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Judit Polgar vs Alexey Shirov
"Mrs. Doubtfire" (game of the day Jan-23-2018)
Linares (2001), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-27
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Played at Linares 2001 which was a 6 player round robin; Shirov and Polgar finished in a 5 way tie for 2nd at -1 three points behind Kasparov. Shirov had played 17 Qd3 in a 2000 quick play draw against Kasparov; Polgar found the new 17 Nc1 over the board as she was not as familiar with the line as Shirov was. Shirov played 24..Bh6? very quickly missing the opportunity to play 24..Nxd5 25 c3..Bc5 26 Nxc5..Qxc5 27 Qxc5..Rxc5 28 Kc2 when White's advantage is very small. Shirov felt he had no compensation for the pawn after 25 c3 and played for complications. Shirov's 31..Qc6? lost by force; a tougher defense would have been 31..Qc4 32 Nb4..Qf4 33 Kb3..Qd2 34 Qa1..Qxg2 35 Qd1 though White should win here as well. The a-pawn was decisive after Polgar's queen sacrifice with the clever 42 Ra5! reducing the number of available Black checks.
Jan-23-18  paavoh: Thanks <plang> fr the background for this exciting game. Incidentally, the CG Stockfish gives the line: 24...Bh6 25.c3 Re8 26.Rb4 Ra8 27.Kc2 Qc8 28.Nf2 Qc5 29.Nd3 Qc8 =0.00 (20 ply).
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  ajk68: 20 ply is not very deep. I just set the CG Stockfish on it for an hour. Let's see what it says...
Jan-23-18  Grandma Sturleigh: Nice pun.
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  thegoodanarchist: Yes, nice pun!

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  ajk68: A deeper analysis shows 24..Nxd5 is indeed the best move. Bh6 is probably not deserving of a question mark however.

1) +0.28 (38 ply) 24...Nxd5 25.c3 Bc5 26.Nxc5 Qxc5 27.Qxc5 Rxc5 28.Kc2 Nc7 29.Bd3 Kf8 30.b4 Rc6 31.Kd2 f5 32.c4 Ke7 33.g3 Ne6 34.Rb1 Kd7 35.Ra2 Rcc8 36.Ke3 d5 37.Rd2 dxc4 38.Bxc4+ Nd4 39.f4 Rxc4 40.fxe5 Rbxb4 41.Rxb4 Rxb4 42.Rxd4+ Rxd4 43.Kxd4 Ke6 44.h4 Ke7 45.Kc5 Ke6 46.Kb6

2) +0.42 (38 ply) 24...Bh6 25.c3 e4 26.fxe4 Ng4 27.h3 Ne3+ 28.Rxe3 Bxe3 29.Bxa6 Re8 30.Kc2 Qe7 31.e5 Qg5 32.Qxd6 Qxg2+ 33.Kb1 Red8 34.Qc7 Qxd5 35.Rb4 Rxb4 36.cxb4 Rd7 37.Qc4 Qh1+ 38.Ka2 Rd4 39.Qb3 Qe4 40.Bb5 Kg7 41.a6 Rd8 42.Bc4 Rd7 43.Ka3 Ba7 44.e6 fxe6 45.Qc3+ Rd4 46.Kb3 Kf7 47.Nc5 Bxc5 48.bxc5

3) +0.43 (37 ply) 24...Bg5 25.c3 Qd7 26.Kc2 Ra8 27.Bb3 h4 28.Kb1 h3 29.gxh3 Rd8 30.h4 Bd2 31.Rd1 Bh6 32.Rb4 Qf5 33.Rb6 Bf8 34.Qa4 Nd7 35.Rc6 Qxf3 36.Bc4 e4 37.Nb4 Ne5 38.Qc2 Qg4 39.Re1 e3 40.Bf1 Re8 41.Rxa6 Rxa6 42.Bxa6 Nf3 43.Re2 Nd2+ 44.Ka2

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  Check It Out: Good pun, good game, good job, CG!
Jan-23-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

11...Nxd5 12.exd5 Bxd5 13.0-0 a5 14.f4 Be7 15.Qe3 0-0 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Qd3+ Kg8 18.Qxd5 Qb6+ 19.Rf2 Bf6 20.Bd2 exf4 21.Bxf4 Bxb2 22.Re1 Ne5 23.h3 Bc3 24.Re4 Qc7 25.Bd2 Bxd2 26.Rxd2 Ra6 27.Rf4 Qa7+ 28.Kh2 Re8 29.Nd4 Qc5 = / + (-0.55) Depth: 22

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