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Zsuzsa Polgar vs Jean-Luc Costa
"Luck be a Lady" (game of the day Jan-02-2005)
San Bernardino (1987), rd 6
Rubinstein Opening (D05)  ·  1-0


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  mymt: Jean Luc must have been wondering "why me?" after been beaten by Judith [twice]& Susan Polgar in the same year.
Jan-02-05  jkiipli: how would the game proceed after 24...fxe4
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  hintza: <jkiipli> 24...fxe4 is an illegal move. Clearly you mean 24...fxe5, after which the game could continue 25.Bxg6 Nd5 26.Be4 Kh8 (26...Qb4 27.Rd1 Qe7 28.Bxd5 exd5 29.Nf6+ Kf8 30.Nh5+ Qf7 etc) 27.Ng5 Nf4 (practically forced) 28.Bxa8 Qb4 29.Rf1 (29.Rc1 Qd2) 29...Rxd4 30.Qg4 etc.
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  patzer2: The Polgar sisters are masters of the demolition combinations, as the numerous problems and games with this theme in their father's book "Chess" might suggest.

In this game, Susan traps her opponent with 21. Qf3!? to set up the winning demolition of pawn structure combination 24. Nxh7! .

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  kevin86: IN the final position,white is down a piece for two pawns,but it looks like she is a queen ahead! Mainly-due to the fact that black's queen and knight are far away and worthless. It also goes for black's rooks-helplessly pinned to the back rank.

Zsuzsa can really play great chess!

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  thesonicvision: 24...fxe5
25. Bxg6 Bxg6?
26. Nf6+ is winning
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  aw1988: How can you give Bxg6 a '?'? What would you play?
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  Coffeeman: Black got penalized for being off sides.
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  tpstar: Yup, his out of range pieces Costa him the game.
Apr-20-08  computer chess guy: 23. .. ♗xf5 looks ok for Black (Rybka also suggests .. ♖ac8). 23. .. f6 looks plausible, but loses to the surprise ♘xh7!.
Apr-11-18  Patzer Natmas: I knew her by name, but now I see her brilliance...
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