Incredible Insight

14 | Amazing Games

Sacrifices of the major pieces used to be fairly common among top chess players, but nowadays are rarely seen when top grandmasters square off. However, in the game that follows, Nigel Short sacrifices his queen...after a mere seven moves have passed.

Nevertheless, he sees that Miles, his opponent, will not be able to do anything as he mounts an attack. As it turns out, his insight was correct. His attack simply builds in strength, and Miles is forced to resign eighteen moves later, with his position a total wreck.

Here is what Short said afterwards:  "This is one of my favourite games, played in the Greater Manchester qualifying section of the British Championship. Winning it virtually made sure of my going through to the zonal tournament."

Did I mention that he was only eleven years old when this game was played? Laughing

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