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Anatoly Karpov vs Judit Polgar
Rapid Match (1998), Budapest HUN, rd 5, Jun-11
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-07-04  iron maiden: You guys are right. I didn't take the pawn into condideration. So as I say in my Game Collection: Power to the Pawns!, a single pawn really can make the difference between winnning and losing! :-)
May-08-04  notsodeepthought: <iron maiden> Come to think of it, though, that single a7 pawn in this game cannot possibly queen - in fact, it cannot even move, since the a6 white pawn could get of the black pawn's way only by taking a piece or pawn, and there is no black piece or pawn to be taken. For the same reason, the a7 black pawn cannot possibly give mate to the white king, because the white king would have to walk into the check on b6. So I wonder if you weren't right after all - arguably Judit does not have "sufficient mating material." The answer may depend on how the rule is written/interpreted.
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  offramp: <notsodeepthought> I suppose theoretically the white queen could go to b6, then the pawn would be off and running. But without the queen you are right - the a7 pawn can never move; how can it possibly mate?
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  acirce: Well, in this case the black king could capture the a6 pawn and then the a7 pawn could promote. There is even the possibility of moving the white king to a5 and the bishop to a4, then the queen to b6 when black's king is on c5 and then axb6 is mate :)

Otherwise it is correct - even if you have material, you still don't win in these situations if there is no theoretically possible way to mate.

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  paulalbert: Thanks, acirce, for researching Kasparov vs. Georgiev blitz game I mentioned. Paul Albert
May-08-04  notsodeepthought: <offramp>, <acirce> Good point, my bad.
May-08-04  poktirity: How long time is blitz?
May-08-04  iron maiden: Blitz is five minutes per player for the whole game.
May-08-04  poktirity: Ok thanks. Is there any shorter form of play that is played seriously? Rapid chess is 30 min rigth? Or am I mixing things up?
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  acirce: I don't know the definition of rapid, if there is one, but it is somewhere around there, yes. They often play 25+5 (you start with 25 minutes and then gain 5 seconds per move).
Sep-01-04  apple head: Karpov wouldve lost 13-0 sorry to inform you ... Seriously!
Sep-01-04  Everett: apple head, who are you responding to?
Aug-09-05  Averageguy: Here we see the virtue of not resigning when down hopeless amounts of material, because even world champions mess it up.
Jul-10-06  Manic: Was just passing by this game and wondering, if Karpov did have, say, 10 seconds left on his clock when he queened, wouldn't it make more sense for him to wipe black's pawn of the board in the next two moves so he can go for the mate without worrying about losing on time?
Feb-20-08  D.Observer: Stalemate! Better might be 75. Qf2+ that gets rid of the enemy pawn and gives way for another queen. Polgar might have resigned through that.
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: 75. Qf3?? must be the worst move played by Karpov in a won position
May-27-09  WhiteRook48: better is 75 Qf7 or 75 Qg1+
Dec-16-10  Tigranny: Wow! This is similar to the Kasparov-Georgiev game in 1988. Kasparov had a queen and bishop but stalemated Georgiev, just like Karpov had against Polgar.
Feb-18-11  kevins55555: Judit was really lucky... to draw from a position 12 points down, all because of her nice opponent...
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  Penguincw: Wow.Stalemate.
Jun-09-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: it happens so many time for me . Karpovs queen probably copying the movement of polgars king.
May-12-12  kontoleon: maybe time trable... same mistake hase and kasparov...
Jan-12-17  lamsang: white should move 59h7 then check mate. White should win the game.
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  Big Pawn: <lamsang: white should move 59h7 then check mate. White should win the game.>


Nov-24-18  Sn1per: Looks like the questions have been answered by Judit during her commentary at the World Chess Championship 2018: Karpov was NOT in time trouble. What he was though, was in a foul mood. He even leaned over earlier and asked her why she isn't resigning.
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