Short - Timman, Tilburg 1991

Nov 16, 2008, 2:05 AM |

Continued to work through John Nunn's wonderful game collection Understanding Chess Move by Move tonight, and played through this gem from Nigel Short. 

It is an Alekhine's Defense game, which is an opening I am somewhat familiar with since my instructor plays it. Nigel ends up with a nice Kingside attack against a fianchettoed bishop position. These can arise different openings and a common idea is Qh4, Bh6, and Ng5. First, Timman tries to exchange queens as Short begins to set up his attack, but Short calmly blocks the 4th rank and continues about his business. Timman sets up a Q+B battery pointing at g2, and pinning the N on f3 b/c of the threat of mate. Having a pretty strong grip on black's kingside, but unable to bring his knight into the attack, Short begins a journey with his King up the board with Timman helpless to stop him and the inevitable kill.