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Judit Polgar vs Mehrshad Sharif
Brussels OHRA 02 (1987)
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  1-0



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Jan-03-05  pointguard: Question to throw out there:
Why did Black resign after move# 43?
Jan-04-05  Gowe: Because black's position is very bad. White's king is extremely agressive, white has an extra pawn and Nc5 would make an exchange who has to be definitely. Or advance queen side pawn's who will give the victory to white because black can't stop them without losing material
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  tpstar: <pointguard> White will win the Pb7 and have 2 passed Pawns on the Queenside; for Black, note Rook moves lose the Pb7 while Bishop moves lose the Ph7. After 43 ... Ke8 there are 3 approaches.

1) 44. Nd4 Kd8 45. Nb5 Ra1 46. Rxb7, but Black has 46 ... Rg1 47. Rb8+ Kd7 48. Rg8 f5 complicating things a little.

2) 44. b5 Ra4 (44 ... Kf7? 45. Nd8+ & 46. Nc6!) 45. c4 Ra1 (45 ... b6 46. Rb7 Bc5 47. Nxc5 bxc5 48. Rxh7) 46. Rxb7 Rg1 47. c5.

3) 44. Nc5 is most direct, with one trap being 44 ... Kd8 45. Rxb7?! Bxc5! although White gets 3 Pawns for the Knight after 46. Rb8+ Kc7 47. Rh8 Bany 48. Rxh7+. Simpler is 44. Nc5 Kd8 (44 ... Bxc5 45. bxc5 Ra5 46. Kd4 Ra4+ 47. c4 and now 47 ... Ra7? 48. c6) 45. Rd7+ Ke8 46. Rxb7 since 46 ... Bxc5 47. Rb8+ first and then 48. bxc5.

All 3 options should be easily won by White, although Black could have played on 2 more moves to identify her chosen technique. Nice game.

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  fredthebear: Judit Polgar was a regular King's Gambit player in her youth. She did not play the Ruy Lopez until games 105 and 207 in the database. She defended with 1...c5 from the get-go.

The schematic simplicity (develop thy kingside and promptly hit f7) and active piece play of the King's Gambit -- seize the initiative -- is a good way to get a youngster or elder hooked on chess, or at least it was prior to playing chess on-screen. Gambits create open lines to speed up the action! The computer knows how to handle gambits, but it's still a killer against human opponents.

Of course, the Iranian champion Mehrshad Sharif handling the Black pieces above, has seen the gambit many times in his career and has a good plan of castling in seven moves and trading off the queens, so this game is less typical of my King's gambit description, quickly moving toward the endgame.

That being said, 10...Nxe4 was a better try for Black. The move-after-move choices offered by the King's gambit are anything but sterile.

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  fredthebear: Black self-corrects w/the knight and gets his revenge two years later: Judit Polgar vs M Sharif, 1989

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