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Judit Polgar vs Viacheslav Ikonnikov
"The Strength of Gibraltar" (game of the day Jan-30-2012)
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 2, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-12  twinlark: Trademark Polgár. What a delightfully aggressive game, especially following the sac of two pieces for a rampant rook.
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  Gilmoy: <32.d6> is clearance for Qb3+!

<34.bxc5> is just to prevent c4! (Defending d6 and threatening c6-c7 is incidental)

The final effect is many-layered: each (White) move achieves multiple tactical points, simultaneously prophylaxis, clearance, interference, support, and threat. Like Tal returning home, or Fischer keeping the poisoned pawn. Black turns pale: he ken, he cough.

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  profK: Black is fine after 20 moves. He then gets a little over zealous and ends up a double exchange down!
Jan-26-12  twinlark: He actually ends up with two pieces for the rook, not a double exchanges down, unless that's how you define a double exchange.
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  Penguincw: That other guy sure has a long name. The result, not a surprise to me.
Jan-29-12  zealouspawn: Gilmoy, I don't think d6 was intended for a Qb3+... it was to get the pawn formation of death on c5 and d6 when the connected passed pawns will roll on to the win.
Jan-29-12  computer chess guy: In a video on ChessBase, Judit pointed out that 30. .. a5 might lead to a draw. Houdini gives it an = score.
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  whiteshark: There's a certain logic within, tradewise spea♔.
Jan-30-12  scormus: Nicely controlled game by Judit. 30 ... g6 was not the best move, but I think B must have felt under a lot of pressure
Jan-30-12  Jamboree: Black seems perfectly healthy up until move 27. But then...what is the purpose of 27. ... Bf6? Why didn't Black just play something obvious like 27. ... dxc5, or even 27. ... fxg2.

After 27. ...dxc5, what is white's reply? At the moment black has B+N+P vs a rook, and I don't see any immediate tactics for white to win. Given a choice, I'd pick Black's position.

I guess best for white is 28 d4 c4 29.29. Qf5+ Bf6 30. Qe6+ Kg6, but I still don't see a tactical win for white.

What am I overlooking?

Jan-30-12  erniecohen: <Jamboree: After 27. ...dxc5, what is white's reply?>

28. d4, revealing an attack on f5, followed by 29. dxc6 and 30. d6.

Jan-30-12  erniecohen: 30...a5 31. ♕xf3 axb4 32. cxd6 ♕c1+ 33. ♔h2 b3 34. ♕f5 b2 35. ♖e7+ ♔f8 36. ♖c7 ♕e1 37. ♖c8+ 1/2-1/2
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  Penguincw: I'm not going to even ask what the pun means.
Jan-30-12  goodevans: <Penguincw> Very wise. I googled it and was unsurprised to find it something unlikely to mean much outside the US.

It's also hardly specific to this game. I bet there are a thousand games in this year's Gibraltar tournament and before to which it could apply.

Fortunately the game is rather better than the pun.

Jan-30-12  erniecohen: <erniecohen: 30...a5 31. Qxf3>

After 31. g4 h3 32. ♕xf3 axb4 33. cxd6 ♕c1+ 34. ♔g2 ♗b6 35. d7 ♗d8 36. ♖e8 ♕c7 37. ♕f5 ♕xd7 38. ♕xd7+ ♘xd7 39. ♖xd8 White still has some winning chances.

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  kevin86: The two connectors enable Ms. Pulgar to win thois rook vs two pieces ending.
Jan-30-12  Landman: Judit's excellent video discussion is available at http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...
Jan-30-12  Julian713:

<When looked at broadly, the greatest strength of Gibraltar was from its strategic position at the western mouth of the Mediterranean, and the well-developed naval and air facilities which the fortress protected. These combined attributes, rather than any physical "punch" from the fortifications themselves, provided the real deterrent.>

I think Polgar's pawn operates in much the same way. So maybe this is an appropriate pun after all :)

Jan-30-12  scormus: <I think Polgar's pawn operates in much the same way. So maybe this is an appropriate pun after all :)>

I agree completely with the thinking, but the right term is "Rock of Gibralter"

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  Penguincw: < goodevans: <Penguincw> Very wise. I googled it and was unsurprised to find it something unlikely to mean much outside the US. >

Thank you. :) And since it doesn't mean much outside the US, I assume it doesn't mean much to me. :)

Jan-30-12  Jamboree: erniecohen:
I said: "<Jamboree: After 27. ...dxc5, what is white's reply?>"

You said:
"<28. d4, revealing an attack on f5, followed by 29. dxc6 and 30. d6.>"

But I already addressed that line in my original comment: "I guess best for white is 28 d4 c4 29. Qf5+ Bf6 30. Qe6+ Kg6, but I still don't see a tactical win for white."

I.e. if 28. d4, then black replies 28. ... c4 to prevent the straightening out of white's pawns. Allowing Qxf5+ doesn't lead to mate, as far as I can see.

Jan-30-12  bischopper: judit polgar and her sicilian like fischer the better players both with this opening...
Jan-30-12  erniecohen: <Jamboree> Sorry for my careless reply. After 30..♔g6, 31. g4 ♘f8 32. ♕f5+ ♔f7 33. g5 wins the bishop.

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