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Etienne Bacrot vs Judit Polgar
Rapid Match (1999) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 3, Nov-05
Benoni Defense: King's Indian System (A56)  ·  0-1



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  al wazir: My line was the queen sac:

38...Qxh4+ 39. gxh4 Rxg2+ 40. Kh1 (40. Kh3 Nxf4+ 41. Nxf4 R8g3#) Rxe2 41. Qxe2 Ng3+ 42. Kh2 Nxe2.

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  al wazir: 18...Bxf5 seems to win a ♙: 19. Qd1/Qd2 Bxc2 20. Qxc2 cxb4 21. axb4 Rxc4.

But then we would have missed some nice tactics.

Apr-16-21  Walter Glattke: 38.-Qxh4+ 39.gxh4 Rxg2+ 40.Kh1 Rxe2 41.Rxh7+ Kxh7 42.Qa7+ Ng7 43.Qc7 Rxa2 or 41.Qxe2 Nf3+ 42.Kg2 Nxe2
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  drollere: i looked at <al wazir's> Qxh4+ first of all. i did not see an immediate mate for the sacrifice after Qb6. i missed the line by <refused> that plays Rg4 instead, very pretty.
Apr-16-21  Anjeneyar: The most elegant line is:

38...Qxh4+ 39. gxh4 Rxg2+ 40. Kh3 R8g3+ 41. Nxg3 Nxf4#


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  Breunor: Found Qxh4, I’m not sure I would have the guts to play OTB. But I feel good at getting this, I missed some of the easy puzzles this week!
Apr-16-21  Brenin: My choice was 38 ... Qxh4+ 39 gxh4 (otherwise White loses a second P on g3) Rxg2+ 40 Kh1 (or Kh3) Rxe2, and if 42 Qxe2 then 42 ... Ng3+ (or Nxf4+) wins the Q, leaving Black ahead by N+P with a passed e-pawn. Other White 42nd moves allow Black a mating attack, e.g. by R8g2.
Apr-16-21  Abdunnaser: 51 Qf2 52 Kc1 Rxh1# is faster
Apr-16-21  malt: Like the look of 38...Qh4+ 39.Kg1

(39.gh4 R:g2+ 40.Kh1 R2g4 41.Ng1 R:h4+ 42.Qh2 Ng3+ 43.Kg2 Ne2+ 44.Kf1 R:h2 )

[40.Kh3 Nf4+ 41.N:f4 R8g3# ]

39...R:g3 40.N:g3 N:g3 Δ 41...e3
41.Kf2 Ne2+ 42.Kf1 Qh1+ and 43...R:g2+

Apr-16-21  mel gibson: Black's move as per the text is a blunder.

I saw the right solution and Stockfish 13 agrees:

38... Qxh4

(38. ..
Qxh4+ (♕f6xh4+ g3xh4 ♖g6xg2+ ♔h2-h1 ♖g2-g4 ♖b7xh7+ ♔h6xh7 ♕b2-b7+ ♖g8-g7 ♕b7xg7+ ♔h7xg7 ♔h1-h2 ♔g7-g6 ♘e2-c3 e4-e3 ♘c3-e2 ♘h5xf4 ♘e2-g1 ♖g4-g2+ ♔h2-h1 ♖g2-f2 a3-a4 ♔g6-h5 ♘g1-h3 ♔h5xh4 ♘h3xf2 e3xf2 ♔h1-h2 ♔h4-g5 ♔h2-g3 f2-f1♕ ♔g3-h2 ♕f1-g2+) +M17/89 141)

score for Black mate in 17.

Apr-16-21  njchess: I chalk this up to time control pressure. After all, it IS a Queen sac. There are a lot of moving pieces to this position. I mean, with accurate play on White's part (and Black for that matter), per <mel gibson> Stockfish came back with mate in 17, after 15 moves! Not at all realistic OTB.

I think it was a combination of the placement of White's knight and king that threw her. 38. ... ♕xh4+!? 39. gxh4 ♖g2+ 40. ♔h1 ∞ or maybe ⩱. Or perhaps the best way to put it, unclear enough not to sac the Queen. Once White plays 46. ♔g2??, she pounces.

Besides, it is a rapid match...

Apr-16-21  20MovesAhead: Everyone likes a Q-sac , bruv.
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  chrisowen: Tv chivalrous Qxh4+ goodness affords on position bubbled it load livid box ivory Qf8 goofball ado no tv pivot on jaw can typo it was waistline quirk ova mob quick huffle hi flog on file led its up rook how it wet cad vim ins o glosses nil Qb2 fluff daccord nicer Qf1 finishoff adrift naf totadds chivalrous gib eithers fiddles finishoff Qf8 cat it waistline no?
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  Fitzgerald Dawson: i did not get this one !
How long will it take to learn chess ?
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  scruggs: missed every move..batted 100 but i did go h4
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  agb2002: White threatens Qxf6 followed by Ra7.

The black rooks x-ray g2. This suggests 38... Qxh4+:

A) 39.gxh4 Rxg2+

A.1) 40.Kh3 Nxf4+ (or 40... R8g3+ 41.Nxg3 Nxf4#) 41.Nxf4 R8g3#.

A.2) 40.Kh1 R2g4

A.2.a) 41.Nc1(3) Rxh4+ 42.Qh2 Rxh2+ 43.Kxh2 Nxf4 wins three pawns.

A.2.b) 41.Ng3 Rxh4+ 42.Kg1(2) Rxg3+ 43.Kf1 Rh1+ 44.Kf2 Rh2+ 45.Kf1 Rxb2 wins decisive material.

A.2.c) 41.Rxh7+ Kxh7 42.Qb7+ Kh6 43.Qe7 R8g6

A.2.c.i) 44.Qd8 Nf6 45.Qh8+ Nh7 46.Qd8 Kh5 is winning.

A.2.c.ii) 44.Kh2 Nf6 45.Kh3 Kh5 is winning.

B) 39.Kg1 Nxg3

B.1) 40.Qb1 Nxe2+ wins.

B.2) 40.Nxg3 Rxg3 41.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 42.Kf1 Qg1+ 43.Ke2 Rg2#.

B.3) 40.Kf2 Nxe2+ wins.

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  agb2002: I can't explain how I missed the extremely simple 42... R8g7 in my line A.2.c.
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  OhioChessFan: I just played through the solution and have no clue what was going on.
Apr-16-21  alshatranji: Very interesting. I had 38...Qxh4+ 39. gxh4 Rxg2+ 40. Kh1 Rxe2. But I wasn't sure after 41. Qb6. Stockfish has 41... Rg6 with a won position. More interestingly, Stockfish does not recommend the "beautiful" sacrifice 40...Rxe2, but the more solid (and devastating) 4...R2g4.
Apr-16-21  dhotts: How did Polgar miss this one?
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  keypusher: <dhotts: How did Polgar miss this one?> Have you ever played a game of chess in your life?
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  eternaloptimist: Yeah Judit missed combinations just like any other chess player. She is very talented tactically for sure but she’s a human being. I actually saw 38...♕xh4+! but I’ve “flubbed” (a la <An Englishman> many of these CG puzzles over the years. 😃
Apr-16-21  RandomVisitor: After 7...0-0

Stockfish thinks white has a large advantage:

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<45/61 13:54 +1.75 8.h3 Na6 9.g4> Nb4 10.Bb1 Bd7 11.Ng3 h6 12.Be3 Rb8 13.Qe2 Qa5 14.0-0 Qd8 15.Kh2 Nh7 16.Rh1 Na6 17.Kg2 Nc7 18.Bd3 a6

Apr-16-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: When I saw it was a "rapid" game, without analyzing , I first went on 38...♘g3, would be good if didn't have the answer 39.♕xf6+. And this answer frustrated any other move, that don't avoid the ♕ exchange. In other words, Black must move the ♕. So, the King tried the combination: 38...♕xh4+ 39. gxh4 ♖xg2+ 40. ♔h1 ♖xe2 41. ♕xe2 ♘g3+ 42. ♔h2 ♘xe2. The problem is that White need not to capture ♖e2. If White played bad (defensively) with moves like 41.♕b1? (or ♕c1?) then 41...♖gg2 42. ♖b3 ♘g3+ 43. ♖xg3 ♖xg3 and it seems that Black has winning position. However, when White plays correctly 41.♕b6! ♖g6 42. ♕d8} and ♗lack lose the attack (get back with 42...♘f6 and White can survive or revert the situation. Note that 43.♕xd6? cannot be played because of 43...♖h2+! 44. ♔xh2 ♘g4+ 45. ♔h3 ♖xd6, but Black is not winning. Therefore, the move of the text is justified. When I was posting, see the comment of fishouse, but I didn't followed its lines... lgs. (it seems that 40...♖2g4 can win...)
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  opus: black knight delivers a queen

38...Rxg3 39. Nxg3 Qxh4+ 40. Kg1 Rxg3 41. Kf2 Qh3 42. Ke2 Qxg2+ 43. Kd1 Qxb2 44. Rxb2 Rg1+ 45. Kc2 Rg2+ 46. Kc3 Rxb2 47. Kxb2 Nxf4 48. Kc2 e3 49. Kd1 Nd3 50. Kc2 e2 51. Kb3 e1=Q

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