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Anatoly Karpov vs Judit Polgar
Las Palmas (1994), Las Palmas ESP, rd 8, May-30
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Uhlmann-Szabo System (E62)  ·  1-0



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May-02-05  Everett: It's moves like 16.Bd2 that are soooo beyond me. He retreats stuff, moves up and back, has the patience of statue. Polgar was probably scratching her head after this one...
May-02-05  Everett: After move 20, Karpov's control over e6 (something before-hand I completely did not see coming), and future dominance of the e-file assures very strong pressure for white, especially because black has absolutely no play.
Sep-15-06  yyacb: This game is covered in Roman's Lab, Volume 7, Think and Play Like a Grandmaster.
Jan-13-08  notyetagm: <yyacb: This game is covered in Roman's Lab, Volume 7, Think and Play Like a Grandmaster.;

Wow, another masterpiece by Karpov, deafeating KID-specialist Polgar in a mere 28(!) moves.

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  ToTheDeath: Karpov's best year? Great positional play.
Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: the KID should not be used by professional chess masters. They should play the ADULT (ha ha ha)
Oct-02-09  duplex: great game from Karpov,the master tactician..he eats Polgar alive in his prime..
Jun-12-10  xombie: <Everett> 16. Bd2 is also a jumping off move before playing Bc3. It all flows together very well because c5 is prepared with massive pressure against e5.

Note the tactical shot 25. h4!. If Qxg3 then Qxg3 Nxg3 Re7 pins B, grabs seventh.

May-01-19  PJs Studio: 24...Qxg3 seems like a better try.
Feb-23-21  Gaito: In classical games Karpov beat Judit Polgar 8 to 3 with 16 draws. But the toughest opponent for Judit was Vladimir Kramnik. In classical games their score was Kramnik 14, Judit 0, with 11 draws; but including rapid and exhibition games their score was 23 to 1 in Kramnik's favor, with 21 draws. While Judit was a fine attacking player, a few Soviet (and also non-Soviet) grandmasters found it easy to prepare against her, owing to her limited and foreseeable opening repertoire: if White opened with 1.d4 you could be sure that Judit would play the King's Indian, and if you opened with 1.e4, you could be sure that she would play a Sicilian, very likely a Najdorf. Some might say that such an opening repertoire was also Bobby Fischer's repertoire back in the sixties and seventies, but Fischer could also play the Grünfeld or even the Nimzoindian, and besides, Fischer had a much more profound knowledge of his openings than Judit ever had. In Linares, 1994, some players noticed that Judit suffered with Black against the Alapin variation of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3!?). Lautier and Karpov both played the Alapin variation against Judit in Linares, 1994 and Judit lost both games. Seirawan commented: "Karpov probably has found something in the way that Judit plays the Sicilian that he thought he could take advantage of".
Feb-23-21  Gaito: The position after 16...Kh7 is shown in the following diagram. It was probably from this position that Judit's game began to deteriorate:

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White has a lead in development, and so immediately started to exert pressure against Black's central pawns: 17.Bc3! Bd7 18.c5!, but suddenly Judit faltered and played 18...b6? The engine (Stockfish 13) suggests that Black play either 18...a5 or 18...Bg7. After 18...b6? 19.c6! Be8 20.f4 (20.Qc2 was worthy of consideration) 20...exf4 21.Nxf4 the following diagram was reached:

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Owing to his very energetic play White has obtained control of the most important lines and diagonals. Judit was now forced to defend very accurately, but unfortunately her speciality is the attack, not the defence. Black played 21...Bf7? (the engine likes 21...Bxc3), and after 22.Qd3 Bxc3 23.bxc3 (23.Qxc3 was worthy nof consideration) Qg5? (better was Qf6) 25.Ne6!, Black's game quickly collapsed. Karpov liked to win games by taking advantage of his opponent's "little mistakes", as he used to say. This game was a perfect example.

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