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Vladimir Kramnik vs Zsuzsa Polgar
Melody Amber Rapid 3rd (1994) (quick), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 4, Mar-??
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0



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Jul-20-06  mjk: This is a draw at move after move 86 <Nalimov>. Polger goofs, Kramnik misses the win, Polger goofs again, etc., Kramnik wins.

90...♔h7?? (90...♖g7! =)
91.♕e4+? (91.♔f7! or ♔e7!)
92.♕c4 ♔h7?
93.♕f7+? ♔h8
94.♕d7 ♖g5
95.♕b7 ♖g8
96.♕b3 ♔h7? (96...♖g7!)
97.♔f7 (97.♔e7 is faster)...

Jul-20-06  fgh: A possible finish: 116. Qf5+ Kh8 117. Qe5+ Kh7 118. Qe4+ Kh8 119. Qd4+ Kh7 120. Qxg1 Kh8 121. Qxg7#
Jun-05-07  dfelix: 69.Kg6??
The score must be incorrect.
Jun-05-07  cotdt: Kramnik once again shows the Polgar sisters who is the master.
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  marcwordsmith: I don't see how White wins. For example, in fgh's variation above, what if on move 119 or even on move 117, Polgar simply chose to block the check with her rook?
Sep-17-07  firebyrd: If rook blocks on g7, Qxg7# is mate, if rook blocks on g6, Kf7 wins the rook and mates one turn later
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  marcwordsmith: <firebyrd>, if the rook blocks on g7, Qxg7+ is answered by hxg7+ and Black wins.

So long as White's queen's checks are not administered from the sixth rank, White cannot go Qxh6+ in the event of Rg7, blocking check.

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  marcwordsmith: oops, chess blindness alert. The black pawn is going the OTHER way! Duh!

I was really puzzled!

Sep-17-07  minasina: Why not 69...Rxd4?
Sep-17-07  minasina: 69. black to move: Why didn't Polgar capture Kramnik's Queen with her Rook? There is no exchange, no recapturing but one pawn, no mate threat?
Jul-03-08  micahtuhy: I agree with minasina, the score must be incorrect somehow here.
Feb-08-09  weezhun: why black never capture white's queen on move 69?
Mar-07-09  johnsbrother: Maybe it should read 68...Rd5+ instead of Rd4.
Mar-07-09  zanshin: I agree that the score must be incorrect - blunder checking with Rybka 3:

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[-19.19] d=13 69...Rxe4 (0:03.17) 26883kN

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  wwall: After 90...Kh7? (90...Rg7 91.Qc8+ Rg8 or Kh7 draws), White wins after 91.Kf7 Kh8 (91...Rg7+ 92.Kf8 h5 93.Qe4+ Kh6 94.Qf4+ Kh7 95.Qe5 Kg6 96.Qxg7+ wins) 92. Qb3 Rg5 93.Qe6 Kh7 94. Kf8 h5 95. Qf6 Rg6 96.Qe5 Kh6 97.Kf7 h4 98.Qe4 Kg5 14.Qxg6.
Dec-07-13  Cushion: Obviously 68...Rd5+ was played
Jun-28-20  Chesgambit: 90...Rg7 easy draw black allowed white king join camp I study this endgame
Jun-28-20  Chesgambit: 96...Kh7?? Horrible
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  perfidious: A Kramnik-2.
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  HeMateMe: Very stressful for black to hold this position for 100+ moves.
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  HeMateMe: The Polgars had trouble with Vladimir Kramnik. Judit had 11 losses and 14 draws against him, no wins, in classical chess. I don't think big Sis Susan had much luck either.

Well, Gary Kasparov: "Kramnik is the finest defender in the world."

That's good enough for me.

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  perfidious: Judith Polgar, formidable as she was, rated as a borderline top ten player at her very best and competed with mixed results at the very highest level--while quite strong (I know from experience), Susan was nowhere near that standard.

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