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Judit Polgar vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Jan-19-08  Caissanist: Not one of Polgar's better moments, for pretty much the whole game it seems that Anand understands what is going on better than she does. Perhaps 18.Nd5 would have been a better strategic plan; it seems that she thought she could get counterplay against the backward d-pawn, but she never really does.
Jan-19-08  Karpova: 27.Ra1 Rc5 28.Qd1 Nb7 29.Rxa6 (e.g. 29...Qxf5 30.b4) looks very good for Polgar.
Jan-19-08  Ulhumbrus: After 13...Qd8 Black is threatening ...Nc5 and ..Nxb3 depriving White of the superior minor piece. Can White play her KN to d5 then? On 14 Nd2 Nc5 15 Nc4 Nxb3 16 axb3 the Nc4 heads for e3. 18 Rd3 loses a tempo towards Rd2. This move suggests that Polgar is upset, possibly by the news of Fischer's departure.
Jan-19-08  acirce: Sad for Polgár - she gets a very good position out of the opening, maybe not winning but at least somewhere close to it. Then somehow she lost control completely and was lost herself all of a sudden.
Jan-19-08  Hesam7: <Karpova> the line you posted is more or less forced and it gives White a huge advantage: 27 Ra1 Rc5 28 Qd1 Nb7 29 Rxa6 Qxf5 30 b4 Rc7 31 Qd5

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Now Black can not save the b5-pawn, Fruit 2.3.1 @ depth 19:

31...Qd7 32.Re1 h6 33.Rb6 Ra8 34.Nd2 Qe6 35.Qxb5 Ra7 36.c4 Qd7 37.Ra6 Rxa6 38.Qxa6 Nd8 39.Ne4 Rc6 40.Qb5 Qc7 41.c5 d5 42.Nd6 <+1.19>

Jan-19-08  MarvinTsai: Anand always plays like a computer -- thinks fast and makes no big mistake. One bad move by the opponent then the game is in his pocket.
Jan-19-08  yalie: Anand did make several small mistakes though .. 18..Qc7, 25...Qf6 etc.
Jan-20-08  sakii: Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1998

chessbase: Vishy Anand was shocked to discover that he had the same position on the board against Judit Polgar as exactly ten years earlier in the same hall. That time he lost, this time it was Judit who, pressing too hard for a win, suffered a traumatic loss.

Jan-20-08  shintaro go: If Judit can't win against Anand with White, she'll find it even harder to win against Kramnik with Black, given Kramnik's immaculate record against her.
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  Eyal: After Polgar missed 27.Ra1! and instead "won" two rooks for the queen, this game provides a good demonstration of the combined attacking power of Queen+Knight (as the piece that best complements the queen's moves).
Jan-20-08  maxxowar: maxxowar: Sorry <Eyal> where's the win after 27.Ra1? 27...Rc5 28.Qd1 Nb7 29.Rxa5 Qxf5 is it a win?
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  Eyal: <maxxowar> I didn't say it's a forced win, but after 30.b4 Black can't save the b5 pawn and is in a very difficult position - see some analysis already posted above by <Hesam7>.
Jan-20-08  anandrulez: <MarvinTsai: Anand always plays like a computer -- thinks fast and makes no big mistake. One bad move by the opponent then the game is in his pocket.> I think Kramnik is more apt for this compliment . Anand makes many mistakes like todays game...Kramnik is very less error...
Jan-20-08  thom: Anand said that 17..♕c7 was a big mistake and he prefer 17..♕e7. I cant see the difference and I cant see why 18.♖d3 is the refutation for ♕c7 either.
Jan-20-08  euripides: <Thom> not sure but I guess Anand was worried about Ng5 or Nh4. Rd3 provokes Nb4 so White's Ng5/h4 cannot then be met by Nd4. Hence he felt it necessary to waste time with Qe7 on move 19.
Jan-24-08  MarvinTsai: <anandrulez> Computers won't exchange pieces, sustain the small safe advantage, try to win the endgame. You can see the difference between tactic and stratege in the 2006 human-computer match in which Kramnik played against Fritz and lost. And also how he took his 2 wins in 2008 Corus so far. But of course they are both accurate.
Nov-17-08  aazqua: Yeah, Judit just isn't as good as Anand anymore. I doubt that she's even 2600 at this point. I think she's just decided that there is more to life than playing a stupid game with a bunch of pointy heads. Good for you Judit, by losing you have won.
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