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Veselin Topalov vs Judit Polgar
Liga de Campeones (2007), Vitoria Gasteiz ESP, rd 4, Nov-06
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason-Showalter Variation (C42)  ·  0-1
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Nov-07-07  Karpova: Polgar blundered first by overlooking that 20...Rd7 was not possible due to 21.Qb8! or 21.Qc8! as <Mameluk> and <acirce> noted on the tournament page. So the c7-pawn was not poisened and Judit had simply lost that pawn.

But then Topalov uncorked the greedy 21.Qxa7?? and after 21...Ra8 22.Qc7 Bd8! (the move he overlooked) the queen is trapped - only chance is to give away a piece.

So instead of struggling for a draw being a pawn down Polgar won easily being a piece up.

Nov-07-07  tal lover: <karpova> what do you suggest for Topalov to play on move 21? since black wants to play 21...Rc8 22.Qxa7 Ra8 23.Qc7 Bd8
Nov-07-07  tal lover: ok i think protect the bishop with 21.Bg3 or 21 Bh2 is playable
Nov-07-07  newton296: <karpova But then Topalov uncorked the greedy 21.Qxa7?? and after 21...Ra8 22.Qc7 Bd8! (the move he overlooked) the queen is trapped - only chance is to give away a piece.>

yah , topalov could have also played 21) Bg5! ...Bxg5 nxg5 ...Qxg5 Qxn to take control of the dark squares and prevent ...Bd8 shot trapping Q . leaving topalov a pawn up.

Nov-07-07  newton296: < tal lover: ok i think protect the bishop with 21.Bg3 or 21 Bh2 is playable >

kinda passive , stronger would be 21) Bg5 when the above line removes some wood and gets topalov half way to a won pawn ending

Nov-07-07  Kangaroo: <21. Bg5> requires deep analysis of reactions like <21 ... Nd6> or <21 ... b5> - without a board I cannot say anything more serious, but it does not look that simple.
Nov-07-07  tal lover: <newton296> only a patzer would play the line you say with black pieces, Judit would avoid trades for sure. <Kangaroo> 21...Rc8 should be annalyzed too
Nov-07-07  Karpova: <tal lover>
after 21.Bg5 Rc8 22.Qxc8 black can resign
Nov-07-07
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Nov-07-07
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  patzer2: Don't relish seeing GMs make mistakes, but for the amateurs it's encouraging to see that even the best players occasionally miss a tactic when snatching a "free pawn."

In any event, 21...Ra8! followed by 22...Bd8 makes for an instructive trapped Queen combination.

Nov-07-07  Kangaroo: <<tal lover>: <Kangaroo> <21...Rc8> should be analyzed too>

I did not include this move seeing its immediate refutation through <21 ... Rc8 22. Qxc8 Rxc8 23. Re8+> and checkmate next. Poor Tal Lover!

Nov-07-07  Madman99X: The Petrov seems a bit out of character for Polgar.
Nov-09-07  Ulhumbrus: After 20...Nc4! it may appear at first sight that Polgar has offered an over optimistic blockade sacrifice, of a second pawn on a7. In fact she has prepared to trap Topalov's Queen. With 21 Qxa7? Topalov falls into the trap.
Nov-09-07
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  tamar: Keres wrote about errors coming about because of over-confidence. When there appears to be more than one way to win, be very careful, he warned.

Here Topalov has just pulled off a daring snatch of a pawn with 19 Qxc7, not fearing 20...Rd7 as <acirce> pointed out, because the trap is illusory after 21 Qc8!

Under such circumstances, <Ulhumbrus> describes the situation perfectly.

< After 20...Nc4! it may appear at first sight that Polgar has offered an over optimistic blockade sacrifice, of a second pawn on a7.>

Polgar's move 20...Nc4 would fit into Topalov's mindset of desperation moves occuring after an oversight, and he did not even consider 22...Bd8. He already considered the game won.

Nov-09-07  Ed Trice: Very enjoyable game. I think this was webcast over ICC. I remember seeing Topalov just walking away from the board with a blank expression on his face.
Nov-14-07  znprdx: <Karpova: Polgar blundered first by overlooking that 20...Rd7 was not possible> Blundered?? I'm surprised no one here seems thinks Judit calmly prepared the trap - the combination began with 18..Na5 and Topolov just took the bait - hook line and sinker - even the average 1600 player would see this - what a FISH - I finally understand why he is not playing at the Tal Memorial with those of comparable ratings....
Nov-15-07
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  beenthere240: 20....Nc4 doesn't appear to be threatening anything. To say that this was a trap prepared by Polgar is absurd. It's like Polgar's win against Karpov. A gift.
Feb-15-17  Clement Fraud: I have a strong feeling that the pawn on c7 was poisoned at the time of move 19. 19 Qe2 (preparing Rbe1) might have given white a small advantage - based on his control of the open e-file.
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