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Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 6, Dec-07
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  1-0



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Dec-07-12  Jim Bartle: Ezzy: I for one found that post hilarious.
Dec-07-12  Ezzy: <perfidious: <Ezzy> nailed it with his post-well done!

Jim Bartle: Ezzy: I for one found that post hilarious.>

Thanks guys. That does my over inflated BLOATED EGO a world of good. :-)

Dec-07-12  Jim Bartle: That's only if you haven't been taken over by the pod people, ezzy.
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  perfidious: < Jim Bartle: Michael Tal was known to be intense and intimidating at the board (the famous stare), but was super friendly away from the board, and one of the most popular players ever.>

What serious player is not familiar with the Tal stare? (wink, nod)

As to Tal in less serious circumstances, having the pleasure of his company for several hours one day remains a high point in my chequered life on the 64 squares.

Dec-07-12  Jim Bartle: Damn spellcheck on this infernal iPad. Changed my Mikhail to Michael above.
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  perfidious: <Jim> Which, in any case, is the translation. Doesn't make me like spellcheck and I refuse to use it.
Dec-07-12  Ezzy: <Jim Bartle>

Hey Jim, do you have your simul game against Nigel Short. Do you want to share it. I will analyse it for you in my own inimitable way.

Dec-07-12  Jim Bartle: Wrong person. I never played him.
Dec-07-12  Ezzy: Sorry, I think it was <check it out>

Blimey, I'm getting alzheimers.

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  keypusher: <Ezzy> not to pile on, but I loved your post. Though I suppose I am not objective where conrad93 parodies are concerned.

Turning to the game, I can't help but give a lot of credit to the loser. Polgar had an amazing conception (I think) with 31...Bg5 and ...Bxd2, giving up the protector of her vulnerable dark squares to grab the pawn on e5. After Carlsen gave back his own bishop and brought the knight to g4, attacking the queen and the squares around the king simultaneously, the nearly miraculous 34....Rd6! set up a subsequent queen exchange, staving off a seemingly killing attack. After 35.Nh6+ Kg7! 36.Rxf7+Kh8 doesn't it seem like there should be some immediately decisive combination for White? Some way to fork on f7, for example? But there isn't! So the queens come off, and she lets Carlsen double rooks on the 7th rank (which, again, you would think would force immediate mate), because she has determined that she can, by attacking Carlsen's king herself, trade off a pair of rooks.

But after all that, after her courage and cleverness and deep calculation, we reach this endgame

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which of course is completely hopeless -- Polgar doesn't have a single decent move! The whole sequence reminds me, if you will excuse the hyperbole, of Hector against Achilles -- a great (but human) warrior against a demigod. In the end, the demigod is fated to win.

Dec-07-12  Jim Bartle: And the search for Carlsen's Achilles heel continues...
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  HeMateMe: ....could it be...becoming official challenger for the world's championship?
Dec-08-12  Conrad93: Been, if I'm 13, you must be 7.

In chess you play to win.

It's pointless to be nice or to consider anyone else as actual opposition.

Your comments only bother me because they are simply stupid.

Dec-08-12  Conrad93: If you want to see how well I play, then challenge me and lose.
Dec-08-12  Ezzy: <Conrad93: In chess you play to win.>

A startling revelation!

Dec-08-12  Jim Bartle: Honestly, it's possible to play to win and also be a nice, friendly person.
Dec-08-12  lentil: This is an awesome example of overprotection. Starting at about move 13, W just clamps down on square d5, then buttresses his p/e4 (then later his p/e5). As Nimzovich pointed out, the pieces doing the overprotecting ultimately explode into action. So they did here. Combined with Alapin's exortation: "Show me the variations!" this game would reward close analysis.
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  perfidious: <keypusher> From the position after Polgar's 22nd move, I watched this game, and her defence deserved, as you say, a better fate.

Like yourself, in the forced transition to the ending after Polgar's 34....Rd6, I was exploring various lines which appeared to give Carlsen a decisive material advantage, but in the end gained nothing in that way. His advantage in activity was too great to overcome, though.

The move 6.a3 is new to me; the popular move in my playing days was 6.g3, which led to sharp play after 6....Bb4. Had several games in this mess as White if I remember aright.

Dec-08-12  Fanques Fair: 20..., Nf6 , intending to play at some point d5 would be the classic and correct aproach for Black, in my opinion.
Dec-08-12  Fanques Fair: 20. ... , Ngf8 and 22 - g6 are completely senseless for me. Unless they were the only possible moves tactically, they can´t be what the position calls for.
Dec-10-12  Ulhumbrus: After 14 Nd2 Black may have no need to keep her d pawn back any longer. An alternative to 14...Nfd7 is 14...Ng6 15 Bg3 d5
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  PawnSac: <Robin01: The English is appropriate since they are in London.>

For a Viking, he sure is learning to speak proper English! I wonder if he tried to give her a pickup line.. "Hey, whats a nice girl like you doin' in a position like this?"

Dec-24-12  kardopov: This is one gem of a game Magnus has fashioned out for 2012. He just outsmarted one of my favorite attacking genius of all time. In this game, Magnus displayed exemplary knowledge and understanding of positional chess where all Judit can do was to recall her major pieces at the back rank only to discover in the end that there are no more sensible post to transfer. Surely not a gentleman's way to constrict a beautiful lady like Judit. Well, that is chess. You play masterfully to win and not to lose. This one deserves to be included to Magnus most commendable games for 2012.
Dec-24-12  Jim Bartle: Agree, kardopov.
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  whiteshark: The game is annotated by IM Christof Sielecki in a video here:
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