Friday, December 10, 2010

(GotD) Short vs. McShane, London Chess Classic [B76] Sicilian Dragon, Yugoslav attack, 7... O-O

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McShane's win yesterday was as big a surprise as could be, by defeating the Norwegian genius, and a giant question mark was placed next to his chances. Initially, his chances at anything beyond a decent result were next to nil considering the names and ratings of the rest of the field, yet the second round has forced a complete reassessment with his 2.0/2 start and victory over Nigel Short. McShane grabbed the bull by the horns, playing a full-scale Sicilian Dragon, and Short has never shirked an opening challenge. Things might have gone wrong for the young Brit, but then again, that is the nature of such a double-edged variation, and in the end, he was rewarded for his gutsy choice.

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