SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Photo by Ray Morris-Hill
Last round game between Sasikiran and Short
The weather is typically British in Gibraltar: rain, and more rain. For the English, a home away from home! Perhaps this can explain why Short manages to always play some of his best chess in Gibraltar. Witness his last round ‘must win’ game against the very strong Indian star Sasikiran.
POSITION AFTER 28 MOVES:
Black stands a bit better: his pieces are more active and White’s King is a bit more exposed than his counterpart. In this kind of position the initiative counts for a lot…White can not afford any imprecisions.
INSTEAD of playing the safe 29.Bf1, Sasikiran walks into a trap that Short was not even threatening!
A neat twist! The second ‘!’ is for elegance (the first ‘!’ is because it is the strongest move!)
White is dead lost. Nigel was merciless…