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Gregory Kaidanov vs Judit Polgar
Polgar - Kaidanov Sicilian Theme Match (2010), Hilton Head USA, rd 3, Feb-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0


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Feb-24-10  Poisonpawns: I did not expect GM Kaidanov to dominate Judit like this. I guess her rating is no longer representative of her chess strength, she seems to be considerably weaker now.
Feb-24-10  Shams: <Poisonpawns> Until game four is played, I think the story of the match is rather that white has dominated than that Kaidanov has.

Is this current treatment of the old main line, leaving the bishop en prise on g5 forever and playing Rhe1<?>

Feb-24-10  Poisonpawns: <Shams: <Poisonpawns> Until game four is played, I think the story of the match is rather that white has dominated than that Kaidanov has> Come on, you know as well as I know that a few years ago. Polgar was over 2700, and way out Kaidanov`s league, she has fallen off, thats all it happens.Kaidanov is supposed to lose 3 out of 4, so he is already passed expectations for his rating.
Feb-25-10  ajile: <Shams: <Poisonpawns> Until game four is played, I think the story of the match is rather that white has dominated than that Kaidanov has.>

The story is that the Sicilian is busted. Time to move to other defenses.

Feb-25-10  iamsheaf: <ajile> There is going to be a more important match on sicilian defence this year :-) I don't think sicilian is busted, judit is playing rather too aggressively. She could have chosen quiet lines and drawn both the games, perhaps she felt that playing against someone who is hundred points below her playing strength and playing for a draw in sicilian defence is not the way to go.
Feb-25-10  ajile: I was joking.
Feb-25-10  Atking: Maybe 14...a5 want to much. 14...Rc8 or 0-0-0!? with a similar plan : Kb8-Rc8-Nc4 (Nxb2)
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  paulalbert: I'm not sure the results of this match are entirely related to the relative strengths of the players nor the objective merits of the Sicilian Defense, but rather that it's an unrated exhibition match where the patron has made it clear that he want's provocative, interesting games, which Judit and Greg are delivering. Paul Albert
Feb-26-10  zanshin: From:

[Event "Sicilian Theme Match"]
[Site "South Carolina"]
[Date "2010.02.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Kaidanov, Gregory"]
[Black "Polgar, Judit"]
[ECO "B99"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 Be7 9. O-O-O Qc7 10. Bd3 h6 11. Qh3 Nb6 12. f5 e5 13. Nb3 Bd7 14. Rhe1 a5 (14...0-0-0 is another option.)

15. a3 (I do not think that this move is necessary at this moment. White should continue to focus on the center and on the Kingside. Every tempo is crucial in the Sicilian Najdorf.)

15...a4 16. Nd2 Ra5 (An interesting choice. 16...Bc6 and 16...Rc8 are some other choices.)

17. Be3 (A possibility for Black if she wants a dynamic game would be 17...d5 18. Bxb6 Qxb6 19. exd5 Nxd5 20. Nce4)

17...d5 18. Bxb6 Qxb6 19. exd5 Nxd5 (So far as expected.)

20. Nxd5 (I am not crazy about this move. I prefer 20. Nce4 to maintain pressure on the Kingside. Then the Knight on d2 can go to c4. Now Black has a comfortable position.)

20...Rxd5 = (21. Qf3 makes sense here. If 21...Bc6 then 22. Be4. If 21...Rc5 then 22. Nc3 )

21. Qf3 Rc5 22. Ne4 (The Rook must remain on the c file. Therefore, Rc8, Rc6 or Rc7 are all playable. I prefer 22...Rc8.)

22...Ra5 23. Bc4 (Now White has a considerable advantage with multiple threats such as Qg3 and f6.)

23... Bb5 24. f6! (White is breaking through. This will cause the Black King to be in a vulnerable position. 24... gxf6 25. Nd6+ Bxd6 26. Qxf6 )

24...Bxc4 25. fxe7 Kxe7 26. Qc3! (Black has serious problems now.)

26...Bd5 27. Qxe5+ Be6 28. Qxg7 (If 28...Rd8 29. Qf6+ Ke8 30. Qxh6 Rf5 )

28...Rc8 29. Qf6+ Kf8 30. Qxh6+ Ke7 31. Qf6+ Kf8 32. Rd6 Qc7 33. Qh6+ Ke7 34. Rxe6+ fxe6 35. Qg7+ Kd8 36. Qf8+ Kd7 37. Nf6+ 1-0 (If 37...Kc6 38. Rxe6+ Kb5 39. Qb4#)

Feb-26-10  Atking: Here Susan gave 20...Rd5= and 23.Bc4 clear advantage white. Is 22...Ra5 so bad? True this Rook belong c file for a long but White has I think an easy game right now. e.g c3-Bc2-Rd5-g4 Qd1 (a4 and d7)
Apr-27-10  Fanques Fair: I donīt understand 26 ..., Bd5 . Be6, at least, doesnīt give up the pawn with check. Isnīt it a blunder ?
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  Gilmoy: <Fanques Fair: 26..Be6 ... doesn't give up the pawn with check.> Black's problems are much bigger than the e-pawn. 26..Be6? 27.Rd6 <Δ Qa7 28.Qc7+ K(e8,f8) 29.Rd8#> forces Qxd6.

Hence <26..Bd5[]> was necessary to block-defend d6. After <27.Qxe5+ Be6> the Ra5's sideways discovered attack chases the White Q away from the c7 focal square, which does solve that mate threat. But White creates new ones.

Nov-24-10  Marquis Cesare: This was played in Hilton Head; I've heard that it is a very nice area of South Carolina.
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  thegoodanarchist: My man Grigory can play him some chess! Fo' shizzle!
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