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Spyridon Skembris vs Judit Polgar
Corfu (1990)
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Stein Defense (E92)  ·  0-1



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Aug-01-04  JoshuaJ8588: An incredible endgame performance by Judit.
Sep-03-10  talljack: Can anyone tell me why Skembris had to sac the exchange on move 21? I don't see it.
Aug-06-12  Abdel Irada: I'm not sure he "had to," but Polgar's pressure on the central dark squares and with the knight invading from b4 was daunting. Objectively, White may have been able to defend, but I imagine that it would have felt like trying to hold the pass at Thermopylae.
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  perfidious: After either 21.Rxf8+ Rxf8 22.Qe1 Nb4 or 21.Qe1 Nb4, Black's position is very pleasant. Skembris probably analysed some variations and concluded that the sacrifice of exchange offered better practical prospects than going passive. White has come to miss his nominally bad light-squared bishop in the semi-open position which has arisen in this middlegame.
Nov-16-13  talljack: Thanks Perfidious and Abdel. Good analysis and you both have very interesting profiles. I'd update mine, but I can't figure out how.

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