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Susan Polgar vs Anatoly Karpov
"Hungary Girl" (game of the day Mar-09-2011)
Melody Amber Blitz (1992) (blitz), Roquebrune-Cap-Martin FRA, Feb-07
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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  technical draw: Hmm, 11.Bc3 looks like a move I would make. Got to check out Zsuzsa's games. Maybe she plays a higher level of my "style".
May-04-10  birthtimes: 26...Kg8 27.Rh4 Bc8 28.Qc2 Qf7 29.Rbh1 a5 30.Bxg4 fxg4 31.bxa5 Qf5 and this shores up Black's kingside as the queens come off the board. Should be an easy draw after this...
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  Phony Benoni: Black's ♗f8 was a wily piece. First, it went 5...Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7, landing on its good e7 square while White's DSB was not optimally developed.

Later, it wants to goes to d6 and see the world. So we get 13...Ba3 14.Rb1 Bd6, and the bishop has improved its placement while driving White's rook to a passive square.

But White, in a triumph of transparency, uses the rook to support 15.b4 and 17.c5, reducing the bishop to a secondary role on c7 from where it can't think of anything better to do than trade itself for a knight.

At least, that's what it looked like. If Karpov played it, the idea can't be that bad.

But he seemed unrecognizable the last dozen moves or so. Was he really serious about 24...Nxh2? As so often happens, blitz favors the young.

Mar-09-11  vsiva1: What about 35 ...Re8, Black can escape from check mate
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  Check It Out: Shocking ending. Loved that banter between Karpova and vonKrolock.
Mar-09-11  riverunner: <vsiva1> true. but white can force an exchange of queens, after which she will have passed king-side pawns. a better alternative but black would have still lost.
Mar-09-11  riverunner: <vsiva1> actually, check out the continuation for 35 ...Re8 36.Rf6
Mar-09-11  newzild: Interesting that she managed to beat Karpov in a positional battle - normally his forte.
Mar-09-11  KingV93: Ouch. I can't imagine Karpov didn't see Qh7 coming but when I let the game play I didn't see it in real time and it came as a bit of a shock.

Nice to see someone destroy Karpov in a closed pawn structure with tactical blows. I like how she 'gave away' the h-pawn and then used the open file for the rooks. Great Play.

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  HeMateMe: Whats the "Intermezzo Line"? Is that like when you get a break during a long movie?
Mar-09-11  BishopsPawn: <Phony Benoni>, I've never understood Bd4+ and then the retreat to e7 (I'm a novice). In your post your state that the Black bishop is better developed than White's on d2 after this maneuver. If asked to explain, I'm not sure I could articulate why this is so. In any case, doesn't Black give White a tempo in development with the move Bd4+? Help, I'm confused!
Mar-09-11  jmactas: <BishopsPawn> White does not really want the bishop on d2. It disrupts the queen's protection of the d4 pawn and isn't doing anything note worthy. Since white will have to move it again, it is not really a true waste of a tempo.
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  Once: <BishopsPawn> I'm sure that <PB> will explain it much better than me, but here's my take on the bishop check.

Black really wants his bishop to sit on e7. It's the safest, most sensible square for the time being. So he might decide just to play 5...e7 straight away.

But he also wants to frustrate white's opening plans and in particular to have a say in where white parks his Bc1 and Nb1. For example, white might want to stick his bishop on b2, where it shines along the long diagonal to black's king. White might even contemplate something like Ba3 to force off the pair of dark-squared bishops.

And the knight on b1 really wants to jump into c3 where it has a good deal to say about the centre of the board.

So black plays the intermezzo (in between move) 6...Bb4+. And now white has an awkward choice. If he interposes with the Nb1, that knight can't easily get to its natural home on c3. It's going to take white at least two moves to get there (eg a3-Nb1-Nc3). And if he blocks the check by interposing with the Bc1, that bishop is now two moves away from getting to b2 or a3.

After 6. Bd2 Be7 we get to here:

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In theory, black has lost a tempo by moving his Be7 twice. But as <jmactas> rightly says, the Bd2 is not well placed to do anything useful on d2 and white is going to have to move it again sometime. White can get the bishop onto the long diagonal by playing Bc3, but he would really like his knight on c3 instead.

In other words, white really wants to play Nc3 and Bb2, but black's Bb4+ means that one of those pieces is deflected to d2. Instead of losing a tempo, black argues that he has gained one, compared to the position that white would really have liked to create.

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  scormus: 24 ... Nxh2 seems very un-Karpov. Ah, I see the B-word underneath. Maybe that explains it.

None the less, a fine game by Zsuzsa.

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  kevin86: Oops,I think I lost my king.

In this case,it was clear that the ex-champ was beaten by a "Hungary-er" player.

Or Zsuzsa petals like Lance Armstrong.

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  AylerKupp: <Once> Darn it! I was going to explain to <BishopsPawn> the idea behind Bb4+ but you beat me to it. And you did a much better job than I would have done. Double darn it!

I'll have to console myself tonight by going out for sushi. :-)

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  Phony Benoni: <Once> Thanks for picking up the ball there. Very well put!
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  HeMateMe: "PolgarGeist (at h7)"
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  Penguincw: Even after seeing this game,I still can't believe Karpov overlooked the mate in one.
Mar-09-11  Bdellovibrio: <Penguincw> This may be a case of playing on to mate, since mate came surprisingly fast after Polgar's Rg6 maneuver, and this being blitz (low stakes, fast moves) it could hardly be considered disrespectful to play on...
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  Penguincw: < Bdellovibrio >

I still think Karpov should try to last as long as possible.Polgar might make a mistake,you'll never know.Or maybe resign later.

Mar-09-11  Oceanlake: I can afford to pick up a tidbit. The position's closed; what can go wrong?
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  Penguincw: < Oceanlake > Everything from having a slight positional disadvantage to being down three heavy pieces.
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  mahmoudkubba: So the news is telling that Karpov, the former champion, the well-known player, if he was the real player, ... etc, and many other criteria ..., didn't notice the check mate???

Sometimes I think I'd better study at least one game only and only one game from the whole history from Jodam and Eve till the last day of a living creature of ch. or further more: earlier than the coming down on Earth and later than the first day of the official heaven(s)' day(s). HaHaHa.

Mar-10-11  BishopsPawn: <jmactas>, <Once>, <AylerKupp>, <PB>: Thanks! I'm enlightened.
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