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Judit Polgar vs Anatoly Karpov
"Aurora Polgaris" (game of the day Jan-09-2015)
7th Essent (2003), Hoogeveen NED, rd 1, Oct-12
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0
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Sep-08-07  D4n: Which Polgar is the best?
Sep-08-07
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  WannaBe: Well, if you base upon title(s) won, it would be Susan. If you go with potential and possibilities, that debate can go on for ages.
Sep-09-07  Karpova: Most successful: Judit
Most talented: Judit or Zsofia
Strongest: Judit
Jan-29-08  Billw1106: <"the honour and the points you forget soon and the money is spent just as easily, but the chesset will be put at home in a showcase. I still can look at it every day"> Judit sounded like a physicist of the yesteryears who cared about creativity more than $$$. Einstein once gave part of his stipend to another colleague as he had more than enough for himself. Go Judit, for world champion!!
Nov-27-10  sevenseaman: Anatoli's army left clueless while graceful Judit steals the show under their watchful, aghast eyes!
Jun-01-11  shatranj7: 27. Bxg7! and not 27. Rh3? f6!
Jun-02-11  lemonadepawn: You're right, shatranj7. After 27. Bxg7! follows 27...Kxg7 28. Rh3+ Kf6 29. Qg5#
Jun-24-11  Tigranny: lemonadepawn, do you mean 28.Rg3+ (28.Rh3+ results in 28...Bxh3)?
Jun-24-11  DrMAL: 18...Nc6 back looks suspicious and a great tactical shot was missed. After 19.Rxe6 fxe6 20.Qc2 black is in big trouble. 20...h6 would be met by 21.Bc4 Bf6 22.Bxh6! and white has a winning attack.

Checking with Rybka 4.1 reveals black's best as the (unlikely) counter-sac 20...Rxf3 which would be met by 21.Bxh7+ Kf8 22.gxf3 (Bf6 23.Bg6 Rd8 24.Bh5 Qd5 25.Qg6) with white up a bishop and pawn for knight and much better position.

In terms of which Polgar was/is the best, the answer is clearly Laszlo for teaching and encouraging his daughters (his book of 5334 puzzles that they trained with is awesome too).

Jun-25-11  DrMAL: Judit played this game brilliantly but she did miss an earlier winning opportunity and actually should have drawn. The sac 19.Rxe6 looked great to me but I checked it with Rybka 4.1 very deeply to make sure. After 19.Rxe6 fxe6 20.Qc2 Rybka gives the following lines:

[+1.52] d=24 20...Rxf3 21.Bxh7+ Kf8 22.gxf3 Bf6 23.Bg6 Rd8 24.Bh5 Ne7 25.Bg4 Nf5 26.Qe4 c5 27.dxc5 Qxc5 28.Qxe6 Nh4 29.Bf4 Qd5 30.Qe4 g5 31.Bg3 Qxe4 32.fxe4 Rd3 33.Rc1 Ng6 34.Bb8 Ne5 35.Be2 Rd2 (3:03:47) 1133595kN

[+1.87] d=24 20...h6 21.Bc4 Bf6 22.Bxh6 Qd7 23.Bf4 Na5 24.Ba2 Qf7 25.Bg3 Nb7 26.Ne5 Bxe5 27.Rxe5 Nd6 28.Qe2 Qg6 29.Bxe6+ Nf7 30.Re4 Re7 31.d5 Kh8 (5:36:13) 2158079kN

20...h6 is the much more likely response. Looking more carefully at it, after 21.Bc4 Bf6 22.Bxh6 Rybka evaluates two slightly stronger replies for black:

[+1.91] d=21 22...Rf7 23.Ng5 Bxg5 24.Bxg5 Na5 25.Bd3 e5 26.Bh7+ Kf8 27.Bg6 e4 28.Rxe4 Qc6 29.Rxe8+ Qxe8 30.Qd1 Qe6 31.Bxf7 Kxf7 32.a4 Nc4 33.h3 c6 34.Qf3+ Kg8 35.Qg3 Qe1+ 36.Kh2 Qe8 (1:33:45) 629248kN

[+2.03] d=21 22...b5 23.Ba2 Qd7 24.Bc1 Qf7 25.Qe2 Nd8 26.Qxb5 c6 27.Qd3 Qh5 28.Ne5 Bh4 29.Be3 Bf6 30.Bb1 Bxe5 31.dxe5 Nf7 32.f4 (1:41:21) 678059kN

I'm quite proud of having spotted this earlier sac, particularly since even Rybka 4.1 chooses 19.R5e3 as best at considerable depth:

[+0.93] d=19 19.R5e3 Nd8 20.Ne5 Bf6 21.f4 g6 22.f5 Bd5 23.Qg4 Re7 24.Bb2 Bb7 25.Nc4 (0:09:52) 60097kN

In the game, both sides played very well and after 24.Re3 Rybka 4.1 evaluates the position as a likely draw:

[+0.52] d=21 24...g6 25.Bf1 Qc5 26.d6 c6 27.Bf6 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Qd5 29.Qa4 Re8 30.Be7 Be6 31.h3 Qc5 32.Qf4 Rxe7 33.dxe7 Qxe7 34.Qb8+ Kg7 35.Qe5+ Kg8 36.Rd3 f6 37.Qb8+ (0:12:21) 87073kN

But then Karpov made a huge blunder 24...Qc5 to give white a quick forced mate.

BTW there is a fabulous article on the Polgars at http://www.psychologytoday.com/arti...

Jul-02-11  DrMAL: Surprised this game has not received more attention. Polgar, the best woman player at the time a possible WC contender, misses a win against Karpov and the game is almost surely a draw...until Karpov blunders into a quick forced mate!
Jul-12-11  qqdos: <DrMAL> I like your exchange sac. 19.Rxe6, which instinctively feels right and since you have put it through the "mincer" I am sure White can keep the upper hand. If it was Tal or Petrosian playing such a move, out of the blue, Black would probably have a fit?! If Black was (one of those Soviet toughies like) Korchnoi, Geller or Karpov, I equally feel they could give Judit a hard time as there are some pitfalls on the way. 18...Nc6 was a mistake - better ...g6. Finally I have reservations about the Polgar upbringing - constant pressure on prodigies to succeed at all costs may produce unforeseen, possibly harrowing, consequences.
Jul-14-11  DrMAL: <qqdos> Thanx for your feedback about the sac good to have some reassurance I was not being completely nuts (can't trust computers for that either LOL). Thing is, this WAS Karpov playing black...maybe he would have gone for the counter-sac option but it did not appear to be in his style.

Yes, I agree about the Polgars I would not have wanted to have such an upbringing myself, old Laslo appears to have been a wee bit bonkers on his idea of "bringing up genius" but in talking with Susan on it, she said she thought her childhood was grand. Whatever! Cheers.

Sep-11-11  renrod001: Highly unexpected play by Karpov. I would have resigned too as I saw
27. Bxg7 Kxg7
28. Rg3+ Kf6
29. Qg5#
May-03-12  BlackSheep: As has been mentioned over the years here I found the nifty Rb5-e5-e2 saving tempi while black repeats moves wasting his to be the most interesting point of the game, and it is very surprising to see Karpov fall for such tricks he generally smells danger from a mile away .
Dec-23-12  leka: The last tournament in London in 2012 Judith Polgar played too aggressevely with the black piecies against Kramnik and Adams.Judith sacfriced both games her piecies.
Oct-04-13  rccomputacion: yo que soy muy neofito veo claramente que karpov cometio un error grosero al no ver una jugada tan infantil, de las primeras que te enseŅan cuando das los primeros pasos en ajedrez... e3to demuestra que son humanos no maquinas.
Jan-09-15  SeanAzarin: Karpov was already past 50 years of age when this game was played. He may have been past his peak (although as recently as 5 years before this game he was FIDE Champion.)

Having said that, he was still a formidable player. Very impressive win by J. Polgar.

Jan-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: This doesn't look like the Karpov of 1975-85. Could this have been a 30 minute game? It's not even up to snuff for Karpov in his 40s.
Jan-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Infohunter: Quite a distinction it is to have won against Karpov by means of a Double Bishop Sacrifice, even if he was past his prime.
Jan-09-15
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  iking: <DrMAL: Surprised this game has not received more attention. Polgar, the best woman player at the time a possible WC contender, misses a win against Karpov and the game is almost surely a draw...until Karpov blunders into a quick forced mate!> .. now's the time!
Jan-09-15  Pballa: <27. Bxg7 Kxg7
28. Rg3+ Kf6
29. Qg5#>

The other line:
27. Bxg7 f5 (or f6)
28. Qg6 with mate to follow via Bf6

Jan-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Cheapo by the Dozen: 17 ... Na5 looks like the fiasco move to me. 17 ... f6, for example, looks like it would have really slowed down White's attack.
Jan-09-15  karban: Nice pun
Jan-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Mate will folow soon, to the expense of Mr. Karpov.
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