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Judit Polgar vs Viorel Iordachescu
European Championship (2011), Aix-les-Bains FRA, rd 10, Apr-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-01-11  jmboutiere: After being defeated two rounds ago, GM Polgar made a fabulous comeback with two winns in the last two rounds. That means cold blood, talent and a lot of work, I believe. Great congrat.
Apr-01-11  twinlark: She recovered from a lost position in the opening yesterday to win a great defensive game. This time she played beautifully out of the opening with that amazing bishop sacrifice all the way to the end, with nary a stumble. Today she was like a force of nature.
Apr-01-11  engineerX: Can she not play a game without sacrificing a piece? It gets boring ...
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  HeMateMe: i'm wondering why black didn't exchange Queens on move 17, and remove some of the tactical threats. I guess the final white rook will penetrate decisively, as black's pieces are badly coordinated.
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  andrewjsacks: The White bishop covers c1.
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  Gilmoy: And not <17.Rac1 Qb8> once, but <22.Rfc1 Qb8> twice! Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?
Apr-01-11  sergeidave: <<engineerX>: Can she not play a game without sacrificing a piece? It gets boring ...> LOL!! That is a good one.
I love Judit's games too!! =)
Apr-01-11  chillowack: Judit is absolutely awesome--I hope she wins the Championship.
Apr-01-11  SetNoEscapeOn: This is a major creative achievement here. Looks like Kramnik in his best style.
Apr-01-11  regi sidal: Why can't black castle on move 19?

19... O-O 20. Qxe6+ Rf7 21. Rxc8+ Qxc8 22. Rc1 Qb8

And now the key move:

23. Qb3! Nf8 24. e6 Rc7 25. Rxc7 Qxc7 26. e7+ Bf7 27. exf8=Q+ Kxf8 28. Qxb5 (+1.66 Rybka 4)

Apr-02-11  twinlark: On that variation by <regi sidal>, if 24...Re7 25. Bxe7 Nxe7 26. Qxb5+, and if 26...Bf5 then 27. Re1 Qd6 28. Qe5 Qxe6 29. Qc5 Be4 30. Ng5 (or even 30. a3 or 30. a4)

Black's losing mistake took a while to track down but it seems to be 23...Nh6. 23...Ne7 seems to hold, although his game still sucks.

But it is was 19...Nf8 that dropped him into it. 19...Rc4 would have solved all his problems:

if 20. Qxb5 Rxc1 21. Rxc1 h6 22. Rd1 Qc8 and White's run out of threats and has nothing better than to repeat with 23. Rc1 Qb8. The alternative 20. Rxc4 bxc4 21. Qxc5 loses a tempo, letting Black slip in 21...Bf7 and a chance to castle, so that if 22. Rc1 0-0; or 22. Rd1 h6 23. Qb5 0-0 and Black's snug.

In the game, 19...Kf7 would have worked too: 20. Qxb5 Rc6 (forced) 21. Rxc6 bxc6 22. Qxc6 Nxe5 23. Nxe5+ Qxe5 24. g4 Nd4 and Black has enough threats against all White's pieces to force White to take the perpetual.

Apr-03-11  znsprdx: Having had the pleasure of following this game live on Chess[dom]Bomb, I was astounded by Iordachescu's disgraceful conduct. As I posted at the time a "C" player could have won this after 32.Nd4. At his level he should have shown more respect by resigning.

However I'm forced to admit I almost ended up with egg on my face when the ending came down to one tempo from a drawing possibility. Subsequently seeing Luke McShane make the wrong pawn push - once again reminded me what makes Chess the game of games.

I thought this is a Chess site: about the art of the game. Only one page of comments on this brilliancy? shame.

In this spirit <twinlark> just how does 19...Rc4 solve >all< [Black's] problems. For example 20. R[c]d1 keeps White's initiative e.g...h6 21. Qd3 Qc7 22.b3 Rc2 23.Bd2 0-0 24.Bb4 Rc8 25.Bd6 Nx[B]d6 26.Qx[B]g6 Nf8 27.ex[N]d6 Nx[Q]g6 28.dx[Q]c7 and Black's isolated and doubled pawns should be a clear plus for White at this level. As for 19...Kf7? 20.g4! Nh6 21.Bh4 (Nxg4? 22.Ng5+) Ne5 22.Bg3 N[h]xg4 23.Ng5+ (Kf6? 24.Kf3) Ke7 24.R[c]e1 Perhaps a computer might prevail against my play but OTB this is White's game all the way.

What surprises me most though is all the useless chatter about ratings and qualifications etc. If this same energy went into addressing the sham of the agreed draw and finding a more adequate scoring system - perhaps Chess might find its rightful place on par with tennis and other sports.

After all it is the only sport in which the spectator can in effect fully participate in (almost) real time due to digital technology. I was looking at the c4/Rc1 Bishop sac concept before Judith chose it - and I didn't see 'til after that 'Swordfish' had it as the second line - but with a more obscure interpolation.

The vicarious joy of feeling the elation of vindication(from confirming one's choice) is second to none...making an NBA superstar score a 3 pointer etc. pale by comparison. Furthermore the legacy of Chess is that the games live on - we can still marvel at brilliant play for centuries to come - if we don't let computers destroy it.

Apr-03-11  twinlark: <znsprdx>

<For example 20. R[c]d1 keeps White's initiative e.g...h6 21. Qd3 Qc7 22.b3 Rc2 23.Bd2 0-0 24.Bb4 Rc8 25.Bd6 Nx[B]d6 26.Qx[B]g6 Nf8 27.ex[N]d6 Nx[Q]g6 28.dx[Q]c7 and Black's isolated and doubled pawns should be a clear plus for White at this level.>

I agree with your evaluation of the final position in your line, but we have to get there first.

After 20. Rcd1 h6 21. Qd3 Qc7 22. b3 Rc3 (instead of 22...Rc2),it's Black that's winning, eg 23. Rc1 Rxd3 24. Rxc7 0-0.

<we can still marvel at brilliant play for centuries to come> Amen, brother.

Did you look through her endgame against Guseinov? What a piece of endgame wizardry that was! I think I've been over it twenty times and it still amazes me.

Dec-24-11  notyetagm: Judit Polgar vs V Iordachescu, 2011

This game Judit Polgar vs V Iordachescu, 2011 finished <4TH> in the voting for the <BEST GAME PRIZE> for <CHESS INFORMANT 111>, covering January-April 2011.

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