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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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May-05-04  AdrianP: A very smooth win by Polgar. White's whole strategy is aimed at dominating d5... by move 30 she completes that plan, posting an invulnerable knight there. Polgar can then probe both K-side and Q-side at her leisure. Finally Anand succumbs to a nasty finish. The reason for Anand's resignation was

56...Kg7 57. Qd4+ Bf6 58. Qxf6!! Rxf6 59. Rh7+!! Kxh7 60. Nxf6 Kg7 61. Nxd7 and White is a clear piece ahead.

May-05-04  Phoenix: Nasty positional squeeze.
Sep-20-05  notyetagm: Wow, one of the best knight fork combinations I have ever seen.
Sep-20-05  Dres1: Very Ill
Sep-20-05  Assassinater: <56...Kg7 57. Qd4+ Bf6 58. Qxf6!! Rxf6 59. Rh7+!! Kxh7 60. Nxf6 Kg7 61. Nxd7 and White is a clear piece ahead.>

Shades of Petrosian - Spassky, eh? :P

Jun-29-06  KingG: 11...Bxb3 is just a positional blunder. Black weakens his control of d5 and opens up the a-file for White's rook to attack the backward a-pawn.

At the vary least, Black should have done some damage limitation with 12...h6, preventing the standard 13.Bg5, aiming to exchange on f6, and further weakening the d5 square.

It's difficult to understand what Anand's plan was in this game.

Jul-07-06  LuckyBlunder: It is a very interesting game, but after 61.Nxd7 follows 61..fxg3, 62.Kxg3, and despite white having a knight, blacks two connected passed pawns in g and h file look good. I'm not a pro player (not even even even close ;) but I think black might have chance (maybe only a little chance) to force a draw by insuficient material. Can someone please provide any computer analysis from move 62 on ? Thanks in advance.
Jan-08-07  notyetagm: <AdrianP: ... The reason for Anand's resignation was 56...Kg7 57. Qd4+ Bf6 58. Qxf6!! Rxf6 59. Rh7+!! Kxh7 60. Nxf6 Kg7 61. Nxd7 and White is a clear piece ahead.>

Yes, a beautiful combination by Judit Polgar:
56 ... ♔g7 57 ♕d4+ ♗f6 58 ♕xf6!! ♖xf6 59 ♖h7+! ♔xh7 60 ♘xf6 ♔g7 61 ♘xd7.

Position after 57 ... ♗g5-f6:


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Position after 58 ♕d4x♗f6+!!:


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Position after 59 ♖h8-h7+!:


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Position after 60 ♘d5x♖f6+:


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One of the greatest knight fork combinations ever played, especially since it was overlooked by the super-tactician Anand.

Oct-18-07  Udit Narayan: Great great game
Nov-24-08
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  plang: 11..Bxb3? was new; 11..h6 had been played previously including in the draw Short-Kasparov Horgen 1995. Anand's idea may have been 12..b4 but after 13 Nd5..Nxd5 14 exd the Black queenside pawns are very weak. Without light-squared bishops on the board Polgar had little trouble exchanging two sets of minor pieces and achieving a "good knight versus bad bishop" position after 18 Rxd5. Polgar felt that Anand should have answered 35 h4 with 35..h5 making it more difficult for White to open the h file. Apparently, Anand was concerned a bout a weakness at g5. Had Anand played 43..hxg Polgar would have attacked on the h file with 44 Qg1 and 45 Qh2 but after 43..fxg she switched to the queenside with 44 c5! and 46 Rc1.
Jul-22-09  aazqua: With regards to lucky blunder, there isn't much material left but white should easily be able to scoop up pawns on either the king or queen side and preserve enough pawns for the win. Incredible fork combination by Polgar.
Jul-22-09  pastpawn: <notyetagm: One of the greatest knight fork combinations ever played, especially since it was overlooked by the super-tactician Anand.>

Too bad Anand didn't play on for the sake of the spectators ... Can you really say the combination was "played" ;) ? .

Jul-23-09
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  HeMateMe: I guess Korchnoi would have slugged her...
Jul-23-09  Sacsacmate: awesome domination by Judit....painful to see Anand suffering like that....coup de grace is spectacular !
Jul-23-09  kackhander: i thought english attack meant the whole Be3, f3, Qd2 setup, not just Be3.
Nov-03-14  Octavia: She discussed this game in her 2nd book: "J. Polgar teaches chess, 2"
Apr-26-15
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  wordfunph: "I was torturing him! Usually he tortures me."

- Judit Polgar

Source: NIC Magazine 1998 02

Jan-10-16  sleepyirv: Herman Grooten in <Chess Strategy for Club Players> uses the position after move 20 as example of a strategically won game which Polgar perfectly exploits in the technical maneuvering that follows. Grooten then shows what happened when he gave White's position to four of his students with him playing Black: One draw and three losses for White.

Grooten drew two valuable lessons from their mistakes:

1) A lack of understanding of endgame position which led the players to adopt fixed middlegame positions that would lead to losing endgames.

2) They missed a very simple strategic idea (three of the four players failed to get the knight to d5) which made it impossible to go to deeper strategic ideas found in the game.

A very interesting game from a player better known for her tactical ability.

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