(1) Short,Nigel (2690) - Fressinet,Laurent (2718) [C56]
2010 Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk (5), 25.09.2010
The exclamation mark goes for the type of choice in such an important match by Short: the old-fashioned Max Lange! One does not need to check its pioneers: Chigorin and Marshall, both of whom are prominent figures one can study to learn this line – according to Nigel Short himself! I can add one more thing to this professional recommendation: get ready to feel the position by reading "Les Misérables"! Even though it is not exactly here where the essence of the position returns to the enlightment era!
Theory considers Bd4 the safer sortie! I would like to thank Fressinet for this bold decision to enter the field like one of Alexandre Dumas's warriors! One should not forget that Bd4 is not as easy one might deduce from my words. For instance in a recent game in the Schachbundesliga, young Falko Bindrich failed to follow the right continuation and went down against French GM Degraeve! Another romantic player in my opinion! Bindrich is not alone since one of Nigel's countryman, another real expert and high-class player also failed to find the right continuation against Movsesian in Wijk aan Zee in 2009. The expansion of theory in this line could be another reason why Fressinet avoided it. [5...Bxd4
1-0 (38 moves) Movsesian,S (2751)-Adams,M (2712)/Wijk aan Zee 2009/CBM 129/[Movsesian] (11...Bxc4
is considered to be best here: 12.Bxf6
Anderssen-Fleissig,Vienna 1873) 14...c6
Minckwitz-Anderssen,Vienna 1878) ]
[This choice is even less rare than the romantic 8.Re1+
Instead of going for a safe continuation Fressinet decides to enter the adventurous journey offered by his opponent. [9...Be7
is what one can consider a safe continuation for Black in the Max Lange!]
would lead to a draw.]
[The French champion had to keep going with his king one more
square with 13...Kh5!
It is a well-known fact that if a king enters the battle he has to go through the heart of the enemy's army! Despite the fact that this is what we consider as a "computer move", strangely something was hitting back of my mind. My grey cells finally came up with Steinitz! 1.e4 e5 2.f4 ef 3.d4 Qh4 4.Ke2 and he was trying to consolidate his center by putting his king on d3! Even with a dubious try there is a trace of truth behind it. If your king won't get mated you can go with it as far as you can! At least Rybka agrees with this! 14.Qd2!
and white is winning here.; 14.g3
is a somewhat less effective try after 14...Bh3
Black is dominating and the white position will collapse soon.) 14...Bb4
In this messy position Rybka stays cool with a 0.00 evaluation! From a human point of view the position remain unclear despite deep analysis. One single inaccuracy could lead to a catastrophe in such "computer" positions. The only real conclusion I can draw is that aesthetically it is a beautiful position!]
Understandable but premature. [White had to cover the h5 square with 14.Qd1!
after which I hardly can see any real counterplay for Black. The white initiative is practically decisive.]
More or less forced.
The beginning of a series of mistakes and inaccuracies. It seems that here Black has lost the thread.
Another tempo loss.
White is dominating, and Nigel executes the technical part as expected!
The final blow!
Neat and crushing. Black played six moves out of his 29 with his king. Only deep analysis can prove that Black could have held – actually he had to keep on the romantic track with Kh5. When I saw the game I was amazed how impressive such a romantic (nowadays "old-fashioned") line could create such a devastating attack. The game was a great lesson for me. Sometimes my generation (and the next) forget from whom we have inherited ideas in chess. Nowadays I tend to believe that the ideas which come from the early stages of chess development are just as enlightening as anything we produce today. 1-0