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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar
Essent Tournament (2006), Hoogeveen NED, rd 3, Oct-24
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-24-06  Karpova: Judit plays the queen's indian quite regularly against 1.d4 Kramnik also plays this opening. It was quite strange that he didn't use it during the WC match but the consecutive draws with black convinced him of not changing the defense. A nice fighting game indeed. In the end, white couldn't make any progress though he has the bishop pair.
Oct-24-06  Shajmaty: Maybe 14. Ne1 is slightly better than the already played 14. Ng5, Qh5; 15. Nxe6 (et cetera) but, if White has to play 19. h4, then he's got nothing from the opening!
Oct-24-06  Maatalkko: I like how Judit handles this opening. She plays the "old" line quite well, staying aggressive and using the f5 pawn as a wedge against both e4 and White's kingside.
Oct-25-06  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 10...Nxc3, 10..Nxd2 gains the bishop pair, but at a considerable cost in development. It is up to White to find a way of making count his lead in development after 10...Nxd2
Oct-25-06  Karpova: <Ulhumbrus>
But 10...Nd2: allows white to play d5 with an easy doubling of the rooks on the d-file and the Nc3 covering d5. 10...Nc3: takes away the more important piece - white's DSB doesn't do much at all
Oct-25-06  Ulhumbrus: <Karpova> On 10...Nxd2 11 Rxd2 d6 prepares ...e5 in reply to d5. This does not prove by itself that 10...Nxd2 is good for Black, but if there is a way to take advantage of Black's loss of time, it is up to White to find it.
Oct-25-06  Cyphelium: After 10.- ♘xd2 11. ♖xd2 d6 12. e4 fxe4 13. ♘xe4 white has a small but lasting advantage. The e6-pawn is awkward and e6-e5 is not so easy to arrange. Also, white has some ideas with 14. ♘g5, e.g. 13.- h6? 14. ♘fg5 hxg5 15. ♘xf6+ ♕xf6 16. ♗xb7. Better is of course 13.- ♘d7, but after 14. h4!? I'd happily play white. There are ideas with ♖e1 and ♗h3 as well.
Oct-25-06  Ulhumbrus: <Cyphelium: After 10.- xd2 11. xd2 d6 12. e4 fxe4 13. xe4 white has a small but lasting advantage. The e6-pawn is awkward and e6-e5 is not so easy to arrange. Also, white has some ideas with 14. g5, e.g. 13.- h6? 14. fg5 hxg5 15. xf6+ xf6 16. xb7. Better is of course 13.- d7, but after 14. h4!? I'd happily play white. There are ideas with e1 and h3 as well.> If Black can find no good answer to this, this may be the way to take advantage of Black's loss of time,to open lines by e4.
Oct-25-06  Shajmaty: 10. Nxd2, <Ulhumbrus>? I partially agree with <Cyphelium>: Whites has a (not so) small advantage after 13. Nxe4. Black's pawn at e6 is really weak, so White has only to double rooks at the e-file...
Oct-25-06  ahmadov: Fritz insists that Shak should have played Rg1 for many moves after move 26. Looks like Shak did not like something in it.

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