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Judit Polgar vs Peter Svidler
"Judy, Judy, Judy" (game of the day Jul-06-2012)
Corus (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  1-0


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  Castle In The Sky: 24...♕d7?? 24...♖c8 would have been much better covering the pawn and avoiding the deadly pin at the same time. Svidler's pawn snatching 26...♗xa2 only exacerbates the situation and doubly loses a lost game. Did he really think someone of Polgar's ability would leave a pawn hanging without consequence?
Jan-26-05  GreenDayGuy: Why didn't black play 26... Bg4 which wins the exchange? is there something that I am missing?
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  euripides: <gdg> After 26...Bg4 27 Rxd6 White comes out ahead after 27...Qxd6 28 Qxg4 or 27...Bxf3 28 Rxd7 Rxd7 29 Bxf3.
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  Karpova: <Sneaky: Like I said, in PinkPanther's world, nobody should be playing chess at all. An odd point of view coming from somebody who receives rook odds from 1400 players and still loses.> LOL same applies to WillC21
Sep-30-05  mego: svidler played 15)....Nf3? its I think g5 was better than this move
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  Averageguy: It's instructive how Judit Polgar gives back the material to kill black's attack, and from then on exploits her dynamic and static advantages.
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  DarthStapler: I like to play the Marshall so could someone explain to me the major things that black did wrong in this game?
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  acirce: Polgár pointed at these mistakes in her New In Chess annotations (2005/2):

22..f6? (creating weaknesses and giving White tactical opportunities on the a2-g8 and b1-h7 diagonals; 22..Qc7! 23.Qd3 g6 24.Rd1 Bf8 was supposedly better "and Black seems to be OK")

24..Qd7? (24..Rc8! and her main line now is 25.Rd1 Be5 26.Be4 "and White keeps pressure and an edge" -- after 24..Qd7 25.Rd1 the pin is a horrible problem for Black)

26..Bxa2? (pawn is poisoned -- 26..Rc8 is forced, but White keeps a huge edge; after the move in the game Black is just lost).

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  DarthStapler: Ok thanks
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  gjergj248: Bb6! is a great deflection and pin threat.
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  Max of Tat: An interesting analysis of this game by Andrew Martin on today.

Also available on YouTube:

Jul-06-12  Tired Tim: 30? Tuesday puzzle?
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  Garech: c4!!

Great move; and a great turnaround in the Marhsall gambit. Playing through the game quickly one can suddenly feel the energy and initiative wash over from the black pieces to the white, and Polgar attacked violently.

Great stuff!


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  LoveThatJoker: 30. c4!! is a brilliant move indeed!

What a terrific and deep shot by GM Judit Polgar!

Speaking of terrific and deep shots, check out 26...Nf4 by GM Bu Xiangzhi in this game,

Yifan Hou vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2012


Jul-06-12  dotsamoht: Anyone that disparages Judit Polgar's chess simply based on her gender is a misogynist who should be ignored.

Judit is one of the most gifted players alive, able to beat any of the top players in a given game.

All Hail Judit Polgar, Goddess of Chess. She is Caissa in the flesh!

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  keypusher: <dotsamoht: Anyone that disparages Judit Polgar's chess simply based on her gender is a misogynist who should be ignored. Judit is one of the most gifted players alive, able to beat any of the top players in a given game.

All Hail Judit Polgar, Goddess of Chess. She is Caissa in the flesh!>

Going into paroxysms of ecstasy over Polgar because of her gender, on the other hand, is wholesome and praiseworthy.

Jul-06-12  lzromeu: Beautiful combination
Worst case White is Up a bishop
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  kevin86: Black must lose a bishop...or get his queen pinned.
Jul-06-12  lawofmurphy: I find it really disheartening that some kibitzes in nearly every Polgar game devolve into discussions about her gender. Chess is played over the board. The results are there. End of story.
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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp 32-bit :

1. (2.43): 1...Bxc4 2.Bb6 Bc7 3.Rxd8+ Bxd8 4.Bxd8 Qe5 5.h3 Qxb2 6.Qf5 Qe5 7.Qxh7+ Kf7 8.Bg6+

2. (4.35): 1...Kh8 2.Qxb3 Qe5 3.Rxd6 Rxd6 4.Bxd6 Qxe4 5.cxb5 axb5 6.Qxb5 h6 7.b4 Kg8 8.Qd7

This wins but White had an even better move:


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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp 32-bit :

1. (3.47): 1...h6 2.Bxd6 Bc4 3.Bc5 Rxd4 4.Qxd4 f5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qd8+ Kf7 7.Qxd3 Kg6 8.Bd4

2. (3.48): 1...Kf7 2.Rxd6 Rxd6 3.Bxd6 Bc4 4.Qd4 f5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 Qe1+ 7.Kg2 Qe6 8.Qd4

Jul-06-12  Old King Cole: To win without moving a queenside piece until 17 ... not bad.
Jul-06-12  Klacsanzky: I find it interesting that people are criticizing Svidler when we all know we will never be as good as him (unless there some Super GMs commenting here). Relax and enjoy the game :)
Jul-07-12  scormus: <lawofmurphy: I find it really disheartening that some kibitzes in nearly every Polgar game devolve into discussions about her gender.>

Ditto, and in spades. This was superby played game by Judit.

As <Garech> remarked in a very descriptive way. Before I saw the post I had already played it through quickly. From the W side of the board it was like watching a speeded up film of the tide coming in and then going out.

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  HeMateMe: I don't its unreasonable for average players to criticize Svidler, here. Most GMs wouldn't have got caught up in this skewering trap.

Svid probably thought Polgar would make an earlier pawn capture, taking one of her Bishops off of the best diagonals.

Jan-29-13  chesssalamander: 14. d3 is so cool.
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