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Luke McShane vs Judit Polgar
"She's Got the Luke" (game of the day Jan-16-2017)
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 8, Dec-09
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line (A37)  ·  0-1



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  Fusilli: Nice win by Judit, playing in her recognizable active-aggressive style.
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  Penguincw: Polgar's first 3 pointer of the tournament, and it's coming with black. I guess that's one positive thing from LCC.
Dec-09-12  Steve.Patzer: What am I missing? What about 27. Qxg5 ?
Dec-09-12  Jim Bartle: Maybe 27...Rxg5? Don't worry, happens to me all the time.
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  piltdown man: A demolition job.
Dec-09-12  Steve.Patzer: My bad. I swear the rook was not there.
Dec-09-12  notyetagm: McShane vs Judit Polgar, 2012

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18 ... ♘d5-c3

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<"The problem was that I underestimated the power of the knight coming to c3 so I end up with a rotten position by force." - McShane.>

Dec-09-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNIGHTS BELONG IN OUTPOSTS

McShane vs Judit Polgar, 2012 "I underestimated the power of the knight coming to c3" McShane

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  Fusilli: <notyetagm> Interesting topic for a collection!
Dec-10-12  notyetagm: <silli: <notyetagm> Interesting topic for a collection!>

Don't tell me, tell McShane. :-)

Dec-10-12  Ezzy: Luke McShane - Judit Polgar

1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 c5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 b6 <This is quite rare. The only player who seems to play this regularly is Christian Bauer. Our own LCC commentator Stephen Gordon has also played it. Perhaps him and Judit are having some private collaberation. :-)> 6.00 Bb7 7.d3 Nf6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bd2 d5N <Strangely, this seems to be a new move. 1 game in the database with 9...00 >10.Qc1 <Stopping black from castling >10...Rc8 11.Rb1 Qd7 12.b3 d4 13.Nb5 h5 14.b4< Seems things aren't quite right when you move your pawn to b3 on move 12 then 14 b4 a couple of moves later.> 14...cxb4 15.Bxb4 a6 16.Na3 Nxb4 17.Rxb4 Nd5 18.Rb3 Nc3< Judits come out of the opening pretty well and has a nice position. Nice knight on c3, Bishops crisscrossing the board, and more space.> 19.Qd2 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 h4 21.g4?!< Luke probably saw some of the scary lines mentioned below and decided not to allow the 'h' file to be opened, but objectively with a few accurate moves should be completely fine. [21.Rxb6 hxg3 22.hxg3 Qh3 23.Ra1 Be5 24.Bg2 Qg4 25.Bf3 And white seems to have everything defended, and if black doesn't take the repetition, white may be better.(25.Rxa6?? Bxg3 26.fxg3 Nxe2+ 27.Kf1 (27.Kf2 Qxg3+ 28.Kf1 Nf4 29.Re1 Rh2 Winning.) 27...Rh5 28.Qxe2 Rf5+ 29.Ke1 Qxg3+ 30.Kd1 Rf2 31.Bc6+ Kf8 32.Qxf2 Qxf2 Winning.) > 21...b5 22.h3?! <Perhaps Luke needed something active than this [22.e3 00 23.exd4 Qxd4 24.cxb5 axb5 25.Nxb5 Nxb5 26.Rxb5] >22...00 23.cxb5 axb5 24.Nc2?! <Luke goes for a 3 move knight manouevre to g2 which seems rather slow, and allows judit to improve her position. Perhaps 24 Nb1 challenging the c3 knight is better.> 24...Rc5 25.Ne1 Bf6 26.Ng2 Bg5 27.Qb2 Rfc8 28.Kh1 Qd6 29.Ra3??< Luke is losing, but anything is better than this. This rook can't now defend his back rank and fails to some simple tactics.> 29...Na4 30.Rxa4 <[30.Qa1 Rc1 If the rook was still on b3 then Rb1 was possible.]>30...bxa4 31.Ne1 Rc1 32.Qb7 Rb8 33.Qa7 Bd2 01

I suppose the quick explanation of how Ms Polgar won, is that she was more attacking and Luke was more passive in his play.

Luke's plans seemed very slow and meaningless,and this played into the hands of an attacking player like Judit Polgar.

I'm glad she got a well deserved win today, as she's been a bit rusty in this tournament. A true legend in the chess world though!!

Dec-10-12  notyetagm: <Ezzy> Sucks when you lose with White like this.

Worse out of the opening, less space, incredibly annoying Black c3-knight, and then getting steamrolled.

Dec-10-12  Ezzy: <Worse out of the opening, less space....and then getting steamrolled.>

Something very familiar in my games.

Dec-11-12  ajile: <<Ezzy: Luke McShane - Judit Polgar

1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 c5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 b6 <This is quite rare. The only player who seems to play this regularly is Christian Bauer. Our own LCC commentator Stephen Gordon has also played it.>>

I really enjoy reading your commentaries on the games. Thanks for the work and posting these.

Dec-11-12  Ezzy: <ajile: I really enjoy reading your commentaries on the games. Thanks for the work and posting these.>

That's a pretty cool message to receive. Many thanks.

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  technical draw: <Steve.Patzer: My bad. I swear the rook was not there.>

I didn't see it either.

Dec-13-12  Tomlinsky: Which rook?
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  technical draw: The black rook on c5 at move 27.
Dec-13-12  Tomlinsky: Oh, that one.
Jan-16-17  AlicesKnight: Black's axtivity on both sides leaves some doubt about where the main push may come after White's Q-side moves are blunted. The White N is redeployed right across the board only to find that it has fled the main Black charge after all, and is finally to be lost.
Jan-16-17  KabutoKoji: HAHAHAHA!
Jan-16-17  YouRang: I miss seeing Judit Polgar playing in the top tournaments anymore.
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  kevin86: another knotty situation for white.
Jan-19-17  LoveThatJoker: Very nice pun...Roxette!


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