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Nigel Short Reviews his 1992 Match Against Anatoly Karpov

Nigel Short Reviews his 1992 Match Against Karpov

Probably the most famous British figure in chess ever, Nigel Short is currently the oldest player to be ranked in the FIDE Top 100. He is well known, of course, for his moment of triumph in defeating Anatoly Karpov in a World Championship qualifier and winning the right to play Garry Kasparov for the World Chess Championship in 1993, becoming the first Englishman to do so.

In this free webinar, Nigel reviews his match against Anatoly Karpov in the Candidates Tournament in 1992. In this tournament, Nigel bet Boris Gelfand in the round of sixteen, knocked out Jonathan Speelman in the quarterfinal and went on to play Anatoly Karpov in the semifinal. Nigel takes a closer look at game 4 of the 10 game match against Karpov in this video.GM Nigel Short reviews his 1992 match against Karpov

Candidates Linares 1992: Short, Nigel (2685) – Karpov, Anatoly (2725)

The game started with the moves 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 (see the diagram on the left). It is interesting to mention that this line in the Caro-Kann Advance Variation is named after Nigel Short himself. It was popularized by Nigel Short in the 1990s. Nowadays, this line is considered to be the main line against the Black’s move 3…Bf5 in the Advance Variation.

5…c5 6.0-0 Nc6 7.c3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nge7 9.a3 (White plans to expand on the queenside) Be4 10.Nbd2 Nf5 (see the diagram on the right).

With his last move, Black threatens to take White’s pawn on d4. In the game, GM Nigel Short defends the pawn indirectly with the move 11.b4. This is the first key tactical moment in the game.  What happens if Black takes the pawn on d4?

A Key Tactical Moment

After 11…Ncxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Qa4+ (see the diagram on the left), Black faces a difficult defensive task.

The move 14…Qd7 obviously doesn’t work in view of 15.Qxd7 Kxd7 16.Rd1 and White wins the knight on d4. 

If Black drops his knight back instead, playing 14…Nc6, White plays 15.Rd1 anyway. White has fantastic play for the sacrificed pawn. If Black is careless, he might lose the game quickly. For example after 15…Qc7? 16.b5! Nxe5?, White has the strong move 17.b6! (see the diagram on the right).

White has a double attack against Black’s king and queen. If Black plays 17…Qc6, White has the tactical resource 18.Bb5!, winning the queen.

Because of that, Karpov did not take the pawn on d4 in the game and played 11…Qb6 instead. The game went on and Nigel Short managed to win an exchange in the middlegame. Still, Karpov is known for his incredible defensive skills. He defended his inferior position like a lion in the endgame. Still, Nigel managed to outplay Karpov after a long, exhausting struggle and went on to win the game after 76 moves.


If you want to see how Nigel sealed the deal and receive some amazing insights into this game, we definitely recommend you to watch the whole free webinar.

After analyzing the game, Nigel Short answers plenty of questions which were asked in the comments by many chess enthusiasts. He gives an answer on how to grind down your opponents in slightly better endgames, talks about the best chess players in the world and his favorite chess player, his preparation against Karpov in the match in 1992, openings like the Dutch Stonewall or the Sicilian Najdorf Variation and many more exciting topics.

Don’t miss your chance to watch this fantastic webinar with one of the world’s most legendary chess players, GM Nigel Short.




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