The hundreds of chess games being played at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 are a treasure trove. (Round 3 report at Chess Blog). The collection of games will give us great joy for years to come. Sifting through the Round 3 chess games in Istanbul, we chanced across this one: Nigel Short (2698) – Yuniesky Quesada Perez (2626)! What’s this with GM Short – He specializes in King marches among other things? Great middlegame and a superlative endgame by the British GM with a Knight’s terrific posting at e3 holding back a bad Bishop and all the holes plugged for the Black King. Reminds us also of: Fantastic Chess King March in Middlegame – This Time Short vs Timman 1-0!

Short, Nigel (2698) – Quesada Perez, Yuniesky (2626)

Result: 1-0
Site: 0:07.25-0:00.59
Date: 2012.08.30
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