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Judit Polgar vs Ferenc Berkes
"Hey Jude" (game of the day Sep-02-2016)
Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Budapest HUN, rd 7, Apr-18
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Main Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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Jun-23-06  mack: <I can't believe how ignorant and just plain retarded Fischer and Kasparov are when it comes to anything other than chess!>

Fischer may turn into a babbling anti-semite the moment the topic veers away from chess - and half the time, when it's on chess too - but so far as Kaspy's concerned, that's bollocks mate. I've heard him speak extremely eloquently on all manner of things - football, politics, history, Shrek 2.

Jun-23-06  notyetagm: <vizir: 14. g4 ! exellent move I'll remember it>

Yes, this pawn move 14 g4! is the whole point of the knight sacrifice.

Now that the pawn structure on the kingside is White g4-pawn versus Black g5-pawn, White -cannot- be stopped from opening the h-file after an eventual h2-h4. Note that Black is unable to keep the h-file closed after h2-h4 by playing ... g5-g4 precisely because the Black g5-pawn is blockaded by the White g4-pawn.

What is the proper terminlogy for this pawn formation, White g4-pawn versus Black g5-pawn, followed by h2-h4 and the opening of the h-file for White by either h4xg5 or ... g5xh4? I believe this pawn structure is called a "pawn lever" but I am not sure.

Jun-23-06  notyetagm: <Sneaky: HOLY MOLY!! What an idea!

For a long time I've been a big fan of dangling pieces on the kingside, en prise, with the idea that the opening of the h-file in these opposite-side-castling games is worth a whole piece. It's the perfect passive sacrifice: Black has two choices ... (a) take my piece and let me open your king to viscious attack, or (b) don't take my piece, in which case it will participate in a viscious attack.

But I would never have the gall to do it in the way that Judit did here. She gives up the piece and THEN begins to slowly work on prying the file open. Wow! I think I'm going to look for this motif in the future.>

Very well said. That's why this game won a Chess Informant Best Game Prize.

The whole concept is tremendous. It's not the typical ♘f3-g5 h6xg5 h4xg5 piece sacrifice which opens the h-file immediately. She sacrifices a whole piece just to get the White g4-pawn versus Black g5-pawn pawn structure, so she can open the h-file later! And she had to see that Black would have no adequate defense in the resulting position. Brilliant.

Oct-15-07  notyetagm: Position after 13 ... h6x♘g5?! 14 g2-g4!:

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Polgar has just sacrificed a whole piece(!) (a ♘) on g5 in order to form the <PAWN LEVER> of Black g5-pawn versus White g4-pawn, with the goal of eventually opening the h-file with h2-h4.

I read at the time of this game that this idea (a piece sacrifice to create a <PAWN LEVER>) was first played in a game by the great Adolf Anderssen. Does anyone know which Anderseen game this is?


Feb-07-08  soberknight: I'm astounded by the depth of the Informator analysis provided by Benjamin Lau (though, for Informator, it's up to their standard). It's been a long time since I analyzed a tactical game in such depth.

I teach a chess class once a week, and I've been doing a "Game of the week" with the classic favorites: Anderssen's Immortal and Evergreen games, Fischer's Game of the Century, Morphy's Opera House Game, and Rubinstein's Immortal (not in that order). One of my students asked for a game in this century, and I decided to teach this game next Monday. I hope he will not be disappointed. I certainly think the quality of play is on par, or better, than some of the old classic favorites.

Jun-03-08  arsen387: Fascinating attack by Polgar, as usual. As much as my chess knowledge lets me to judge, 14.Bxa8? drops the Q quickly after 14..g4 and as the N moves then 15..Bg5. That means Judit planned that sac before she played 12.Bh7+. Also the opening of the h file is unavoidable. If black instead of 15..g6 tries 15..gxh4 then 16.Nxh4 Bxh4 17.g5! followed by 18.Rxh4+ again opens the h file with check and with better attack than the text. Great done by Judit! Blacks got 'Burned' in this Burn variation of French.
Oct-03-09  WhiteRook48: Polgar is a genius!
Oct-03-09  chillowack: <notyetagm: Polgar has just sacrificed a whole piece(!) (a N) on g5 in order to form the <PAWN LEVER> of Black g5-pawn versus White g4-pawn, with the goal of eventually opening the h-file with h2-h4.>

This terminology, "the pawn lever of g5 vs. g4," is not correct: the "pawn lever" exists only after h2-h4, which creates the possibility of "prying" open the h-file with hxg.

With just g4 facing g5, that's not yet a pawn lever. That's just two pawns facing each other: there's no leverage there.

For a very helpful discussion of pawn levers (and all other pawn-related stuff), I recommend Hans Kmoch's classic *Pawn Power in Chess*, which Anand once cited as one of his favorite books.

Feb-11-10  Fanques Fair: What about 15 ... f5 ? Couldnīt it cast doubts on the knight sacrifice ?
May-23-10  thickhead: 12.Bxh7+ Kh8 13.Be4 served two aspects.
(1)P at f7 is denied K support.
(2) in case of wholesale exchange of pieces by Black by 13... Bxg5 14.Nxg5 Qxg5 15 Qxg5 hxg5 white remains exchange ahead after 16. Bxa8
Sep-22-11  chessworm: Instead of 14...♖b8, why not f5? I am not seeing any definite line which gives white advantage or knight's worth !
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  Robed.Bishop: <Shams> In your line, after 18. Ne5 Bxg5, pinning the W queen.
Sep-22-11  Shams: <Robed.Bishop> Don't look at any of my analysis that's more than six months old!

Probably better disregard the newly minted stuff, too.

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  Robed.Bishop: <Shams> I have made posts wherein I overlooked a move. That's all part of the discussion.

This particular example just goes to show that not many users actually play through the suggested moves. I know I only do it when I'm intrigued by a suggestion or position.

Thanks for your contribution.

Sep-28-11  skcin: Re confusedpatzer. I beg to differ, but kasparov has become a busy politico I am not up to all his political work, but he is not a dense person with his politics... With Fischer your statement stands.
Sep-28-11  scormus: Quite a macho game by Judit. I'm not sure at what point it was clearly advantage Judit, I don't think it was when she first offered the Ng5. Great vision to see the possibilities.
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  Penguincw: Being behind in development could cost the game.
Dec-03-11  King Death: This was a brilliant attacking game by White.
Dec-03-11  Calar: Did Black resign too early? His pieces are quite passive, but I dpn't see any immediate win for White plus Black is not diown in material (Q vs R+K+P).

And of course, great and instructive attack by Judit Polgar. 14. g4 is indeed a move to remember.

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  FSR: <Calar> Black's big problem is that he has no effective way to meet the threat of Qf4-Qh6-h8# while still holding onto his material. For example, the natural <24...Nf6> is met by 25.Qe5, crushing Black: 25...Nxg4 allows instant mate; 25...Kg7 26.g5 mates in 2; and 25...Nh7 26.Qh2 wins the knight for starters. The alternative <24...Kg7>, preparing to contest the h-file, is met by 25.Qf4 Rh8 26.Rxh8 (26.Rf1 is also good) Rxh8 27.Qxc7 Nf6? (losing the knight, but 27...Nf8 28.Qxa7 isn't much better) 28.Qe5! and again the threat of g5 is deadly.
Jul-23-14  Eduardo Bermudez: This is a cute example of how aggressive is the best woman chess player all time !
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  Mating Net: If I had to vote for the most "instructive" move I have ever seen, it would be for Ms. Judit's 14.g4! She rightly eschews the a8 Rook to <Guarantee!> that she will open the h file. Once the h file was open, Black was permanently on the ropes.
Dec-11-14  Conrad93: Fischer could give Polgar knight odds and still win.
Nov-23-15  jriseman: I'm thinking Move 12, B-h7, was an error, and she didn't see the option then of P-g4 for Black (pinning the queen) for Move 14 (if she didn't play P-g4! herself). The sacrifice does not seem to be worth it until Black blunders on 17 with B-b7?? If Black had instead played 17. R-h8!, and closed off the H column, how could Polgar find the value in the sacrifice? Regardless, brilliant series by Polgar after Move 13.
Sep-02-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

<Conrad93: Fischer could give Polgar knight odds and still win.>

And Polgar could give you a rook. What of it?

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