Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Short on Time

The last year 2018 we could see amazing games and unbelievable mistakes. One of them took place in one of GM Nigel Short’s games. The British master rated 2662, played against the Indian chess prodigy Gukesh Dommaraju, rated 2401 in the Bankok Open. The rating difference was high and Short, playing Black, had no difficulties dominating the game. After 58 moves appeared the following position:

Nigel Short was 2 pawns up. Black’s advantage is clear but the endgame is not easy to play and requires some technique which Short has for sure because of his large experience.

Short played 58…Ra2+ but … he lost the game!!! Why? Because he forgot to press his clock!!!

GM Nigel Short lost on time! A beginner’s mistake that cost him the point. But also a fortunate incident for the young Indian player, because thanks to it he reached his first GM norm.

Recently, Gukesh Dommaraju became the second youngest GM in history at the age of 12 years, 7 months and 17 days.

See more details about Gukesh’s recent success on Gukesh 2nd GM in history

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