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Tamas Pfeifer vs Judit Polgar
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (game of the day Oct-23-12)
Ch Hungary (team) (1988)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1
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Oct-24-06  Sularus: This is Judit's first and only Dragon.
Mar-04-07  azi: Its surprising that she only played the dragon once - she did so well with it. I have played the same game up to move 17 numerous times. Judit just has a 'great nose' for zeroing in on her oppenents weaknesses in style and propensities. Seems again, she just has an unerring grasp of the 'whole picture.' What talent!
Oct-23-12  C4gambit: okay, white is in a miserable position in spite of having an extra knight, but why resign at this position when black plays a2? Does Nxa2 make things worse? 32.Nxa2 Rxc2 33.QxR QxR+ only reduces material.
Oct-23-12
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  Phony Benoni: <C4gambit> After <32.Nxa2>:


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The response is 32...Qd5+ followed by 33...Qxa2, and Black is three pawns ahead.

Oct-23-12
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  scormus: Great play by Lisbeth, I mean Judit ;)
Oct-23-12
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  xthred: Thanks for the explanation PB. Great game.
Oct-23-12  UnsoundHero: This game reminds me of Shamkovich-Vukcevich from 1976. That game also featured a Sicilian Dragon, with a piece sak, then an exchange sak, forcing white to give back an exchange, then black picks-off nearly all of white's pawns, and wins by a similar pushing of black's a-pawn.

L Shamkovich vs Vukcevich, 1976

Oct-23-12  planetsportydotcom: white has to exchange with 28.Bd4
Oct-23-12  LovingFischer: I've never played Sicilian Dragon, but it's so charming..
Oct-23-12  newzild: <planetsportydotcom> 28. Bd4 Rxb3 looks winning for Black, eg:

a) 29. cxb3 Qxd4 and Black has a bishop and four pawns for a rook in the endgame.

b) 29. Bxg7 Rb8+ 30. Ke2 Kxg7 with a four pawn advantage.

Oct-23-12
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  HeMateMe: Nice game. The pun RULES. This was 24 years ago--has Judit been an elite GM that long? Guess so.

That sometimes weak c3 square in the Sicilian sure took a beating here.

Oct-23-12
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  Once: <HeMateMe> This was played when Judit was 12 years old. She became a GM three years later in 1991.
Oct-23-12
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  HeMateMe: Age 12? Well, heck, I coulda beat her...
Oct-23-12
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  JimmyRockHound: That was the fastest pawn West of The Pecos.
Oct-23-12
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  Castleinthesky: A fire breathing Dragon?
Oct-23-12
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  kevin86: Move 36...the black pawn is on a7

Five moves later,the pawn decides the game.

Oct-23-12  Lambda: g4 is not recommended in this line if white is also investing two moves in getting his bishop to b3. It's too slow.
Oct-23-12  Marmot PFL: Thankfully the game was shorter than the book.
Oct-23-12
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  HeMateMe: The movies were somewhat overhyped. I thought the one with Daniel craig was ok, Rooney Mara played the goth girl. She was nominated for best supporting actress. The other one was horrible.
Oct-23-12
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  scormus: <Lambda ... Bb3> And a 3rd move to exchange it off. Whenever I look at Yugoslav games, I wonder how W gets the attack through quickly enough. f3, g4, h4, h5 is so plodding and hand-showing. If its played like this I feel you have to skip g4.
Oct-23-12  colorvis: 17... Bxg4 interesting move
Oct-23-12
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  David2009: T Pfeifer vs Judit Polgar, 1988


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16.Nb3 is so plausible but led to disaster after 16...Qa6 17.h5? (16.h5 immediately seems to be OK). Instead Herr Fritz recommends sacrificing a Pawn with 17.e5!?, one continuation being 17...Ne8 18. h5 Bxe5 19. Bd4 Bxd4 20.Nxd4 Nf6 21. hxg6 fxg6 22. Qh6 Rxd4 23. Rxd4 Rxc3 24. bxc3 Be6 25. a4 Bf7 26.f4 and White has come out on top since 26...Nxg4? allows 27. Qxh7 1-0.

Compare Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 (WCHM game 2), 1-0, where Karpov sacrifices the h Pawn early (before playing g4) to open the h file, and then snuffs out Black counterplay with Nde2! at the right moment. Here, with the h file closed, 16. Nde2 seems too slow (16...b5).

Oct-24-12
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  scormus: <David2009: .... Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974> At around that time I thought W had a guaranteed win with this line and couldn't wait to play it. But it doesn't always work. Maybe it does if you are Karpov ;)
Mar-12-13  khanmustafi: could somebody please annotate the game...I think that 11 : Bb3 was the start of downfall for white are there other stronger moves?
Jul-20-13  Dr Lados Mangrov: Dragon well played here, kudos Judit!
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