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Judit Polgar vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili
Amsterdam OHRA-B (1989), Amsterdam NED, rd 5, Aug-05
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Dragon Formation (B09)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-07-06  Albertan: Black played the Pirc Defense.This is a counterattacking defense,where White is allowed to set up a big center and Black plays against it.This defense requires Black understand certain basic principles rather than emphasizing the memorization of variations. This move opens up the diagonal for the bishop,opens up the d7-square for the black knights,and anticipates the White desire to attack the Knight on f6 with the White e-pawn. The move ...d5 supports a counterthrust either ...e7-e5 or ...c7-c5.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: Polgar's pawn structure and piece configuration is known as the "Austrian Attack".
Aug-07-06  Albertan: GM Nunn calls the move 5...c5 "Black's most reliable answer to the austrian attack." Black intends to break up the White pawn structure and enter a sicilian defense type structure.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: After playing his sixth move 5...Qa5 Azmaiparashvili has a dragon-variation sicilian defense type structure and this move takes advantage of the fact that White has yet to castle.Black is threatening ....Qxc5 now preventing the White king from castling kingside.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: On move 7 Polgar plays 7.Bd3 GM Alburt and GM Cherin believe this move is White's best try for an advantage. ("Pirc Alert"-A Complete Defense against 1.e4")
Aug-07-06  Albertan: Regarding the move 8.Qe2 Alburt and Chernin comment, "Black has a sicilian dragon type position.White remains with threats on the King's flank. and Black has to decide how to respond."
Aug-07-06  Albertan: The move 9...Qa5 re-establishes the pin on the Knight which weakens White's e-pawn.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: The move 10.h3 has been attributed to all of the Polgar sisters who seem to favor it.The main line is to play 10.O-O.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: Azmaiparashvili plays the move 12...d5 because the rule is that a flank attack is countered by playing and attacking in the center,which is what Black is doing here.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: On move 13 Azmaiparashvili plays 13...e4!? this forces white to play 14.Nxe4 which leaves the White a-pawn unprotected.
Aug-07-06  Albertan: The move 18.Rb1 wins a tempo.Black must decide what to do with his queen.Where would you move it to?
Aug-07-06  Albertan: If Azmaiparashvili had played the move 18...Qa3 instead play might have continued:

19. Rhd1 Re8 20. Be5 (20. Qh2 Nc5 21. Ra1 Qb2 22. Rdb1 Nb3+ 23. Kd1 The only move. Nxg4)) 20...Nxe5 21.fxe5 Nd7=

Aug-07-06  Albertan: The move 32...Bc4?? was a serious mistake.

Better was 32... Bd5 and play might have continued:
33. d7 Re6 34. Bxe5 Bxe5
(34... Qxe5 35. Qxe5 Rxe5 36. Ng5 Rxe1 37. Rxd5) 35. Nf6+ Bxf6 36. Qxd4 Bxd4 37. Rxd5 Bb6

Aug-07-06  Albertan: Playing the move 34.Nf6+ is the the only way to keep an decisive advantage. (The move 34.Rxb7 only leads to equality as this variation shows:34...Qd5 35.Reb1 Ree8 36.g5 Be5 37.Qe3 Rad8 38.Re7 Rxe7 39.dxe7 Re8 40.Qxa7 Bxd3 41.cxd3 Bf4 and chess engines suggest Black has compensation for the pawn.)

Azmaiparashvili must have been in serious time trouble at the end of the game as his last move hangs his bishop.

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  tpstar: Fourteen consecutive posts on the same game in one day. Well, someone had to spoil their fun!

Polgar bravely centralizes her King after castling Queenside, but the total control of the center plus Black's passive Queenside pieces are worth it.

31. Qf4 intends 32. Nf6+ with a Discovery on the Qd4, but after 31 ... Nxe5 32. Nf6+?! Bxf6 33. Qxd4 Nf3+ regains the Queen. Then 32. Bf6 was a nice Interference motif winning material.

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