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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, Sep-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  0-1



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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand (2005)
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Oct-02-05  thathwamasi: <offramp> Sorry if u misunderstood me that I am trying to underrate aussies. I infact admire the spirit of aussies. Its just that, I regret that they never produced a chess player to play with the likes of the guys who are playing in san luis. Infact, when I met steven waugh in Chennai, in 2001, I told him "for ur kinda composure, had u taken up chess, it would have been a tough challenge for kaspy" and he as usual gave a saintly smile....
Oct-03-05  Averageguy: Good finish by Anand.
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  BishopBerkeley: <thathwamasi>, <Benzol>, & <offramp>

And now, two newly-minted Australian Nobel Laureates in Medicine take their places alongside those mentioned above in the pantheon of intellectual achievement from "down under":

<offramp> Just a bit of a tweak on your light-speed number...

Speed of Light =
(approx.) 186,000 miles/second

186K m/s * 3600 seconds/hour
= 669,600,000 miles/hour (approx.)

Even so, for many practical purposes, your estimate would be quite good (notwithstanding the fact that it exceeds the velocity-ceiling that Albert Einstein bumped his head on.)

<thathwamasi> If I may ask respectfully, I wonder if your name here at this fine site is a version of the sublime two-part Sanskrit utterance often rendered in English as

Aham Brahmasi

Tattvamasi ?

I believe this esoteric pair originate in the Upanishads, one of the sacred writings of the Hindu tradition (specifically, the Brhadaranyaka and the Chandogya Upanishads, if memory serves). They are sometimes "translated"

I am Brahman (the Supreme Self)


Thou art Brahman.

Though I'm sure there are many meanings associated with these utterances, I have always interpreted them to refer to the identity-yet-distinctness of the individual "smaller" self with the Collective Universal "Supreme Self" (Paramatman) spoken of by philosophers from many different traditions.

Thank you!

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Incidentally, longtime friends Albert Einstein and Dr. Emanuel Lasker exchanged some interesting thoughts about the speed of light:

From Einstein's forward to Dr. Lasker's biography:

...Now I must justify myself because I never considered in detail, either in writing or in our conversations, Emanuel Lasker's critical essay on the theory of relativity. It is indeed necessary for me to say something about it here because even in his biography, which is focused on the purely human aspects, the passage which discusses the essay contains something resembling a slight reproach. Lasker's keen analytical mind had immediately clearly recognized that the central point of the whole question is that the velocity of light (in a vacuum) is a constant. It was evident to him that, if this constancy were admitted, the relative of time could not be avoided. So what was there to do? He tried to do what Alexnder, whom historians have dubbed "the Great," did when he cut the Gordian knot. Lasker's attempted solution was based on the following idea: "Nobody has any immediate knowledge of how quickly light is transmitted in a complete vacuum, for even in interstellar space there is always a minimal quantity of matter present under all circimstances and what holds there is even more applicable to the most complete vacuum created by man to the best of his ability. Therefore, who has the right to deny that its velocity in a really complete vacuum is infinite?"

Oct-05-05  visceral infestation: It's good to see the Caro-Kann alive
Oct-06-05  Drifter: Chess isn't very big here in Australia.
Oct-06-05  schnarre: Nice game by Anand!

Seems 5. Ng5 is no longer in vogue vs 4...Nd7 (I could well be mistaken, but I have not seen it of late).

Oct-06-05  Flyboy216: Can anyone explain why Anand didn't play 36...b2? My Crafty immediately gives it a -23 eval as opposed to the text move, which it thinks is much weaker (but still overwhelmingly winning)?

I've seen lots of examples of this in GM games. Perhaps when a SuperGM knows he's winning, it doesn't really matter to him which of these moves he chooses.

Oct-07-05  PaulLovric: aussies and chess. hmmmmmmmm
Oct-08-05  petercoti: who's going to win
Oct-11-05  schnarre: <Flyboy216> 36...b2 allows the White King room to maneuver out (possibly claiming the Black Bishop doing so), & draw out the game longer. Keeping the b pawn where it is locks in the King for the following finish.
Oct-14-05  visceral infestation: Ian Rogers is a very exciting Aussie chess player.
Oct-14-05  schnarre: <visceral infestation> Seen any games of his in the database?
Oct-31-05  visceral infestation: Sometimes his name is "Rodgers" he's in there.
Nov-01-05  schnarre: <visceral infestation>Thanks!
Nov-09-05  patzer2: Judit Polgar gets outplayed early in the opening and makes a serious positional error with 14. Qc2?! (better was 14. 0-0 =), allowing Anand to double and isolate the Kingside pawns, which facilitates Black's attempt to build up a decisive attack.

Anand's 17...b5! initiates the attack to weaken and overwhelm White's Queenside castled position. Note that White cannot win a pawn here as 17...b5! 18. axb5 cxb5 19. Bxb5? Nxe3 20. fxe3 Qxb5 allows Black to win a piece with a discovered attack.

White cannot get away with pawn grabbing with 25. Bxb5?, since 25...Nxc3 26. bxc3 a6 using the fork and the pin to open up the Queenside castled position is winning for Black.

GM Shipov notes in analysis at that 27...Qf7! is an outstanding defensive and positional attacking move, beginning a shift of the Queen to the opposite wing to support an attack on the King.

Polgar's 30. Bg5?! is a weak move (putting up more resistance is 30. Qd3!) that makes Black's winning attack on the King much easier after 30...b4! 31. c3 b3! . However to be fair, GM Shipov indicates that with perfect play, Black wins even after the better alternative 30. Qd3!

Anand's deflection sacrifice 34...Nc3+! is a pseudo-sacrifice which gives up the Knight to demolish White's pawn structure to facilitate the attack on the exposed castled King.

Jan-02-06  thathwamasi: <bishop berkeley> : I am sorry for this rather belated reply. You are correct. My nick is derived from the vedic coinage of 'thathwamasi'. Which talks about the greatness of the advaita philosophy.
Mar-29-06  JYMMI: I SUGEST 3_... dxe 4_Nxe Bf5 5_Ng3 Bg6
Mar-30-06  Warrush: AH! Its good to see Anand playing my favorite opening and favorite opening line.
Aug-12-06  notyetagm: This is really a well-played game by Anand.
Jun-30-14  SpiritedReposte: Masterful play. Karpov/Capa-like. Anand creates those doubled c-pawns, opens some queenside files, stops to defend the king for a second and viola it's a wrap.
Jul-02-15  Harsha Bellur: After 29. Bc2 Anand could have played f5! and sealed the fate of White's Bishop instead blundered with 29...Qb7???
Nov-07-15  SpiritedReposte: Looks like it doesn't quite do the trick as white has Qd3 buying time with the mate threat. Anand no doubt saw this.
Dec-22-18  nummerzwei: <SpiritedReposte: Masterful play. Karpov/Capa-like.>

Also Rubinstein. This game, discussed by Vukovic in 'The Art of Attack in Chess', comes to mind:

P F Johner vs Rubinstein, 1922

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Against passive play, White quickly develops an attack with 12.Rdg1, 13.g4, 14.h4 and 15.g5. In contrast, after Rubinstein's 11...Bg4 12.h3 Bxf3 13.gxf3

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all White has is doubling against g7. As Vukovic points out, g7 is not weak and can easily be defended by Black. Later in the game, Rubinstein consolidated his castled position with

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19...Kh8 20.Rg4 Rg8

and set up a lethal counterattack on the queenside.

Funnily, the Anand game appears in a book called 'The Art of Attacking Chess' (London, 2008). It's by Zenon Franco and quite good.

Dec-22-18  ChessHigherCat: I was looking for the killer finish that finally induced Pulgar to resign but according to SF there isn't any, although black has a big advantage:

1) -8.67 (22 ply) 42.Re1 Rgd8 43.Re2 Bb2 44.Rd2 Rxd3 and it drags on for at least 18 more moves.

Dec-22-18  ChessHigherCat: Whoops, Polgar not Pulgar!
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