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Anatoly Karpov vs Judit Polgar
"Polgarheist" (game of the day Sep-20-2015)
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Kasparov Attack (E12)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: Perhaps 28...Rb8! is an obvious "positional move," but it is also a winning tactic to continue the "pursuit" of the White King, which began arguably with the pretty 16. Bb4+! obstruction move pointed out above.

Black wins in every variation. Fritz 8's analysis of the options @ 12 to 15 depth are

1. (-2.44) 29. h3 Qe4+ 30. Ka1 Ba6

2. (-2.56) 29. Ka1 Ba6

3. (-2.75) 29. Rc2 f6 30. Ka1

4. (-3.66) 29. Qb3 Nxb2 30. Kxb2 Qxg2 31. Ne1 Qxf2+

5. (-3.72) 29. Ka2 Nxb2 30. Nxe5 (30. Qxb2 Bc4+ 31. Ka1 Rxb2 32. Kxb2 Bxd5 ) 30...Qa4+ Qa3 31. Nd3!!

6. (-3.91) 29. Ba3 Qxg2 30. Nd2 Nxa3+ 31. Qxa3 Qxf2

7. (-4.63) 29. e4 Ba6 30. Rc2 Qxe4

Oct-02-05  notyetagm: <InspiredByMorphy: Judit plays excellently! 16. ... Bb4+ is slick.>

Yes, 16 ... ♗b4+! is one of my favorite <interference> moves. It just seems to come out of nowhere. This nasty tactical shot must have been a terrible surprise for Karpov. No he is stuck with his king in middle of the board, the last thing in the world that you want when facing Judit.

Jan-20-07  ianD: Wow Karpov got his king stuck in the middle and then on the wrong side of the board.
Mar-04-07  azi: Amazing - this little girl making the worlds best look like tyros. I never saw Karpov look worse!!!
Mar-04-07  RookFile: Well, I wouldn't get too excited. Polgar is a strong player of course, but so is Karpov, who put up a plus score against her.
Mar-04-07  azi: Qd6 removed he queen from the lower quadrient where white's oddly placed pieces are harrassed by Judit's brillant moves. Keeping the queen local might have allowed him to maintain a tactical balance. Was the handling of the queenside exchanges best? I thought pxp rather than qxp
on c3 might be a better try. With 20-20 hind sight, Karpov should have castled sooner also imho.

Leaving the king on the edge of battle and then moving into the frey -so much for the active king - was asking too much from his placidly developed pieces. A classic game from the present. The game could have been played by Capablanca and Alekhine teemed together as white. Judit Polgar would seem to know more about attacking chess than everybody else. Its a little scary!

Mar-04-07  RookFile: Lol.

Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 2003

16 ... ?

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16 ... ♗e7-b4+! <interference: b3,b5>

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Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: INTERFERENCE

Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 2003 16 - Be7-b4+! blocks line from White b3-queen to loose b5-bishop

Jul-20-12  HOTDOG: 23.dxe6 Rxb2! 24.Rxb2 Qc1+ 25.Qd1 Qxb2 26.exd7 Rd8 and according to Polgar Black is winning, but Karpov now suggests the defence 27.Qd2 and then Nd4, f3 and Kf2 and White is still fighting
Jan-01-13  rogl: I checked with an engine and it turns out that Karpov was wrong here. After his suggested line the position is

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Black can now continue with 27...Qb1+ 28.Qd1 Qb4+ 29.Qd2 Rxd7!. The point is that after 30.Qxb4 axb4 white doesn't have time for 31.Nd4 and 32.f3. Black will swing her rook over to the a-file and mayhem will follow.

Jul-09-13  notyetagm: <InspiredByMorphy: Judit plays excellently! 16. ... Bb4+ is slick.>

Slick, indeed.

Jul-09-13  Nerwal: <InspiredByMorphy: Judit plays excellently! 16. ... Bb4+ is slick.>

Judit seems to like this tactical shot : see 22... ♗c5 in Timman vs Judit Polgar, 2000

Sep-20-15  nazgulord: Awesome pun.
Sep-20-15  The Kings Domain: Heh, one could tell when a pun is inspired or strained to the limit. This obviously falls on the latter, 'though still quite amusing. :-)
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  Once: Very impressive game by Judit. I love the way that she uses tactics to support strategy. The stunning 16...Bb4+ puts the Black light squared bishop on the a6-f1 diagonal which stops white from castling.

Just a little thing, but it causes lots of problems for Karpov.

Very fine play.

Sep-20-15  cunctatorg: Well, at 2003 Anatoly Karpov was clearly five-eight years past his prime! Self-control Judit's fans and followers!!...
Sep-20-15  RandomVisitor: After 11...0-0:

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<+0.05/28 12.Be2> c5 13.dxc5 Bf6 14.Qd2 bxc5 15.0-0 Qe7 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Qb2 Rfd8 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 cxb4 20.axb4 Rc8 21.Ne5 Qc7 22.h3 Nd5 23.Nc4 Qe7 24.b5 Nb6 25.Nd6 Rd8 26.Nxb7 Rxd1+ 27.Bxd1 Qxb7 28.Bf3 Qc7

-0.19/28 12.Bc4 c5 13.dxc5 Bf6 14.Qb3 bxc5 15.0-0 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Rc8 17.Rac1 cxb4 18.axb4 Bxb2 19.Qxb2 Qg5+ 20.Kh1 Ne5 21.Be2 Qh5 22.Kg2 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Qg6+ 24.Kh1 Nd3 25.Bxd3 Qxd3 26.Rg1 g6 27.Rg4 Qd1+ 28.Kg2 Rc8 29.Rd4 Qe1 30.Rd6

Sep-20-15  paavoh: If there is a great pun, this is one for sure!!
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  tamar: The rare portmanteau pun, impressive.
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  Once: <cunctatorg> You can only play the person sitting opposite you. And even in 2003 Karpov was a strong player.

I am no Judit fan, but rather a fan of all good chess ... whoever plays it and against whichever player.

When I rule the world, the first thing I will ban (after the over-use of the word "like") will be the fan-boy mentality. I swear that if 40% of the internet is porn and 40% is spam, a large part of the remaining 20% is one fan-boy arguing with another that X is better than Y.

Judit plays well in this game. I say that because Judit plays well in this game, and not because I hold a fan-boy badge <for> her or <against> Anatoly Karpov.

Good chess is good chess when you take your blinkers off.

Sep-20-15  cunctatorg: Judit Polgar is a great attacking player on her own and she conducted many much more impressive games, even masterpieces against players much stronger than THIS 2003 Anatoly Karpov, e.g. against Vishy Anand etc.

The real asset of this game is just the abstract concept, the "abstraction" of a victory of Judit Polgar over Anatoly Karpov though the truth is that this Anatoly Karpov isn't really the well known Anatoly Karpov, it's just a weak copy of him; his play is too weak, far beyond his standards...

It is also true that after 2003 Karpov conducted a few games where we can see the Karpovian play...

Sep-20-15  cunctatorg: Correction: [... far below his standards...]

The most fascinating Judit's victory I have even seen is her brilliant victory over Vishwanathan Anand at Hoogoven(s) in 1998 where she outplayed a real Vishy Anand; that's a really awesome game, a full-metal masterpiece!!

Sep-21-15  Nerwal: Judit's YouTube channel has the footage of her showing the game to the audience just after it was played :

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  kevin86: Great win by Judit! The skewer wins it!
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