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Blunders abound in Montreal




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  1. 1. Sicilian accelerated Dragon

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Short's visit to Montreal has become a nightmare. After 7 rounds, he's on just one point.

In this game, he self pinned his knight with 17.Ng6??, a move which soon resulted in one of the shortest defeats in his whole career.


[pgn]Short,N (2683) - Harikrishna,P (2664) [C01]

8th It Montreal CAN (2), 20.07.2007


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 Nf6 6.d4 d5 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.0-0 0-0 9.h3 h6 10.Nc3 c6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Rxe8+ Nxe8 13.Ne5 Nd7 14.Bf4 Nf8 15.Qh5 Be6 16.Rb1 f6 17.Ng6 {??} Bf7 18.Bxd6 Nxd6 19.g4 Ne4 0-1[/pgn]


What's happening to Nigel? it seems that it all has to do with some really awful teeth problems. I believe the story, but I wonder if the fact that Nigel has been playing too much blitz on the playchess server lately has added a certain superficiality to his play. I see him on-line just about everyday.


Then again, I also see Harikrishna. :) HOWEVER, there could be a pattern here, and if you don't believe me, watch some of the mistakes he's making also:


[pgn]Harikrishna,P (2664) - Charbonneau,P (2503) [D37]

8th It Montreal CAN (7), 26.07.2007


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Bb4+ 11.Nd2 Nc6 12.0-0 d4 13.e4 f5 14.a3 Ba5 15.b4 fxe4 16.Bxe4 Rxf4 17.bxa5 Nxa5 18.Qc2 h6 19.Rfe1 Bg4 20.f3 Bh5 21.Rac1 Rf8 22.Qc5 Bf7 23.Qf5 g6 24.Qf4 h5 25.Qg3 d3 26.Bxg6?? [unbelieveable! 26.Kh1 is correct. The move played in the game drops a piece for nothing. ] 26...Qb6+ 27.Kf1 Qxg6 28.Qh4 Nb3 29.Nxb3 Bxb3 30.Rc5 Rf5 31.Rxf5 Qxf5 32.Qg3+ Kh8 33.Qd6 Bf7 34.Qd4+ Kh7 35.Re5 Qg6 36.g4 hxg4 37.Re4 Be6 38.Rf4 Kg8? [38...Rc8! wins quickly] 39.Ke1 Qg5 40.Qe3 Re8?? [shocking! now white wins blacks Queen. Ok, it was the last move in the time control and Charbonneau was probably in time trouble.] 41.Rf8+ Kxf8 42.Qxg5 gxf3 ½-½




The final position is drawish, although I'm sure both players had had enough blunders for the day. :)


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