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Judit Polgar vs Peter Svidler
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Sep-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1


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Sep-10-11  bigatin: <indoknight: <bigatin> whats wrong if svidler beat judit?>

another knight who lacks chivalry and its virtues...

You should change your handle to knightrider....

Sep-10-11  Cemoblanca: You've got to hand it to her: She has balls! :D
Sep-10-11  Strongest Force: Moral of the story: making "luft" is not always a good thing :)
Sep-10-11  bigatin: two in fact...

It's ok Judit.

Mama going back to babies now...more important stuff to do is to raise them than push pieces of wood or ivory.

Sep-10-11  Cemoblanca: @Strongest Force

Indeed! "Luft" was the end of this game! I would recommened to call this game "No Luft". ;0)

Sep-10-11  sevenseaman: Power-packed game by <Svidler>! This could have overwhelmed the best.

Polgar gave a chink to the wolf at around her 11th and Sviddy showed some enterprise.

Sep-10-11  Cemoblanca: This game should be a draw with 30.♕h5 instead of h3. Pity!
Sep-10-11  indoknight: take it easy, bigatin !
Sep-10-11  scormus: Strong game by Svidler, and the end of the line for Judit :( Great while it lasted.

I hope CG live-features her games again soon. Till then I'll go back to my copy of Laszlo Polgar's "Chess Middlehgames", the book designed to train my mental and physical muscles at the same time

Sep-10-11  ashalpha: She got into severe time trouble in a dead drawn position. 31. Qe3 was the start of a mistaken idea to win. 32. Rd5 slid from worse to bad and 34. Rd1?! and 35. Qh5? went from bad to lost. Both 34. Qe2 and 35. Rd5 kept the balance.
Sep-10-11  Talimuzakh: Ashalpha, you reincarnated! Still in Sasebo, Japan?? LPD-9?
Sep-10-11  Talimuzakh: Heheheh, Judit had a good run. Had a few good gentlemen reeling on the edge...will take a browsing look at a couple of books from a chess nutty friend,--- Judit Polgar, The Princess of Chess, by Tibor Karolyi; and Black is OK! , by Andras Adorjan.
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  chancho: Those last 4 moves were hammer blows.
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  andrewjsacks: Judit did plenty well here and is back in form; Svidler is simply a slightly stronger player and showed it in this mini-match. We wish Judit the best and hope to see her in the top 15 again soon.
Sep-10-11  ashalpha: @talimuzakh yep...only a few more months left on the ship. Been busy, lately working everyday Monday to Sunday 0600-1800 for about two months and before that deployments.
Sep-10-11  Talimuzakh: <ashalpha>, heading back to mainland, then.
Sep-10-11  checkmateyourmove: you would think after move 20 , black is cramped and playing for draw , but peter ends up with the win.. impressive by svidler
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  messachess: Great game. The passer put her in a king hunt position. Best tourny by Judit in a while I think.
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  wordfunph: from TWIC..

<Polgar's optimism continued when she turned down an implicit draw offer from Svidler and very quickly her position deteriorated and she was totally lost at the first time control.>

Sep-10-11  Hesam7: From TWIC:

<Judit Polgar in the Press Conference.

It seems to me nothing is working for me, my luck was not with me, definitely.

The first surprise I got yesterday when I got the the board was the news I that I play with black!

Because actually I just was not aware of the rule that I beat Karjakin and then I'm taking his number and that's how I changed the colours. So it was kind of stupidity but OK I handled it pretty well in about 4 minutes I got my preparation and it was perfectly fine.

Game 2, I guess Peter chose the Sicilian because he knew I was preparing yesterday with white so he wanted to really suprise me.

But I have the feeling that probably during the game he regretted it because I had a fantastic position at some point. And then somehow, move 36, just by playing Rd5 I offered a draw, because I gave up, it's clear that I cannot improve my position and then Peter took his chances, played e4, I think after e4 I should be able to hold the position but somehow it changed very quickly, I had seconds left, and everything worked out fine for black.

Generally this system is a minefield, and eventually I stepped on one of them!>

This had nothing to do with luck. She was slightly better then the position was equal, with 30. h3? she refused a draw offer and in the effort of winning a drawn position she lost the game.

Ans speaking of bad luck is pretty rich given the way she defeated Dominguez when the latter had a winning position from the opening and could claim a draw later in the game. Also her easy draw with Black against Svidler was definitely very fortunate. Moreover her comments mean that she actually had 2 days to prepare for this game, very unlucky indeed.

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  HeMateMe: Well, Judit isn't the first chessplayer to say "I was better at move___", or "the position was equal at ____, but I blundered and lost." I guess Judit thought her attack, forcing black to give up castling, was worth a pawn. Such is life.

The World Cup has seen some exciting chess, much better than the Candidates matches a few months back..

Sep-11-11  Edwin M: I hate you Peter :(
Sep-11-11  scormus: <Hesam7> Thanks, a sane and clear sighted commentary of yours, one that isnt always easy to make when rooting for one or other player, or even more when reflecting on a loss. I always thing players in sport shouldnt be expected to give their summing up to the Press minutes after walking off the field having been on the losing side. Nor chess players either.

But luck .... is a reward that comes from good good judgement. Sadly, she misjudged the position in this game, and that may well have adversely affected her choice of moves. I think we've all been there.

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  beenthere240: I had a feeling (and posted something gto this effect) that this was coming when Svidler basically offered a draw early in the first game. Polgar has a tendency to try to outpsyche players even when the position isn't there. I think she walked into a rope-a-dope.
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  whiteshark: Viszontlátásra, Judit!
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