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Judit Polgar vs Gudmundur Gislason
Reykjavik Open (1988), Reykjavik ISL, rd 8, Mar-03
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-08-04  Taidanii: 55...Kg7 was a pretty move. Gislason attempted to con Polgar to making the tempting 56. Ra7. Honestly, at first glance, I would have fallen for it. :(
Jan-08-04  fatbaldguy: I'm wondering if 80 ...Kd7 would have saved black, since the a3 pawn would not have fallen (at least for the time being). After the text move Kc7 81 Rb3, 81 ... Bc1 fails to Rc3+
Jan-08-04  TheTurk: taidanii: you mean 56..Kg7, yea it took me a couple seconds to register the coming check myself.
Jan-08-04  TheTurk: moves 88. Ra7 through 92. Rb4 are beautiful, and quite instructional.
Dec-06-04  pointguard: This game shows a great endgame situation worth studying, A rook and bishop vs. 2 bishops in an open field. Usually, it favors the rook advantage(however slight), but as Black shows us, it's very difficult for White to exploit the advantage. However, White decides to centralize the king. That may be the key advantage towards winning this game as Black could not get his king very close to the center ,and therefore, not much mobility. This game had to be very wearing on the brains of both players, unbelievable that it went over 100 moves!
Mar-16-06  McCool: This is a pretty good game. I suggest this game to be a GAME OF THE DAY one day.
Jul-09-08  4tmac: BLACK may have played on as he has the making of a blockade. After 105. ... K-b7 106. a5 BLACK draws as long as he keeps the bishop on the a7-g1 diagonal and keeps WHITES KING out of a6. (To win white needs to attack with his rook)
Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: Yikes! Black had that bishop pair, but white was up the exchange. Well, I guess the exchange prevails most of the time...
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: unless you have a positional attack and advantage.
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  woldsmandriffield: @fatbaldguy 80..Kd7 would not have saved Black as a clever Zugzwang idea brings about a win.

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White’s King and Rook are well placed - Black’s King poorly placed.

79..Bd2 80 Rb8+ Kd7 81 Rb7+ Kd8 82 Ke6 Bf4+ 83 Ke6 Bc1 84 Rd7+ Kc8 85 Kd6 Bb2 86 Kc6 Ba1 87 Rd3 Bb2 86 Kb6 Zugzwang - the a-pawn must fall.

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  woldsmandriffield: For more analysis of this endgame see the game Timman vs Velimirovic, 1979

In the final position, Black is lost.

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There is no blockade: 105,,Kb7 106 Rf4 Bg3 107 Rf7+ Ka8 108 Ka6 Bh2 109 a5 Bg3 110 Rf8+ Bb8 111 Kb5 Kb7 112 a6+ Ka7 113 Rf7+ Ka8 114 Kb6 Be5 115 a7 Bd4 116 Ka6 Bc5 117 Rc7

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