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Igor Aleksandrovich Novikov vs Judit Polgar
Pamplona (1990)
King's Indian Defense: Kramer Variation (E70)  ·  1-0



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Dec-23-05  sucaba: 87. _ ♖b5 #21, 87. _ ♖a5-a1, a2, a7, a8 or c5 = (Nalimov tablebase)
Aug-17-12  siggemannen: This looked like a huge attack by black that didn't quite come through. Could Polgar improve somewhere in the beginning?
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  Retireborn: This system with 9.h4 was fashionable in the early 90s.

Novikov's idea of leaving his king in the centre does not work out very well; probably he should have tried 15.0-0, although that is rather unclear.

Anyway with 17...Qb6! Judit has the makings of a fine attack, as <siggemannen> points out. Sadly she then misses some good winning chances (Houdini gives 28...Nxa4, 29...h5, and 33...b2!) and also misses her last chance to bale out for a perpetual with 36...Ne4+! 37.fxe4 Qf2+.

John Nunn criticises 85...Kh8; according to him it's more practical for the defender to keep the king away from the corner. However Judit isn't lost until 87...Rb5 (Nunn gives 87...Ra1 and 87...Ra7 as drawing) and Novikov (who evidently had a good grasp of R+B v R) doesn't give her another chance.

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