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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
"A Novel Novelty" (game of the day Sep-27-2018)
Dos Hermanas (1999), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-06
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit (B81)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: A wild game. At one point Polgar has spotted Anand two pieces. I couldn't see the early threats, why Anand didn't take the offered piece, or why he didn't retreat his own attacked Knight on f6, early in the game.

This would be a good game for someone to analyze with a top program, put it on Utube.

Nov-18-11  Nemesistic: Anand has 3 Opportunity's to save that Knight on f6!
Nov-18-11  scormus: <He#Me> yes, fascinatingly wild. I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what was going on here, and when I ran it on Rybka I could see why. The evals shifted around like crazy, a lot of the moves Judit played were only assessed good after some searching.

But she did judge that Vishy should have retreated the Nf6 on 3 occasions ans would have been OK.

Judit played a very enterprising line. There seems no forcing advantage, but I can only suppose that she judged the position was bound to provide chances for W, and would be very unforgiving to mistakes by B.

IMO, that is how it proved.

BTW, some interesting comparison with Velimirovic-Safrevski which has been rather seriously debated recently

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  Penguincw: Awesome move. 9.g5. I would've never thought of that.

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Jan-27-12  IoftheHungarianTiger: In a Q&A session with chess fans (, J. Polgar was asked about some of her best games. She said if she had to choose one game that was her best, this was it.

This is one of my personal 3 favorites of Judit's (the other two being: Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 and Tolnai vs Judit Polgar, 1991). Like many others here, I can't understand the game myself ... but I'm awestruck at the amount of material Judit sacrifices, and yet she secures the victory against no less than Vishy Anand! Very cool!

Feb-02-12  IRONCASTLEVINAY: This game need FAQ section
Jun-28-12  Abdel Irada: This reminds me of a bughouse game: The attacker dare not stop and count the cost; initiative is all.

Of course Judit couldn't retreat after 8. ...g6 and let Black pick off the g-pawn with his bishop, so 9. g5 was the only way to keep der gigenspiel. She then had to follow up aggressively, because after 9. ...gxf5; 10. gxf6, f4, Black stands better. This meant a piece sac with 10. exf5 made good sense to keep up the pressure, and if Black retreats the knight, he must stoically defend a passive position in which White has all the play; hence Anand's counter-threat with 10. ...d5.

After this riposte, White can't take time to withdraw from the coming fork, so she brings the queen to f3 to clear the way for queenside castling with pressure on the d-file and prevent ...♗xf5. By the same token, Black can't afford to make empty threats, so it's 11. ...d4 or bust. Castling is the logical and consistent continuation; and when Black's 12. ...♘bd7 breaks the pin, 13. ♗d2 is also logical: Now the d-file will be opened, and White will retain the dangerous dark-squared bishop in preference to a knight that has no safe access to Black's position.

After carrying out his threat, Black returns some material with 14. ...♗g7, which seems preferable to the abject undevelopment ...♘g8. Impressively patient, however, White replies 15. ♖g1, daring Black to castle into it — which he does. Only then does White take on f6, when Black must recapture with the queen.

With 17. ♕e3, White intends exactly what she played after Black broke the pin: 18. f4, exploiting the pressure on the long diagonal. Here Black has several ways to go wrong: 18. ...♕xf5 runs into 19. ♗h3, winning the knight; while 18. ...♗h6 fails to 19. ♖xd7!, ♗xf4?; 20. ♕xf4, exf4??; 21. ♗xf6#.

Black now tries to wriggle out with 18. ...♕b6; 19. ♕g3, ♕h6, but White's 20. ♖d6! is a stunning rejoinder: Of course, taking the rook allows mate on the move; meanwhile, 20. ...♕xf4+? is refuted by 21. ♕xf4, exf4; 22. ♗xg7+, when White wins handily. Interesting here, however, is 20. ...♘f6, where Black appears to have some resources.

In any case, this is an amazing game — one of the kind that make perfect sense when you see them played and analyze them after the fact. But how many of us would actually dare to play them?

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  plang: Kasparov prefers to avoid the piece sacrifice with 7..h6 and has played several games in the line 8 f4..e5 9 Nf5..h5. Anand may have expected the highly theoretical line 11 gxf; Polgar played instead 11 Qf3 which was the move played in the stem game Perenyi - Schneider Hungary 1978. Polgar was surprised that Anand took the second piece with 13..dxc; 13..Qc7 is an alternative. The decision to castle kingside with 14..Bg7 and 15..0-0? worked out poorly; Timman recommended 14..Qb6 with the idea of Bb4. Anand's 18..Qb6 seems to lose a tempo; 18..Qh6 at once seems more logical. Had Black played 20..Bf6 then 21 Kb1..e4 22 Rxf6..Nxf6 23 Qh3 wins for White.

Polgar after 27 Rc7: "Now he cannot move his b8-rook, both his bishops, his knight, his queen and his king! Which only leaves the f8-rook. The threats are manifold: Qg4-Rg3-Rh3, or Ba7, or Bc6."

Polgar could have responded to 28..Rd6 with 29 Bc6 when Black is in zugzwang.

Dec-19-12  leka: Judith Polgar he best game is against Karpov.Karpov played petroff as black.Judith got a beutiful win.Judith Polgar plays too aggressive chess her last tournament as black against Adams and Kramik both case J.Polgar sacrificed pieces and lost.
Dec-19-12  leka: my computer moves 8. h5! i check database black is winning 75% score with that line.Is the 17.Queen e3 the best move.Maybe 17.Bishop e2!
Oct-04-13  rccomputacion: no entiendo por que el la jugada 10 las blancas no toman el caballo... y mucho menos entiendo por que las negras no lo sacan en las sucesivas jugadas... todo esto me mata :-(
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  HeMateMe: Man, this was a Hungarian body slam!
Sep-06-14  Whitehat1963: What happens if 34...Rxf4?
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  whiteshark: <Whitehat1963: What happens if 34...Rxf4?>

<35.Qd2!!> wins at least the pinned ♖f4.

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Sep-08-14  Whitehat1963: Very nice. Didn't see that.
Apr-25-15  arnaud1959: Or simplifies the game by 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Rd7+ Kg8 37.Rxg7+ Qxg7 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 39.Bxf4
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  Alex Schindler: This game is largely incomprehensible to me. Very discouraging to be so far from understanding some of these piece sacs (and the choice to decline many, for moves on end!). The ending is pretty sweet, though.
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  Alex Schindler: Abdel irada's short commentary above is extremely helpful, for anyone else banging their heads against the wall trying to analyze this game. On a revisit it's a lot less inscrutable, though Anand's nonchalance about his knight for several moves running is pretty hard to fully grasp (even stockfish takes some time to stop vacillating on those moves).

It takes some serious courage to play either side of this game in a tournament.

Jul-12-15  PolgarFanGirl: <Abdel Irada> I would dare 2 play it whenever I get the chance. I don't mind taking risks in the opening.
Feb-14-17  Rafaelvleite: One must really have the balls to play this openning against Anand! Well, not the balls in this case, but.... ok, what a nice game!
Sep-12-17  ujjwalkislay: black could have taken pawn on e5 at 10 th move 10.e5 anything wrong in that?
Sep-12-17  ujjwalkislay: exchanges on 28th move changed scenario else anand had it
Sep-27-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa done

<1. - / + (-0.96): 14...Ng8> 15.f6 Qc7 16.Bh3 Bd6 17.Rhe1 Nc5 18.Bxc8 Rxc8 19.Qd5 Rd8 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.Rxe5+ Ne6 22.Rxe6+ fxe6 23.f7+ Kxf7 24.Qxd8 Qxd8 25.Rxd8 h6 26.g6+ Kg7 27.Rb8 Nf6 28.Rxb7+ Kxg6 29.Rb6 Kf5 30.Rxa6 Ng4 31.h4 Nxf2 32.b4 Rc8 33.Ra3 Ne4 34.b5 Rb8 35.Ra5 Ke5 36.a4 Nc5 37.Kd2 Kd4 38.Ra7 e5 39.Ke2 e4 40.h5 Kc3 41.Ke3 Kb4 42.Rh7 Kxa4

<2. - / + (-0.92): 14...Rg8> 15.gxf6 Qxf6 16.Bd3 Ra7 17.Rhe1 b5 18.Qe3 Rc7 19.f4 Bh6 20.Kb1 Rxc3 21.bxc3 Kf8 22.fxe5 Bxe3 23.exf6 Bf2 24.Re2 Bb6 25.c4 b4 26.a3 bxa3 27.Ka2 Rg4 28.Re4 Rg2 29.Re2 Rg5 30.Kxa3 Nxf6 31.c3 Bb7 32.Rb1 Bc5+ 33.Kb3 Kg7

3. = / + (-0.63): 14...Qb6 15.gxf6 Qc6 16.Rd5 b6 17.Bg2 Bb7 18.Qd3 0-0-0 19.Rd1 Rg8 20.Be4 Bh6+ 21.Kb1 Qc7 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Rxd8+ Qxd8 24.Bxb7+ Kc7 25.Qxd8+ Rxd8 26.Rxd8 Kxd8 27.Bxa6 Ng4 28.c3 Nxf6 29.f3 Ke7 30.Bc4 Bf4 31.h3

Sep-27-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 13.Bxd4> exd4 14.Rxd4 Bc5 15.Rd1 Qc7 16.gxf6 Nxf6 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.Rxd5 Be7 19.f6 Be6 20.fxe7 Bxd5 21.Qxd5 Qxe7 22.Bd3 Rg8 23.Kb1 Rd8 24.Qf3 Rg5 25.Bxh7 Re5 26.a3 Rd2 27.Bd3 Kf8 28.Qf4 Re1+ 29.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 30.Ka2 Rxf2 31.Qb8+ Kg7 32.Qg3+ Kf8 33.Qb8+ Kg7

<2. = (-0.19): 13.Bc4> Qc7 14.Bxd4 exd4 15.Rhe1+ Kd8 16.Rxd4 Bc5 17.Rdd1 Re8 18.gxf6 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Nxf6 20.Rd1+ Ke8 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.Bxd5 Bd6 23.Kb1 Qe7 24.Qg4 Kd8 25.Bxf7 Kc7 26.Qc4+ Kb6 27.f4 Ka7 28.Be6 Qc7 29.Qd4+ Bc5 30.Qe4 b5 31.Bd5 Rb8 32.b4 Bb6 33.f6 Bg4 34.Re1 Rd8

Sep-27-18  Brian.elkhoury: Beautiful play by judit. moves like Rc6 g3 even the Qg2. Very intelligent.
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