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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Judit Polgar
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-07
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Classical. Polgar Variation (D78)  ·  0-1



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Mar-25-03  ughaibu: How about trying to hang on with Kf3?
Mar-25-03  crafty: 20. ♔f3 f6 21. gxf4 fxg5 22. f5 ♕d3   (eval -2.06; depth 12 ply; 250M nodes)
Mar-25-03  ughaibu: Crafty's happy with that? Then we exchange queens followed by Kg4, is it really so hopeless? How many evaluation points does Crafty think justify a resignation.
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  Sneaky: I don't get it either. Something tells me that Crafty isn't telling us all that he knows.

Better to be SNEAKY than crafty, anyhow, I say!!

Aug-13-03  Helloween: Black should win easily from this position, even at amateur level, much less Super-GM.
Nov-11-04  Bluelapis: 20. gxf4 Qg4+ 21. Kh1 or Kh2 Rh8 .. So, 2 files are conquered easily.
Aug-13-07  brulla: Where did Ivanchuk make the decisive mistake? The game being so short, this mistake should find entry into the opening book, no?
Apr-29-09  rogl: If crafty oiled his machinery he would find that 22. f5 is met with Rxf5+! with a huge advantage.
Nov-26-12  Jim Bartle: "Where did Ivanchuk make the decisive mistake?"

According to Inside Chess 7. Nc3 was the mistake. Apparently Ivanchuk thought he could later recapture the c4 pawn, but he couldn't.

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  kingscrusher: Unbelievable!
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  tamar: How much wood would Chukky chuck
If Chukky would chuck wood?


Feb-26-16  mwic: Stockfish shows 7. Nc3 changing a +.2 advantage into a -.2 disadvantage

For move 8, Bf4 and Bg5 bring the score back to almost-even. d5 is sixth-best after 24 levels of analysis, and scores -.46

Does anyone know what constitutes the "Polgar variation" and when it was so named?

Jan-01-21  Nattypoos: ughaibu - 20. Kf3 loses to Nf6, after which there's no way of stopping 21. ... Qg4 mate. So I've got no idea what Crafty was on about either.
Aug-29-21  VerySeriousExpert: This variation (6...Nc6?!) isn't good. After the trivial move 7.cxd5! White gets the large advantage.

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