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Susan Polgar vs Sirko
Budapest (1977)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Paulsen Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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  lostemperor: Beginning of an experiment. Zsusa Polgar at the age of 8. Childplay or girlplay? Both!
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  Sneaky: What an incredible game from a prodigy! Very easy to follow, all very logical. I don't know about 14...O-O though, that's the chess equivalent of saying "I'm sorry, I was wrong." My gut hunch is that Black had to try 14...♗xf6 15.♗b5+ axb5 16.♖xd8+ ♖xd8 17.♕xb5+ ♘c6. Isn't that enough material for the queen?
Apr-16-03  crafty: 14. ... ♗xf6 15. ♗b5+ axb5 16. ♖xd8+ ♗xd8 17. ♕xb5+ ♘c6 18. ♕xb7   (eval -1.48; depth 14 ply; 250M nodes)
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  Sneaky: Woohoo!!! Thankya mister crafty.

If y'all want to just call me 'Computer-Brain' from now on, that will be fine by me.

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  lostemperor: Father Lazlo Polgar, a main pedagogue and psycologist, believe classical schools are bad rather than good for children's developement. He educated his daughters at home and they became creative geniuses. Can the breakingdown of schools begin?
Apr-25-03  Malacha: <lostemperor> Before I comment on the very interesting remarks you made.Please explain what you mean by "Can the breakingdown of schools begin" I must be slow today I don't know exactly what you mean!!
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  lostemperor: Well what I meant or better what Lazlo Polgar means is, if according to him, school is a <barrier> to full developement of a child "it makes a child rather dumb than bright", you may just aswell get rid of it. It is proven that Lazlo <educational method works> and his daughters has become happy succesful women.

I' m sure they have a chesstalent but it could also be another sport or science children might excel. Many psycologist all over the world, have been <wondering and watching> the Polgar educationmethod. If it were not for Lazlo, the sisters were whatever ordinary (bright) women are, and women still can't play chess for one.

May-28-05  Orbitkind: Looks like Susan completely throttled her opponent tactically.
Jul-02-05  SnoopDogg: <lost emperor> <Can the breakingdown of schools begin> Amen brother. Although I only have two more years of high school left, I'm down with that idea.
Apr-23-06  DrJekyll: Hey these Polgar girls can play hahaha
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Sep-25-06  aazqua: At first I thought "No big deal." Then I read that she was 8 at the time. Wow.
Mar-16-07  aazqua: Black is just terrible here. If you can't make it out of the opening you have problems.
Mar-17-07  RookFile: 9.....Na5 looks like a mistake. White just drops the bishop back to a perfectly reasonable square, and meanwhile you've got a knight on the rim, with lessened control over e5.
Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: wow. good game. however 25. Rcxc6 looks like an exchange sac.
Jul-01-09  WhiteRook48: 14 Bxf6! wins a piece due to 14...Bxf6 ( or 14...gxf6) 15 Bb5+
Sep-22-09  chillowack: <WhiteRook48: 14 Bxf6! wins a piece due to 14...Bxf6 ( or 14...gxf6) 15 Bb5+>

It doesn't win a piece, it regains the piece that has been sacrificed.

If you look back through the comments, you'll discover that Susan's variation actually *loses* material for White, it doesn't win it.

However: I still believe White can win the resulting position (after 14...Bxf6 15.Bb5+ axb5 16.Rxd8+ Bxd8 17.Qxb5+ Nc6 18.Qxb7), because of her two connected queenside passed pawns and strong d5-knight.

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  Susan Polgar: I was around 8. At that time, I played 1.e4. This was sooooo long ago :)

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar

Jun-18-14  Chessmusings: Incredible play from a child destined for greatness. I just thoroughly analyzed this game and posted my findings here:

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