Nigel Comes Up Short Again in Game 8
LONDON (AP) _ Garry Kasparov was worried, but Nigel Short missed yet another chance for his first victory in their breakaway world chess championship.
″I’m still just missing a little something,″ said Short, who trails 6-2 after Thursday’s match ended in a draw. They play again Saturday.
Short signalled his aggressive intentions as early as his ninth move when he committed himself to a long-term strategic weakness which forced him to make sacrifices aiming to win in the middle game.
″I am very happy with the result because my position was not good,″ Kasparov told reporters. ″I invited my opponent to make sacrifices but I could have been on the wrong side of an immortal game.″
Kasparov played a provocative 12th move, and his follow-up two moves later was described by England’s No. 2 grandmaster Michael Adams as ″logical but bad.″
Kasparov declined Short’s first offer of a bishop sacrifice, but was forced to accept on move 18.
″I felt I had very good winning chances quite early,″ Short said.
Kasparov admitted that Short’s 20th move, sacrificing a rook for a bishop, was an unpleasant surprise. At that point, he feared he was losing.
″It was an excellent move, especially if at that stage Short had seen as far ahead as his rook sacrifice on move 24,″ Kasparov said.
The game ended in a perpetual check after 41 moves.
Short declined to answer a question about possible changes among his advisers, following news that his coach, Lubomir Kavalek, had returned to the United States after the fourth game.
Short’s business manager, Michael Stean, said he did not know whether Kavalek would return.
″That depends on circumstances, it depends on personal matters I cannot comment on. Kavalek’s departure has nothing to do with Short’s performance in the match,″ Stean said.
The Times newspaper of London and Teleworld Holdings, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, are sponsoring the match, which has a $2.55 million purse.
The players have pledged 10 percent of the purse to the Professional Chess Association, which they formed in February to challenge FIDE, the world chess federation.