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Judit Polgar vs Lubomir Ftacnik
Budapest Zonal Group-A (1993), Budapest HUN, rd 10, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Oct-04-03  Benjamin Lau: An insane game! Polgar seems to play like Geller sometimes.
Feb-20-04  Benjamin Lau: Actually, I take back my earlier comment, I don't think even Geller would have played this game. Ftacnik, deciding that the kingside has become too dangerous for his monarch to inhabit, castles long, judging that he is now safe since both players have castled on the same side. How dismayed he must have been when Polgar played the wild and dangerously double-edged 21. a4!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Jun-05-04  Brian Watson: Judit is a righteous woman.
Dec-15-04  aw1988: a4 isn't really a strange move.
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  Honza Cervenka: 21.a4 and 22.b5 looks quite logic as white is clearly superior on the Queenside and opening of the position there should be advantageous for him. Of course, white King looks then a little bit exposed too but I think that he never was in any real danger.

If 29...Ka6, then 30.Qa1+ Kb6 (30...Kxb5 31.Re2 would not have been better) 31.Nd4 Nc7 32.Re2 Nb5 33.Rb2 and white wins.

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  keypusher: I don't care how logical they are, if I had been Ftacnik I would have been stunned by 21 a4 and 22 b5. 25 Qb2+ is pretty astonishing also. What a game!
Dec-16-04  aw1988: I'm not certain on his being stunned. I would play it. What else was Ftacnik expecting?
May-14-05  aw1988: 16. b4 Nxd3
a) 16...Nd7 17. Ncxb5 axb5 18. Nxb5 Qb8 19. Na7+ Kc7 20. Bb5 e5 21. Bf2 Qa8 22. Qc3+ Kb8 23. Nc6+ Bxc6 24. Bxc6 Qa6 25. b5 Qa4 26. fxe5 b) 16...Na4 17. Nxa4 bxa4 18. Qe2 e5 19. Nf3
17. cxd3 Kb8 18. Rc1 Qd7 19. Bg1 Rc8 20. Qf2 Ba8
a) 20...Bc6 21. Na4 bxa4 22. Nxc6+ Rxc6 23. Rxc6 Qxc6 24. Qa7+ Kc8 25. Rc1 b) 20...Rc7 21. Nb3 d5 22. Qa7+ Kc8 23. Na5
21. a4 bxa4
a) 21...Nc7 22. Nc6+
b) 21...e5 22. Nb3 bxa4 23. Na5 Bd8 24. Nd5
22. b5 axb5
a) 22...e5 23. bxa6 exd4 24. Qb2+ Bb7 25. Bxd4
b) 22...Qb7 23. Ka1
c) 22...Bb7 23. Nxa4 Rxc1+ 24. Rxc1 axb5 25. Nb6 Qd8 26. Nxe6 fxe6 27. Nd7+ 23. Ndxb5
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