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Judit Polgar vs Rainer Knaak
WDR Match TV g/60 (1990), Cologne GER
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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Sep-12-03  Tigran Petrosian: nice exchange sac
Sep-12-03  Brian Watson: yeah, pretty amazing, if Polgar in fact was baiting black with 23.f4.

What follows 22...Nxe5? I'm thinking 22...Nxe5 23.Qf6 Nxd3+ cxd3, and white is still down a pawn, but with the last knight off the board black has extremely weak black squares.

Sep-13-03  xu fei: <Brian Watson> 22...Nxe5 23.Qf6 Nxd3+ 24.cxd3 Rf8 25.Bb4 Rh8 26.Rxf7+-. Black loses either the exchange or two pawns. You were right, black loses due to weak dark squares.
Nov-11-04  shr0pshire: 16. g4! starts a flurry of tactical opportunities for white. I think this may be one of Polgar's best games in terms of tactics.
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  samvega: yup, great stuff. I liked the moving back and forth of the dark bishop in the opening.
Jun-30-05  Boomie: 22...♘xe5 seems fine for black.

22... ♘xe5 23. ♕f6 ♘xd3+ 24. cxd3 ♕d8 25. ♕e5 ♖c8

It's hard to see how white will win from this position.

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  samvega: <Boomie> yes I was wondering about 24..Rf8 in xu fei's line, which is clearly a wasted move... In your line, if 25.Rxf7 Qxf6 26.Rxf6, is that equal, or does white have a little advantage?
Jun-30-05  Boomie: <samvega> 25. ♖xf7 also seems to lead to an even game. However after 26...♔d7, there are many lines and Uncle Fritz may be unreliable in such end game positions at this depth.

25. ♖xf7 ♕xf6 26. ♖xf6 ♔d7 27. ♗c3 ♖hf8 28. ♖b1 b6= (0.01) D=14

Sep-03-05  Brian Watson: I think this was the first Polgar game I ever saw, in some chess column I guess.
Oct-10-09  whiteshark: This gem has been played for the annual German TV chess show <Schach dem Großmeister>. 1 hour for each player for the full game. Fun to watch Vlastimil Hort and Helmut Pfleger as regular funny commentators.

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  HeMateMe: Nice the way she cut off the black escape route, giving up material along the way, but getting it all back. Nothing more painful than not being able to castle.
Dec-25-13  whiteshark: 2 hours of TV flickering from the past (a.m German TV chess show <Schach dem Großmeister>) :
Oct-17-14  PhilFeeley: Polgar was about 14 when she played this.

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