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Vladimir Epishin vs Zsuzsa Polgar
"Desperately Checking Susan" (game of the day Mar-03-2010)
Brno Morava-A (1991), Brno CSR, rd 2
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  0-1



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Mar-16-05  vonKrolock: A thrilling battle, full of vicissitudes

<16.♕b4> Or 16.♕a3 ♘d5 17.♘d4 ♖f4! etc

<16...♘d5>! 17.♕a5 b6 and the ♕ is trapped

<17...♘b3>! 17...♖f4 18.♕b2 ♖b4 etc was a butter-bread line; but the text move is stronger, as...

<19...♘f4>! ...the resulting situation is highly dangerous for White

<20...♘h3> 20...♕g4! 21.♖e4 (best) ♖f8 (21...♘e2? 22.♔g2 etc) 22.♖a2 ♘h3 23.♔g2 ♕f5 24.♖ee2 ♘g5!, and ♗lack's attack should triumph be continued: Wherein whith the King - 'h1' or 'g2'

Mar-03-10  lijepalou: first
Mar-03-10  AccDrag: Sorry, <lijepalou>, but you're about five years too late. :-)

The sort of game that reminds chess devotees why they love the game, and reminds patzers like me that I should be happy to correctly calculate 3 moves ahead. :-)

Mar-03-10  Cercatore: 66. Rxg2 and draw? -.-
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  Gilmoy: The Queen help-mate theme undermines White's "obvious" Q-side pawn push. After <15.b5 Na5 16.Qb4>, this N is poisoned by <16..Nd5>.

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Here White plays this for other reasons: he regains his pawn and drives Black's N to a "rim" square. Alas, it cedes the fork <17..Nb3>, which contributes directly to Black's K-side attack -- a poor strategic payoff for White's plan.

Compare to K Czuhai vs T Palmer, 2007, after <14.b5 Na5 15.Qb4?? Bc5>:

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White missed the trap, had no secondary target, and could only cede the tempo <16.Qb2 Rxg2>, with no compensation.

Mar-03-10  kellmano: I suspect Polgar would have seen that after 66.......Rf8+ the white rook is soon captured.
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  Sastre: <66. Rxg2 and draw? -.-> No, 66...Rf8+ 67.Kg3 Rg8+ 68.Kh3 Rxg2 and Black wins.
Mar-03-10  siggemannen: nice pun on a bad movie
Mar-03-10  SugarDom: True. Desperately seeking Susan 1985, starring Madonna...

Who else can cook these kinds of blockbuster puns?

Mar-03-10  SugarDom:
Mar-03-10  Manoloo: In this game, Susan reminds me the style of the great Efim Geller.
Mar-03-10  patzer2: Susan Polgar's final 55...Kf1! is an instructive illustration of the skewer tactic in the end game (i.e. 55...Kf1! 56. Rxg2 Rf8+ 57. Kg3 Rg8+ 58. King moves and 58...Rxg2 ).

I suspect Susan envisioned this as one of several winning possibilities when she played 51...Rd3! .

Mar-03-10  David2009: Black goes a Pawn up on move two and keeps it for the rest of the game. White made no obvious mistakes, after 8...Qf6 is 3 moves ahead in development - and loses. Perhaps it is simply the quality of the player that counts. Compare Shirov vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991 (1-0, same first 8 moves).

Does anyone know why this variation is called the McDonnell Defense?

Mar-03-10  SirChrislov: An artistic finale.
Mar-03-10  randomsac: This is just an amazing game. I don't think I've ever seen more traps and pins in one game.
Mar-03-10  SugarDom: Yes. Look at the first kibitz. Sharp tactical entertaining battle...
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  kevin86: Clever,white can take the pawn,but the rook will be lost.

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