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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
Polgar - Anand Rapid Match (2003) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 1, Aug-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Aug-19-03  aulero: I like this game. I like the winning will of both players.

White provokes Black saying: "Viswanathan, take my h4 pawn please! You are the man!".

And Black replies "Ok, Judith, show me your cards!", but the great Anand is quickly outplayed.

In the end I found 45.♔d3 a very nice move: black cannot play 45...♖xc5 46.d7! ♖d5+ 47.♔e2

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  patzer2: <aulero> You are so right about Judit's outstanding tactical play and technique from move 24 to the end of this game. She has Anand on the hook, and no matter how hard he fights after taking the bait with 24...Bxh4 ?!, he is a fish in this game who won't be the one that Judit Polgar let's get away. This game is well worth studying for its outstanding tactical play and technique in winning in the middle game with the central pawn majority.
Aug-29-03  coloredpencilset: I think Anand just miscalculated with 27...Nxf3? I believe he might have thought he could follow 28.Nxf7 with Kxf7, but decided against it in the game because of trouble after moves like Qxh7 and Rf1 or Bxg6 depending on where the Black King flees to.
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  patzer2: <colorpencilset> What do you think Anand should have played instead of 27...Nxf3? The knight is en prise. After 27...Nf5 28. BxNf5 gxf5 [28...Rxf5 29. Qxh6+ Kf8 30. Ne6+-] 29. NxRf7 Kxf7 30. Qxh7+ Kf6 31. Qh6+ Ke7 32. Qe6+ Kf8 33. Qxf5+ white has won a pawn and has the attack and the initiative. However, this is not computer analysis, and I haven't seen Judit's or Anand's own analysis of the game, so you may want to see if you can improve on it with a computer or home analysis.

To be honest, though, the lines are very complicated after 24...Bxh4?! and I'm not so sure improvements can't be found in Anand's play to salvage his game. Still, I find it exciting and interesting in seeing how Judit beats Anand at his forte, tactics, in this game after he snatches the pawn. Her excellent technique in combining strategy and tactics to win after this move, in my opinion, makes this game both entertaining and instructive.

Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: why 48...Re8?
Aug-23-18  alfamikewhiskey: So saturated with tactics. Tense game.
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  HeMateMe: Terrific game. Maybe Anand miscalculated that the endgame pawn structure would favor white?
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