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Judit Polgar vs Rauf Mamedov
World Chess Team Championship (2011), Ningbo CHN, rd 3, Jul-19
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1-0


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Jul-19-11  hellopolgar: Cougar vs Young man...the result is not surprising!:P
Jul-20-11  messachess: Very entertaining game from these two: fun to play over repeatedly.
Jul-20-11  superparrot: Even while black is exerting the pressure Judith manages to play excellently. A good win yet again for Polgar.
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  Check It Out: Polgar continues to impress.
Jul-20-11  twinlark: Apart from one hiccup, this was a great win for Polgár.

Mamedov’s 23…a3 is all wrong:

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it lets Polgár pounce on the queen side by allowing her to harass the Knight on c5 and achieve a winning game with 24. b4, also turning Pa3 into a target. Mamedov nearly swindled his way out of a lost position 7 moves later with the inspired 30…Ra5:

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After 31. bxa5 Rxb3 32. Bc4+ Nxc4:

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Polgár’s 33. axb3 could have let Mamedov off the hook. 33. Rxc4 would have held on to the winning position:

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eg: 33…Rb1 (more or less forced) 34. Ke2 Bg1 (has to stay on the g1-a7 diagonal; the alternative is 34…Ba7 35. Be3 Rb7 36. a6 Rd7 37. Bxa7 Rxa7 38. Ra4 wins too) 35. Be3 Bxe3 36. Kxe3 Rb8 37. Ra4 Kf7 38. a6 Ke6 39. Kd4 Ra8 40. a7 Kd7 41. Rxa3 would have to be an easy endgame win:

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But Mamedov’s 33…Nb2 neutralises Polgar’s mistake with one of his own as 33…Nxa5 34. Bxa3 Nxb3:

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wins two pawns for one, leaving him with a passed pawn for the exchange, and a difficult but defensible endgame. Polgár would have had to work really hard to figure out the win, if there is one. My guess is Mamedov was in time trouble.

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