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Judit Polgar vs Garry Kasparov
"For Whom the Belle Rolls" (game of the day Apr-27-2016)
Eurotel Trophy (2002) (rapid), Prague CZE, rd 2, Apr-30
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Dec-27-06  notyetagm: One of my absolute favorite Kasparov games.

Position after 21 ... d5!! 22 ♗xd5 ♗c5!! 23 ♗xa8 ♖g8!:

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Dec-27-06  notyetagm: And like <patzer2> pointed out above, 24 ♕f1 is met by 24 ... ♗h3!

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and White has become a human pin cushion.

Jan-10-07  adviser: Kaspy happily ran away after sweeping away all her pawns. Polgar also played well.
Jan-15-10  shreyaslathi: can some onw wil explain me meaning of kasparaovs 9th move g7 x f6 and polger move 24th k x f2 insted she played ke2 reasons for it
May-01-14  newzild: If this is ever GOTD again, a new pun might be, "For Whom the Belle Rolls". After this, Kasparov had a record of eight wins, three draws and no losses against Polgar in classical chess.
Apr-27-16  7he5haman: <newzild> your pun came true! :-)
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  perfidious: <percyblakeney: No, this is Zsuzsa Polgar (or Susan), this is Judit Polgar and the thrid sister is Zsofia Polgar >

For still more chaos, try playing events with all three, as I did twice, long ago.

Got rolled by Susan in one of them on the Black side of a Makogonov KID.

Apr-27-16  morfishine: <newzild> Nice, patience pays off!

<perfidious> Took guts playing KID vs any of the Polgar sisters

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  Richard Taylor: I played this game over a couple of months ago and it inspired me to definitely try the Svesnikov in some games. Kasparov and Polgar both miss the best theory and Kasparov was a bit fortunate in some lines but prevailed. It is an interesting game.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Richard Taylor: I played this game over a couple of months ago and it inspired me to definitely try the Svesnikov in some games. >

I never new, until today, that Kasparov played the Svesnikov Sicilian. I was glad to see that he won, as it was my pet opening from 2002 up until my last tournament in 2006.

Kramnik played it a lot, with success. I recommend you look at some of his games too.

Apr-27-16  catlover: Maybe 21. Bd5 would have kept things on an even keel.
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  kevin86: Judith goes down to defeat...a piece down is too much.
Apr-27-16  newzild: As far as I am aware, this is the first time one of my puns has been chosen for GOTD.
Apr-27-16  alfiere nero: There was a game where Judit won against Kasparov. Maybe someone here knows which one?
Apr-27-16  TheFocus: <alfiere nero> Is this the one?

Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002

Apr-27-16  alfiere nero: That must be it. And look at that, it was played that same year!
Apr-27-16  newhampshireboy: It seems to me that ceding the bishop pair to Kasparov is tempting chessical suicide but I am only an amateur so I may be dead wrong. A bishop pair is an incredible weapon especially in the hands of a great player like Kasparov. I am aware that Judit is great as well though!
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  perfidious: <morf....Took guts playing KID vs any of the Polgar sisters>

Played it against all and sundry in the first half of the 1990s; was nice to get some higher-level experience that weekend. The day before, Pal Benko hosed me in a Classical line.

Them there Gee Emms is purty dang goot!

Mar-04-21  Gaito: The critical moment of the game was when the following position was reached:

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Judit couldn't resist the temptation of capturing Black's rook on a8, but it proved to be a fatal mistake. There were many reasonably good moves for White, for example: 23.Qf1 (best according to some engines, like Ethereal 12.75), 23.Qe1 (suggested by engine GNU Chess 2.2.7), and 23.Nd3 (recommended by Stockfish 13 running in a very fast computer). With any of those moves the position would be of approximate equality, according to the computer evaluation. A sample variation (LcZero vs. LcZero at 30 seconds per move in a very fast and powerful hardware): 23.Qf1 Rb8 24.Kh1 Rb6 25.Nd3 Be3 26.Rc2 Rh6 27.Nf2 Rg8 28.Rc4 Bd7 29.Rc7 Qg3 30.Qg1 (computer evaluation: -0.55, i.e. approximate equality). See diagram:

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Mar-04-21  Gaito: After Judit Polgar blundered with 23.Bxa8??, the fate of the game was sealed. It is really hard to resist the temptation of being greedy in chess. But that's the way it is. After all, we live in a materialistic world.
Mar-04-21  Gaito: The following diagram depicts another critical moment of the game:

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It is possible that Black was short of time and thus played the routine 27...Qxh2?! After all, pawn grabbing can't be too bad, can it? Moreover, Black prepares...Rg1 with devastating effect, so how can that move be bad? Curiously enough, in this particular case the engines seem to dislike the move 27...Qxh2?! All of them unanimously recommend 27...Bd7! with a very high evaluation in Black's favor (-3.16 by LcZero; -5.22 by SF13; -5.65 by Ethereal 12.75). After 27...Qxh2?! 28.Kc4 Rg1 White blundered again with 29.Qd3? (the square d3 belongs to White's knight!). Instead, 29.Qb3! would have given her some real chances to escape alive (see diagram below):

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Let's review a sample variation (LcZero vs. LcZero at 30 seconds per move): 29...Qh3 (same move suggested by SF13) 30.Nd3 Qd7 (30...Qxf3?? 31.Qb8+ −) 31.Qb4 Kg7 32.Kb3 (See diagram below)

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According to the computer, "Black is only slightly better", with an evaluation of -0.81 by LcZero.

Mar-04-21  Gaito: I have always suspected that Judit Polgar's ability in the art of defense was not the same as her ability in the attack. Ever since she was a little girl her father and her elder sister Susan helped Judit to develop a fantastic skill in the art of attack. However, when she had to defend a difficult position she seemed to be another person. Something similar happened to Efim Geller many years ago. Spassky once said that if you wanted to defeat Geller you had to attack him, because he was not so good in the art of defense as he was in the art of attack.
Mar-05-21  Gaito: Some players of the past were exceedingly strong in the art of defending difficult positions; for example Korchnoi and Capablanca. Also Petrosian and Lasker. But there have been others who were comparatively weak when defending a difficult position. That is only natural: most chess books and chess coaches, as well as most chess students stress the importance of developing the ability to attack, but hardly anybody gives any importance to develop a skill in the art of defending a difficult position.
Mar-05-21  thelegendisback: <Some players of the past were exceedingly strong in the art of defending difficult positions; for example Korchnoi and Capablanca. Also Petrosian and Lasker.>

I think you should add Karpov to the list. Of the current players Carlsen of course and alos maybe Karjakin.

Mar-05-21  Gaito: thelegendisback: You are quite right. Magnus Carlsen and Anatoly Karpov are two other examples of grandmasters who developed an outstanding ability in the art of defense. And Sergey Karjakin too, of course. Sorry to have ommited those names. But my favorite one has always been Viktor Korchnoi. He actually loved when his opponent in turn launched an attack, for he knew he would survive and then he would launch a counter offensive at the right moment.
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