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Judit Polgar vs Zoltan Almasi
Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Apr-13
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Interesting that Almasi did not want to test Judit Polgar's knowledge of the Marshall Attack by playing 7.0-0 followed by 8. d5. Perhaps Zoltan feared that Judit was better prepared since their previous encounter with it in Judit Polgar vs Z Almasi, 1997

In any event, it is highly instructive how Judit simultaneously uses her space advantage to attack both black's queenside and center pawn structure in the middle game. Note how after 40. Bxa6 black's game crumbles as Zoltan's plan of counterplay on the white queen side is completely thwarted after Judit's destruction of black's center with 51. Bxd6.

This game is definitely a keeper for illustrating superior technique in obtaining and pushing small advantages into big advantages in the closed ruy lopez lines. Judit also shows she is a master of the technique of forcing exchanges for a win when she has the advantage. Bravo Judit Polgar!!

Jul-12-05  rodrigochaves: why Almasi didn't play 17.c6, trying o open the center?
Jul-12-05  Shams: <rodrigochaves> I agree, that would be better. 72...g5 allows 73.g4!, what Fischer used to call the "Mongolian Tactic" (don't ask me why.) Otherwise, I guess, 73...f5 74.Ng5 Kb7 76.Nf7 Nd5 77.g3 is no better. Wasn't this endgame a puzzle of the day a couple months back? I guess not, since nobody's commented. Seems familiar though.
Jul-12-05  Anastasia: not to be picky but fischer actually called it the mongoloid tactic
Jul-12-05  Shams: hmm, do you know the story? google isn't helping. I'm curious. Maybe it arises out of the mongoloid opening?
Jul-13-05  Anastasia: don't believe EVERYTHING i make up... just some of it
Jul-13-05  hintza: The problem is, as I'm sure you'll appreciate, that if you admit to making things up then even when your posts are not made up, people will think they probably are. Therefore I recommend you learn a lesson or two from the old story about the boy who cried wolf. :-)
Jul-13-05  Anastasia: omigod thats so wierd, i was watching sesame street this morning and they said EXACTLY the same thing!

thx hintza, i will never again admit to making things up...

Jul-13-05  OneBadDog: Why did Almasi play 24... ♗xc4? It doesn't seem forced. Was it just to blockade the position?
Jul-14-05  hintza: <Anastasia> Sesame Street is an excellent show to watch if you want some sound moral guidance! :) <thx hintza, i will never again admit to making things up...> Yes, that's the way you have to do it. Never, ever confess to making things up. That way people will believe anything :)

<OneBadDog> You must mean 26...Bxc4. It's not forced. Zoltan possibly wanted to get the a7 knight into play as quickly as possible.

Nov-13-08  gambitfan: very interesting knight endgame...
Dec-17-10  iking: tenacious Polgar, nice ending
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  plang: At the time of this game 16..Nb6 was still the main line; nowadays 16..Rc8 is the most popular move and it has scored very well for Black. 17..c5 was new; 17..c6 had been played by Beliavsky in his loss to Leko at the 2002 BLED Olympiad. 21 a5!? weakened the a-pawn; 21 Ngf1 intending Ne3 and Nc4 was suggested as an alternative. 30..h5?! not only weakened the kingside but allowed the white knight to reposition without having to worry about the response ..Nh5. In typical fashion Polgar played for tactical complications with 36 f4!?. Black could have played 38..Bxh4 29 e5..Be7 when his position looks OK. White could have played 44 a6! with a decisive advantage; ie.: 44..Rb1+ 45 Rxb1..Qxb1+ 46 Kh2..Qb6 47 Qa4..Qxa6 48 Qd7..Qb6 49 Bg5..Bxc3 50 Bd8..Ba5 51 Ng5 winning. 46..Nb5! would have been an improvement giving Black promising counterplay. After 54..Nf2? 55 Bg5! White was close to winning; better was 54..Bd8 or 54..Qa4. White missed 58 d7! winning immediately; eg,: 58..Bxg5 59 hxg..Qd6+ 60 Ne5!..Nxe5 61 d8(Q)..Nd7+ 62 Kh3..Qd3+ 63 Kh2..Qd6+ 64 g3. 72 g4! ultimately was decisive; a very pretty tactic.

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