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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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Apr-02-12  olinart: Oxspawn, I think 16:..Ne5 holds the game. If white allows Ng4 Black actually gets a winning attack in the variations I explored.
Apr-02-12  JG27Pyth: I think this is a quite a bit later in the week level of puzzle if it's taken back to where jp saw the combination... she's got it clearly in mind when she teases the bishop out of it's g7 spider hole with a "free" pawn and then "hangs" a piece at 14.Rae1! Leaving black fatally weak on the light squares and the back rank with no way to stop both threats without giving up too much material. A player of her tactical caliber is capable of calculating this stuff god knows how far back... hell she'd probably prepared this whole damn game from 9.e5 with her sisters the day before! Easy? :)
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  chrisowen: Comb back 14...bxc3 looks like the mistake lovely finish from Judit managing re qxf8+ bus in lop back rag have a twigging that qxb5 in h6 toes and it allow in go for g6 black it display naievity in chaperone down qf5 in tease 17.qxf8+ kingxf8 bisoph6. In ditto monarch low in rescuing e8 at your behest it's pelting oar it clean in g8 19 re8 mate, Now edgen in 14 light rook read, bishop queen feckless green, Get over feint it pigeons feed eg as radiant it jus tinge, Ah bill makes an impression black it ten tn in a bg5 calms it 0-0 in ment it smooth in qxd4 yet I am toying with you 11...nc6 ko it down in digger it on im oo brethren f5 stir lurch in 12.qh4 and it set her trap 14 re1 doctoring bxc3 bxc3 qxb5 in gale it her in buy it h6! Is the railing reed I wall in sounding board spring for as put binge on b5s a qf5 idea it leaves to imagine the monday blues 17.qxf8+ now led it among in be mate in seems likes too really 18.bh6+ re8 slush in pup it.
Apr-02-12  karban: Funny, but my first and more elegant for me choice is 17.Re4 followed by 18.Rh4 and mate next move(rook untouchable due 18.Bf6 and mate).
Apr-02-12  remolino: While I agree that 17.Qxf8 is obviously the best move, mating in 2, doesn't 17.Re4 with the idea of 18.Rh4 also win easily? After 17.Re4, if 17... Qxd4 then 18.Bf6. For some stupid reason I missed the Q sac and went for this move, but I think it wins comfortably too.
Apr-02-12  EXIDE: I missed the solution, I thought that 17Re4 with the threat Rh4 next, wins. Black Q cannot capture R because of Bf6 wins.
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  Oxspawn: <olinart> Not saying you are wrong olinart but I don’t see it.

16 Ne5
17 Bf6 Ng4
18 Qg7++

Or 16 Ne5
17. Bf6 Nf3+
18. g2xf3 and black has no queen move that exploits the gap or prevent Qg7

What is the continuation after Bf6 that works for black?

Apr-02-12  David2009: Judit Polgar vs P Angelova, 1988 White 17?

Very clever trap by Judith Polgar. Rewind one move,

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after 16.Qh6! Crafty End Game Trainer plays Qxg5 to prevent mate (interactive link: The EGT then gives an excellent example of how to defend resourcefully an objectively lost position: enjoy finding the win. Rewind two moves and the EGT declines the proffered piece, answering 15.bxc3 with 15...h5! and keeping material level albeit with a positional disadvantage. Link:

Sacrificing the black squares with ...Bxc3 is not always wrong: an example where it is devastatingly effective is

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(Ewing vs Keene, 1967 White 13?). I played 13.Bc4 and wes thunderstruck when Ray Keene sacrificed his Kingside black squares with 13...Bg7xc3 - and there was nothing I could do about it. You will notice that he has kept control of d4 and e5. Interactive link:

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  chrisowen: Artificial intelligence in bait. Jail 17 qxf8+ top it a kingf8 in

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ferret in re8 as having. Crick it's pull for queenh6 ear got it dubless

in fetching coat mea culpa in bxc3 transfer in rae1 why it enable niche

in ease for rook to change in gable us try it hope in really qxb5 yes it

now intent for qh6 inch up palour in white has in ko chain the diamente

envelop in e8 a bit nonplus in boots c3 a rendezvous wrenched into over

b5 saw thin picket in rae1 the bone c3 priest. Lair for b5 each in qh6

er goes f5 definately e8 mate a chin wage it occular on it down in

17.qxf8+# in egatz it.

Apr-02-12  Patriot: 17.Qxf8+ Kxf8 18.Bh6+ Kg8 19.Re8# - completely forced.
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  Travis Bickle: Sac The Ol Lady on f8 and it's all over in 2. ; P
Mar-06-13  clownface: Yes, benjianthan, I love this move. This game is in the book "WINNING QUICKLY WITH WHITE" AND IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN MY OPINION! Anything any of the Polgars do is like Reti or Blackburne in my opinion- worth looking at! INTERESTING CHESS IS WHERE IT'S AT...SPIELMANN TALKED ABOUT THIS!!
Oct-30-14  Whitehat1963: Pretty finish. Like a bolt from the blue.
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  Phony Benoni: Right out of Daddy's book.
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  SuperPatzer77: Judy is a truly amazing player. She played this game at age of 12. Wow!!!


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  Check It Out: For all you Slayer fans, Angel of Death on banjo:
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  morfishine: When this game was played, the media tried to tout it as "immortal" which is a huge overstatement. There are dozens of other Polgar brilliancies that are much more qualified to be described as such; besides, 16...Qf5 is an inexplicable oversight allowing mate in 3

Polgar's achievement is based on forcing Black to surrender the Queen with <16...Qxg5>, a move which doesn't save the game for Black, but avoids the embarrassment of falling into a brilliant and immediate mate


Nov-10-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Not so bad like you think Mr. morfishine !
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  mjmorri: After 14. Rae1, Black should have realized something was fishy. I am not a high ranked player, but even I usually avoid giving up my fianchettoed Bishop to win material if its same-squared adversary is still alive, especially with Queens still on the board. There are just too many weak squares created.
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  kevin86: Queen splats in a f8 to start a mate in three. The women can play a dandy game- here-ironically, here involving the QUEEN.
Nov-10-14  the.raven: SLAYER!!
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  Check It Out: No comments on the pleasant banjo version, which is quite cute? Fine, here's the crushing original. It's commentary on the horrors of the holocaust...

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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