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Loek van Wely vs Judit Polgar
It (cat.16) (1997)  ·  English Opening: Symmetrical. Two Knights Variation (A35)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-12-08
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  plang: Timman characterized 5 cxd as a "rather unambitious continuation". After 9..exd the game had transposed to a variation of the Tarrasch Defense not thought to be particularly favorable for white. In fact, look quite illogical for white; he is two tempi behind in development and his only compensation is the black isolated d5 pawn. 10 Nb5 was new but did not work out well. It released pressure on the d5 pawn and in no way helped defend against Polgar's powerful kingside attack. Both Timman were Polgar were critical of 11 Bb2? recommending 11 Be2 instead. 17 Qd5 would have been answered by 17..Bxg3! A nice variation is 21 Nc3..Nxc3 22 Qxc3..Nxe3+ 23 fxe..Qxc3
24 Bxc3..Rxe3. Polgar gave the best response to her pawn sacrifice 22..e5! as 23 Nxf5..Bxf5 24 Bxf5..Nxg3!
25 fxg..Nxe3 26 Bxe3..d4 27 Kh2..Rxe3
28 Nxd4..Rxe1 29 Nxc6..Re2+ 30 Kg1..Rxc6 31 Rh2..Re3 with black clearly better but the game not nearly decided yet. 24..Rxf2+ 25 Qxf2..Nxf2 26 Nf5! does not work for black. The continuation 28 Nh4..gxh 29 Rxh3..Rxf2+ 30 Rxf2..Qxh3+! 31 Kxh3..Nxf2+ also loses for white. 30 Qd1 would have been answered by 30..Ncd2.
Apr-30-12  Llawdogg: 30 ... Rxf2+! Brilliant rook sacrifice!
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