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Alexey Shirov vs Judit Polgar
"She Loves Me, Shirov Me Not" (game of the day Apr-25-2015)
Buenos Aires ARG (1994), rd 8, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  0-1
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Sep-12-10  sevenseaman: Scrap position


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..w. I picked up this scrap of paper walking down a street. W to play and win quickly, says the mutilated scrap.

Sep-24-10  sevenseaman: I have worked it out. The way the cookie crumbles is;

1. Rh5 Bxd5 (..1. fxg4 loses to 2. Rg5 Ra8 3. Rg7 forcing mate on h7 next move.) 2. Rg5 Bxe4+ 3. Bf3 (not 3. Kh2 when Rb8 4. Rg7 fxg4 connects the Black B on e4 to h7 and enables Black to win later). The smart 3. Bf3 forces Black to resign as ..3. Rb8 4. Rg7 f4 (to prop up h7 point) 5. Bxe4 Rg8 6. Rxh7#

You could say I found the missing portion of the 'scrap', but it is very satisfying i.e unless you can pick some holes in my line. I doubt that.

Oct-14-10  DanielBryant: It's a beautiful move, but I've never understood why 16...Ne3 is described as such a brilliant queen sacrifice, since it's based on largely the same tactical device as Black's previous move (except instead of merely forking the king and queen, it's simply mate).
Jan-27-12  IoftheHungarianTiger: In a Q&A with chess fans (http://www.crestbook.com/en/node/1668), Judit Polgar referred to this game as containing the combination which gave her the most satisfaction.

When she was asked to choose the best game of her life, however, this game lost out to Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999.

I myself have a hard time deciding my favorite Judit Polgar game. My three favorites are this one, the win over Anand in 1999, and Tolnai vs Judit Polgar, 1991 which earned her the Hungarian National Championship and the GM title both in one package :D

Aug-15-12  Tigranny: This is my favorite Judit game, should be her immortal.
Nov-25-12
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  kingscrusher: I have done a new version of my original video annotation here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gikX...

Aug-26-14  Stonehenge: 14. Ng3 hxg4 15. O-O-O looks playable.
Nov-22-14  Octavia: This is her most memorable ...g7-g5! She explained in "JUDIT POLGAR Teaches Chess, 2" that she's played lots of g5 moves in all sorts of games, but this was her proudest! Its the last game in her 2nd book.

Shirov's best chance was 15. ef Bxg2 16. Bxg2 Rc8 She'd have a material advantage & should win but he could still fight! said she

Apr-25-15
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  offramp: Up until 1995 Judit was beating Alexei 6-1.
Apr-25-15
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  Jim Bartle: Shirov comments on that in "Fire on Board," noting that Judith would beat him several times, then he would win for a while, then Judith would take her turn again,
Apr-25-15
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  Sneaky: Is this choice of GOTD a little dig at Nigel's recent ramblings?
Apr-25-15
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  offramp: <Sneaky: Is this choice of GOTD a little dig at Nigel's recent ramblings?>

It could be, but wasn't Short's main beef about Zsuzsa Polgar and her simul record?

Apr-25-15
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  morfishine: One of my favorite games. A very enjoyable JPolgar brilliancy to play through

Nigel gets the Short end of the stick after 17.Bxe3 Qxe3 18.Nxb7 Nf3+

*****

Apr-25-15  Ratt Boy: One thing I like about this game is the position after White's 14th.


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Black's Kingside looks strafed, and she's not about to O-O-O, either. Butt that's superficial, static analysis. None of White's pieces is in a useful spot; it's as though he hasn't developed anything. And White's centralized King is grossly vulnerable, as Judit quickly demonstrates. It's a joy to watch.

Apr-25-15
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3y....
Apr-25-15
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  AylerKupp: An even better game title would have been Shirov Me, Shirov Me Not.
Apr-25-15
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  kevin86: Not a bad game.
Apr-25-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: I can't convince myself that any of the queen trapping attempts have a decent chance of working.

If White doesn't play b3, then ... Rxd6/Qc4 seems to extricate the queen.

If White does play b3, then ... Rxd6/Rc8 seems to work, because of the pressure on c2.

The dangerous-looking d6 pawn that emerges seems less dangerous if White can't afford the time to play something like d7/Qe7, and I think he can't.

So I imagine the solution starts with f5, but I haven't calculated it out at all.

Apr-25-15  psmith: <Cheapo by the Dozen> you are commenting on the GOTD not the puzzle, where your comment belongs.
Apr-25-15
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  offramp: <AylerKupp: An even better game title would have been Shirov Me, Shirov Me Not.>

I <think> you are right. But I am not certain. So I suppose the original title is just as good.

Apr-25-15  Pulo y Gata: She Robbed Me, Shirov Me Not.
Jan-17-16  Martin Riggs: This game deserves "The Horse Whisperer" award. ;0]
Dec-18-16  j4jishnu: Women Empowerment!
Mar-15-17
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  Sally Simpson: A nice and relevant to this game family photo picked up by HeMAteME.

Judit showing her children what would have happened if Shirov had played 27.Qxg5 here


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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XFP_2bOjS...

17.Qxg5 Nf3 mate.


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Mar-15-17
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  HeMateMe: Judit lit a fire, here...
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