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Judit Polgar vs Vlad Kovacevic
San Bernardino (1987), rd 5
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0


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Jul-06-06  nummerzwei: This game is amazing! I couldnīt imagine a 11-year-old girl beating a grandmaster before seeing this.
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  chancho: It was her first win against a GM. A year before (10 years of age) she defeated an IM.
Apr-29-09  rogl: Hadn't he played an 11-year old girl Kovacevic might have resigned a little bit sooner...
Apr-29-09  ToTheDeath: Excellent win for young Judit.

I enjoy playing this variation for White against died in the wool Winawer players. For the gambited pawn White gets the important dark squared bishop without doubling his pawns.

<11...Nb8?!> it's a bit much to undevelop the knight just to play ...c6. 11...a6! would be more to the point.

<21...Re8?> This gets black in a nasty pin on the e file. 21...Bf7 was better with chances to defend.

After that Black really is toast- as is so often the case in bishops of opposite color middlegames the player with the attack is effectively a piece ahead. Though not yet a teenager Judit converts her advantage like an experienced pro.

Nov-24-12  Karpova: According to Judit Polgar on page 127 of 'How I beat Fischer's record' (Quality Chess, 2012) her opponent was not <the> Vladimir Kovacevic. She contacted him as she rememberd her win over Gutman a few months later to be her first win over a GM, and Kovacevic replied that he never played in San Bernadino.

Correction submitted but I post it here also in case of future misunderstandings.

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