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Alexander Motylev vs Judit Polgar
Biel Chess Festival (2007), Biel SUI, rd 6, Jul-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1
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Jul-29-07
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  al wazir: 53. cxd4 Kd5 54. Nf4+ Kxd4 55. Ne6+ fxe6 56. f7 Rxb2+ 57. Ka1/Kc1 Rbf2 58. f8=Q Rh1#.
Jul-30-07  Wolfgang01: Upon 52. d4!! Motylev resigned in time. Al Wazir showed a possible finish. Judit made an importent point and a played a hell of a game.
Jul-30-07  Karpova: 15...h5 is a nice move putting even more pressure on e4. The g-pawn wasn't able to control f5 afterwards and then Judit played f5 with her Nc5 and Bb7 directed against the weak pawn on e4 which was pinned to the Qf3.
Jul-30-07
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  Eyal: Fritz analysis suggests that the best way for White to counter 15...h5 might be 16.f5 - which certainly makes more positional sense than g5, though it may lead to enormous tactical complications. For example, after 16.f5 Qa5 Fritz gives the following - quite amazing - line: 17.fxe6 fxe6 18.Nxe6 Nxe6 19.Qf5 Nf8 (to cover g6; after Nc5, Rxd6 would be even stronger) 20.Rxd6 Bxd6 21.Rxd6 Qc7 22.Nxb5 Qe7 23.Rxf6 Bc8 24.Nd6+ Qxd6 25.Rxd6 Bxf5 26.gxf5 Rg8 27.Bxa6, with White gaining 5 pawns for the rook... but there's also the simpler 18.gxh5, after which - unlike in the game in case of 16.gxh5 - 18...f5 would be unplayable for Black, because of 19.Nxf5! exf5 20.Qxf5 with a winning attack.
Jul-30-07  AdrianP: 11. ...gxf6 is a sideline (Fischer played it against Gligoric but soon abandonned it in favour of ...Nxf6). The normal reply is 12. f5 Ne5 13 Qh3 O-O which was understood to lead to but Black seems to have started playing 13. ...Bd7 with the intention of castling queenside which seems like a better idea but with mixed results. Motylev's 12. a3 is a sideline within a sideline and probably shows that he did not want to see what Judit had prepared after 12. f5.

There seems to be some renewed interest in 6. Bg5 ever since Motylev-Anand, Wijk 2007 showed that there is still some play left in the Poisoned Pawn variation.

Feb-11-12  Hesam7: <Eyal: Fritz analysis suggests that the best way for White to counter 15...h5 might be 16.f5>

16. f5 e5!


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Black has no problems, in fact it is White who has to be careful: 16. Nde2 Qa5 and he is already worse. So White has to play: 16. Nb3 and now 16. ... Na4 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 Rc8 =.

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