in advance.
There isnt a book called Nigel Short Teachs Chess I think you/Robert means Learn Chess with Nigel Short :)
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:37 pm

While looking around for examples of such games, I found their 1980 game from the British Championships in The Spectator.

Apparently, Robert offered a draw with "the imperishable words":
Robert Bellin wrote: "Would you like a game of Space Invaders?"
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by John Saunders » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:44 pm

Joshua and Chris - many thanks for your help. Yes, I had a feeling I'd got that book title wrong but hadn't time to check. Chris, thanks for reminding me of that memorable sound bite from 1980. I might use that in the official Twitter feed.
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by John Saunders » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:46 pm

P.S. When I approached the board where Nigel and Robert were about to start their game today, I asked them, "is this the play-off for the 1979 British Championship?"
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:53 pm

John Saunders wrote:"is this the play-off for the 1979 British Championship?"
The 1978 and 1979 BCM report the results of the Charlton Congresses. Nigel's participation isn't mentioned, but Robert certainly played in the 1979 edition as he is named as finishing equal second. Charlton took place in July before the British. Nigel's book is from 1993, so a tie-in with the match at the Savoy.

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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by John Moore » Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:34 pm

The book I have just dredged out from the darkest recesses of my chess library has the title (once I had blown the dust off) Nigel Short on Chess. But it was a revised version of a book originally published in 1989 and this one is dated 1993 - no doubt to coincide as Roger suggests with the Kasparov match.

And there is a fragment from a game Bellin-Short Charlton 1977. You'll have to make do with Forsyth notation, I am afraid. This is the position after Nigel's 18th move as Black : R3R1K1: 1PB2PPP; P1N1BQ2; 3p4; p1n1P3; 1qn1p2p; 1p2b1p1; r1b3k1. In this position Nigel points out that he has moved all of his pieces to the Queen side and thus gets done on the other side with 19 Bh6 dc3 20 Bg6 Nd8 21 Bg7 1-0. A nice finish for Robert.

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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:39 pm

An unusual mating net and a giant-killing:


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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by John Saunders » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:08 pm

Many thanks to all, particularly John Moore for that game fragment. Let's see if I have it right:



Nice finish.
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by John Moore » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:15 pm

John, I was more concerned as to whether I could remember Forsyth notation but that's the position right enough and, as you say, a nice finish.

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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by John Saunders » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:22 pm

Nigel has finished his game with Robert (which wasn't on a live board), telling me that it was a "triumph for youth". I showed him this position and he remembered it. Thanks for your help, John, much appreciated.
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by Joshua Gibbs » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:45 pm

Anyone know where I can see Anna Muzychuk's game from yesterday please?
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:50 pm

Joshua Gibbs wrote:Anyone know where I can see Anna Muzychuk's game from yesterday please?
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:09 pm

Ivanchuk lost on time seemingly misjudging the number of moves made.

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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:46 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:Ivanchuk lost on time seemingly misjudging the number of moves made.
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Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:04 pm

Nobody to blame but himself, I guess, but it does remind me that I get irritated by scoresheets where the columns aren't a multiple of five. Anybody else similarly afflicted?
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