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Judit Polgar vs Pavlina Chilingirova
"Angelova Death" (game of the day Nov-10-2014)
Chess Olympiad (Women) (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 10, Nov-23
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation Gufeld Gambit (B31)  ·  1-0


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Jul-12-15  PolgarFanGirl: If 17. Re4 was played instead, then black's best move is 17... f6. after 18. Rh4 black plays 18... Rf7 which defends everything & white's down a piece + pawn 4 nothing.
Feb-23-17  PerroAmor: Anybody knows where does the name of the game, "Angelova's death", comes from?
Feb-23-17  PerroAmor: I guess I found it... it's strange that in most of the places (including FIDE) she appears as Pavlina Chilingirova.
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  gawain: I found 17 Re4 which (I think) wins. But I failed to see the much better move 17 Qxf8+.
Aug-26-19  lost in space: I love Mondays!

17. Qxf8+ Kxf8 (only move) 18. Bh6+ Kg8 (only move) 19. Re8#

Aug-26-19  saturn2: I found 17. Qxf8+ Kxf8 18. Bh6+ Kg8 19. Re8#
Aug-26-19  jffun1958: Queen sac on Monday: 17. Qxf8+
Aug-26-19  ThatWasntBad: 17. Re4 can be refuted with 17...f6! and 18. Rh4 Rf7 and there is are no more immediate mating ideas
Aug-26-19  charlesdecharemboul: Bad pun (even I haven't understood it)!
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  agb2002: Level 1: 42.?
Lasker vs Bird, 1890

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  malt: Queen sac on f8, followed by
18.Bh6+ and 19.Re8#

Nice one !

Aug-26-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't really solve this at usual Monday speed, because I spent too much time looking for a way to divert Black's queen from f6. Once I realized that couldn't possibly work, THEN the real Monday ensued. :)
Aug-26-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: If this puzzle ever returns, it should start one move earlier.
Aug-26-19  zb2cr: Forced mate in three. 17. Qxf8+, Kxf8; 18. Bh6+, Kg8; 19. Re8+.

Pretty good for a 12 year old girl.

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  patzer2: White's most brilliant moves in this game were 13. Nc3!, which leaves a not so obvious poisoned pawn "hanging" on e5, and 14. Rae1! which punishes 13...Bxe5?

Capturing the poisoned pawn (i.e. 13...Bxe5?) was Black's decisive mistake.

The alternative poisoned pawn capture 13...Nxe5? was also a losing proposition, as White could have secured a decisive advantage after 13...Nxe5? 14.Be7! Re8 15.Rae1 Qe6 16.Bb4 Qb6 17.Nd5 Qd8 18.Be7 Qa5 19.Nf6+ Bxf6 20.Bxf6 +- (+14.19 @ 27 ply, Stockfish 10).

Necessary instead was 13...d5 = (0.00 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 10) with even chances.

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  Knightf7mate: I found the winning move but it took awhile. I then read other posts from the beginning. Many comments from 2012 are worth reading. I didn't see why 16...f3 wouldn't save the game because black rook can defend f6. But there is a mate in 4.

16... f3

1) mate-in-4 (25 ply) 17.Bf6 Qxf1+ 18.Kxf1 Rxf6 19.Re8+ Kf7 20.Qf8#

I'd hazard a guess that Chilingirova saw this continuation and so played 16...Qf5 instead.

Clearly the bishop on the back rank is the deeper problem. Polger took advantage by developing threats. You'd have to roll back quite a ways to develop blacks bishop. By which time Polgar would have other less fatal threats ready.

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  Knightf7mate: This is what the inline analysis gives for 13...d5

1) +0.60 (19 ply) 14.Ba4 Be6 15.Rad1 Qa5 16.Bf6 Nxe5 17.b4 Bxf6 18.Qxf6 Qxb4 19.Qxe5 Rac8 20.Rd3 Rxc3 21.Rxc3 Qxa4 22.Rc7 b6 23.Qd6 Qxa2 24.Qe7 d4 25.Rxa7 Qb3

Aug-26-19  TheaN: I honestly don't know this gambit, even though I've faced the Rossolimo a few times and tend to play the fiancietto variation.

It's not dangerous in itself, Black just can't hold on to the second d-pawn and is left with an isolani that can't really progress, but in the meantime White's e-pawn remains a target.

The position somewhat resembles a Morra, without the gambit and in return the Black dark squared bishop in a fiancietto. How this plays out in practice is hard to say.

May give this a go sometime as White, though I guess my opponents won't fall for today's puzzle <17.Qxf8+ Kxf8 18.Bh6+ Kg8 19.Re8#> which resembles a Puzzle Rush first-10 puzzle :>

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Black had no defence after 16.♕h6, e.g. 16... f6 17. ♗xf6! ♖xf6 (or ... ♖f7) 18.♖e8+ then 19.♕(x)f8#.
Aug-26-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the immortal Judit (the best female chess player in history) finally found the mate in three moves with 1.Qxf8+!,Kxf8 2. Bh6+,Kg8 3.Re8#. It was a world sensation and the first time that Hungary (the three Polgár sisters Zsuzsa, Judit [incredible 12,5/13 on board 2!], Zsófia, and Ildikó Madl) won the chess olympiad ahead of the allmighty Soviet Union (with world champion Maia Chiburdanidze, Elena Akhmilovskaya, Irina Levitina, and Marta Litinskaya-Shul)!
Aug-26-19  AlicesKnight: Very pretty Qxf8+ kxf8; Bh6+ forces the K to return for Re8#. Twelve years old in 1988.... is she seeing this when Rae1 was played?
Aug-26-19  alshatranji: Angel of death. Not such a bad pun, I suppose , at least Chessgames standards.
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  Breunor: Ahh the good old days when Mondays involved a queen sac and once you realize that the puzzle is easy!
Aug-26-19  Pedro Fernandez: Apparently Melissa is the <chisowen's> girl friend and she quickly saw the mate.
Aug-26-19  RandomVisitor: After 13.Nc3

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<51/65 35:34 0.00 13...d5 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.Na4 Qa6 16.Bf6 Qc4 17.Qxc4 dxc4> 18.Nc5 Bf5 19.Rfc1 Rfb8 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.b3 cxb3 22.axb3 a5 23.Rc4 Rb5 24.b4 Be6 25.Nxe6+ fxe6 26.Rxc6 a4 27.Ra3 Rxe5 28.Kf1 Kf6 29.Rc4 Rd5 30.g3 h6 31.b5 Rxb5 32.Raxa4 Rxa4 33.Rxa4 h5 34.h4 Rb2 35.Ra6 Rb4 36.Kg2 Rb1 37.Kf3 Rb2 38.Ra8 Rb1 39.Ra7 Rb3+ 40.Kf4 Rb4+ 41.Kf3 Rb1 42.Kf4

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