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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
"Judge Judit" (game of the day Jul-07-2009)
Dos Hermanas (1999), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-06
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit (B90)  ·  1-0

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Jun-02-11  lemonadepawn: black is in zugzwang.
Jun-24-11  jbtigerwolf: Obviously Anand must know what he's doing, but honestly I can't see it. I've analyzed it to death and for the life of me I can't see a clear win for White. If White tries to trade off and rely on her queenside majority, Black might yet promote his f-pawn.

But I can't see an immediate win for White. Go on, analyze it, then tell us the solution! It goes beyond one or two moves.

Jul-16-11  rogl: Black resigned in this position(I've seen a score where he played 34...♔f8 and then resigned, since it clearly loses after 35.♕c4.)

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Here black needs to untangle his horribly placed pieces. One try is 34...♕g6 35.♕xd4 but what now?

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He can't move his bishop for ♖g1 pinning the queen, and neither can he move the rook, eg 35...♖h5 36.♕a8+ ♗f8(♔f7 37.♖d7+ ♔e6 38.♕c8)37.♖g1.

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He could try 35...h6 for luft but that would fail to 36.♖g1 ♕h5 ▢37.♕a8+ ♔h7 38.♕b7(a7)

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Moving the king loses to ♖d8+ so what's left is 35...♕h5 which loses to 36.♕e6+. These lines show that 34...♕g6 fails, but black simply doesn't have any good moves and is totally lost.

Jul-16-11  rogl: Ooops, it should say that 34...♔f8 loses to 35.♕xf4.

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The rook is hanging and white is threatening mate in two with 36.♖d8+ ♔f7 37.♕e8#.

Oct-17-11  Chessfugitive: Ummmmmmmm Polgar is crazy ;). Crazy works for some people though.
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  HeMateMe: A wild game. At one point Polgar has spotted Anand two pieces. I couldn't see the early threats, why Anand didn't take the offered piece, or why he didn't retreat his own attacked Knight on f6, early in the game.

This would be a good game for someone to analyze with a top program, put it on Utube.

Nov-18-11  Nemesistic: Anand has 3 Opportunity's to save that Knight on f6!
Nov-18-11  scormus: <He#Me> yes, fascinatingly wild. I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what was going on here, and when I ran it on Rybka I could see why. The evals shifted around like crazy, a lot of the moves Judit played were only assessed good after some searching.

But she did judge that Vishy should have retreated the Nf6 on 3 occasions ans would have been OK.

Judit played a very enterprising line. There seems no forcing advantage, but I can only suppose that she judged the position was bound to provide chances for W, and would be very unforgiving to mistakes by B.

IMO, that is how it proved.

BTW, some interesting comparison with Velimirovic-Safrevski which has been rather seriously debated recently

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  Penguincw: Awesome move. 9.g5. I would've never thought of that.

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Jan-27-12  IoftheHungarianTiger: In a Q&A session with chess fans (, J. Polgar was asked about some of her best games. She said if she had to choose one game that was her best, this was it.

This is one of my personal 3 favorites of Judit's (the other two being: Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 and Tolnai vs Judit Polgar, 1991). Like many others here, I can't understand the game myself ... but I'm awestruck at the amount of material Judit sacrifices, and yet she secures the victory against no less than Vishy Anand! Very cool!

Feb-02-12  IRONCASTLEVINAY: This game need FAQ section
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  Abdel Irada: This reminds me of a bughouse game: The attacker dare not stop and count the cost; initiative is all.

Of course Judit couldn't retreat after 8. ...g6 and let Black pick off the g-pawn with his bishop, so 9. g5 was the only way to keep der gigenspiel. She then had to follow up aggressively, because after 9. ...gxf5; 10. gxf6, f4, Black stands better. This meant a piece sac with 10. exf5 made good sense to keep up the pressure, and if Black retreats the knight, he must stoically defend a passive position in which White has all the play; hence Anand's counter-threat with 10. ...d5.

After this riposte, White can't take time to withdraw from the coming fork, so she brings the queen to f3 to clear the way for queenside castling with pressure on the d-file and prevent ...♗xf5. By the same token, Black can't afford to make empty threats, so it's 11. ...d4 or bust. Castling is the logical and consistent continuation; and when Black's 12. ...♘bd7 breaks the pin, 13. ♗d2 is also logical: Now the d-file will be opened, and White will retain the dangerous dark-squared bishop in preference to a knight that has no safe access to Black's position.

After carrying out his threat, Black returns some material with 14. ...♗g7, which seems preferable to the abject undevelopment ...♘g8. Impressively patient, however, White replies 15. ♖g1, daring Black to castle into it — which he does. Only then does White take on f6, when Black must recapture with the queen.

With 17. ♕e3, White intends exactly what she played after Black broke the pin: 18. f4, exploiting the pressure on the long diagonal. Here Black has several ways to go wrong: 18. ...♕xf5 runs into 19. ♗h3, winning the knight; while 18. ...♗h6 fails to 19. ♖xd7!, ♗xf4?; 20. ♕xf4, exf4??; 21. ♗xf6#.

Black now tries to wriggle out with 18. ...♕b6; 19. ♕g3, ♕h6, but White's 20. ♖d6! is a stunning rejoinder: Of course, taking the rook allows mate on the move; meanwhile, 20. ...♕xf4+? is refuted by 21. ♕xf4, exf4; 22. ♗xg7+, when White wins handily. Interesting here, however, is 20. ...♘f6, where Black appears to have some resources.

In any case, this is an amazing game — one of the kind that make perfect sense when you see them played and analyze them after the fact. But how many of us would actually dare to play them?

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  plang: Kasparov prefers to avoid the piece sacrifice with 7..h6 and has played several games in the line 8 f4..e5 9 Nf5..h5. Anand may have expected the highly theoretical line 11 gxf; Polgar played instead 11 Qf3 which was the move played in the stem game Perenyi - Schneider Hungary 1978. Polgar was surprised that Anand took the second piece with 13..dxc; 13..Qc7 is an alternative. The decision to castle kingside with 14..Bg7 and 15..0-0? worked out poorly; Timman recommended 14..Qb6 with the idea of Bb4. Anand's 18..Qb6 seems to lose a tempo; 18..Qh6 at once seems more logical. Had Black played 20..Bf6 then 21 Kb1..e4 22 Rxf6..Nxf6 23 Qh3 wins for White.

Polgar after 27 Rc7: "Now he cannot move his b8-rook, both his bishops, his knight, his queen and his king! Which only leaves the f8-rook. The threats are manifold: Qg4-Rg3-Rh3, or Ba7, or Bc6."

Polgar could have responded to 28..Rd6 with 29 Bc6 when Black is in zugzwang.

Dec-19-12  leka: Judith Polgar he best game is against Karpov.Karpov played petroff as black.Judith got a beutiful win.Judith Polgar plays too aggressive chess her last tournament as black against Adams and Kramik both case J.Polgar sacrificed pieces and lost.
Dec-19-12  leka: my computer moves 8. h5! i check database black is winning 75% score with that line.Is the 17.Queen e3 the best move.Maybe 17.Bishop e2!
Oct-04-13  rccomputacion: no entiendo por que el la jugada 10 las blancas no toman el caballo... y mucho menos entiendo por que las negras no lo sacan en las sucesivas jugadas... todo esto me mata :-(
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  HeMateMe: Man, this was a Hungarian body slam!
Sep-06-14  Whitehat1963: What happens if 34...Rxf4?
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  whiteshark: <Whitehat1963: What happens if 34...Rxf4?>

<35.Qd2!!> wins at least the pinned ♖f4.

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Sep-08-14  Whitehat1963: Very nice. Didn't see that.
Apr-25-15  arnaud1959: Or simplifies the game by 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Rd7+ Kg8 37.Rxg7+ Qxg7 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 39.Bxf4
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  Alex Schindler: This game is largely incomprehensible to me. Very discouraging to be so far from understanding some of these piece sacs (and the choice to decline many, for moves on end!). The ending is pretty sweet, though.
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  Alex Schindler: Abdel irada's short commentary above is extremely helpful, for anyone else banging their heads against the wall trying to analyze this game. On a revisit it's a lot less inscrutable, though Anand's nonchalance about his knight for several moves running is pretty hard to fully grasp (even stockfish takes some time to stop vacillating on those moves).

It takes some serious courage to play either side of this game in a tournament.

Jul-12-15  PolgarFanGirl: <Abdel Irada> I would dare 2 play it whenever I get the chance. I don't mind taking risks in the opening.
Feb-14-17  Rafaelvleite: One must really have the balls to play this openning against Anand! Well, not the balls in this case, but.... ok, what a nice game!
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