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Alexander Khalifman vs Judit Polgar
Ch World FIDE (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 5, Aug-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0


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Oct-03-05  sitzkrieg: Why 27Qe6? and not fxe6 covering d5?
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  plang: Game 1 of their quarter-final match in the World Championship tournament; a draw in the second game clinched the match for Khalifman who went on to defeat Nispeanu and Akopian to win the tournament. 11..Qxc3+? is not playable due to 12 Kf1..Bxb5 (12..gxf 13 Rc1) 13 Nxb5..Qa4+ 14 Kg1 and neither piece can be captured. 17..Qc5 was new; 17..Nxc4 had been played in the draw Eingorn-Yudasin 1988 USSR Ch. Khalifman played 22 h3! with the idea of exchanging bishops and playing on Black's weak light squares. Perhaps 22..Rg8 was stronger than Polgar's 22..0-0?!.

<Oct-03-05 sitzkrieg: Why 27Qe6? and not fxe6 covering d5?>

Khalifman gives 27..fxe 28 Rbd1..Rc7 29 g3 with a solid edge for White.

29..Rxg2+ would not have been advantagious for Black after 30 Kf1..Qe7 31 Rd7..Qf8 32 Rd8!..Qe7 33 R1d7..Qe6 34 Rd6..Qe7 35 R8d7..Qf8 36 Qxf6+..Qg7 37 Qxf7. In a bad position Polgar played 31..h6?! allowing the shot 32 Rxe5!. Polgar resigned due to 44..Rg6 45 Qxh5+..Rg5 46 Rxg5..fxg 47 Qxf7+..Ke5 48 Qe7+.

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  plang: A couple of days after this game at Polanica Zdroj Rustemov played the improvement 18..Ke7 against Van Wely though Van Wely went on to win a nice game (not included in this database). Van Wely had been familiar with the earlier game; Rustemov had not.
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