Loek van Wely is a Dutch Grandmaster born in 1972. He won 6 consecutive Dutch Championships starting in 2000. He worked as a second for Vladimir Kramnik and reached his peak rating of 2714 in 2001.
Nigel Short is an English Grandmaster born in 1965. He was a prodigy, defeating Korchnoi at the age of 10 at a simultan event. He tied for first in the British Championship when he was 14.
He defeated Anatoli Karpov and Jan Timman in the canidates to play Garry Kasparov for the 1993 World-championship, losing 12,5 to 7,5.
He is still active and his current Elo rating is still over 2700.
They have played 8 times, with 2 wins each and 4 draws.
In a Queen´s Gambit Declined, van Wely was able to secure a good Bishop against Black´s passive one. In the midgame battle for the centre, Short is stuck with a backwards pawn. Trying to defend the pawn, he is under a lot of pressure by well coordinated pieces on the Queenside.
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