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Viswanathan Anand vs Judit Polgar
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 8, Oct-06
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0



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Viswanathan Anand vs Judit Polgar (2005)
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Oct-07-05  Hesam7: <csmath: I don't really blame B48, I blame 9. ... Ne7.> I think you are right. Even if you look at the stats you can see that 9... Ne5 has a better record.
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: 16...Qe6 loses a tempo because after the white KB goes to h3,the black queen may have nothing better than to move again to g6. This suggests 16...f5 at once.
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: 18...Qg6 unpins the f5 pawn without delay.
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: 28 c3? disturbs the quen side pawns without necessity. 28 R1d2 covers c2 and clears d1 for Bf1-e2-d1
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: 31 a3 disturbs the pawns again
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: 33...Nb3 begins a journey that takes the N to c4 in seven moves instead of in one, making six tempi lost.Which suggests the question: how does Anand make use of these six moves?
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: 37...d5 offers a second pawn to close the d file to White's rooks, but it is not apparent that the rooks are doing much even without this sacrifice.
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: After 41 Qe2 it is worth comparing the way the respective men are placed. White's rooks occupy a blocked d file, Polgar's rooks occupy a semi-open c file. Anand's B does little, Polgar's B seems placed well. Anand's N is passive, Polgar's N active. Anand's Q seems placed more strongly than Polgar's Q.Thus Polgar has four out of five pieces placed better than Anand's. Anand has some advantage in space, and his king has more pawn cover. Polgar's overall positional advantage is perhaps worth almost a pawn- but she has sacrificed two pawns. This suggests that Black is lost.If Anand's two extra pawns do not count, and that is an if, in order to throw into the scales such assets as she does possess, and thus to make them count, Polgar may make to find a way to make a sacrifice against Anand's disturbed queen side pawns.
Oct-07-05  Ulhumbrus: The seven move journey taken by the N to c4 and begun by 33...Nb3 instead of going to c4 in one move by 33..Nc4 lost no less than six tempi, perhaps the equivalent in fact of two pawns. This may be the main final cause of Polgar's defeat. One question is how she could have made the best use of these six lost tempi.
Oct-07-05  Halldor: <Annie K.: <Halldor> You're kinda right about that, since "polgar" means "citizen" in Hungarian. :)>

...a permanent 'citizen' of the super GMs' Úlite!

Oct-07-05  SEMENELIN: Looking at the Picture above Ms. Polgar seems to be in deep trouble. I think Polgar was so exhausted because of the complexity of the game and thats what topalov and anand are excel in. Look at move 37. R5d3 d5. d5 is questionable. In addition analyzing move 47. Qe3 Rf4. Rf4 is also questionable. Ms Polgar just blocked her queen and thats why vishy just had an easy recovery of the pawn at the f file. =)
Oct-07-05  euripides: Polgar is very attached to the idea of avoiding d6 in this line. It generates very interesting positions, but it incurs some risk; both Leko and Anand were able to make good use of the black squares.
Oct-07-05  schnarre: <Ezzy> 1...a6 is the St. George.
Oct-08-05  Ezzy: <schnarre: <Ezzy> 1...a6 is the St. George.> LOL. Your right! - When Miles played 1..a6 against Karpov, I remember that Miles was asked, "what opening is that"!, to which Miles replied, "the only move" - Refering to the fact that Karpov was an expert in all replys to 1 e4.

So I have only known this opening to be 'the only move' or 'The Birmingham defence' named after the city where Miles came from.

Oct-08-05  LIFE Master AJ: To give Judit credit, she always seemed on the verge of something really dangerous, a lesser player would have been defeated by her monster attacks and very tricky tactics.
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  chancho: Yes, even you would have been hammered by Judit's attacks.Wait,Naka has already done the honors!
Oct-08-05  Ezzy: <schnarre> Would you believe it. 'The opening of the day' today is - The Saint George!

You must of prompted the powers that be! <>

Oct-08-05  schnarre: <Ezzy> It seems meant to be!
Oct-08-05  tiburon92: Maybe she should have waited until next year. I don't think that she was mentally or psychologically prepared for this tournament. More so psychologically. I was hoping for a top 3 placing from her...and enough of a jump in strength to smash Kramnik.
Oct-08-05  schnarre: <tiburon92> You're probably right about that.
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  patzer2: This game is a battle of two great tacticians. However, Anand is also a great positional player, and gains a small but clear advantage that he is able to successfully exploit after he plays the "novelty" 14. Bxf6! to doubles Polgar's pawns.

Polgar does a super job with the Black pieces of trying to complicate and cause Anand problems, but in the end Anand exploits the positional weaknesses and wins.

Does anyone else find it interesting that Polgar allowed doubled pawns in two games with Anand, which contributed to both losses?

Aug-29-06  sahmattr: Look at both players' faces. Polgar seems she is in a big trouble. Anand is sure of what he is doing. I wonder how many hours Polgar trains a day to be able to compete with top male GMs.
Oct-11-09  Cercatore: 61. ... Qf5 it's a suicide.
Jan-09-12  LoveThatJoker: 62...Bxe3 63. Rxe3 Qe5 64. Rxe4 Qxe4 65. d7! is a nice finish.


Apr-02-13  mwic: <csmath: Judit, your

9. ... Ne7

is no good! >

It is when Ivanchuk plays it ! (?)
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013

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