Short – Kasparov, Bishop’s Gambit

The blitz match between Gary Kasparov and Nigel Short produced some entertaining chess. Kasparov probably chose the Black openings he did (1.e4 e5 plus the Modern Defence) because he hasn’t been playing much lately and no doubt wanted to avoid things that are too topical.

Nigel Short’s response was to play some old fashioned lines that probably aren’t too well known by Kasparov. The Evans Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4) was his choice in game 4 and then the Bishops Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4) in game 6. Nineteenth century stuff and probably a good choice against former Soviet players in general.

Here’s a nice video commentary on the 6th game by IM Andrew Martin:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: