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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
Melody Amber Rapid (1992) (rapid), Roquebrune, rd 3, Feb-03
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  0-1
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Aug-08-03  mrwonkabar: Vishy mentions this game on Chessbase.com today (8-8-2003) in the conxtext of his "rivalry" with Judit Polgar.
Aug-08-03  mrwonkabar: It is an awesome example of a correct sacrifice of the exchange as well.
Aug-16-07  SniperOnKN2: Nice rook maneuvering most people forget that rooks can also shift sideways, not just on the last rank, when there are other pieces around.
Jul-19-08  myschkin: <>

39...Rb6 and avoiding the sac was an equivalent alternative.

Clever play by <Vishy> with 40...Qc6! (keeping an eye on Na6)

Not allowing the immediate counter:
40...Qxd6 41.Bxc4 Qxf4 42.Bxa6 bxa6 43.Rxa6 - slightly in <Judit's> favour.

Then the position keeps entirely balanced ... until the queens leave the board:

<49.dxe5 is a mistake here>

Maybe others can point out why?

Jul-19-08  Boomie: 8. Bd3 is unusual perhaps because of the following wild equalizing line.

8...cxd4 9. Ne2 dxc3 10. Qxg7 Rg8 11. Qxh7 Qxe5 12. O-O Rh8 13. Bf4 Qf6 14. Bg5 Qe5 15. Bf4=

Notice white is forced to take the draw here because the white queen has no good retreating square. This is the problem with 8. Bd3.

Anand played 8...c4 to avoid this, announcing his intention to play for the win.

Aug-01-09  kurtrichards: Take this from Anand: Do not be afraid to meet 1.e4 with 1. ... e6.
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