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Zsofia Polgar vs Stephen J Solomon
Australian Open (1986/87), Adelaide AUS, rd 11, Jan-10
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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May-30-04  sergeidave: What on earth is Zsofia thinking when she plays 24. Qc2???
May-30-04  poktirity: She wasn't thinking at all.
Jul-24-06  bernardchinshin: I think she was thinking of attacking h7.
Jul-24-06  randytaylor2006: I dont get the gambit opening. Looks like an invitation to disaster.
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  Sneaky: 24.Qc2 isn't the problem; she was lost at that point. I guess she was concerned about the forced trade of queens with Qe3+.

The opening's not the problem either; the Bc4 variation of the King's Gambit is very sound, and that ...Qh4+ is nothing to worry about.

Maybe 17.e5 was the lemon?

Jul-24-06  crwynn: 17.e5 does look suicidal; perhaps she reckoned on 17.e5 Bxf3 18.ed+ Kf7 19.Qxg6 Kxg6 20.Bxg7 Kxg7? and White is okay, missing 20...Bxe2! with two pieces for the rook. Still, on move 20 it was undoubtebly objectively best to capture on g6 and transpose to this line; however it is probably hopeless so she played 20.Qxe2!, which has the twin virtues of setting a trap (20...K or Qxg7?) and of letting you go home early if he makes the right move....
Jul-24-06  crwynn: note that after 22.Kf3, then if nothing else the simple 22...h5 wins because 23...Qe4# is threatened.
Sep-07-10  abstract: 3.Nf3 is the best move.. avoiding a check.. and alllowing a smooth castling after 4.Bc4
Jan-07-11  Tigranny: First blunder I ever saw from any of the Polgar sisters, 24.Qc2???
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  HeMateMe: You'd err to if you were facing the wisdom of Solomon.
Jan-07-11  BLarsen1967: Definitely so!! - When you're a girl 11 years old,how can you outwit the sublime solomon?
Jan-09-11  BLarsen1967: In this wild game a more solid approach for White might be playing 17.Bxg7 - and after,say 17...Qxg7 18.Qc3 Qxc3 19.Nxc3 Nf7 20.Nxg5 Bxe2 21.Nxf7 Kxf7 22.Nxe2 Rae8 things begin to look kind of drawish
Dec-14-13  rwbean: The losing blunder was 19. ♗xg7 instead of 19. ♕xg6+ hxg6 20. ♗xg7 ♔xg7 21. gxf3 (equal).

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