Short's Immortal King Walk - Every Chess Move Explained - Short vs. Timman, 1991
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Short's Immortal King Walk - Every Chess Move Explained - Short vs. Timman, 1991

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Today, Nigel Short is perhaps best known as the vice president of FIDE and an active player (He's won tournaments on each continent besides Antarctica.) and chess promoter who is never shy to share his opinion on Twitter.

While many may be aware of Short's challenge to Garry Kasparov for the (PCA) World Chess Championship in 1993, it's easy to forget how he earned the right to that match. In the World Championship cycle from 1990-1993, Short bested both Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman (and Jon Speelman and Boris Gelfand) in impressive matches and demonstrated a convincing dominance over the field. This would in fact be the last time that a full Candidates' match cycle was played to determine a World Chess Championship challenger.

In addition to winning the cycle, Short played sparkling chess in the period. His finest game of the period is unquestionably his victory over Jan Timman.

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Short's incredible king walk against Timman is not entirely unique in the annals of chess (See Teichmann vs. Allies and Hillarp-Persson vs. Laurusas and perhaps Alekhine vs. Yates), but it's close. Certainly, the conclusion of this game makes an incredible impression on all who see it.

Although the finish is famous, don't miss the build-up as Short plays brilliant and instructive chess to build the stranglehold that allows him to finish the game.


  • Don't fianchetto against a strong pawn on e5.
  • Control the open files AND invade.
  • Details (Be3!) matter.

My notes are below.

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