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Sofia Polgar vs Alexander Chernin
"Zsofia Rules" (game of the day Feb-19-2017)
Rome Open (1989), Rome ITA, rd 5, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0



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Feb-19-17  morfishine: Rome was sacked between 5-6 times, depending on how you define "sack"
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  Sally Simpson: "....depending on how you define "sack"

Rome is still there. Troy was sacked, it's gone.

Sodom and Gomorrah were sacked, whacked and obliterated.

Feb-19-17  Howard: To those of you using the word "sack", are any of you aware that she made the cover of Inside Chess at the time with the headline "Zsofia Polgar Sacks Rome" ?

I ain't kidding--she did!

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  Sally Simpson: 'Zsofia Polgar Sacks Rome' was on the cover of everything everywhere.

'Inside Chess' 'Outside Chess, 'More Chess', 'Even More Chess' and 'Chess Chess Chess'. '

It's even on her Wiki page.

"In 1989, at the age of 14, she stunned the chess world by her performance in a tournament in Rome, which became known as the "Sack of Rome".

Feb-19-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: What's wrong with the obvious 20 ... Nf6?
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  beatgiant: <Cheapo by the Dozen> 20...Nf6 <21. Qxg7#>
Feb-21-17  kevin86: Awesome win by the "girl"
Feb-23-17  Moszkowski012273: 21.pxN with the idea of the bishop coming to g4 is quite a bit stronger.
Jun-18-17  devere: Nice combination, but much too easy for Sunday.
Jun-18-17  mel gibson: Too hard for me.
The computer says:

19. Nd5 (19. Nd5
(♘c3-d5 ♘f6xd5 ♘d4xe6 g7-g6 ♗b2-d4 f7xe6 ♗d4xb6 ♘d5xb6 ♗f3-g4 ♔g8-f7 ♕g3-h3 ♔f7-g7 ♗g4xe6 ♖c8-c7 c2-c4 ♘a5-c6 c4xb5 a6xb5 ♖a1-c1 ♘b6-c8 ♖d1-d5 ♘c8-a7 ♕h3-e3 ♗b7-c8 ♗e6xc8 ♖d8xc8 ♔h1-g1 ♖c8-b8 ♕e3-c3+ ♗e7-f6 ♕c3-d2) +2.56/19 179)

score for white +2.56 depth 19

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  OhioChessFan: 3 years later a nice pun gets selected.
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  OhioChessFan: Per the puzzle, Nd5 is a Lasker-esque move, that logically follows from the position on the board. A series of moves with dual threats follows and White is up sufficient material to win.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Drat; was feeling rather proud of myself until I realized had seen the game before. Oh, well, 6/6 is better than my usual.
Jun-18-17  Walter Glattke: Petite combinaison: 19.Nd5 exd5? 20.Nf5
g6 21.Nxe7+ / 19.Nd5!? Bxd5 20.exd5 g6 21.dxe6 fxe6 22.Nxe6 Rd7 23.f5
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  agb2002: A bit too famous.
Jun-18-17  newzild: This was the first week in years that I attempted all seven puzzles. I managed to solve all seven, but Saturday and Sunday were a bit easier than usual, I think.

19. Nd5 does jump out as a candidate move because the queen and Bb2 are both attacking g7, and it's natural to look at ways of clearing away the three knights blocking the bishop.

Jun-18-17  morfishine: Its a Sicilian, so of course <Nd5>


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  Richard Taylor: I picked Nd5 and assume a win. Of course Black didn't cooperate and tried to defend, a very un-cricket thing to do.
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  Richard Taylor: <newzild: This was the first week in years that I attempted all seven puzzles. I managed to solve all seven, but Saturday and Sunday were a bit easier than usual, I think. 19. Nd5 does jump out as a candidate move because the queen and Bb2 are both attacking g7, and it's natural to look at ways of clearing away the three knights blocking the bishop>

Very good! I don't bother with these nowadays (except some of the easier ones if I have time). Here I just looked at that diagonal and thought "if it was me I would play Nd5 and see what happens" (with a few calculations to back it up...certainly in blitz but probably also OTB it seems more thematic than anything). I think that paradoxically these things are sometimes easier to see OTB especially with, as you say that B lurking on b2 and the Q on g3....

Jun-18-17  malt: 19.Nd5 N:d5 (19...ed5 20.Nf5 g6 21.N:e7+ Kf8 22.N:c8 )20.N:e6 g6
Jun-18-17  patzer2: <SirChrisLove> Thanks for the link to the excellent annotation of this game by the game winniner Zsofia Polgar.

I'll ask my 8-year-old grandson who now has a near 2100 tactical rating on, but sometimes struggles with positional play, to take a look at her notes.

Her annotations demonstrate how, as a young 14-year-old junior player, Zsofia effectively combined positional play and tactics to win this game against a much higher rated player. Especially instructive is her description of her "standard sicilian sacrifice" 19. Nd5! which solves today's Sunday puzzle.

If 19...exd5, Zsofia in her game analysis points out that 20. Nf5! is winning due to the threat 20...Bf8 21. Bxf6 .

P.S.: Haven't been posting much lately because I've been vacationing with the family across much of the east coast and the midwest. Last week, we visited with three of our Grandsons and their parents at the Marshall Chess Club in NYC for a quick tour where the 8-year-old grandson was thrilled to meet 7-time US Women's Champion Irina Krush.

The Grandsons also had an opportunity to play a few games at the NYC Chess Forum, where Mr Imad Kashman was a most welcoming host, and even more games in Bryan Park where the 8-year-old (now a top 100 USCF junior) got to play a couple of games against a top-100 USCF 7-year-old junior. Early this week we plan to tour the US Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Jun-18-17  morfishine: One of the most incredible chess performances ever. Not only because of her age, but Polgar swept away one GM after another while starting the tournament rated ~2200



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  Jimfromprovidence: Did not understand 28...a5.

Thought maybe a pin on the f pawn like 28...Qd7 or 28...Qc8, below, would be better.

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Jun-18-17  JPi: I share your doubt <Jimfromprovidence>. After the "classical" (In the Sicilian defence) knight sacrifice on d5, White might be better but far from an absolute win.
Feb-15-18  tgyuid: i am troy
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