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Garry Kasparov vs Judit Polgar
Eurotel Trophy (2002) (rapid), Prague CZE, rd 2, Apr-30
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0



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Nov-14-04  Alekhinelover: A good game by Garry!!!Especially the queen sacrifice.
Dec-11-04  alexandrovm: impresive queen sac
Mar-31-05  notyetagm: Check out the <two octopus knights> on c6 and d6 after 23 ♘c6. Judit has been totally outplayed to this point.
Dec-16-05  notyetagm: Here is the beautiful board position created by those two octopus knights that I mentioned above:

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Jan-06-06  aw1988: Can you really play ...g5 that early?
Mar-15-06  hayton3: <impresive queen sac> I don't think he had much choice in the matter.
Mar-21-06  EmperorAtahualpa: 14.Nd6+! looks very interesting...what does White do after 14...Bxd6? I guess something like 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.Qxg4? This looks threatening but I don't see any immediate compensation for the pawn sac.

Someone, help me out please. :)

May-13-06  Shams: <EmperorAtahualpa> I wondered about that too. Maybe 16.Nb5 Qc6 17.Qa4 Kf8 18.Qa5?
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  Honza Cervenka: <14.Nd6+! looks very interesting...what does White do after 14...Bxd6?> 14...Bxd6 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.b4 seems to be the idea here.

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It is quite clear that after 16...cxb4? 17.Qxd4 f6 (only move to protect Rh8) 18.Nb5 black's position just has fallen apart, for example 18...Qd7 19.Rxe6+! Kf7 (19...Qxe6 20.Nc7+) 20.Rd6 Qxb5 21.Bb2 with threat 22.Rxf6+ Nxf6 23.Qxf6+ etc. Black's best reaction seems to be 16...Ne7 but after 17.bxc5 or even 17.Rb1!? white has more than sufficient compensation.

<EmperorAtahualpa>16.Qxg4 Ne7 17.Bf4!? Qc6 18.Qh5 Ng6 19.Bh6 can be playable but it is not much convincing. <Shams> 16.Nb5 Qc6 17.Qa4 Kf8 18.Qa5 Qb6 forces exchange of queens with advantage of black.

Sep-30-06  yudhimaster: hmm.. The best queen sacrifice forever in chessworld.
Aug-09-08  alphee: <EmperorAtahualpa> I had the same question and could not find a clear answer, hence I asked the Expert "Fritz 11" and here is the verdic, ...which matches < Honza Cervenka:> analysis. Garry Kasparov - Judit Polgar, Eurotel Trophy 2002

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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. = (0.25): 14...Bxd6 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.b4 Ne7 17.Nc2 c4 18.Qxd4 Kd7 19.Qf6 Rhg8 20.Be3 Rg6 21.Qc3 Nf5 22.Bc5 Qc6

2. (1.32): 14...Kf8 15.b4 c4 16.Qxd4 h5 17.Nab5 h4 18.Qf4 Nh6 19.Nd4 Qd7 20.Bb2 h3 21.b5 hxg2 22.Kxg2 Kg8

3. (9.38): 14...Qxd6 15.exd6 Bxd6 16.Nb5 Rd8 17.b4 Be7 18.Nc7+ Kf8 19.bxc5 h5 20.Rxe6 fxe6 21.Nxe6+

4. (9.91): 14...Kd7 15.Qa4+ Kc7 16.Bd2 Bxd6 17.Ba5+ Kc8 18.Bxd8 Kxd8 19.exd6 Nf6 20.Qa5+ Ke8 21.Qxc5 Kf8 22.Qxd4 Kg7

Aug-28-09  Garech: An alternative to the "queen sac" is 33.Bh4! where white has a winning advantage in every continuation, for example: ...Rxh4 34.h3...Rxh3+ 35.gxh3...Qxh3+ 36.Qxh3..Rxh3 37.Kg2...Rh7 38.Rf6 with +3.00 according to Fritz. Another variation for black is 34...d4 but now 35.Qg3 and again white is far better. Black's best option is again to sacrifice on h3 as before, any other move for example 35...Qg7 loses outright to 36. Rxf7. Great game from Kasparov in any case, as <notyetagm> was saying, those knights were truly incredible!
Dec-09-12  notyetagm:

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Dec-09-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNIGHTS BELONG IN OUTPOSTS
Dec-09-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNIGHTS BELONG IN OUTPOSTS

Kasparov vs Judit Polgar, 2002

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Mar-11-17  cro777: <The best queen sacrifice forever in chessworld?)

Regrettably, the queen sacrifice 33.Qxh8+ was not correct:

33.Qxh8+ Nxh8 34.Ne7+ Kf8 35.Nec8

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35...Bc5! This move (instead of 35...Qd3?) is the refutation. Polgar could have won the game.

As <Garech> pointed out, instead of the "queen sac", the correct move is 33.Bh4! with winning advantage.

This game is thoroughly analyzed in Valeri Lilov's webinar on the Shankland method:

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