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Judit Polgar vs Veselin Topalov
Dos Hermanas (1994), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-??
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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Jan-02-04  Brian Watson: Patient defence, then 33.Ne4!! If 33..Rxf2, then 34.Nxf2 Qf5 35.g4 presumably leads to a winning advantage.

I believe the win is:
38..Kg7 39.Qe5+ Kg8 40.Qxd5+ Kg7 41.Qd4+, then Nxf2.

I think the response to 34..Kf2 is 35.Nxh7 Qxh7 (forced) 36.Qxe6+, and white, using checks, can win the d- and b-pawns by force, exchange queens (by force), and then trade rooks.

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  samvega: 33.Ne4 is indeed beautiful!

The winning process you describe looks correct: zig-zagging the queen to d4 with checks wins the exchange and a few pawns.

However, your suggestion against 34..Kf2 (avoiding the discovery that occurs in the game) I'm not sure I follow: 35.Nxh7?! Qxh7 36.Qxe6+ Kg7 37.Qe5+ Kg8 38.Qxd5+ Qf7 39.Qxf7+ (what else?) Kxf7 40.Rxc2 Rxc2. Now white can't hold the c pawn, so that will leave white three pawns for a piece. Is that enough?

What about 34..Kf7 35.f4? E.g.
35..Kxf6? 36.Qxe6+ Kg7 37.f6+
(But I can't work out a definite win after 35..ef or 35.Rxf2).

Jul-04-04  Brian Watson: Hey samvega, welcome to the site.

I'm not sure what I meant by <and white, using checks, can win the d- and b-pawns by force> either. I was probably suffering from low blood-capuccino levels at the time. 34..Kf2 35.Nxh7 is probably rubbish.

Regarding your line:
34...Kf7 35.f4 Kxf6 36.Qxe6+ Kg7?? 37.Rxc2 (necessary interpolation; now white threatens Rxa2 and f6+). However 36..Kg5 would lead to no better than perpetual. And I concur 34..Kf7 35.f4 Rxf2 (or ..ef) 36.Qxe6+ also leads to perpetual. Which is probably all white is entitled to. Topalov's 34..Kh8 was probably a mistake.

Jun-03-05  Anastasia: on my chess board 34..Kf7 35.Nxh7 Qxh7 36.Qxe6+ Kg7 37.Qe5+ Kg8 38.Qxd5+ Qf7 she is winning r u guys trying to do it in ur head?
Jun-03-05  halcyonteam: are you guys sure white is winning. Looks like white is a tempo short if white tries something like zigzaging and checking to gain material?
Jun-03-05  Anastasia: dude she is totally winning on all levels
Jun-04-05  Boomie: After 34...Kf7 35. f5, black is forced to play Qxh2 to save the king. See the marvelous mate after 35...Rxf2. It's a lot of moves but great fun to play out.

35...exf5 is mate in 6.

34. Nxf6+ Kh8

(34... Kf7 35. f5 Qxh2+

(35... exf5 36. Qe6+ Kg6 37. Ne8+ Kg5 38. Qf6+ Kh5 39. Rxf5+ Qxf5 40. Qxf5+ Kh6 41. Re6#)

(35... Rxf2 36. Qxe6+ Kg7 37. Ne8+ Kh8 38. Qe5+ Kg8 39. Qxd5+ Kh8 40. Qe5+ Kg8 41. Nf6+ Kf7 42. Qe6+ Kg7 43. Qg8+ Kxf6 44. Qxf8+ Kg5 45. Qg7+ Kh5 46. Qxh7+ Kg4 47. Qg7+ Kf3 48. Qxb7+ Kg4 49. Qe4+ Kg5 50. Qe7+ Kh5 51. Qe8+ Kg4 52. Re4+ Kxf5 53. Re5+ Kf6 54. Qe7+ Kg6 55. Rg5+ Kh6 56. Qg7#)

36. Kxh2 Rxf2+ 37. Kh3 Rh2+ 38. Kg4 exf5+ 39. Kxf5 Rhf2+ 40. Kg5 Rxf6 41. Qe8+ Kg7 42. Qd7+ Rf7 43. Qxd5)

If black tries 34...Kg7, he ends up in a miserable position 3 pawns down.

(34... Kg7 35. Ne8+ Kh8 36. Qe5+ Kg8 37. f5 Qh6 38. Nf6+ Kh8 39. Qxe6 Qg7 40. Rxc2 Rxc2 41. Nxd5)

35...Rxf2 loses quickly. Black can play 35...Qf5 which leads to an endgame two pawns down.

35. Qe5 Rxf2

(35... Qf5 36. Qxf5 exf5 37. Rxc2 Rxc2 38. Nxd5)

This is such a fine achievement by the young genius.

Jun-04-05  Anastasia: what im sayin
Jun-04-05  Boomie: <Anastasia> Eggsactly. ;->
Nov-14-07  stanleys: What about 31...Raa2 immediately?

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