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Judit Polgar vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"Shakh Like a Leaf" (game of the day Aug-31-2007)
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 4, Oct-29
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Karpov Gambit (C80)  ·  1-0



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Apr-30-11  pkkandel: where is <notyetagm>? he used to call Shakhriyar Mamedyarov "king of tactics" but i dont see even a micro element of that in this game.
May-21-11  Whitehat1963: Remains by far the longest game in the Guess-the-Move database's five hardest games. Obviously a complex masterpiece.
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  offramp: < LIFE Master AJ: 11.Ng5 was played by Karpov against Korchnoi in one of their World Championship matches. (It was a product of Tal's brain, believe it ... or not.)> 11.Ng5 was the brainchild of Zaitsev.
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  kingscrusher: Great stuff
Aug-17-16  jvitray: In light of 24. Qf3+ Kc4 25. b3# throwing the Queen in the way with 24... Qe4 only prolongs.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Nice tactic, but it's not hard to see what happens when QxKt ;)
Dec-17-16  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: hhhhmmmmm,

Man, Woman, or Child has a GREAT DAY and it is assumed that they are CHEATING???? Not a fan or hater of Polgar! To say she is a CHEAT is so, so, WRONGO!

One of Judit's Sisters SUSAN Polgar does need to learn about FREEDOM & hijabs. WAY to Go US CHESS for their Support!

Aug-03-17  wondairfoul: Why after 11Ng5 Black dont play Qxg5,
much too simple ?
Aug-03-17  Nerwal: <Why after 11Ng5 Black dont play Qxg5, >

11... ♕xg5 was under cloud back then following Kasparov vs Shirov, 2001. Nowadays it's the opposite, 11... ♕xg5 is fine for Black and White avoids the line most of the time.

Aug-03-17  wondairfoul: Nerwal: thanks for these explanations
Aug-06-17  Iwer Sonsch: Doesn't 22.Rxe5 win so much material that it isn't in any way inferior to the game line?
Aug-06-17  Iwer Sonsch: At least, 24.Qf3+ and 25.b3 ends the game.
Aug-13-17  jffun1958: <Iwer Sonsch> if 24. ... Qe4 25. Qxe4+ Kc4 26. Qxe6+ Kd3 27. Red1+ Kc2 28. Qd2#
Oct-05-17  Weeping Warrior: I Managed Somehow To Score A 34.
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  Arn Zufeld: Minus this,minus that,minus this,minus that,Id really hate to have you score my tennis match...
Sep-08-18  Caissa04: I scored 61 on guess the move because I remembered the Svidler game that started like this one.
Mar-20-19  chesstauren: Never decline the Karpov gambit!
Apr-02-19  chesstauren: This game is proof that Caissa exists
Sep-15-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Judit Polgar"

Solve for white on move 20.

Text states:20.♗g5+! ♔d7 20...♔e8 21.♘f6+ White wins 20...♘xg5 21.♘xg5 White wins 21.♘c5+ ♗xc5 22.♕f7+ ♔d6 23.♗e7+ ♔d5 23...♔d5 24.♕f3+ ♔c4 25.b3#

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  plang: Black had only spent two minutes through 11..Bxd5?! which greatly surprised Polgar as she had previously looked at the line and considered it to be bad for Black. Black played 14..Kf7? instantly though after Polgar's reply 15 Qf5+! (Black probably expected 15 e6) he was completely lost; 14..Ke7 is the only defense though Black has a tough time in this line as well as shown in Svidler-Anand Dos Hermanas 1999 (Black drew this game only by a miracle).

After this game 11..Bxd5?! has been considered to be close to unplayable.

Jul-10-20  MordimerChess: 11. Ng5 is called Karpov Gambit and it seems like taking the knight is the best way to play it. After Qf3 just castle and after Qxc6 continue the game with equal material. It was played couple of times by Anand.

Interesting that 11... Bd5 was played by Anand earlier and he survived the attack of Peter Svidler. Judit Polgar didn't give any chances here.

Also, keep in mind that Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is 17 years old here and still learn to play against top players... and 26y old Judit was not only sharp in tactical game but also very experienced, one of the top World players.

My video analysis of this game:


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  perfidious: While Black's desire to have his king at the head of his troops is laudable, the poor wretch comes to grief in short order here.
Jul-11-20  SChesshevsky: <...keep in mind that Mamedyarov is 17 years old here...> Think this is very relevant. It is black with 10...d4 that invites possible 11. Ng5 and all the potential complications.

Guessing that 11...Qxg5 has been worked out to some sort of forced or nearly forced draw at some point as 11. Bxe6 looks by far the more popular reply to 10...d4. Or maybe it was just assessed as better.

Think black can pass on all the early sharpness with 10...Be7. Believe Ding Liren, who played the Open Ruy awhile back, tended to mainly go that way.

Jul-11-20  carpovius: Is this Karpov Gambit, right? Somebody knows other games with 12.Nxf7?
Jul-11-20  MordimerChess: <carpovius> Sure, Svidler vs Anand, 1999 Anand survived but was tough :D
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