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Loek van Wely vs Judit Polgar
Biel Chess Festival (2007), Biel SUI, Jul-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E17)  ·  0-1



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Jul-23-07  Amulet: White's next move is to topple the king.
Jul-23-07  MorphysMojo: I think VW was in big trouble (maybe lost) after Judit successfully snatched the pawn safely on move 27. She had all the pressure plus the extra pawn, and he was way down on time even then.
Jul-23-07  krpvksprv: VW will run out of check soon and the game.
Jul-23-07  Karpova: Great victory for Judit!!
Jul-23-07  Bridgeburner: Well done, Judit Polgar.
Jul-23-07  zanshin: Congratulations Judit, and Happy Birthday!
Jul-23-07  percyblakeney: Good start for Polgar, winning with black against a van Wely that recently finished even with Svidler in Aerosvit.
Jul-23-07  MorphysMojo: Fritz with a 12 ply search shows 2.09, getting past time for VW to start his post mortem on this one which might be a better use of his time, but as Larry Evans always said: "no one ever won a game by resigning".
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  OhioChessFan: The Dancing Rook is the most desired award in the Games World, just ahead of a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Jul-23-07  newton296: gg jp!!
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  tamar: Not an auspicious start for Van Wely. His Achilles Heel has always been to try to outsling gunslingers, and Judit was always a little quicker.
Jul-23-07  MorphysMojo: Although there was some tension, Judit seemed in control through most of the game, nice win.
Jul-23-07  Marmot PFL: She got more from that position than I expected, GG.
Jul-23-07  Atking: Just coming back to see the result. She played very well today. Congratulations!
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  Sneaky: Judit dood it!
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  keypusher: <OhioChessFan: VW will reach the time control, see it's over and not play his 41st move.>

Good call.

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  WannaBe: Just came on. Oh, heavens... What a massacre...
Jul-23-07  Karpova: So Judit got 2.5/3 in her last three classical games.
Jul-23-07  Ezzy: Van Wely (2714) - Judit Polgar (2735) [E17]
Biel Chess Festival 0:00:33–0:23:33, 23.07.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0–0 0–0 7.d5 Na6 8.Nd4 exd5 9.Nc3 c6 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.Nf5 Bf6 13.Bxd5 Bc6< Possible novelty. 13...Bxd5 has been played before> 14.Qb3 Nc5 15.Qf3 Bxd5 16.Qxd5 Qe8 <The pressure down the 'e' file will eventually decide the game> 17.Qf3 <Fritz and I tend to feel that this is anti positional by decentralising the Queen> 17...Qe6 18.Ne3 Ne4 19.Rd1 Rac8 20.Nd5 Rc2 21.Nxf6+ Nxf6 22.Rd2 Rc5 23.Rd4 Re8 24.Be3 Rf5 25.Qb7 Re5 <Threatens 26...Rxa3 27 fxe3 Qxe3+ winning> 26.Qf3 h5 <Nice move threatening 27...Ng4 with heavy pressure on e3> 27.Rad1 <deters 27.. Ng4 because of the threat against d7. White has to give up the 'a' pawn as 27...Ng4 is too strong> 27...Qxa2 28.R4d2 <Defends the b2 and threatens 29 Bd4 30 Bxf6 and hopefully 31 Qxh5> 28...Qa4 29.h3 Qb5 30.Bd4 Rf5 31.Qb7 Rxe2 <This pawn seemed doomed from move 23> 32.Bxf6 gxf6 <[32...Rxf6 33.Qc8+ Kh7 34.Qc2+ winning]> 33.Qc8+ Kg7 34.Rxd7 Rfxf2 <Polgar threatens mate in 3> 35.Rxf7+ Kxf7 36.Rd7+ Re7 37.Rxe7+ Kxe7 38.Qb7+ Ke6 39.Qe4+ Qe5 40.Qc6+ Kf5 and after 41.Kxf2 Qxb2+ 42.Kf3 <Polgar will just push the connected passed pawns 0–1>

Nice game by polgar. Van Wely never got a ‘look in,’ Overwhelming pressure down the ‘e’ file decided the game.. This pressure won pawns and Van Wely was always on the back foot.. Clinical display by female chess legend – Judit Polgar.

Jul-23-07  Goofy: Great Victory for Judit I concur,
Jul-23-07  notyetagm: <Ezzy: Van Wely (2714) - Judit Polgar (2735) [E17] ... gxf6 <[32...Rxf6 33.Qc8+ Kh7 34.Qc2+ winning]> >

More great analysis, <Ezzy>.

I knew that 31 ... ♖e8xe2 was a very dangerous move for Black, since the Black e2-rook is <LOOSE> and the Black king is now potentially exposed since Black has just removed his rook from the <BACK RANK>, all the ingredients you need for a <DOUBLE ATTACK WITH CHECK>.

Then you give the variation that shows =precisely= this tactic. After 32 ♗d4x♘f6 Black can recapture with the f5-rook but this is a blunder. Why? Because it opens the diagonal c2-h7!

(VAR) Position after 32 ♗d4x♘f6 ♖f5x♗f6??

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Now White wins a whole rook with a simple <DOUBLE ATTACK WITH CHECK> 33 ♕b7-c8+ ♔g8-h7 34 ♕c8-c2+

(VAR) Position after 31 ♗d4xf6 ♖f5x♗f6?? 33 ♕b7-c8+ ♔g8-h7 34 ♕c8-c2+

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This <QUEEN FORK> variation explains why Polgar (Black) had to play the positionally dubious move 32 ... g7xf6, wrecking her kingside pawn structure. Having damaged pawns is better than losing a whole rook! :-)

Jul-24-07  patzer2: Seems to me the positional deflection 24...Rf5!! allows Polgar to build up a decisive positional attacking advantage, from which Black never fully recovers. The followup 26...h5! forces Black to give up a pawn for counterplay, but is still insufficient to hold.

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  Mateo: After 29.h3 (?), it seems that the game is over. Van Wely should have taken the challenge with 29.Bd4 Rxe2 30.Bxf6 Rxd2 31.Rxd2 Re1+ 32.Kg2. White may have more hopes of salvation than in the game actually played.
Jun-23-08  notyetagm: Why Judit Polgar (Black) had to play the structurally abysmal 32 ... g7x♗f6! and not the positionally desirable 32 ... ♖f5x♗f6??:

(VAR) 32 ♗d4x♘f6! ♖f5x♗f6?? 33 ♕c7-c8+ ♔g8-h7 34 ♕c8-c2+ <queen fork>

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Lesson: better to have your pawn structure damaged than to lose a whole rook! :-)

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