Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Judit Polgar vs Viacheslav Ikonnikov
"The Strength of Gibraltar" (game of the day Jan-30-2012)
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 2, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 1,762 more games of Judit Polgar
sac: 25.Rxe7 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Help with kibitzing features can be found on our Kibtizing Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-25-12  twinlark: Trademark Polgár. What a delightfully aggressive game, especially following the sac of two pieces for a rampant rook.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: <32.d6> is clearance for Qb3+!

<34.bxc5> is just to prevent c4! (Defending d6 and threatening c6-c7 is incidental)

The final effect is many-layered: each (White) move achieves multiple tactical points, simultaneously prophylaxis, clearance, interference, support, and threat. Like Tal returning home, or Fischer keeping the poisoned pawn. Black turns pale: he ken, he cough.

Premium Chessgames Member
  profK: Black is fine after 20 moves. He then gets a little over zealous and ends up a double exchange down!
Jan-26-12  twinlark: He actually ends up with two pieces for the rook, not a double exchanges down, unless that's how you define a double exchange.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: That other guy sure has a long name. The result, not a surprise to me.
Jan-29-12  zealouspawn: Gilmoy, I don't think d6 was intended for a Qb3+... it was to get the pawn formation of death on c5 and d6 when the connected passed pawns will roll on to the win.
Jan-29-12  computer chess guy: In a video on ChessBase, Judit pointed out that 30. .. a5 might lead to a draw. Houdini gives it an = score.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: There's a certain logic within, tradewise spea♔.
Jan-30-12  scormus: Nicely controlled game by Judit. 30 ... g6 was not the best move, but I think B must have felt under a lot of pressure
Jan-30-12  Jamboree: Black seems perfectly healthy up until move 27. But then...what is the purpose of 27. ... Bf6? Why didn't Black just play something obvious like 27. ... dxc5, or even 27. ... fxg2.

After 27. ...dxc5, what is white's reply? At the moment black has B+N+P vs a rook, and I don't see any immediate tactics for white to win. Given a choice, I'd pick Black's position.

I guess best for white is 28 d4 c4 29.29. Qf5+ Bf6 30. Qe6+ Kg6, but I still don't see a tactical win for white.

What am I overlooking?

Jan-30-12  erniecohen: <Jamboree: After 27. ...dxc5, what is white's reply?>

28. d4, revealing an attack on f5, followed by 29. dxc6 and 30. d6.

Jan-30-12  erniecohen: 30...a5 31. ♕xf3 axb4 32. cxd6 ♕c1+ 33. ♔h2 b3 34. ♕f5 b2 35. ♖e7+ ♔f8 36. ♖c7 ♕e1 37. ♖c8+ 1/2-1/2
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I'm not going to even ask what the pun means.
Jan-30-12  goodevans: <Penguincw> Very wise. I googled it and was unsurprised to find it something unlikely to mean much outside the US.

It's also hardly specific to this game. I bet there are a thousand games in this year's Gibraltar tournament and before to which it could apply.

Fortunately the game is rather better than the pun.

Jan-30-12  erniecohen: <erniecohen: 30...a5 31. Qxf3>

After 31. g4 h3 32. ♕xf3 axb4 33. cxd6 ♕c1+ 34. ♔g2 ♗b6 35. d7 ♗d8 36. ♖e8 ♕c7 37. ♕f5 ♕xd7 38. ♕xd7+ ♘xd7 39. ♖xd8 White still has some winning chances.

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The two connectors enable Ms. Pulgar to win thois rook vs two pieces ending.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Landman: Judit's excellent video discussion is available at http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...
Jan-30-12  Julian713:

<When looked at broadly, the greatest strength of Gibraltar was from its strategic position at the western mouth of the Mediterranean, and the well-developed naval and air facilities which the fortress protected. These combined attributes, rather than any physical "punch" from the fortifications themselves, provided the real deterrent.>

I think Polgar's pawn operates in much the same way. So maybe this is an appropriate pun after all :)

Jan-30-12  scormus: <I think Polgar's pawn operates in much the same way. So maybe this is an appropriate pun after all :)>

I agree completely with the thinking, but the right term is "Rock of Gibralter"

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < goodevans: <Penguincw> Very wise. I googled it and was unsurprised to find it something unlikely to mean much outside the US. >

Thank you. :) And since it doesn't mean much outside the US, I assume it doesn't mean much to me. :)

Jan-30-12  Jamboree: erniecohen:
I said: "<Jamboree: After 27. ...dxc5, what is white's reply?>"

You said:
"<28. d4, revealing an attack on f5, followed by 29. dxc6 and 30. d6.>"

But I already addressed that line in my original comment: "I guess best for white is 28 d4 c4 29. Qf5+ Bf6 30. Qe6+ Kg6, but I still don't see a tactical win for white."

I.e. if 28. d4, then black replies 28. ... c4 to prevent the straightening out of white's pawns. Allowing Qxf5+ doesn't lead to mate, as far as I can see.

Jan-30-12  bischopper: judit polgar and her sicilian like fischer the better players both with this opening...
Jan-30-12  erniecohen: <Jamboree> Sorry for my careless reply. After 30..♔g6, 31. g4 ♘f8 32. ♕f5+ ♔f7 33. g5 wins the bishop.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Old Sicilian (B30) 1-0 Penetration, connected passers
from yFredthebear's Pawn Mowers & Trimmers by fredthebear
Polgár the Punisher
from twinlark's other favorite games by twinlark
Polgar Technique-upto 27 Black seems to be ok
from Trendy Opening Lines Quite Handy !!! part 3 by FLAWLESSWIN64
11.exd5 u.32.d6!
from 51- -> Birth and Power of a Central Passed Pawn by whiteshark
Old Sicilian (B30) 1-0 Penetration, connected passers
from Sicil Floaters by fredthebear
Old Sicilian (B30) 1-0 Penetration, connected passers
from Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by Patca63
Sicilian defence games
by Phaedrus.2012
Games of Miss GMPolgar!
from Bigbadboris' favorite games of the Month! by Bigbadboris
Al ataque!! Polgar
from sensational2007's favorite games by sensational2007
Tradewise Gibraltar 2012 Rd.2
from Selected Tournaments/Favorite Games (2012-3) by partien
January 30: The Strength of Gibraltar
from Game of the Day 2012 by Phony Benoni

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC