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Judit Polgar vs Vladimir Epishin
"Hey Jude" (game of the day Aug-15-2014)
PCA-GP Credit Suisse Rapid (1996) (rapid), Geneva SUI, rd 1, Aug-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: A resounding victory against a very sound grandmaster, who is presently leading Hastings 2003-04.

Has anyone noticed that 28 Qb4!! here is remarkably similar to 28 Qb4!! in Zukertort-Blackburne London 1883 1-0? In both the queen offer is a deflection sacrifice, and acceptance leads to mate.

Dec-14-05  Boomie: This is an amazing combination. Polgar needed to map this out 10 moves in advance.

When I first played through this I was offended by 19...Bc6. This ugly move both undevelops the bishop and blocks the rook on the c-file. But sometimes in tactical positions, aesthetics are off the mark. Bc6 is as good as black's other reasonable choices.

The real blunder is the innocuous looking 20...Rfe8. Black is lost after this. Required was 20...Ne7 21. Rc4 Qb6=. Once again the aesthetically pleasing move fails to the "ugly" Ne7. The lesson here is there is no substitute for calculation in a tactical position. Listen to your feelings but verify them before proceeding.

21...Ne4 leads to a wonderful flurry of tactics. Too bad Epishin didn't choose this, although a move like Ne4 is hard to find over the board.

21...Ne4 22. Rxe4 Nc3+ 23. bxc3 Bxe4 24. Nxf7 Bxf3 25. Nxh6+ gxh6 26. Qxh6 Qe5 27. gxf3

21...Kf8 is a tougher nut to crack. I'm still not sure what the winning idea is here but Uncle Fritz likes it a lot.

21...Kf8 22. Rc4 Qb5 23. Rd4 Nb6 24. a4 Qc5 25. Rxh6 Bxf3 26. Rh8+ Ke7 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Nxf3

Although white could have won more efficiently with 22. Qg5, that doesn't spoil anything for me.

Mar-20-06  notyetagm: Amazing tactical tour de force by Polgar.
May-08-06  notyetagm: This game is featured in the Solitaire Chess column by Pandofini in the April issue of Chess Life magazine.
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A gem!

Sep-19-11  whiteshark: <28 Qb4 <!!>> Zuk 'em!
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  perfidious: Were there any gold coins for this one? It was well worth a few!
Aug-15-14  offramp: Like a nuclear powered Zukertort.
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  HeMateMe: You know, she's really a pretty good chess player.
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  Once: This is a fabulous game - an astonishing attack. I am not so sure that Judit saw ten moves in advance, but she did keep finding ways to keep the attack going.

BTW, Paul McCartney wrote Hey Jude for Julian Lennon while John Lennon was divorcing his wife. The original title was "Hey Jules".

The funny thing is that many people seemed to think that the song was about them, including John Lennon. But then perhaps the message is universal enough to apply to all of us.

Aug-15-14  whiteshark: <Epi>-illumination
Aug-15-14  Kwesi: Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883
Aug-15-14  Castleinthesky: Hoo boy! Tactics don't get any better than this-a great game, any pun will do.
Aug-15-14  posoo: ANOTHER case of a recicled PON. WHAT is going ON? POSOO has lots of puns to use.

Imma submit my resume to in a minat!

Judit Polgar

Aug-15-14  posoo: Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003
Aug-15-14  Travis Bickle: What a beautiful game by Judit!
Aug-15-14  morfishine: Great Game, incredibly lame play on words, its not even a pun, besides, Julian Lennon is a male
Aug-15-14  rogl: If I remember correctly this was played in a speed chess tourney(20 min), which makes the attack even more impressive.
Aug-15-14  sshhhh: I hope she's "retiring" in the same sense in which Ivanchuk retired a few years ago (i.e. not really retiring). I'll miss her if she really quits tournament chess.
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  eternaloptimist: This is a brilliant win by Judit over a player that used to be Karpov's second! She showed top notch calculation in her ♔side attack in this Caro-Kann. She has done very well vs the Caro over the years. Her record in the cg database is +38 -16 =33 vs the Caro.: Obviously Epishin could've shown better judgment w/ his choice of opening even considering that this was played back in '96. Here's another brilliant ♔side attack vs the Caro. I submitted this game & pun a couple of weeks ago.: Judit Polgar vs A Rasmussen, 2013 It's sad that Judit will be retiring soon but we still have her games to play over & enjoy.
Aug-15-14  1 2 3 4: That pun... did you mean Jew with Jude? :l
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  Once: <1 2 3 4:>


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  kevin86: White will win black's queen...and the game!
Aug-24-16  clement41: Astounding performance by young Judit. I can feel the same dynamism and ability to trigger tactical complications as in Kasparov's games Qb4!
Oct-19-17  zev22407: The bloody machine shows another way to sac the queen 21) Qg5!!

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