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Peter Svidler vs Judit Polgar
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 7, Oct-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0



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Peter Svidler vs Judit Polgar (2005)
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  offramp: Judith is an incredible fighter!
Oct-05-05  fgh: But she lost. :-)
Oct-05-05  Phoenix: All of a sudden, 6...Ng4 has gotten another burst of popularity. Seemed like it was gonna die off there, past couple of years. Maybe it's still only good for an occasional fling.
Oct-05-05  sitzkrieg: Yup with these results everyone is gonna want to play it:S)
Oct-05-05  csmath: We see this opening third time already, second time with Svidler. He is not playing the main line (11. Nf5) for some reason after his loss to Topalov. Why, who knows?

Black is doing fine in the opening until hyperaggressive

19. ... Rxc3?

I would assume at this point it would been better to keep black dark colored bishop around for this action since in a few moves Svidler will refute this attack.

Another hypeaggressive move, probably after Judit realized that her attack is going nowhere:

24. ... Kd7?

there is no room for errors any more, but:

27. ... Rb7?

28. Ba6

Svidler is saying "this style won't work against me."

One ought to note that Svidler made an error himself:

34. h4?!

but not bad enough to lose the winning advantage since Judit wasn't really defending that hard as we are used to see.

Not a particularly good game, Judit lost on a poorly planned attack without much merit.

Oct-05-05  thomaspaine: Perhaps Judit was tired from the battle with The Maestro yesterday. It seemed to me that her play today lacked energy.
Oct-05-05  hayton3: Nice technique by Svidler
Oct-06-05  Marvol: <offramp: Judith is an incredible fighter!>

The problem this tournament is a) she puts herself in a position in which she needs to fight too often and b) against players that are too good to be able to win that fight.

Her play has been courageous, but a bit naive (not wanting to use the word stupid).

Am I wrong, I am under the impression that the 'big shots' (Topa, Anand, Svidler) have all simply waited for her to launch a premature attack that weakened her position permanently, defused the attack, and then took her apart by these weaknesses?

She is too predictable in her aggression.

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  Mateo: 19... Rc3 ?! is thematic but maybe not so strong than the quiet 19... Qc5 .
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  Albertan: Judith surprises us by playing a Sicilian Najdorf in this game (rather than her favorite Paulsen/Kan).
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  Albertan: It is interesting that Judit played 16..Nxd4 which led to a simplication of the position.
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  Albertan: Judit even was willing to exchange queens on move 18, then all of a sudden played the interesting exchange sacrifice on move 19...Rxc3!? However she lost a pawn and a tempo due to this exchange sacrifice and her compensation must lie in her double-attack against Svidler's a-pawn and his somewhat exposed king.
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  Albertan: Judit's fourteen move may be a novelty.
Apr-22-08  positionalgenius: One of my favorite svidler games. A great game that shows his technique and style. Polgar played very agressive,as is her way but I don't think 19...Rxc3 works. Has it been used since then?
Nov-21-17  John Abraham: really gutsy performance from white!
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