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Judit Polgar vs Zsuzsa Polgar
"Sibling Rivalry" (game of the day Jul-12-2007)
Monaco Amber blind (1994), rd 9
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0
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Dec-18-04  Whitehat1963: What's wrong with 57...gxf4? (Game features opening of the day.)
Dec-18-04
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  beenthere240: 58. Bxf5+ looks strong
Jan-30-07  Sami Jr: < Whitehat1963 > 57...gxf4 is not a good move because after: 58. Bxf5+... 59. Bxh3! and white has more pawns which are also closer to being promoted. This outcome would have been less favorable for black (quicker loss).
Jul-12-07
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  WannaBe: I like that, <beenthere240: ... looks strong> =)
Jul-12-07
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  FSR: Do you think Judit sacrificed the exchange deliberately, or simply overlooked ...Nf5 because it was a blindfold game?
Jul-12-07  Manic: <FSR> It's hard to say. The queen does threaten to come to c2 and retreating the e3 rook allows Qxg4+ with not much counterplay since now white can't block with Rg3. It probably was on purpose though, because Qc2 does look dangerous for white.
Jul-12-07
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Wow. What a sacrifice. I'm sitting here in a state of mild disbelief that White's sac could be sound or even deliberate. The position is the sort where White didn't "see" a tactical trick that would have been obvious with eyes open. But if that's true, this game is a great example of fighting back in a bad situation.
Jul-12-07  patzerboy: To answer your question, FSR, one must decide if White has anything better at move 27 than g4. If not, then is Re3 best at move 28? If those are the best moves, then Judit must have seen and planned on the exchange sacrifice.

Another way to decide is to see what compensation she got for it. Was it enough?

By the sacrifice she got rid of Black's most active piece and made Black's Queen uncomfortable enough that Black felt compelled to allow the Queens to come off the board. It also moved the f-pawn to the e-file where it was positioned to effect the decisive breakthrough.

However, one must also ask, did Black respond with the best defense? If not, then maybe Judit just got lucky. Better chess minds than mine will have to do the analysis to decide that.

Jul-12-07  sanyas: How embarassing for Susan, her little sister can beat her with her eyes closed. Granted, Susan had her eyes closed too, but...
Jul-12-07  jmrulez2004: i still am sceptical bout the scarificial exchange...but then after looking at it..i realised the purpose of it... the lack of open files meant that black's rooks had little to do...and the approach allows white to march his king in...and connect his chips:D beautiful!!! no wonder she is a super gm...

Jul-12-07  JG27Pyth: <jmrulez2004: i still am sceptical bout the scarificial exchange...but then after looking at it..i realised the purpose of it... the lack of open files meant that black's rooks had little to do...>

The sac is just amazing/puzzling to me... Judit certainly sees deeper and clearer with her eyes closed than I do with them wide open.

To me it looks like Judit was denying the e7 knight an outpost on f5 with her pawn push to 27.g4(!?) and with black's 30...Qg6 (threatening both 31...Qc2, and the N fork at f5.) the 'sac' was forced. So, if it's a sac, when did Judit conceive it? Seems like it has to go back to 27.g4!?

IMO 27.g4 should come with a warning, like "Professional driver on a closed course..." or "Kids, don't try this at home..."

The other move which rocked my world was 35.Qg5! In master level play offering the Q exchange at that stage should mean the player has calculated deep into the endgame and is satisfied with the result. In other words, the evidence here is that Judit, blindfolded, can look at that position, down the exchange, and say..."yeah, I got this ending!" Jimminy Crickets!

Well, I'm in awe of master level play in general. But that's an awesome finish IMO.

Finally, To me this game looks like a case study of Jeremy Silman's "imbalances" idea, where Judit just absolutely works the Bishop vs. Knight imbalance. From the sac through the ending Judit renders the knight clumsy and ineffective.

Jul-12-07
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  kevin86: 57...{gxf4 is sharply met by 58 Bxf5+ followed by Bxh3 and the pawn will pro,ote in three to four moves.

The Polgar sisters,the Venus and Serena of chess-lol. Or are they the Zsa Zsa and Eva of chess?

In the conclusion,the c-pawn will cost black his knight,the bishop will guard against black's pawn,and the a-train (ok,a-pawn, will ride home to victory).

Jul-12-07  D4n: I would have played 57. gxf4. It would be really simple play after that, Kxf4, Rh4+, move the knight from being attacked and so on from there....
Jul-12-07  zdigyigy: Wow. I guess when your position is that much better being down an exchange just does not matter.

Judit's dark square bishop seems "bad" for so much of the game but it ends up becoming a monstrous peice when all is said and done. I guess Judit won the Bishop vs. Knight debate in this one.

This is also a good display of passive vs active play, IMHO.

Nov-07-07  sallom89: nice game between the 2 sisters .
Jul-14-08  TheaN: <What's wrong with 57...gxf4? (Game features opening of the day.)>

If you read this as one sentence you'd think this is actually a 57 moves long opening line...

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