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Judit Polgar vs Nigel Short
New York PCA/Intel-GP (1994) (rapid), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Jun-??
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  samvega: If someone has a king-walk collection...
May-21-05  schnarre: Reminds me of a Steinitz game with such a King-moving! Score another for White!
Nov-07-05  seeminor: To be fair to nigel, he must of thought he had polgar here. He sweeps in with his queen, gets the exchange and it looks rosy. Then Polgar suddenly turns herself in to Tal and plays amzing attacking chess, which must have left nigel scratching his head. 24.e6! is the completion of a remarkable turnaround
Jan-13-06  schnarre: <seeminor> A sweet turnaround at that!
Sep-29-07  RookFile: But Short had to be winning this at some point, not withstanding Polgar's clever play.
Oct-17-07  stanleys: Think that taking the exchange wasn't the best idea
Nov-16-09  Xeroxx: kool game.
Aug-04-11  whiteshark: "The World's #1 female chess player Judit Polgar brilliantly pulls off an insane win after getting into the deep waters of a disastrous Nigel Short deluge. Wow.

This epic battle took place in New York City, 1994, at the Intel World Speed Chess Tournament." time: 25 mins/game

Here is the game related video

Dec-07-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: One of my favorites ... I found that YouTube video a few months ago, which made me look for the game here on chessgames. Very fun game to follow.
Jan-02-12  Ziggurat: A strange game.

<8..f5> looks odd but works well in this case.

<11. g4?> must simply be a case of Judit overlooking the 11...Bh4+, or?

<12. Nxh4?!> She then further compounds her error by capturing the bishop - why? Maybe she was afraid of 12. Kd2 Bf2 tying up the white pieces, but that could hardly be worse than what happened.

<15. Kc3?!> A bold move - a less ambitious player might have settled for <15. Bb2> or something like that. Perhaps at this point, she started to imagine the comeback plan, and from here on she plays flawlessly, as far as I can tell.

<15...Qf3+> Natural enough, and the suggestion of my (weak) engine. After this, however, Judit manages to turn the tables without any apparent blunders from Nigel. The YouTube commentator suggests that he should have instead played <15...Nf3>, which indeed seems to lead to an easier win. For instance, if White tries to untangle the pieces by <16. Nd4>, <16...Bd7> is very strong, with either capture on f3 being met by <17...Rc8+> with a crushing attack.

Apr-01-12  fporretto: The vision of possibilities involved in Polgar's sequence from move 19 through 22 -- sweeping the Rook across the board and unleashing a devastating attack -- demonstrates pure genius.
May-03-12  dumbgai: Nigel was winning by move 12 but somehow managed to blow it.
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  HeMateMe: Can you demonstrate a winning line for black, computer checked?
May-05-12  dumbgai: Instead of 15...Qf3+, Houdini 1.5 running on my laptop gives 15...Nf3 16. Ba3 Bd7 17. Rc1 Kf7 18. gxf5 Rac8+ 19. Kb2 exf5 20. Ka1 d4. Final evaluation -1.32, based on 4 CPUs running for 2 mins on each move. Maybe not quite "winning" but with an extra pawn and the more active pieces Black should at the very least not lose.
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  ToTheDeath: Classical games: Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 8 to 3, with 5 draws.

Remember Nig, women can't play chess.

Sep-30-16  Jambow: Wow creative genius here, Polgar dis<MAN>tles the little fellow. Criss cross bishops, exchange sacks and a lot of other beautiful moves...
Dec-25-16  Pawn N Hand: 33 ...Kf8
34 Bc5+ Ke8
35 Ng7+ Kd8
36 e7+ Kc7
37 e8=Q ...
Dec-25-16  Everett: <Apr-24-15 ToTheDeath: Classical games: Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 8 to 3, with 5 draws. Remember Nig, women can't play chess.>

Don't think he ever said "women can't play chess."

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