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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
"The Lady or the Tiger?" (game of the day Sep-13-2021)
Melody Amber Rapid (1992) (rapid), Roquebrune-Cap-Martin FRA, rd 3, Feb-03
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  0-1



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Aug-08-03  mrwonkabar: Vishy mentions this game on today (8-8-2003) in the conxtext of his "rivalry" with Judit Polgar.
Aug-08-03  mrwonkabar: It is an awesome example of a correct sacrifice of the exchange as well.
Aug-16-07  SniperOnKN2: Nice rook maneuvering most people forget that rooks can also shift sideways, not just on the last rank, when there are other pieces around.
Jul-19-08  myschkin: <>

39...Rb6 and avoiding the sac was an equivalent alternative.

Clever play by <Vishy> with 40...Qc6! (keeping an eye on Na6)

Not allowing the immediate counter:
40...Qxd6 41.Bxc4 Qxf4 42.Bxa6 bxa6 43.Rxa6 - slightly in <Judit's> favour.

Then the position keeps entirely balanced ... until the queens leave the board:

<49.dxe5 is a mistake here>

Maybe others can point out why?

Jul-19-08  Boomie: 8. Bd3 is unusual perhaps because of the following wild equalizing line.

8...cxd4 9. Ne2 dxc3 10. Qxg7 Rg8 11. Qxh7 Qxe5 12. O-O Rh8 13. Bf4 Qf6 14. Bg5 Qe5 15. Bf4=

Notice white is forced to take the draw here because the white queen has no good retreating square. This is the problem with 8. Bd3.

Anand played 8...c4 to avoid this, announcing his intention to play for the win.

Aug-01-09  kurtrichards: Take this from Anand: Do not be afraid to meet 1.e4 with 1. ... e6.
Sep-13-21  Knightmare07: the decisive mistake was 49.dxe5?? which allowed the rook maneuver and a queenside pawn raid
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun. FWIW, I think the Tiger.
Sep-13-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't get the pun at all, in that I don't see any parallels to the story, nor even any noteworthily tough decisions.

However: Is Anand commonly referred to as a tiger? In that case the pun would be fine.

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  moronovich: <However: Is Anand commonly referred to as a tiger?>

His nickname was/is, "The Tiger from Madras".

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  offramp: The pun is based on a limerick:

"There was a young lady of Riga
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger."

Who smiled? <The Lady or the Tiger?>

The Polgars are not, sadly, Latvian. If the adventurous female opponent had been Latvian, <rcs784> would have received a bonus point from the HISPIDU.

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  offramp: The opening was the <"French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation">.

In the final position, move 65...

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Anand has cannily kept all of his pawns, whether poisoned or not.

Sep-13-21  Brenin: Kudos to <rcs784> for the pun, and to <offramp> for the typically witty explanation. An alternative title, based on the final position, could be "The tiger who came to 3".
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  OhioChessFan: <Cheapo>, here you go. Spend 20 hours or so playing through these and find the one with a tough decision. Your valuable prize will be your name on the homepage and people criticizing your choice.

Sep-13-21  nalinw: "There was a Young Lady from Buda,
Who rode with a smile on a tiger.
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger."

Ohhhhh if only she was from Riga, or the Niger, or ...

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  Teyss: <offramp> 😂

<HISPIDU>: Higher Institute of Standard Pun Investigation, Decision & Uproar? (You rhyme "tiger" with "Riga" so I might take liberties with logic.)

<Anand has cannily kept all of his pawns, whether poisoned or not.> He made it the <Poisonous Pawns Variation>, well done Vishy.

White probably thought the game was fine until move 39 with the d6 B, two open columns and doubled Rs in front of the BK and a blocked Kside. As noted was still ok until 49.dxe5? instead of fxe5. Surprising from Polgar, even in rapid.

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  offramp: <Teyss: <offramp> ? <HISPIDU>: Higher Institute of Standard Pun Investigation, Decision & Uproar?>

You are really close, but I found the site called HISPIDU on the dark web.

It stands for "Huskisson's Internet Sliding Pun Index".

(See H Santa Cruz vs K Darga, 1964 (kibitz #5) for more info.)

All of the puns at <chessgames> have been given a rating on the HISPIDU at the <Dark Internet>.

One of those puns were so bad that the chessgames punster was sentenced to death.

He isn't posting any more, for some reason.

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  offramp: <nalinw: "There was a Young Lady from Buda,....>

You had a great idea, but it might have been easier to choose the <Pest> side of the river?

"There was a Young Lady from Pest..."

That could have been a great limerick. It would have scored a cracking 10/10!

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  Teyss: <offramp> I remember now, I laughed so much on your previous kibitz I lost all memory, it just came back.

And of course "DU" stands for "... in the Dark Universe". The HISPIDU I mentioned is actually a real entity. Based in Riga.

<One of those puns were so bad that the chessgames punster was sentenced to death.> Hope Morf and Messiah are not part of the jury, would be a carnage.

Sep-13-21  woodenplayer: There was a young lady from Pest
Who wanted to play all the best;
She did pretty well,
From what I can tell,
And now's taking a much deserved rest.
Sep-14-21  tonsillolith: Wow, I love this game! Such powerful positional play.

This is an opening I could really get behind. In my elder years I am becoming more of a fan of the French defense.

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