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London Chess Classic: Boris Becker v. Nigel Short - exhibition game + annotation

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Published on Dec 6, 2011

This game featured tennis legend Boris Becker (White) against chess legend Nigel Short (Black), in a rather brief, crowd-pleasing chess exhibition match at the London Chess Classic, 2011. Boris is an enthusiastic Chess amateur and, a few years ago, played a similar friendly game against Gary Kasparov.

In this game, we see Nigel play 3. ...f5!?, referred to as either the Schliemann Defence or Jaenisch Gambit. This variation is accredited to Carl Jaenisch, although also named after Adolf Schliemann. It's a sharp line in which Black gains accelerated piece development, and an early kingside attack - frequently sacrificing one or two pawns.

This game was over rather quickly but, if Nigel attends Wimbledon, perhaps we'll see the return challenge? Best of 3 games? Nigel get to serve first? Is the Caro-Kann defence a forehand or backhand shot? If we can get enough Likes, perhaps we can make it happen!?.

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