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Judit Polgar vs Garry Kasparov
"Ladies First" (game of the day Jan-02-12)
Russia - The Rest of the World (2002)  ·  Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0
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Feb-04-13  csmath: Kasparov trying to imitate Kramnik playing passive defence. Obviously he was studying Berlin Wall long enough to try it but this is really not his style of play. Judit kills him nicely by strangulation. :-)
Mar-21-13  jacobjosh14: Possible endgame (going back to 1 [easier to type]): 1. Rxa7 Kb8 2. Rab7+ Kc8 3. Rbe7 Rf8 4. Ra7 Kb8 5. Rgb7+ Kc8 6. Re7 Kb8 7. Rab7+ Kc8 8. Rec7+ Kd8 9. Rg7 Kc8 10. Rbc7+ Kb8 11. Rcf7 Rxf7 12. Rxf7 Rh1 13. Kd2 Kc8 14. b3 Rf1 15. a3 Ra1 16. a4 Rf1 17. Kc2 Kd8 18. Kb2 Kc8 19. Kc3 Rc1+ 20. Kd3 Rd1+ 21. Kc2 Rf1 22. Kb2 Kd8 23. f4 Rh1 24. a5 bxa5 25. Rf5 Rh2+ 26. Ka3 Ke7 27. Rxc5 Rh1 28. Rxa5 Ra1+ 29. Kb4 Rf1 30. f5 Kd6 31. Rd5+ Kc6 32. Rc5+ Kb6 33. Rb5+ Kc6 34. Kc3 Rc1+ 35. Kd4 Rd1+ 36. Ke5 Re1+ 37. Kf6 Kd7 38. b4 Re3 39. Rd5+ Kc6 40. Kf7 Rb3 41. b5+ Kc7 42. f6 Re3 43. c5 Re1 44. Kg7 Rg1+ 45. Kf8 Kb7 46. f7 Rg4 47. Ke7 Re4+ 48. Kd8 Rf4 49. Rd7+ Kb8 50. c6 Rf1 51. b6 Rc1 52. Rb7+ Ka8 53. f8Q Rxc6 54. Qa3+ Kxb7 55. Qa7#
Sep-03-13  niceforkinmove: From the guardian:

"Victory was sweet for Polgar. Before they first met in Spain a few years ago, Kasparov described her as a "circus puppet" and said that women chess players should stick to having children."

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  perfidious: That quote from The Guardian sounds rather like the former WSOP champion Amarillo Slim's views on women in poker from the early 1970s-believe it went 'I think women are meant to be loved, not to play poker'.

Amongst others, Jennifer Harman ( or Vanessa Selbst ( might disagree with him, and I have played with a number of other women who can give a man all they can handle.

Oct-03-13  rccomputacion: no entiendo un corno lo que comentan... ojala el sitio fuera en castellano
Oct-03-13  catlover: <ojala el sitio fuera en castellano> Sí, hombre. Lo lamento. De vez en cuando algunos usuarios se hacen comentarios en castellano, pero el idioma oficial del sitio es el ingles. ¿Quizá te ayude usar el traductor de Google?
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  offramp: Part of is Catalan, if that helps.
Apr-06-14  RedShield: Nice clips of this game, including Garry's resignation, but the best part is the identity parades at the start:
Jul-28-14  shintaro go: Kasparov was @#$%* smashed in this game. Good job Judit
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  perfidious: <shintaro go: Kasparov was @#$%* smashed in this game. Good job Judit>

'Fore you lose your head, it should be borne in mind that this was Polgar's <only> win against Kasparov in her career.

Jul-28-14  shintaro go: So what? It doesnt change the fact that kasparov got shamed
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  perfidious: Your posts don't change the fact that Kasparov owned Judit, same as most everyone else he faced during his brilliant career.

Meanwhile, you are reduced to denigrating a top player whose jockstrap you couldn't carry in ten lifetimes.

Jul-28-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<perfidious>

there is a certain schadenfreude in this game, though.

After bashing his head v. the Berlin (and Kramnik), Garry drops the Najdorf or Scheveningen for it and gets gubbed! It justs add a certain poetry to the Berlin Wall story.

Aug-17-14  Bob Loblaw: <Meanwhile, you are reduced to denigrating a top player whose jockstrap you couldn't carry in ten lifetimes.>

I wasn't aware chess players wore jock straps, and apparently a really heavy one, or does GK play rugby on the side?

Jan-02-15  Martin Riggs: Whoa, whoa Judit... [;

Great game & all the best for 2015! :]

Jan-25-15  Severin: Garry Kasparov beat Judit Polgar 12 to 1, with 4 draws.
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  Alex Schindler: Bizarre opening for a much higher-rated player with a markedly aggressive style. Did he have a notion that endgames are her weakness or something? There had to be some background strategy here, involving a poor assessment of his opponent's strengths, because this opening certainly doesn't let Kasparov play to his own unparalleled strengths.

I can't explain the decision based on her own tremendous attacking prowess. It seems extremely unlikely that Kasparov was afraid to go toe-to-toe with her (or anyone else) in a tactical melee. At least from his public statements, he didn't even think much of her chess at the time. I really wish I could understand what he was hoping to get out of this opening.

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  tamar: My theory is that Kasparov simply did not believe Polgar could find a plan for breaching the Berlin that had eluded him all through the 2000 match.

Could she in one shot do better than what cost him months of analytical torture?

He undoubtedly had an improvement against his own plan with b3 and the tactics with e6 which he won with at Astana, but Polgar played her own way, when Garry became nervous defending a passive position.

Jul-22-15  SpiritedReposte: Kasparov got his ego checked here, but I imagine the Polgar sisters are used it.

Odd sideline in the Berlin Defense.

Aug-05-15  PJs Studio: You guys read too much into it. Kasparov may just have felt like trying the Berlin. Maybe he was tired. Maybe he assumed a quick draw. Maybe just trying to throw her off but wasn't ready for the black side as well as he thought he would be.

I do know GM Polgar is very tough on the white side of the Sicilian.

Aug-05-15  Nerwal: Several factors for this opening choice I think. He had already tried before to play more solid lines against Judit, both as White and Black. He had already tried the Berlin against Milos at the Eurotel Trophy and won. As a whole, in his last years of play Kasparov started to use more solid openings against 1. d4 as Black so maybe he thought he could do that against 1. e4 as well; playing nothing but the sicilian can be risky and exhausting, and then you may have to waste your preparation just to win rapid games...
Aug-10-15  PJs Studio: Great points Nerwal
Aug-22-15  gnagoul: first J.P's game
Oct-10-15  The Kings Domain: Unless Kasparov let her win, it's good to see she eked out a win after all those losses through the years.
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  Psihadal: <The Kings Domain: Unless Kasparov let her win...>

Yeah, i don't think so.
And this is Kasparov after all.

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