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Judit Polgar vs Yannick Pelletier
Biel Chess Festival (2007), Biel SUI, rd 9, Aug-02
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Aug-02-07  Billy Ray Valentine: I don't see how this isn't a draw. I think even I could draw this position. How can white make progress here?

What next for black? Is Qc1 best here?

Aug-02-07  madlydeeply: A few years ago, Salov dominated Khalifman in a candidates match by heading for a quiet endgame and then shuffling around until Khalifman made a mistake. Every single game went that way. So I say keep shuffling, Judit. I think rating does matter here. Yanni might be a basket case right now, who knows? probably.
Aug-02-07
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  beenthere240: Kasparov describes something like this in his recent book about chess in the boardroom. Pretty stupid book BTW.
Aug-02-07  syracrophy: Now the unique possibility for a win for Polgar is her extra pawn on the queenside. If Pelletier can protect the a4-square succesfully, it will be very difficult for Polgar to make a progress
Aug-02-07  Scuba Driver: Couldn't Polgar just push the pawns on the queenside and win this?
Aug-02-07  technical draw: I think there's also money involved here. Thats why they fight to the end cause you get different prize money for different standings.
Aug-02-07
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  beenthere240: After ...Bf4 we're entering repetition of position country.
Aug-02-07  Ybrevo: 49. - Bf4, and how will White progress?
Aug-02-07
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  plang: <Scuba Driver: Couldn't Polgar just push the pawns on the queenside and win this?>

With her king exposed that would be very difficult and risky.

Aug-02-07  syracrophy: <Scuba Driver: Couldn't Polgar just push the pawns on the queenside and win this?>

In fact, the queenside pawns are Polgar's unique possibility for a win. But it's not that easy. If black covers a4 successfully, the queenside pawns will remain petrified

Aug-02-07  Pawsome: Draw. It's official.
Aug-02-07  boz: Will we see the rapid playoff?
Aug-02-07  Ybrevo: Nice defence by Pelletier, he has shown some solid chess in this tournament. Thanks for the games <CG> :)
Aug-02-07  MyCatPlaysChess: Will CG broadcast the playoffs?
Aug-02-07  madlydeeply: Dangnabbit! Fischer would have ground this out for hours....when are we going to see another fighter like Fischer/Korchnoi/Kasparov/Karpov, anyhoo? don't you miss them? I do.

Korchnoi is still rockin at least.

Aug-02-07
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Aug-02-07  boz: I love the fighters too <madlydeeply> but here I think Judit gave it everything she had.
Aug-02-07  ssj: Ok draw now let us to se what will griscuk or bu do.
Aug-02-07  Ybrevo: <madlydeeply> Yes, we miss them all, but I think Korchnoi is mostly rocking in his rocking chair by now.
Aug-02-07  madlydeeply: Korchnoi just won another tournament, Ybrevo..

Banja Luka (2007)

I think he should win the Chess oscar or something.

Aug-02-07  syracrophy: <madlydeeply: Dangnabbit! Fischer would have ground this out for hours....when are we going to see another fighter like Fischer/Korchnoi/Kasparov/Karpov, anyhoo? don't you miss them? I do. Korchnoi is still rockin at least.>

Disgracefully, today almost all players play on for the money, and have lost the real fighting spirit of the old players of the last centuries. When are going to see a Fischer or a Steinitz again, fighting to the last of the moves?

But here I must say that it's a real draw

Aug-02-07  madlydeeply: I think Carlsen's a fighter, Syracrophy. he just needs to work out his openings better. He fights to the end...unfortunately saving disadvantageous positions
Aug-02-07  technical draw: Yeah, <madlydeeply> this is another of those darn Grandmaster draws.
Aug-02-07  Boomie: I wonder why Polgar played 7. Ndb5 instead of Be2. Out of 192 games in the Rybka opening book, Ndb5 was played only 28 times and performed 100 points below rating. Did Polgar have a novelty in mind?

Pelletier made it easier for Polgar with 8...d6. Better is 8...a6 9. e5 axb5 10. exf6 b4 11. Nb5 b6 12. Bc4 gxf6 13. 0-0 Ra5 and black has a slight advantage. Perhaps Polgar's new idea is in the a6 line.

11...Bd7 seems lame. After 11...e5 12. Nb3 Nb4 13. f5 Nxd3 14. cxd3 b5 15. 0-0 0-0, the game is even. The bishop is headed for b7 where is it obviously better posted than at d7.

Aug-04-07  kingsindian2006: 18. g5 seems to take out the sail on polgar's attack..black ends up winning a pawn after exchanges..
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