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Judit Polgar vs Markus Ragger
12th European Individual Championship (2011), Aix-les-Bains FRA, rd 6, Mar-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Maroczy Variation (B12)  ·  0-1


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Mar-27-11  hedgeh0g: What looked like a promising attack was finely dissipated by Ragger.
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  sbevan: I'm not sure but isn't
11. Nd5
the problem?

Doesn't it just drop the piece after
13...Qxb2 and

Mar-27-11  chillowack: I agree that Judit's initial combination appears to have been based on an oversight.

However: to her credit, the Hungarian genius managed to whip up a fairly raging attack even after hanging the piece. Many a Black player might have gone astray in the ensuing complications, and therefore Ragger deserves credit.

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  sbevan: <chillowack>
Yes absolutely correct: both the "raging attack" by the "Hungarian genius" - which it was and GM Polgar is - and the ease in going astray. Ragger does indeed deserve credit.

Good comment, thank you.

Mar-29-11  attakmad: Is there any reason 19 rxd7 doesn't equalise or better for white ?
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  tamar: 19...Qc5+ is the problem after 19 Rxd7
Mar-29-11  twinlark: It was a poor choice of opening. By the time she played the Knight sac/blunder on move 11, Black had an opening advantage and White had to solve the problem of her vulnerable pawn on b2. Seems like she overlooked the strength of 13...Qxb2 which tactically neutralised the pin on the king file. She could have resigned on move 14.
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  sbevan: As my friend hansj points out,
18 Qc6+ white threatens
19. RxN(d7)

However if RxN then
20. QxQ BxQ is check! Which may have been what GM Polgar may have missed in her calculations

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  patzer2: Possible improvements are 9. Nd4 and 11. 0-0-0 (instead of 11. Nd5?).
Apr-02-11  JohnBoy: <p2> - I fail t o see how 9.Nd4 merits (particularly after 9...Qxd4). And the only things that 11.0-0-0 seems to have going for it is that it doesn't lose a piece like the text. Black looks in fine shape.
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  OhioChessFan: "Ragger's Delight"
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