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Anatoly Karpov vs Judit Polgar
Najdorf Memorial (2001), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 7, Sep-11
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Nimzowitsch Attack (E15)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-04  Karpova: Karpov shows his great endgame technique once more
Sep-27-04  wkargel: Has anybody else noticed the date that this fine game was played? 9/11/2001 I wonder if I were playing in a tournament of that calibre and heard of such a disaster that I would be able to play at all, much less play my best, after such news!

Just an observation...


Jan-02-06  WMD: <The turn-around [vs Karpov] came in Buenos Aires in 2000...

'That was a very nice game, but it was a draw. Of course, I've been getting better and he's been getting weaker. And psychologically I am less tense these days. I had a bad score against him, but then I started making some draws. I also should have drawn this game we played in Buenos Aires in 2001 on September 11. Actually that was very strange, because even on that day he was in such a mood to fight while everyone else was just destroyed.'

(Totally amazed) You already knew about the attacks and still played?

'Yeah. I went down to have lunch around noon and the organiser told me, "Did you hear what happened?" And there was some talk that perhaps we should not play, but Karpov didn't want this at all, saying "What's the reason?" I could understand him. Some horrible thing has happened but you cannot change anything, so why not finish the tournament? But many of the others were completely shocked and for me, too, it was unpleasant, as Susan was in New York. That was not a nice feeling, and also somehow it was a long game. The position was a draw, but he kept playing. And it was this control of 40 in two hours and 20 in one and then 30 minutes for the rest of the game. And I lost after 75 moves. It was not a nice day for me. But since then I've beaten Karpov a couple of times.'>

(NIC interview, December 2003)

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  plang: 12 Rd2 is the most popular move; Karpov's 12 Qb3 is rarely played and offers White little but it suited Karpov in reaching the type of position he wanted. Perhaps 20..g5!? would have been more consistent with Polgar's style. Karpov thought that Black's drawing chances would have improved with 27..g5 28 Nf5..Rxd7 29 Rxd7..gxf 30 Nxe7..fxg 31 Nf5..Rc8 32 Nxh6..Rc7 33 Rxc7..Nxc7 34 Kxg3 and despite the pawn deficit the reduced material is helpful for Black.

Karpov after 38 Rxc5:
"A position with three pawns against two on the same flank has been reached by force. The presence of the rooks gives White certain chances, in the view of the weakness of the light squares and the possibility of a mating attack. With correct defense Black might possibly have been able to defend the position, but painstaking defense is clearly not the strongest aspect of Polgar's play."

After 68..Rd7? Black was lost; 68..Rb5 would have been better. 72..Rd8 73 Nd7+ would have simplified to a winning pawn ending.

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