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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 3, May-14
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-15-05  Kangaroo: Yes, Judit has passed the test, once again!
May-15-05  popski: Bravo Judit!
May-15-05  Jack Kerouac: That's the way to play to a draw!
May-15-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: Cool, they played it out! Now this really IS a draw.
May-15-05
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  Annie K.: Somebody remind me how to breathe. Wottagame! =)
May-15-05  mr. nice guy: Oh no! Not another Grandmaster draw!
May-15-05
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to everybody for coming by today. Next game at 7:30am tomorrow morning.
May-15-05  Ezzy: Vishy plays too fast 39..Rc3 looks to be winning. I dont think Polgar will play this opening variation again?
May-15-05
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  Calli: Agree, Vishy sometimes gets confused and thinks its speed tournament.
May-15-05  THE pawn: This no-draw rule is definitely a failure...how sad.
May-15-05  Assassinater: < This no-draw rule is definitely a failure...how sad. >

IMO, the reason for the no-draw rule was for no short draws. It's worked so far, for the most part. How're you going to ensure that something like this game doesn't happen again? It's the logial conclusion to a hard-fought game. Banning draws completely is just punishing those people who don't abuse it because some people do.

May-15-05  Assassinater: Not to mention that how're you going to make sure that someone wins? Without doing something <insane> like pawn odds + black to the lower-rated player, you can't make sure that someone will screw up. I mean, even Tal and Morphy drew games.
May-15-05  Assassinater: Well, I just realized if you were sarcastic (sorry, I couldn't tell it from your post), I just made a complete ass of myself. My apologies if you were sarcastic.
May-15-05
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  tamar: I don't see how it is punishing players to make them play chess. The pieces aren't heavy...
May-15-05  Boomie: Besides, when Anand, Topalov, and Polgar play to a draw, it's still exciting for us schlubs.
May-15-05  csmath: Beatiful resolution for Judit after 21. Bxg6. She calculated masterfully the whole tactical variation rather than trying to fish out something in 21. Re3 which was a computer choice but seems rather etremely difficult to play as white.

When Judit plays like this nobody can beat her. This is a great game with Anand playing masterfull maim and kill. Not this time though.

May-15-05  csmath: This draw is every bit as exciting as any win I've seen.

Anand does have this genius that no other player, short of Kasparov has. This is when he chooses unusual plan that nobody else sees. This is a creative chess you don't see often. He almost succeeded to trap Judit.

If he never becomes a world champion that will be one of the greatest misfortunes, greater than the one of Keres or anybody else.

May-15-05  Milo: This is a great game... would it have been drawn earlier without the no-draw rule? Maybe a little...
May-15-05  THE pawn: <Assassinater>

Haha, well yes I was sarcastic. Don't worry, you've brought up a good point. Draws can be as exciting as a win. I do like when someone wins, but this game was a hell lot of fun. Somehow the rule works for me, the players are -in my opinion - seeking for a win a bit more since that rule came out. But those GMs are so strong, there will always be more draws than wins.

May-16-05  Boomie: 39...Rc3 does appear to win. However 39. c5 was a mistake. If she had played 39. Rb6, the win is hard to find. I've spent way too much time searching for it without success. Here are some of these lines:

39. Rb6 Rd2+ 40. Kf3

(40. Kh3 Rxa2 41. Rb5+ Kg6 42. c5 Bc3

(42... Bd8 43. b4 a4 44. Rb8 Bf6 45. b5 Bd4 46. c6 Bg1 47. g4 Rh2+ 48. Kg3 h4+ 49. Kf3 Rc2 50. b6 h3 51. b7 Ba7 52. Rh8 a3 53. Rxh3 Rxc6 54. f5+ Kg7 (-0.64))

43. c6 Bb4 (-1.76))

40... Rxa2 41. Rb5+ Kg6 42. c5 Bc3 43. c6 Bb4 44. Ke4 Rc2 45. Kd5 Kf5 46. Rb7 Be1 47. Rh7 Kg6

(47... Kg4 48. Rg7+ Kh3

(48... Kf3 49. f5 Bxg3 50. f6 (0.00))

49. f5 (0.00))

(47... Bxg3 48. Rxh5+ Kxf4 49. Rh8 Kf5 50. Rf8+ Kg4 51. Rg8+ Kf3 52. Rg7 (-0.05))

48. Rh8 Bb4 49. Ra8 Kf5

(49... Rc3 50. Ra7 Kf6 51. c7 Kf5 52. Rb7 (0.00))

50. Ra7 Rc5+ 51. Kd6 Re5+ 52. Kc7 Re7+ 53. Kb6 Bc5+ 54. Kxc5 Rxa7 55. Kb6 Rh7 56. c7 Rh8 57. Kb7 Kg4 58. c8=Q+ Rxc8 59. Kxc8 Kxg3 60. f5 (0.45))

39... Bd4

(39... Rc3 40. Rxa5 Kg4 41. Ra6 Rc2+ (-2.30))

May-16-05  panigma: I guess the question to ask is...without the "no draw" rule, at what move would the game have been drawn?
May-16-05  agressivechess: For me the question i want to ask is that after judith played 61.Kg8 why didn't Vishy take his king to the other flank and try to capture the all important b-pawn.I kindly request a feedback
May-16-05  fian: 61.Kg8 and lets say 61....Ke2 then 62.Rxa5 Bxa5 62.f8=Q Rxf8 63.Kxf8 and Black can even lose this position of bishop vs. pawn :-)
Sep-28-05
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  Joshka: If their game today is half as exciting as this game was, we're in for a real treat. As luck would have it, I scheduled a tourney game for today at 2:00PM, gotta find an excuse to resechedule!LOL
Aug-18-09  goosesmack2: maoam: <goosemack>

It must be pretty obviously a draw to a GM like you though surely, <goosey>?

while very exciting, as this game petered out to the endgame, it clearly became a draw

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