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Judit Polgar vs Evgeny Postny
World Chess Team Championship (2011), Ningbo CHN, rd 5, Jul-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0


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  andrewjsacks: Beautiful and very strong play indeed. Judit appears to be back.
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  twinlark: Amazing endgame win with bishops of opposite colours.
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  twinlark: A leisurely look through this game with an abacus at my side confirms how well played this was. It needed a better player than Postny to thwart Polgár's ambition in this game.

Here's the critical point of the game, after <48. Kd4>:

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Smells like zugzwang...except it's not. Black covers the vulnerable f7 pawn with <48...Bd7>, which is understandable, except it loses. He had to sac his f7 pawn with <48...Bc6> and take possession of the h1-a8 diagonal, keeping the king out of d5 and b5:

<48...Bc6 49. Rxf7 Bg2> and White can't make any headway.

After Black plays <48...Bd7?>, White slips up with <49. Ra7> which allows Black to set up the aforementioned blockade with <49...Bc6>, but Black missed his last opportunity to save the game and played <49...Kc8?>.

White pounced with <50. Bd6> and finished the job.

Jul-23-11  Ratt Boy: 24.♗c6! is startling. Who thinks like that?

(Answer: Capablanca?)

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  andrewjsacks: Right. Her 24th was overlooked, we imagine, and further evidence of her supreme tactical gift.
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