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Judit Polgar vs Alexey Shirov
"Hungarian Rhapsody" (game of the day Jul-14-2018)
Amsterdam (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 11, Aug-24
Modern Defense: Standard Line (B06)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-09  chillowack: I agree, Bobsterman3000: Shirov neglected his development, left his king in the's like he wanted to be crushed.
Aug-30-09  ILikeFruits: by a woman...
no doubt...
Jul-28-10  tentsewang: Now this is what I call a true art of chess unlike today's tedious games by world class elite players.
Aug-04-10  AngeLa: wow... this is really an Art to Chess... as a whole.. ^^v nice game sister judith ^^v
Dec-01-10  sevenseaman: Utterly resourceless is rendered our Shirov.
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  HeMateMe: They're about the same age, maybe 20 years old when this was played? What a sharp game.
Jul-08-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: notyetagm's favorite games
Jan-25-13  smalldreams: A standard "Robatsch" fianchetto followed by FIVE pointless pawn moves as white builds an intimidating center. My kid could probably look at the board after move 7 and tell you there's something wrong with that. Judit Polgar plays this game brilliantly and deserves credit for it surely, but let's not overlook what a joke black's defense actually was after the first two moves.
Mar-31-13  Hot Logic: <Whitehat1963>

After 17...N8f6?? 18.Rd1! and it is a fiasco for Black. Black's Knight is skewered behind the Queen by White's Rook. Plus Black either gets mated or loses heinous amounts of material.

Oct-04-13  rccomputacion: me encanta judit polgar, la sigo desde que empezo siendo muy chica... pero por aquellos aÑos no sospechaba que llegaria tan lejos.
Aug-15-14  posoo: now dis - DIS - is a fine game in da attacking style. Throw da horsos into da fire and see what happens! BRAVA JUDITA POLGARINA.
Jul-14-18  devere: 14...Ke7?? was a death wish, and Polgar swiftly obliged. After 14...h6 Black stands OK.
Jul-14-18  The Kings Domain: Shirov caught in a pin. Nice maneuvering by Polgar.
Jul-14-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: What <devere> said. The engine has the game as a draw at that point.
Jul-14-18  Amarande: I'm still trying to figure out what happens after 18 ... Qe6 (as opposed to Qb7 which obviously loses the queen)?
Jul-14-18  Marmot PFL: <They're about the same age, maybe 20 years old when this was played? >

Shirov is years older,people seem to forget what a prodigy Polgar was.

Jul-14-18  Marmot PFL: <I'm still trying to figure out what happens after 18 ... Qe6 (as opposed to Qb7 which obviously loses the queen)?>

18...Qe6 19 Nc5 Qc8 20 Qd5, too many threats

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  Breunor: I'll take everyone's word for t that this is a brilliant game, I don't understand most of the moves! Tactics are way too deep!
Jul-14-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = (-0.13): 14...h6 15.Qg4 Rb8 16.0-0 Ngf6(T) 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Bc6 h5 19.Qh3 Rb6 20.Qf3 Bg7 21.a4 Rb3 22.Qe2 0-0 23.Nb5 Qd8 24.Qxc4 Nc5 25.Be3 Rxb2 26.Bxc5 dxc5 27.Qxc5 e4 28.Rae1 f5 29.d6 Rd2

2. = (-0.13): 14...Rb8 15.0-0 h6 16.Qg4 Ngf6(T)

Jul-14-18  Everyone: <Breunor: I'll take <Everyone's> word for t that this is a brilliant game> That's the spirit!
Jun-13-20  Jambow: Castle Smastle! uh oh wait a minute...
Apr-30-22  Whitehat1963: Quick annihilation!
Feb-06-23  saturn2: <My kid could probably look at the board after move 7 and tell you there's something wrong with that> Kids and and so on can rely on classical principles. Me I also do more often than not. But in this concrete position there was nothing wrong. Unless the engines give wrong judgment which should not be entirely excluded. By another pawn move h6 black would keep the balance.
Feb-06-23  saturn2: The problem with computer evaluations is they are not practical. True Shirov had an equal position under the assumption he finds some one and only moves in the follow up. But in practice mortals fail under pressure and here he did.
Feb-06-23  SChesshevsky: Feels like Shirov gets caught out in Polgars off beat Bc4, Qf3 line response. Looking kind of artificial, that idea probably gets away with it vs. the slow Modern.

Guessing Polgar prepped or was really familiar with the opening. Also that Shirov wasn't expecting it and had to work off past memory. Problem maybe being that once on his own, went with his nature of dynamic complications. But from a position that did not call for it and only made things worse.

Seems, from the CG database, Shirov fixed his play and won with the line next vs. Nunn and though lost vs. Anand, didn't seem from the opening. Also appears Polgar didn't go with Bc4, Qf3 idea in their next Modern clash.

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