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Garry Kasparov vs Judit Polgar
Corus (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0
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Nov-06-03  Whitehat1963: Why is this over already?
Nov-06-03  youngplayer11: black either loses the rook or loses the Queen
Nov-06-03  panigma: how about 44...Qf4?
Nov-06-03  fatbaldguy: 44 ... Qf4 fails to 45 Rd1 and now ... Kc7 46 Qd6 mate or ... Ke7 46 Qd6 Ke8 47 Qe8 mate or ... Ke8 46 Qe6 Re7 (Kf8 47 Rd8 mate) 47 Bh5 Qf7 48 B:f7 and mate with Rd8 next move.
Feb-15-05  Backward Development: as Gazza himself says, "Before the final round I was leading my main rivals by a point, and a draw as White with Judit Polgar would guarantee me victory in the tournament. I no longer wanted to play (in addition, the round began unusually early at 12.30), but, on the other hand, it was somehow uncomfortable to 'rest on my laurels' ahead of time. With these contradictory feelings I played 1.e4 but after 5...a6 I woke up: Polgar is playing the Najdorf! I, of course, replied 6.Be3...and she after some thought replied 10...Nf6-An interesting novelty, although, of course, I had examined this move and considered the normal reply to be 11.Be2 with a complicated game. But here I remembered the triumphant call 'Forward, Kazimirych!' and, with a smile<I would be a bit worried if Kasparov was *smiling* when he played his moves...preparation perhaps?>, I launched into an open battle: 15.f4! and after great adventures I nevertheless got to the black king!"-OMGP Vol.III
Feb-15-05  flamboyant: what a great game!! lot of courage by Judit to be so aggressive in the opening, but even if im a big judit's fan i have to give 100% credit to Gazza, even if he only needed a draw he showed his fighting spirit here , and teached other GM a good lesson on how a great(greatest?) champion should play a tournement. I really enjoyed this game between to great attackers tactican, was really a pleasure for the eyes!! hopefully other great battles like this one will occure!
Mar-22-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  outplayer: what would happen if Black had played 15..Nh5?
Mar-22-06  Chess Classics: 15...Nh5 16. Nd5 (Fritz 8)

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CC

Apr-02-06  alexandrovm: I don't know yet the anti english line of the Najdorf variation. This was another nice game by Garry, at the end black blunders a piece or loses her queen, so she resigned.
Jun-01-06  Open Defence: 24...a4 does not seem right.. does Kasparov say anything about that move?
Jun-03-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  OneArmedScissor: Needless to say, this game is confusing. Any analysis of it?
Feb-12-08  again10: What would happen if black played 12.Qxb2
Jan-01-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <It was just at this stage, with Kasparov waiting in the wings, that our normally reliable press officer, Mr Bottema, made a fatal mistake. Asked by Kasparov who had won the spectators Best Game of the Day prize, he replied "Alexander Morozevitch"(Morozevich vs P Nikolic, 2000). This was enough for Kasparov to grab his coat and hat and make a sudden exit to the hotel muttering something like "They don't understand the first thing about chess. "I won this tournament by a margin of 1.5 points - and still they show no respect!"> http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/event/w...
Apr-18-10
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  tpstar: "Garry Kasparov convincingly won the very strong Corus 2000 event, held January in Wijk Aan Zee, Holland, finishing 1 1/2 points ahead of the field. An amazing aspect of this event was that Kasparov often found himself a pawn down in the middlegames, and these were defensive sacrifices! Against Adams, for example, Kasparov sacrificed a queenside pawn to get some open lines rather than be stifled, and he gained just enough counterplay to struggle to a draw. Adams vs Kasparov, 2000 Against Kramnik, Kasparov allowed himself to fall behind one pawn but got to a double-rook endgame which he held." Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

"So when the final round of the event arrived, and Kasparov had a safe lead in the tournament thanks not only to his aggressive play but also his defensive prowess in pawn-down positions, it was no huge surprise when Kasparov sacrificed his b-pawn early on against Judit Polgar. The sacrifice was made in the context of jumpstarting some attacking chances, although after some moves it was clear that Polgar was the one with the better practical chances."

"Polgar played well defensively, but Kasparov was able to conjure up play, like a magician. The problem for Polgar was that she could not tell whether Kasparov was playing for a win or for a draw, and she rejected one too many lines which may have allowed Kasparov equality. Suddenly, Kasparov's attack, which had looked desperate, became very real, and by the time Kasparov restored the material balance (from having been down a pawn and the Exchange), Polgar's position fell apart."

GM Michael Rohde, "Chess Life" April 2000

Apr-20-10  ycbaywtb: this type of commentary by a leading chess GM is priceless:

<<<Backward Development: as Gazza himself says, "Before the final round I was leading my main rivals by a point, and a draw as White with Judit Polgar would guarantee me victory in the tournament. I no longer wanted to play (in addition, the round began unusually early at 12.30), but, on the other hand, it was somehow uncomfortable to 'rest on my laurels' ahead of time. With these contradictory feelings I played 1.e4 but after 5...a6 I woke up: Polgar is playing the Najdorf! I, of course, replied 6.Be3...and she after some thought replied 10...Nf6-An interesting novelty, although, of course, I had examined this move and considered the normal reply to be 11.Be2 with a complicated game. But here I remembered the triumphant call 'Forward, Kazimirych!' and, with a smile<I would be a bit worried if Kasparov was *smiling* when he played his moves...preparation perhaps?>, I launched into an open battle: 15.f4! and after great adventures I nevertheless got to the black king!"-OMGP Vol.III >>>

Jan-28-11  TheOutsider: Polgar had him on his knees pretty much the entire game after the pointless pawnsac on move 13.

After 24. Qd3 it's definitively a won game for black.

Eventually Qc3 blunders it away,even though an exchange of pieces on move 19 would have been essential to preserve the same advantage

Once again proven that K isn't nowhere near the chess master people assume he is,no wonder Fischer thought his games were rigged :)

Feb-08-11
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  Eyal: A great attacking game by Kasparov, though more speculative than usual for his style.

After 26.Rxf6!, 26... Bxf6 is met by 27.Qh7+ Kf8 28.Nf4! (with threats of Bg6 & Ng6+) 28gxf4 29.Bxf4 e5 30.Bg6! Ke7 (30...fxg6 31.Bh6+ and mate) 31.Qxf7+ Kd8 32.Qxf6+ Kc7 33.Bxe8 with advantage.

28Re5 is played to defend against Bf5 followed by an exchange of bishops and Nf5; 29dxe5, as horrible as it looks, might have been better than 29fxe5 because it keeps the f-file closed and doesnt allow 30.Ne6+! (30... fxe6 31.Rf1+).

Perhaps Polgars last chance of survival was 35...Qc4, trying to hold the center and defending against the threats of 36.Rf1 as well as of 36.Qb6 followed by Qd6+ (by 36Qc5).

The final phase of the game is a good example of how bishops of opposite color can actually help the attacker and be an anti-drawing factor when the heavy pieces are still on the board White has total dominance over the light squares and is virtually playing with a piece up.

Feb-08-11  Hesam7: <Eyal: 28Re5 is played to defend against Bf5 followed by an exchange of bishops and Nf5; 29dxe5, as horrible as it looks, might have been better than 29fxe5 because it keeps the f-file closed and doesnt allow 30.Ne6+! (30... fxe6 31.Rf1+).>

Engines agree with you sir. After: 29. ... dxe5 30. Nf5 Bxf5 31. Qxf5 Rd8! (31. ... b5? 32. Qd7) 32. Bxa4 Qxc3 (32. ... Rxd5?? 33. Rxd5 Qxd5 34. Qc8; 32. ... b5!? 33. Bb3 Qxc3 34. d6 Qc6 35. d7 e4 leads to draw as well)


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Stockfish 2.0.1 gives the following at depth 30:

33. d6 Qc5 34. Qb1 Rxd6 35. Rc1 Qd5 36. Rd1 Qc5 (0.00)

Dec-18-14
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  plang: Polgar had played 6..Ng4 in games 1 and 3 of her 1999 match with Shirov and had lost both games. 10..Nf6 was new and has been repeated a number of times though 10..Ne5 remains the main line. Kasparov's pawn sacrifice was speculative and his compensation remained unclear until Polgar played 24..a4? which sped up White's attack; better was 24..Qc5 25 Bf2..Qb5 26 Qf5..Qa3 and Black keeps the advantage. 28..Re3 29 Bxa4..Bxa4 30 Nf5 would have won quickly for White. After 29..fxe? the attack was too strong; necessary was 29..dxe with White better but with some drawing chances for Black. Kasparov could have won more quickly with 33 exf..Rxf7 34 Bb3..Qb5 35 Qb1..e4 36 c4!..dxc 37 Qxe4.

An excellent fighting game.


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