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Garry Kasparov vs Judit Polgar
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Sep-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Queen's Knight Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Apr-22-04  alexandrovm: Wow, Polgar was really crushed on this one!
Mar-13-05  THE pawn: 22.Bxh6 was the winning move, clearly. 25-29 followed and blew up judit's play.
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  plang: After 8 f3 the game has transposed into the main line of the open variation Samisch Nimzo Indian (E26). The normal continuations are 8..0-0 and 8..Qc7. Polgars 8..c4?! prohibits the development of the bishop to d3 but Seirawan felt it was too committal. Ian Rogers commented that the plan of 8..c4 has been known to be bad since Botvinnik. Kasparov was critical of 10..h6; recommending 10..Na5 at once. The idea of bringing the knight to b3 is to exchange it for the c1 bishop thus weakening e3 but the exchange never took place and the knight was just misplaced. 16 e4 sacrificed the g pawn in order to get the white center moving. Polgar needed to try 20..Bxh3 21 Bxh3..Qxh3 22 Rh2 though Kasparov showed with extensive analysis that the complications would have very much been in whites favor. 26 Bf1! is a typical Kasparov crusher threatening both Bxc4 and Be2.
Oct-27-07  notyetagm: <THE pawn: 22.Bxh6 was the winning move, clearly. 25-29 followed and blew up judit's play.>

Yes, it is amazing to see one of the world's very best tacticians, Judit Polgar, demolished tactically like this, with that winning shot 22 ♗f4xh6!!.

Judit Polgar is one of the best current tacticians, but Kasparov is one of the best tacticians of all-time, maybe even the strongest tactical player in the history of chess.

Jul-15-08  ToTheDeath: A masterpiece. Tactics are just one part of this fantastic game. The strategic buildup involving grabbing the center with e4, sacrificing the g pawn for time and open files and making sure both of Black's knights remain out of play creates a strong impression.
Jan-09-11  duplex: Judith is and was no match for KASPAROW look at the overall score! 14-1..Like a San Fransisco golden glove champion against Muhammad Ali of 1966...
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  FSR: Amazing game, which I don't claim to understand. Kasparov crushes Polgar like a child. Mind you, she did quite well in this super-tournament, winning two games and only losing this one.
Sep-28-15  nilanjanasm: Miguel
Mar-16-21  I like ya cut g: 2 all-time legends (woman and man world champions) face off! And in the end, Kasparov completely CRUSHES Polgar!

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