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Judit Polgar vs Ilya Yulyevich Smirin
34th Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 8, Nov-05
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Kurajica Variation (B09)  ·  1-0



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May-04-04  Whitehat1963: Smirin mishandles the opening of the day, much to Polgar's pleasure!
May-04-04  Benjamin Lau: I don't play the Pirc, where does Smirin screw up in the opening? Btw, does anyone else think the tournament name is (not so) subtly ironic?
May-04-04  iron maiden: Not so ironic by now, since Polgar had been playing first board in the so-titled "Men's Olympiad" for years.
May-04-04  Benjamin Lau: Indeed. Hopefully Lahno will join her soon. Her rating has been rocketing up very quickly.
May-05-04  Dudley: He may have screwed up by playing the Pirc against an attacking player like Polgar in the first place. The Austrian attack is feared so much by David Norwood, a Pirc-Modern expert, that he won't even allow it. When faced with an early Nc3 by white, he transposes into a variation of the Modern with ...c6 and ...d5 turning it into a Caro Kann type of line. I think the Pirc is very provocative, and you have to have the right kind of attitude to play it well. You have to be prepared to suffer before countering, if you survive. Personally, I need something more straight foward with more of an early stand in the center, like the Caro or Sicilian.
May-05-04  TrueFiendish: BL: yeah, maybe they should make it "Chess Olympiad-open". It seems silly to insist on the name it has.
May-05-04  ruylopez900: By letting J.Polgar compete in the mens division it sends the message that men are better, since women are allowed to "play up" as it were. If it's going to be a Men's Olympiad only men should play. I support, however, a full out Olympiad where the top 5-6-7 players form each nation duke it out, regardless of any factor other than skill and nationality (obviously)
Dec-25-05  Jim Bartle: This is about as quick an execution as you'll see in top-level chess. If I read the Informant notes (by Polgar) correctly, the novelty was 11. h4 and Smirin's error was 14...Rc8, when he should have played 14....Bxc3.
Dec-25-05  PinkPanther: I don't think there is anything wrong with the name of it at all....if you're not going to have a "men's" olympiad, then what are all the best women players in the world (besides Polgar) going to play in? If you're not going to distinguish them by name in some way, then why have two separate Olympiads?
Dec-26-05  HannibalSchlecter: awesome attacking game by Polgar. I love her style!
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  soma: Although the White ♕ to the g file may seem obvious, Δ ♕xg7#, Black can delay the mate for at least 6 moves by 22 ... ♖xc2+, 23. ♗xc2 ♘xa2+, 24. ♔d2 ♕b4+, 25. ♔e3 ♕f4+, 26. ♔xf4 dxe5+, 27 ♔xe5 ♖c8, 28. ♕xg7#. If White did not play the accurate ♕g3! but instead ♕g4?, White is still winning but not as decisively, e.g., 22. ♕g4? ♖xc2+, 23. ♔b1 ♖xb2+, 24. ♔xb2 ♘d5+, 25. ♔a1 ♘xf6, 26 exf6 ♕g5, 27 ♘xg5 ♗xf6+, 28 ♔b1.
Jan-16-09  kurtrichards: My understanding is that Miss Judit is consistently always at top 10 until I read recently FIDE January 2009 listing which shows Miss Judit to be rank 36. What happened?
Jan-16-09  geigermuller: <kurtrichards> She has two kids and a happy family. I hope she will be back in the top ten soon though.
Jan-17-09  kurtrichards: Yes,geigermuller. I'd like to see her among the top 10s once more.
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  plang: The middlegame position resembles a Dragon Sicilian except that here Black's counterplay seems slow. The standard move 9 Nxd4 would have led to an unclear position after 9..Bb7 10 e5..Ng4 11 e6..f5 12 Nf3.

Instead Polgar played 9 Bxd4.
Nunn's comment:
"...At one time, players would have reacted with horror to the idea of exchanging their dark-squared bishop for a knight in a Dragon structure- think of all those lines in the Dragon in which White is reluctant to part with this bishop even for a rook. However, the point of 9 Bxd4 is to gain time to launch a direct kingside attack. If Black never gets time to organize some play on the long diagonal, then the lack of a dark-squared bishop won't be much of concern for White. However, this move does commit White to rapid kingside action; any delay, and the missing will prove a serious problem."

Polgar suggested 11..h5 as an improvement but after 12 f5 it is not clear that Black is any better off. 12..gxh 13 Nd5..Bg7 14 Bb5..Na5 15 Ne3 would also have been bleak for Black. The alternative 18..e6 19 Ne4..Qe7 20 Nf6+..Bxf6 21 Qxh6 would have led to a quick mate.

Voted the 4th best game in Informant 80.

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