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Vladimir Kramnik vs Judit Polgar
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 7, Feb-11
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  1-0



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Aug-09-05  ksadler: What a game! My play on either side of the King's Indian is never as exciting as this :)
Aug-09-05  BobbyBishop:'s pretty amazing that although judit is in the top 10, she hasn't won a single game against kramnik. 20 losses - 16 draws - 0 wins
Aug-10-05  iron maiden: Indeed. Even on Kramnik's current form she still hasn't come close to beating him in any of their games this year.
Aug-10-05  DutchDunce: You know what the great thing is though? At the rate their ratings are going, Polgar will be rated higher than Kramnik by the end of the year. Wooo!
Nov-20-05  admeyer: Despite being dominated by Kramnik, she was able to finally defeat Kasparov (last year?) and that is the greater accomplishment being that they will probably not get to play another meaningful OTB game again.
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  plang: Quite a sharp game. One of the characteristics of the 9 b4 variation is whites pawn at e6 after Ng5 and Ne6. Normally black captures it and white tries to drum up an initiative while black is capturing the pawn. This is the first game I have seen where black leaves the pawn there which is very risky. Polgar succeeds in building up an impressive center and pushes Kramniks pieces back but the ensuing complications show that Kramnik has a better understanding of the position. 24 Qg4 and 25 Rf1 are really nice moves attacking and defending. 26..Qg3 is quite illogical as after 27 Qd4 blacks Q & B are misplaced. The finish shows Kramniks usual deadly technique.
Mar-13-12  LoveThatJoker: A quote from "Kramnik: My Life and Games" regarding a great reply available to White if Black had played 26...Be5.

"26...Be5 can be met by 27. e4 h5 28. Qg5 - with the paradoxical threat of 29. Rf5! and after the Bishop moves, 30. Rf7."

Analysis Diagram after 26...Be5 27. e4 h5 28. Qg5

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Oct-14-20  Mehzinho: Wonderfull game.
If 26..Rxf1+? 27.Rxf1 Rf8? 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.Qf3 and its over

But also there are traps for white, If 28.Qxd3? black gets the upper hand with 28..Bg3 (look out for Judit)

32.Rxe5! and over is a great move to play. I went over these lines and more in a video analyses. Link below for those interested

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