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Rustem Khazitovich Dautov vs Judit Polgar
34th Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 4, Oct-31
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Nimzowitsch Attack (E15)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Dautov usually plays 5 b3 but played 5 Qa4+ here because he thought Polgar would be less familiar with it. 9..Ne4 was a rarely played alternative to the usual 9..Be7. 10 Nxe4 had been played previously; Dautov's 10 Qc2 was new. 13..Qe8? lost a tempo; 13..Be7 would have been better.

Dautov after 17 Rac1:
"A typical Queens Indian position. In this type of set-up White really has only one strategic idea, but it is a powerful one: taking the knight to c6, from where, covered by pawn b5, it has a paralysing effect on the black position."

Polgar had no counterplay and should have waited but, instead, erred with 29..e5? creating a weakness at d5. Polgar then blundered a pawn with 30..Qd7? but even after the alternative 30..Kh8 31 Qc3..Re8 32 Ra4..Qd6 33 Qc2 intending Ra7 when White should ultimately prevail. The alternative 31..Qxd3 32 Nxd3..Ra5 33 Rb4..Ne8 34 Ne5..Nc7 (34..Nd6? 35 Nc6..Rxb5 36 e5!..Rxb4 37 exd) 35 Rc4..Rxb5 36 Nxf7 would not have helped Black. 33..Ng4? would have lost instantly to 34 Ne7+.

Dautov's score of 8.5-2.5 on 3rd board was instrumental in Germany's surprising second place finish.

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