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Judit Polgar vs Mark Ginsburg
NY Open (1988), New York, NY USA, rd 8
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Normal System Kan Line (B28)  ·  0-1


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  nezhmet: The secret of this win was that she was very young; only rated 2335. And of course it was a tough game as you can see! She had a teddy bear at the board. Occasionally she would get up and speak Hungarian to her sisters: disconcerting! Also disconcerting was my pre-game chore of renting GM Rohde a car. But all's well that ends well. In this tournament, I had another game vs future GM Wolff that featured a pawn diamond!
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  Holden: <Mark Ginsburg (nezhmet)> Welcome to the site!

<The secret of this win was that she was very young> Very modest of you to say. The teddy bear and Hungarian conversations certainly sound like they could have a psycological effect.

It's awesome to have titled players comment on their own games. Could you post some annotation/suggested improvements to the text?

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  nezhmet: The curious maneuver of the black bishop from moves 41 to 44, getting it to the dominating e4 square, sealed the victory. In endings with passed pawns, a B far outweighs a N when the passed pawn is remote. However, with queens on it's important not to expose the K and allow unnecessary checks.
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  Holden: Thanks for your comments!

After 20.Nb5 and 21.a4, the white knight looks so well placed, but doesn't appear to have done her any good.

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  OhioChessFan: Whew, a win with Black over Polgar. This rocks. I am going to examine some of your other posted games.
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  perfidious: <nezhmet: The secret of this win was that she was very young; only rated 2335. And of course it was a tough game as you can see! She had a teddy bear at the board.>

You were rather more fortunate to survive the Teddy Bear Attack than my old clubmate Alex Cherniack in the first round of the U2400 section the previous year-his 5.f3 was not proof against Judit's Benko.

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