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Judit Polgar vs Romain Edouard
12th European Individual Championship (2011), Aix-les-Bains FRA, rd 4, Mar-25
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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  swordfish: Instructive victory by Polgar over the fine young French GM. What a difference in an opposite-colored bishop endgame with a rook on the board for each side!
Mar-27-11  hellopolgar: if you put this game in a chess engine, you will realize that Judit basically "choked" a 2600 player, the french 2010 vice-champion, to "death".
Mar-27-11  BobCrisp: Sounds kinky.
Mar-27-11  mrsaturdaypants: More "kinky," actually.
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  Gilmoy: Sveshnikov book through 10. White essays the standard <11.c3 12.Nc2> line, probing for the Q-side majority. Black spends a great many tempi to bludgeon away White's d5-outpost: <12..Bg5> to dodge a trade, <14..Nd7 18..Qb6 19..Qb7>. White simply allows it, and <20.Na3!> regains the a-pawn.

After <26.Rxa4> White's "flying Rook" outweighs Black's Rf8, because it owns an open file, and Black has <weak back rank>. More deeply, passive defense will just let White camp on the 7th, e.g. Ra7-Rd7. Black bravely trades his f-pawn for White's b-pawn, but this absolves White from having to play any more defense, and leaves Black with woes on 8, d6, and h7(!). After <33.g4 Rb8>, compare White's untouchable c4-Bd5 shield pair to Black's weak d6 and toothless Bd2. That Bd5 is a crushing strategic slam-dunk in Sveshnikov, a <Capablanca paradropping pieces like shogi> ideal.

<34.g5> amazingly reinforces the <weak back rank>: with f6/h6 covered, White can mate with R*8-Rg8#. <35.Kg2> heads for Kg4, then 38.h5. Clearly 38..gxh5+ 39.Kxh5 Rg8 40.Rf5 wins: Black must throw his B to stop mate. On anything else, White trades 39.hxg6 hxg6 (38..Rg8 is pointless because of the WBR), and 40.Be4 or Rf6 ripens an apple.

<35..h6> thrashes out of that ending, but is wondrously refuted by an elementary pawn breakthrough: <36.h5> and White will get g6 regardless. 36..Kg8 would delay mate, but Black's R has nowhere to hide from the discovered check.

Mar-29-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DIAGONAL 2: DO *NOT* ALLOW THE 2x2 PILLBOX!!!
Apr-01-11  patzer2: White's 34. g5!! initiates an amazing combination with this surprise pawn sham sacrifice to create mating threats to trap White's Rook with the pawns and the minor pieces.

Here's some analysis:

<36. h5!! Rg8> Forced as other moves lead to a quick mate.

36... Re8 37. hxg6 Kg8 38. Re7+ Kf8
39. Rh7 Re7 40. Rh8+ Kg7 41. Rg8#

36... gxh5 37. g6 Kg8 38. Ra7+ Kf8 39. g7+ Ke8 40. g8=Q#

<37. Rd7 Rg7 38. Bf7!> Now the Rook is trapped and Black resigns as he must give up decisive material to avoid mate.

Black resigns in lieu of 38...gxh5 (38... hxg5 39. Rd8+ Kh7 40. hxg6+ Rxg6 41. Bxg6+ Kxg6 42. Rxd6+ Kf5 43. Rxd2) 39. Rd8+ Kh7 40. g6+ Rxg6+ 41. Bxg6+ Kxg6 42. Rxd6+ Kf5 43. Rxd2 .

Apr-01-11  patzer2: It was difficult for Black to see that 35...h6? was a decisive mistake. Maybe something like the Fritz recommendation of 35...Bc1 was possibly better, when play might go 35...Bc1 36. Kf3 Bd2 37. Ke4 Bc1 38. Be6 Ra8 39. Rd7 Ba3 40. f4 exf4 41. Kxf4 Re8 42. Bd5 Bc5 43. Kg4 Rb8 44. Re7 Rc8 45. h5 Bb4 46. Re6 Kg7 47. h6+ Kh8 48. Rf6 Bc5 49. Rf7 Re8 50. Kf3 Rc8 51. Kf4 Rb8 52. Re7 Rf8+ 53. Ke4 Bb6 54. Rd7 Bd8 55. Rxd6 Bxg5 56. c5 Bxh6 57. Rd7 Bf4 58. c6 g5 59. Be6 Bg3 60. Bf5 h5 61. Rh7+ Kg8 62. Rxh5 Bf4 63. Rh3 Kg7 64. Rh7+ Kf6 65. Bg4 Re8+ 66. Kd4 Rd8+ 67. Kc4 Rd2 68. Kc5 Bd6+ 69. Kb6 Rd4 70. Rd7 Ke5 71. Be2 g4 72. Rg7 Kf6 73. Rxg4 Rxg4 74. Bxg4 =.

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