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Judit Polgar vs Mariya Muzychuk
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 8, Jan-31
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Feb-04-12  VryIntllgNUT: This is the game that made the news splash when she Tweeted, "I didnít think I had to prove a theoretical endgame I knew when I was 6! Actually, it was kind of insulting! Polgar v Muzychuk 1-0 Gibraltar"

This game reminds me of a comic that was published in the January 2012 issue of Chess life, the text read, "I disagree, Tom. Just because you declare 'mate in 32', doesn't mean it's bad etiquette to make you play it out."

In a honest question, I wonder at what point she wanted him to resign?

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  cro777: "I did not think that I would have to prove a theoretical endgame (K pawn against king) in a long game which I knew already when I was 6 years old! I am a fighter myself but my opponent went too far. Actually, it was kind of insulting that she kept on playing". (Judit Polgar)

Judit Polgar - Mariya Muzychuk. Position after 63...Kxd7

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Polgar had to prove her knowledge of elementary endings.

She played 64.Kc5

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  AylerKupp: An excellent example of a stranglehold on the light squares, the main reason why I don't like this variation for Black. Can anybody suggest how and where Black's play could have been improved? White's approach seems straightforward and an example that even weak players like myself could follow to a successful conclusion.

And, after showing her inaccuracy in delaying getting her queen behind the rooks (29.Qc2, 30.Rc1, 31.Qd1, 32.Rc2 rather than 29.Rd2, 30.Qd1, something that even a weak player like myself saw immediately as I was reviewing the game) and not playing 39.Rxc5 (even though she was likely short of time and might have been seeing the ghost of a swindle), she shouldn't be irritated by her opponent asking her to show her knowledge of elementary endings. After all, following 39.Rxc5 her opponent would have likely resigned after they passed the time control and she would not have needed to demonstrate her endgame "mastery".

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  Penguincw: When I saw this game, I though it was Anna Muzychuk. Anyways, Polgar seems to be good at Sicilians.
Feb-07-12  sofouuk: <In a honest question, I wonder at what point she wanted him to resign?>60 Rd1 at the latest, i guess, but polgar's reaction was still unnecessary. they were performing in public, not duelling in private. grandmasters might know all the endings, but most people in the audience dont
Feb-08-12  scuffi: what kind of moves are 38. ... Rb6 and 39. Qxa5 ?

i saw the game live and wondered why black gave up its queen. then i wondered why white didn't simply captured. i asked an engine, but it had no idea either.

Feb-08-12  twinlark: Maybe the score is wrong and the actual move is 38...Qb6. Looks more normal and likely.
Mar-03-12  IoftheHungarianTiger: I wonder if Polgar saw the sure win after move 47. With a passed pawn on the outside, it's very possible that she could see that the four connected pawns on each side would cannibalize each other, and after that there was no way for Black to stop the b-pawn. If that's the case, then playing on for 15+ moves after your endgame is lost does suggest that you're just hoping for an outright mistake in basic calculation, which in turn is a little insulting to a 2700+ calibre player.

Personally, I don't think GMs need to play out every game so that the audience knows why one side resigned. Although it's nice to understand the rationale behind a resignation, there are so many patzers watching these games (and that includes myself!) that you'll never satisfy everyone (unless, of course, you play every game to checkmate!).

<scuffi> I can't imagine what was going through Polgar and Muzychuk's minds for moves 38 and 39 either. I would've grabbed that black queen in a heartbeat! Of course, I've never reached #8 in the world either ... so I'm not going to be too quick to question Polgar's thought processes :), but those series of moves completely baffled me as well.

Mar-10-12  Karpova: Interview with Judit Polgar by Albert Silver:

Question: After your game against Hou Yifan at Gibraltar, you played against Maria Muzychuk. I recall reading on your Twitter that you were very upset to have been forced to play the endgame to the end, even though you were clearly won.

<Yes, it was a post-game impression or feeling that I wrote on my Twitter and Facebook. Somehow I felt that the last two moves especially were somehow going too far, since I was six years old when I learned that endgame. I donít often play open events, and I was not happy about having to play this kind of position after fighting five to six hours.>

Question: There are some players, such as Ponomariov and Nakamura , who have the reputation of sometimes pushing the game to the bitter end. How is this different?

Judit: <I donít know. I admit I sometimes play positions that other players would have thought should have been resigned a few moves earlier, but this game had that effect on me. I felt that my opponent didnít really care about it anymore, there were no tricks left at this point, and this had been going on for the last ten moves already.>

Apr-02-12  IMRKs: its the same one chessbomb, blacks move 38 and whites move 39 are unexplainable unless they were short in time no idea

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