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Judit Polgar vs Susan Polgar
"Material Girls" (game of the day Aug-30-2006)
3rd Principe de Asturias rapid (1993) (rapid), Oviedo ESP, rd 5, Dec-??
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jul-23-05  Conan the Librarian: Judit strikes back!

After what seems to be a long losing streak against Zsusa, she exhibits some nice tactical play and beats big sis.

The power of the passed pawn....

Nov-23-05  Chopin: The only women that is capable of beating Judit is her older sister, Susan. It didn't go too well for her either. Good game though.
Aug-30-06  PaulLovric: furst
Aug-30-06  ArturoRivera: "And i am a materiaal girl" Maddona, nice song. Nice pun.
Aug-30-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Nice game! Lots of piece manoeuvering.

Who of these two sisters was the better player in this period?

Aug-30-06  Albertan: Zsusza could have got an advantage in this game if she had played 26...h6:

26... h6 27. e7 hxg5 28. exf8=N Rxf8 29. Re5 Qa4 30. Rxd3 Rxf4 31. Qe1 Qc6

Zsusza made a mistake on move 40 when she played 40...g5? Instead she could have played 40...a5 with this variation possible:

40... a5 41. Ra4 b5 42. Rxa5 g5
43. Ra7+ Kf8 44. Rf1+ Kg8 45.Bxe6+ Rhxe6 46. Bxg5 Rg6 47. Rf5 Be4 48. Rxb5 h6 49. Kh4 Bd3 50. Rd5 Bc4 51. Rc5 Re4+ 52. Kh5 Rxg5+ 53. Rxg5+ hxg5 54. Kxg5 Re2

Aug-30-06  Holmstrom: How does the game refer to "Material Girls"?
Aug-30-06  sfm: <Holmstrom: How does the game refer to "Material Girls"?> The game is all about grabbing material somehow and pieces hanging here and there and everywhere. Hey, that's another fitting song title. But e.g. "Killing me softly" wouldn't fit at all.
Aug-30-06  youarehere: pretty tactic starting with ...g5?
Aug-30-06  PAWNTOEFOUR: yeah,i really enjoyed playing thru that game....very nice
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  kevin86: g5 was obviously a poison pawn but for its defender-not the capturer. White steals the exchange and with it the game.
Aug-30-06  spirit: me a POLGARNUT for live!...this game is simply wild and brilliant!
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  OhioChessFan: Strange how limited Black was on her 40th move. I was trying 39...Rxh4 but the Rook would dominate the endgame, even with Black's extra pawn.

<Albertan> what if 43 Bxe6+ and then Bxg5?

Aug-31-06  Albertan: <OhioChessFan> what if 43 Bxe6+ and then Bxg5?

Hi OhioChessFan. If 43.Bxe6+ after 43...Rhxe6 White's rook on e1 is attacked, so your idea of 44.Bxg5 isn't possible. If play were to continue: 44.Rxe6 gxh4+ 45.Kxh4 Kxe6 46.Rxb5 Black would be up a pawn. In your variation if:
a possible continuation (which wins for black is:

46. Rxb5 Kd6 47. Kg5 Re2 48. h4 Kc6 49. Rb8 Re5+ 50. Kh6 Be4 51. Rc8+ Kd7 52.Rc4 Re6+ 53. Kg7 Bd3 54. Rg4 Rc6 55. Rg3 Bc2 56. Rg2 Bf5 57. Rd2+ Ke6 58. Re2+ Kd5 59. h5 Rb6 60. Rf2 Bd3 61. Kf7 Rh6 62. Rh2 Kc4 63. Kg7 Rb6 64. Rd2 Rb5 65.h6 Rg5+ 66. Kh8 Rg4 67. Rxd3 Kxd3 68. Kxh7 Ke4 69. Kh8 Kf5 70. Kh7 Rg6 71. c4 Kg5 72. c5 Rxh6+ 73. Kg7 Rc6 74. b4 Kf5 75. Kf7 Rc7+ 76. Ke8 Rg7 77. Kd8 Ke6 78. Kc8 Kd5 79. Kd8 Kc6 80. Ke8 Rh7 81. Kf8 Kb5 82. Kg8 Ra7 83. Kh8 Kxb4 84. c6 Kc5 85. Kg8 Kd5 86. Kh8 Ke5 87. Kg8 Kf6 88. c7 Rxc7 89. Kh8 Kg6 90. Kg8 Rc8#

In my variation above after 54...Re2 material is even and further analysis suggests it would be difficult for White to win.

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  OhioChessFan: <Hi OhioChessFan. If 43.Bxe6+ after 43...Rhxe6 White's rook on e1 is attacked, so your idea of 44.Bxg5 isn't possible. >

I know I'm missing something, but 44. Rxe6

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  OhioChessFan: To clarify, I realize that Bxg5 may not be immediately playable. That's why I didn't post it as "44" Bxg5. But it will still be there after any exchanges on the e file., as will Ra7 and Rxb5.
Aug-31-06  Albertan: <OhioChessFan.> I know I'm missing something, but 44. Rxe6

Hi OhioChessFan If 44.Rxe6 then Black plays 44...gxh4+ and the game could possibly continue: 45.Kxh4 Kxe6 46.Rxb5 Kd6 47.Kg5 Kc6 48.Rb4 Re2 49.h4 Kd6 50.Rb6+ Kc5 51.Rb8 Rg2+ 52.Kh6 Be4 53.h5 Kc4 54.Rd8 Bf5 55.Rf8 Bd3 56.Rc8+ Kb5 57.b4 Rg4 58.Rc5+ Ka4 59.Rc7 Kb3 60.b5 Re4 61.c4 Kb4 62.Kg7 Re6 63.Kg8 Rb6 64.Kh8 Kc3 65.Kg7 Kd4 66. Kf8 Rb8+ 67. Kg7 Bf5 68. Kf6 Bb1 69. Kf7 Rb6 70. Kg8 Kc3 71. Kg7 Bd3 and it is difficult to see how either player can make progress.

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  patzer2: Susan would have been OK after the Fritz 8 line 39...a5! 40. Rxe6 axb4 41. Rf6+ Kg7 42. Bxh5 gxh5 =.

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  patzer2: This is a really well played game by both players. Susan makes a couple small mistake with 39...Rh6? & 40...g5?!, and Judit pounces on them for the winning deflection (removing the guard) combo with 41. Bxg5!
Sep-05-06  DutchDunce: "Material Girls," starring real-life sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff, was recently voted the #1 worst-rated movie at (but has since slipped a few spots).
Oct-25-06  hopeful monster: Wouldn't 47. Be6+ (winning the bishop) be better than 47. Rd2?
Oct-25-06  TrueFiendish: Sure looks like it!
Nov-07-07  sallom89: nice creative moves by Judit.
Aug-27-08  Katu: <Chopin> but Judit's rating (somewhere around 2700) now is far higher than her sister... This shows something.
Aug-27-08  tzone135: not to mention judit once beat the great garry kasparov and that is one impressive feat

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