Nigel Short Work With Four Knights

Nigel Short Work With Four Knights

NM GreenLaser
Jan 24, 2009, 12:00 AM |
24 | Opening Theory

Nigel Short was born June 1, 1965 and qualified for the British Championship three day before his twelfth birthday. He was second only to Kasparov, who was two years older, in the World Junior Championship in 1980. He became a grandmaster in 1984. Short won various tournaments. He won matches against Karpov and Timman to qualify to meet Kasparov for the World Championship of the Professional Chess Association. He lost that 1993 match 12.5-7.5. Short still wins tournaments and is the second highest rated English player, but has reached the age at which Karpov had passed his peak and Kasparov retired. In the following game his opponent was Erwin L'Ami who was born April 5, 1985. This Dutch player became a grandmaster in 2005. The fact that L'Ami has worked as a second to Cheparinov was revealed, after the game, to have motivated Short. The Opening is the Four Knight's Game, which is not popular now. It is basically a 19th and early 20th century system. Short has been known to use it since the late 20th century. I think it is a good system for students to learn the open game more safely than playing gambits or the Two Knights' Defense.

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