Joel Benjamin - Nigel Short [A61]
Exhibition Match/London 1983
During the London candidates matches of 1983 (featuring Kasparov - Kortchnoi), the organizers decided to stage a US-Britain youth match between Nigel Short and Joel Benjamin. Benjamin had to take temporary incompletes in his courses at Yale, but the 5.5-1.5 result certainly justified the risk to his G.P.A. Ironically, it was Short who went on to challenge for the World Championship a decade later while Benjamin never succeeded in landing a title shot. Perhaps if Benjamin had instead dropped out of school and become a chess professional, history would have been different.
At first glance, this position looks promising for Black, who has secured the d3 square for his Knight and has good development. But Benjamin has understood the position better -- especially the power of the e4 square.
b) 23... Bf8 24. f3! Kh8 (24... h5? 25. f4! Nd7 26. Rxe8 Rxe8 27. Nf5) (24... Qh6 25. Nf5! Qxf6 (25... Qh5 26. Bxe5 Qxf5 27. Rxg4+) 26. Rxg4+ Kh8 27. f4) 25. Rae1 Red8 holds out longest, but Black's task is hopeless.
Short elec ts to surrender his Queen since the alternatives also cost him significant material.
After this, Black is mated by force.
Game in PGNCopyright © 2008 by Michael Goeller