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Loek van Wely vs Judit Polgar
Hoogeveen Essent (2001), Hoogeveen NED, rd 4, Oct-18
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  0-1



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Aug-24-05  alexandrovm: very nice game by both players, specially Judit, very nice mate
Feb-02-07  AugustAle: Shouldn't that be scored Judit : Mate#?
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  plang: Although the game starts as a Queens Indian after 9 Qc2 the position had transposed to a line of the Closed Catalan (Informant code E06). Van Wely had experience with this line but his analysis had focused on 14..Ng4 15 e3..e5 16 Bg5..f6 17 Bh4..g5; Polgar's 14..Bb4 and 15..b5! caught him off guard. Van Wely thought that 19 h3 would have been more prudent. Polgar played for the attack with 22..Qc7?!; 22..a6 looks more solid. A pretty variation would have been 28 Kg2..Ne1+ 29 Kf1..Nc2 30 Qxe6+..Kh8 31 Rac1..Rfe8 32 Qd5..Re1+ 33 Rxe1..Qxd5 34 Rxc2..Qh1+ 35 Ke2..Qe4+ 36 Kd1..Rd8+ 37 Rd2..Rxd2+ 38 Kxd2..c3+ winning for Black. 43..f4? was too aggressive; 43..Rxe3 44 Qxe3..Qxe3 45 Rxe3..Rxa7 46 Rxe5 with a likely draw would have been better. Polgar offered a draw with 45..Qd5 but it was too late - White had begun to take over the initiative. 51..Rd3? was an error, better would have been 51..Qd7 52 Rd4..Rxd4 53 Qxd4..Qe6 54 b6..Kh7 55 Qf4 (not 54 b7?..Rd8! and Black wins). Van Wely was still winning until he played 55 Qxg4?; 55 b7..Qxb7 56 Kg6! with dual mate threats would have won at once. 59 Kf4 would have held out longer.

Despite the errors this was a tremendous fighting game with both players taking risks to play for the full point.

Played in the 4th round of a four player double round robin; Polgar and Van Wely tied for first with +1 a half point ahead of Korchnoi.

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