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Judit Polgar vs Rainer F A Knaak
Koln (1990)
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0


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Sep-12-03  Tigran Petrosian: nice exchange sac
Sep-12-03  Brian Watson: yeah, pretty amazing, if Polgar in fact was baiting black with 23.f4.

What follows 22...Nxe5? I'm thinking 22...Nxe5 23.Qf6 Nxd3+ cxd3, and white is still down a pawn, but with the last knight off the board black has extremely weak black squares.

Sep-13-03  xu fei: <Brian Watson> 22...Nxe5 23.Qf6 Nxd3+ 24.cxd3 Rf8 25.Bb4 Rh8 26.Rxf7+-. Black loses either the exchange or two pawns. You were right, black loses due to weak dark squares.
Nov-11-04  shr0pshire: 16. g4! starts a flurry of tactical opportunities for white. I think this may be one of Polgar's best games in terms of tactics.
Jun-30-05  samvega: yup, great stuff. I liked the moving back and forth of the dark bishop in the opening.
Jun-30-05  Boomie: 22...♘xe5 seems fine for black.

22... ♘xe5 23. ♕f6 ♘xd3+ 24. cxd3 ♕d8 25. ♕e5 ♖c8

It's hard to see how white will win from this position.

Jun-30-05  samvega: <Boomie> yes I was wondering about 24..Rf8 in xu fei's line, which is clearly a wasted move... In your line, if 25.Rxf7 Qxf6 26.Rxf6, is that equal, or does white have a little advantage?
Jun-30-05  Boomie: <samvega> 25. ♖xf7 also seems to lead to an even game. However after 26...♔d7, there are many lines and Uncle Fritz may be unreliable in such end game positions at this depth.

25. ♖xf7 ♕xf6 26. ♖xf6 ♔d7 27. ♗c3 ♖hf8 28. ♖b1 b6= (0.01) D=14

Sep-03-05  Brian Watson: I think this was the first Polgar game I ever saw, in some chess column I guess.
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  whiteshark: This gem has been played for the annual German TV chess show <Schach dem Gro▀meister>. 1 hour for each player for the full game. Fun to watch Vlastimil Hort and Helmut Pfleger as regular funny commentators.

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  HeMateMe: Nice the way she cut off the black escape route, giving up material along the way, but getting it all back. Nothing more painful than not being able to castle.
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  whiteshark: 2 hours of TV flickering from the past (a.m German TV chess show <Schach dem Gro▀meister>) :
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  PhilFeeley: Polgar was about 14 when she played this.
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