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Judit Polgar vs Etienne Bacrot
"View from the Bacrot" (game of the day Mar-23-2006)
Rapid Match (1999) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 2, Nov-04
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1

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Mar-23-06
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  Phony Benoni: Kavalek's "Immortal Pawn" game was against Gufeld. It's in the database, but I don't know how to do a direct link.
Mar-23-06  YouRang: <Eficko> Oops! My apologies -- I clearly didn't read your post carefully.
Mar-23-06  Bobwhoosta: Funny, in the final position black has a pawn promotion no matter which way you flip the board.

This type of game is something I need to study more, a pure positional build up off of a piece sacrifice. I would've never seen the sacrifice...

Mar-23-06  GilHamilton: <Phony Benoni> Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 ?
Mar-25-06  Eficko: <YouRang> no probs. i didnt quote it properly with his name in the first place.
Oct-06-06
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  kevin86: I think that the chain after move fifty is even more impressive:a6-d3-h7
Jun-12-07  notyetagm: Position after 52 ... c3-c2


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Wow. Never anything like this before or since.

Jun-13-07  sanyas: <Bobwhoosta> Not if you flip it sideways...
Nov-27-07
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  FSR: Poor Judit must have felt sick getting rolled by all those pawns. In such circumstances I always think of something IM Julio Kaplan once wrote (I think about a game where Lein had sacked a rook for five pawns and rolled them down the board much as Bacrot did here): "reminds me of a movie I saw once about Brazilian army ants."
Feb-28-08  D.Observer: Eight on three. Can't withstand it.
Dec-17-08  WhiteRook48: Polgar loses to Bacrot???? How did that happen?
Dec-17-08  chessamateur: <WhiteRook48> Bacrot was a young and upcoming star at this time and went on to become an elite GM.
Jan-23-09
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  GrahamClayton: <notyetagm>Never anything like this before or since.

<notyetagm>,
According to Irving Chernev's "Wonders and Curiosities of Chess" (Dover, 1974}, the game du Mont-Gosling, London 1943 reached the following position after 31.e5


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The c7-d6-e5-f4-g3-h2 pawn chain equals the chain in the Polgar v Bacrot game.

Jan-23-09  WhiteRook48: how come Black kept all the pawns for so long?
Jan-30-09  WhiteRook48: and it was a bit funny.
Oct-27-09  WhiteRook48: who won that game?
Aug-12-12  Abdel Irada: White was probably already lost by that time, but I think 38. ♕c6 was fatal. She had an opportunity to pick off the a-pawn and begin demolishing Black's queenside pawn chain, but instead chose to pursue a doomed attack. This is where my old friend/opponent Kermit Norris would have croaked, "No pawn respect!"
Apr-27-13  Rookiepawn: I think maybe 28. f4 was a poor move since it allows the Black e pawn to get pass and backed. 28.f3 seems to me as more cautious in order to stop the pawn avalanche.
Apr-27-13
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  thegoodanarchist: By move 49 Bacrot's pawn chain looks better than anything I've ever seen on a chess board. He still has all 8 and couldn't be more well placed
Nov-28-13  Dragi: nice game
Jan-20-14  MarkFinan: I guess if you want to study rook and pawn endgames there are better and more accurate games out there, but I just love this game and especially this position


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Looks brilliant! And I don't understand how white couldn't claim a draw on/around move 57?? This is the third game I've seen like this over the past month or two where I've seen brilliant and entertaining games that according to the rules of chess that I know anyway... should have been drawn!

Brilliant game to go through though 😄

Jan-20-14  MarkFinan: That guy who always gets ridiculed for saying pawns are better than rooks in the endgame, whoever you are, point your detractors this way, lol.

Sep-04-14  SpiritedReposte: Probably never see a bigger pawn roller than that.
Mar-08-17  ariaden: A strange mistake on white's 37th move. I believe she planned to play something like this:

37. Rh3 Qg4 38. Qf6 Ree7 39. Rdh1 e3+ 40. Kf1 d4 41. Qxa6 d3 42. Qc8+ Kg7 43. Rxh7+ Kf6 44. Qh8+ Rg7 45. Qf8+ Rgf7 46. Rxf7+ Rxf7 47. Qd8+ Re7 48. Qd4+ Kf7 49. Rh7+ Ke8 50. Rxe7+ Kxe7 51. Qxe3+ Kf7 52. Nc3 Qh4 53. Nxb5 Qh1+ 54. Kf2 Qh4+ 55. Kg1 Qd8 56. Nc3 d2 57. Nd1 Qd6 58. b5 Qb4 59. Qd4 Qxb5 60. Qxd2

Jan-10-21  ZoneChess: This wins the chessgames.com comedy award for best pun by far.
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