Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Gerard J Kool vs Judit Polgar
"Too Kool for School" (game of the day May-05-2022)
SWIFT tournament (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 1
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)  ·  0-1



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 1,787 more games of Polgar
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the < and > buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member This is the correct score of a game being recently discussed.
Oct-12-03  youngplayer11: shouldent 35.g4 and 37.f3 have+ on them becouse they are check?
Nov-21-08  withingrace: the mates funny lol.
Apr-01-11  Maatalkko: She melted Kool like a snowflake!

(Old cigarette ads.)

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Judy is too young to be smoking Kools! (She was 11 when this sharp game was played.)
Apr-06-12  BadKnight: Its surprising that this kingwalk game is not very popular.
Dec-04-21  Harperred: My one of the best game is Chess titans by Windows 7. Although for Electric bikes visit There you can find out best information about electric bikes guides.
May-05-22  Brenin: White needn't have embarked on that K-chase: 32 Re1 would have held the position for him.
May-05-22  catlover: If 32. Re1 Rxe1+ 33. Bxe1 Qd1 34. Qc3 Qf3 threatens mate. Kool still might have to resort to chasing Polgar's king.
May-05-22  Honey Blend: 34. ♗e1 might save the draw too. Black can try piling on f1 with 34. ... ♗c4 but there's 35. ♔h2! ♕xf1 36. ♕f8+ ♔h5 37. ♕e7!:

click for larger view

37. ... h6 seems to be the only reasonable way to stop Qg5, otherwise 37. ... ♔h6 38. ♕g5+ ♔g7 39. ♗c3+ f6 40. ♕xf6+ leads to mate. Continuation may go 37. ... h6 38. g4+ ♔xg4 39. ♕e4+ ♔h5 40. ♕f3+ ♔xh4 41. ♕f4+ ♔h5 42. ♕f3+ etc leading to a perpetual.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Knighthawkmiller: 29.Qxa6 ... -0.13 (30 ply) 29...Qxa4 30.Qd6 Qb5 31.Bc7 Rc8 32.d4 exd4 looks more playable and better for white.

(This seems better than the 32.Re1 the proposed alternative move.)

The analysis continues: 33.Qf4 Bh8 34.exd4 Bxd4 35.Qxd4 Rxc7 36.Qf6 Qc6 37.Rd1 Rc8 38.h5 Bg4 39.Qxc6...40.Rxd5 Rc1+ 41.Kh2 Bxh5 42.f3 f5 43.Rd4 g5 44.Rd5 Bg6 45.Bh3 g4 46.fxg4 fxg4 47.Bxg4 Be4 48.Rd1 Rxd1 49.Bxd1 to a likely draw.

May-05-22  offramp: I can hardly believe that Judit was only 11 when she played this game. Was she the strongest of the sisters?
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: She certainly was." I was "the chosen one", as she once put it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Teyss: <offramp> By far, for instance her peak rating was 2735 whilst Sofia's was 2505 and Zsuzsa's 2577. She's arguably the strongest female player ever, a designation that's debatable for men (let's not open that can of worms again).

Good game, kool pun. Maybe White, 39 years older, thought the kid was missing something and went for her King. She wasn't. We're grateful Judit skipped school to play chess instead.

May-05-22  goodevans: Like a <helpmate>, White chased the Black K to safety leaving his own K helpless.

I bet White also regretted delaying the win of a pawn. After <27.Bxd5> Black can't conjure up the same counterattack, e.g. 27....Bxd5 28.Qxf6 Qb2 29.Rf1 Qb3 30.Qxe5 and Black can't capture 30...Qxd3 because her R is en prise.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi Offramp,

< can hardly believe that Judit was only 11 when she played this game.>

Two rounds later she beat her first GM.

Polgar vs L Gutman, 1987

Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: 34.Qf8+ is quite hard to understand. Well, maybe white did not see that 34.Be1 avoids threatening mate but then why the hell he did not play simply 33.Qe5+ or 33.Re1 instead of 33.Bc3+? It is not difficult to see that 34.Qf8+ Kh5 35.g4+ Kxg4 36.Qc8+ f5 or 36...Be6 loses.
May-05-22  Brenin: I think that 33 Bc3+ was OK for White, but after 33 ... Kh6 he needed to play either 34 Re1, e.g. 34 ... Rxe1+ 35 Bxe1 Qd1 36 Qf8+ Kh5 37 Qb4, and if 37 ... Qf3 then 38 Kf1, or alternatively <Honey Blend>'s risky-looking but apparently safe 34 Be1 Bc4 35 Kh2. White may have been in time-trouble by this point, which could explain the natural-looking but unwise 34 Qf8+.
May-05-22  Honey Blend: One interesting line that I failed to add to 34. ♗e1 ♗c4 35. ♔h2 ♕xf1 36. ♕f8+ ♔h5 37. ♕e7 is how 37. ... ♔g4 does not help the king escape:

click for larger view

38. ♕e4+ ♔h5 39. ♕f4 and now the defense h6 is not available because if 39. ... h6 40. ♕f3#. This also emphasizes the perks of 35. ♔h2 as it keeps the black king from reaching h3.

After 39. ... f6 40. g4+ ♔xh4 41. f3+ ♖xe1 (or ♕xe1) 42. ♕h6#

click for larger view

The final position is quite a beauty.

May-05-22  sfm: Gee, cool!
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Rapid, blitz ? Obviously neither SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987) nor SWIFT Blitz (1987)

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
English, Symmetrical. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37) 0-1
from Melbourne CC Idea for Fredthebear by fredthebear
Judy is too young to be smoking Kools! (She was 11 when this sh
from Youngbloods Like to Listen to Fredthebear by fredthebear
000_-> Middlegames Opp col Bishops 2
by whiteshark
May 5: Too Kool for School
from Game of the Day 2022 by suenteus po 147
English Open/0-1/ Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik Syst. Revers
from JUDIT AND SUSAN POLGAR by vaskolon
English Open/0-1/ Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik Syst. Revers
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 16
by 0ZeR0
May 5: Too Kool for School
from Game of the Day 2022 by Phony Benoni

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC