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Valery Salov vs Judit Polgar
Madrid (1997), Madrid ESP, rd 8, May-30
Indian Game: King's Indian. Fianchetto Variation (A49)  ·  0-1



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Apr-10-05  Albertan: It is interesting to see how various programs evaluate the opening moves of a chess game. In the magazine Inside Chess (and for that matter, my chess program Junior 9) this opening is evaluated as being a Pirc Defense (ECO:B07). Whereas the program uses to classify the opening of games evaluates this game as a ECO:A49 (which would make it the King's Indian Defense:fianchetto variation without c2-c4). Which ECO code is more accurate? For those of us who have followed Judit's career, we know (until recently) that her main defense against the Queen's Gambit for most of her career has been the King's Indian Defense.
Apr-10-05  Albertan: The program Junior 9 gives this interesting alternative on move 27. ie. 27...Nb3!? and play might have continued: 28.e5 (which gives clearance for Bg2-d5) 28...dxe5 29.Bd5+ Rxd5 30.Nxd5 Kf7
Apr-10-05  Albertan: In regards to Salov's twenty-fourth move, Junior 9 gives a better evaluation to the move 24.b4!? (stating that this move enables White to survive).Play then might have continued 24...Rh5 25.Qd4
Apr-10-05  Albertan: Salov's big mistake in this game appears to be on move 52. Junior 9 assigns the move 52. Bf8 a ??. It evaluates the move 52.Ra7 as a better idea ie 52.Ra7 Rb8 53.Ka4 Rd8

Polgar's move of 53...Rb8 is given a !! by Junior 9. Salov resigned as obviously he cannot capture her rook due to Ra6#

Apr-10-05  Albertan: Junior 9 suggests that Salov could have survived if he had played the move 50.Rb6 instead of 50.Ra8

If 50.Rb6 had been played, the game might have continued: 50...Rxb6 51.Kxb6 Rc2 52.Kb5 h5 53.Ba7 Ra2 54.Be3 Ra1=

Jul-07-13  rogl: I like how 52...Rb5+ makes white's rook overworked. It can't both guard against mate on the a-file and at the same time the bishop. I think this would make a good Tuesday puzzle. It's quite an original combination in its simplicity.

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