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Loek van Wely vs Judit Polgar
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-18-05  Knight13: Seems Polgar likes endgames since she exchanged lots of pieces in the beginning.
Jan-18-05  Saruman: <Knight13> Maybe she just wanted a safe draw.
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  Willem Wallekers: Judit said in an interview in a Dutch newspaper that she used her sabbatical for a.o. endgame study
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  Willem Wallekers: Van Wely had a slight advantage all the time, so a draw offer by Judit would have been unpolite and not accepted.
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: A.O.endgame study?
Jan-18-05  Abaduba: I don't see why Judit would play such a drawish opening against one of the lower-rated opponents in the tournament, even with black. Why not play something sharp and try to get into 2nd place?
Jan-18-05  PinkPanther: <Abaduba>
Because Van Wely isn't a patzer, and isn't going to just be pushed around with white by Polgar. When you're playing black and you try to mix it up like that, I find you stand a much greater chance of losing than winning.
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  tpstar: A.O. =
All Out
Any Other
Alpha Omega
Agent Orange
Adult Oriented
Alexander Onischuk

Unless she meant L.M.A.O. which is something else entirely ...

Jan-18-05  aw1988: I don't know, but if it was me playing Van Wely I wouldn't go "LMAO".
Jan-18-05  csmath: 49. Rc7 relaxed Polgar's position.
Polgar went into the inferior ending and if this was against Kramnik or Leko then it would not be 1/2-1/2 just like that. This is not much of the game.
Jan-19-05  pontryagin: It seems to me Loek could have win the game by playing:

45. d7 Kc7
46. Rb8 Kxd7
47. Rxb5 ...
48. Rb8 ...
49. Rf8 ...
50. Rxf7 ...

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  Willem Wallekers: a.o. = amongst other

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