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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
Wijk aan Zee (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-08-04  Benjamin Lau: Is Shirov really Tal's true spiritual successor? Maybe it's Polgar.
Apr-23-04  arielbekarov: I second your question for the second time !
Judit Polgar plays such stunning chess !
I deleted an earlier posting, where I cried out my pain for that this game ended up in a draw after such splendid attacking chess from Polgar. BUT, I see now that this was a forced draw caused by Judit Polgar herself. My apologize for being so quick !
Anyhow, for me, she was the moral winner of Wijk aan Zee, 2003. The infamous draw between Anand and Bareev should have disqualified the normally great players Anand and Bareev. These kind of draws are devasting, as in that particular game Anand vs Bareev, Wijk aan Zee, 2003. But, we are after all human beings. This said in order to bring some balance in my posting. Anand and Bareev play great chess and are bouth fine representatives of the art of chess. This is probably the reason for my reaction regarding this infamous draw. Ariel
Apr-24-04  Minor Piece Activity: I like both Anand and Judit. It took a lot of guts for Judit to play 16. g4! and 17. Rdg1!? which offered the exchange to Vishy when she was already down a pawn.
Oct-26-04  f1list: Here's what my crafy had to say about black's 17th move.

depth=12 2/49 -0.41 17. ... Nxf2 18. Qf1 Nxh1 19. Bxh6 Kh7 20. Bxg7 Rg8 21. h6 Qb5 22. Qg2 Ba3 23. Ng5+ Kg6 24. Qxh1 Bxb2 Nodes: 45711081 NPS: 586039
Time: 00:01:18.00

I think perhaps Anand didn't play this because he belived Judit and didn't feel up to calling her bluff.

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  Honza Cervenka: <17. ... Nxf2 18. Qf1 Nxh1 19. Bxh6 Kh7 20. Bxg7 Rg8 21. h6 Qb5 22. Qg2> 22.Ng5+ Bxg5 23.Qxf7 with threat 24.Bf6+ secures draw at least for white.

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Of course, 23...Qf5?? 24.Bf6+ leads to mate. Black is forced to play 23...Qd5 or 23...Nf2 and white has draw in hand and can even search for something better though I don't see anything decisive.

Aug-13-12  themindset: Honza, what about 21...Qf5 ?
Mar-04-17  clement41: At first my eye jumped at 22 Rxg4 Qxg4 23 Qh6 which mates on eg ...Rxf2?? but it seems parried with the simple 23...Kf7
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