(133) Short/Vujatovic,Nigel/Rajko - Kasparov/Crumiller,Garry/Jon [B42]
Simpson's consultation game, 08.09.2010
Just as at move 13, Vujatovic finds the strongest and most aggressive move. I was watching the game with Jon Speelman, who was full of praise for Rajko's play. The famous Kasparov scowl was very much in evidence around this point! 19...Rb8
Rajko's first minor lapse. [21.exd6
would have left Black's position hanging by a thread.] 21...Nxf6
would win the exchange pretty much by force, although Black would have some compensation.] 23...Bxd6
Crumiller: "I wasn't sure what Garry would play after Rd1, but I knew it would be good. As it turns out, what Garry played wasn't just good, it was simply fantastic." 28...Kh8!!
"This has to be the star move of the game. The battle rages, but Black takes time out for a cup of tea and a little nap!" 29.g3?
Crumiller: "Now comes my turn, with two main choices. I analyzed Bxg3, which looks great, but then it would be Nigel's move, and Nigel has been hammering us at every opportunity. I couldn't give him free rein of the board – what if I've missed something in this highly complicated position? – and the move to prevent that is Qd5+! (the exclam is for the non-chess reasons), which forces Nigel down to a single move." 29...Qd5+
Garry snapped off the knight, and again it is Rajko's move, clock ticking, time running short, and a critical position. 31.Qxe6??
A tragic blunder, to end a well-contested game. 31...Qh5+