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Levan Pantsulaia vs Judit Polgar
"Caught with his Pants down" (game of the day Mar-21-2022)
European Championship (2011), Aix-les-Bains FRA, rd 7, Mar-28
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (E10)  ·  0-1



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Mar-08-20  fisayo123: Inspired stuff from Polgar
Aug-28-20  Octavia: It's a pity she had 2 kids - with just one she could be playing even now as Anand shows us
Aug-28-20  Octavia: "Judit Polgar teaches chess 3" She's a great teacher & answered the questions asked below & many more!

However, I don't like "deadly" in chess. There are so many positive words you can use. Chess is not really an aggressive game. This word suggests blood! What I do is tippex out the offensive word & replace it with a more accurate one!

Aug-28-20  Retireborn: Can't find many games with this opening. One precedent:-

S Takacs vs Alekhine, 1927

One wonders if Judit remembered that, or was very familiar with Alekhine's games generally.

Aug-28-20  Viking707: The Polgar sisters have been a phenomena in chess. And Judit would be my sister "select!"
Mar-21-22  belgradegambit: Pain au Levan
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  FSR: You really don't want to play crap openings against Polgar. She will punish you.
Mar-21-22  goodevans: <belgradegambit> I assume you submitted that as a pun back in 2012.

It isn't always easy to find a really good pun for a great game. When you do and the game gets published with someone else's vastly inferior pun it can be annoying to say the least. It's happened to me too so you have my sympathy.

Mar-21-22  Transfinite Cardinal: Is this opening sound 11 b5?
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  Teyss: <belgradegambit> That would have been a good pun.

What a rout. 11...b5!? 13...Nd3+! 25...h6! 30...Qd7! 31...e3! (See posts on page 1 for explanations of these moves.)

Was played in round 7 after both players had scored 4/6. Polgar finished joint first with 8.5/11 and eventually third after tiebreak.

Nov-05-22  Brenin: 26 ... Rb1, inviting 27 Qxd5 Rxc1 mate or 27 Nxb1 Qxf3, looks tempting, e.g. 27 Kd1 Qd7 28 Nxb1 Be4+ winning the Q, or 27 Qd1 Ra1 followed Qb7 and Qb1, with White helpless.
Nov-05-22  jrredfield: I missed 26 ... Rb1, opting instead for 26 ... e4 which only leads to a draw it appears. A brilliant sequence every move! Judit was ranked 8th in the world at one time.
Nov-05-22  SugarDom: How is this rated "very difficult"
Nov-05-22  Mayankk: 11 ... b5 is just wow. Dropping your Rook like that right in the opening needs a lot of balls, and Judit Polgar had them in plenty.

As for the puzzle itself, I had the wrong sequence of moves in mind. I wanted to play 26 ... e4 first and Rb1 later after the Queen is pushed around. So no credits for me.

Nov-05-22  mel gibson: I saw the solution within about 20 seconds
as Black threatened mate, even with its Queen hanging.

Stockfish 15 says:

26... Rb1

(26. .. Rb1 (♖b8-b1 ♕f3-d1 ♖b1-a1 ♘d2-f1 ♕d5-b7 ♘f1-e3 ♕b7-b1 f2-f4 e5xf4 g3xf4 ♕b1xc1 ♕d1xc1 ♖a1xc1+ ♔e1-f2 ♖c1xc3 f4-f5 f7-f6 a2-a4 ♖c3-a3 ♘e3-d5 ♔g8-f8 ♔f2-e3 ♖a3xa4 ♘d5-c3 ♖a4-a3 ♔e3-d2 ♗d3xf5 ♖g1-f1 ♗f5-e6 ♖f1-f4 a5-a4 ♖f4-d4 ♖a3-b3 ♖d4-e4 ♔f8-f7 ♘c3xa4 ♖b3-h3 ♖e4-e2 h6-h5 ♖e2-f2 g7-g6 ♘a4-c3 ♗e6-g4 ♘c3-b5 ♖h3-d3+ ♔d2-c1 g6-g5 ♖f2-a2 ♔f7-g6 ♖a2-a8 ♗g4-f5 ♖a8-a4 ♖d3-d8 ♖a4xc4) +8.11/46 596)

score for Black +8.11 depth 46.

Nov-05-22  mel gibson: <Mayankk: 11 ... b5 is just wow. Dropping your Rook like that right in the opening needs a lot of balls, and Judit Polgar had them in plenty.>

I don't think that's possible since she is
an opposite person of the contradictory gender. LOL

Nov-05-22  Chesschronicle22: 35.e4 Rxg4 36.Qf5+ Rg6 37.Ke3 Qd1 38.Nf3 Qe2+ 39.Kd4 Qf2+ 40.Ke5 Qb6 41.Kf4 Be2 42.Nd4 Bg4 43.Qxf7 Rf6+ 44.Qxf6 Qxf6+ 45.Kxg4 Qxd4 46.cxd4 c3 47.d5 c2 48.Kf3 c1=Q 49.h4 Qh1+ 50.Ke3 Qxh4 51.e5 Qc4 52.d6 Qxa2 That’s what stockfish had to say.
Nov-05-22  AIC: <SugarDom>: How is this rated "very difficult"

Yesterday I also managed to see the winning line, so there must be something strange about the difficulty of this week's puzzles... :-) Let's see the one of tomorrow.

However, this game is nice to watch

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  scormus: It has to be 26 .... Rb1, you never know, W might play 27 Qxd5. No? 27 Kd1. Never mind, ... e4 will give W something to think about. Then what? 27 Qe3, Qf4, Qg4? They all look awful for W. OK Qf4, keeping it trained on b8 and stopping ... Qh5+

Rb1 is attacked now, so 28 ... Ra1. 29 Qb8+ Kh7, then 30 g4 to stop ... Qh5+. But the other check diagonal is open and undefendable, so 30 ... Qd7, WQ recentralises on e5.

31 .... e3. Why not ... Qa4+, surely the killer? 32 Nb3 cxb3 0-1 Oops, I forgot that 27 ... e4 blocked the the BB's defense of f5 and the BQ isn't either. In my haste I would have missed the pot.

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  agb2002: Black has a pawn for a knight.

White threatens Qxd5.

The knight is overburdened with the defense of the queen and b1. This suggests 26... Rb1:

A) 27.Qxd5 Rxc1#.

B) 27.Nxb1 Qxf3 wins.

C) 27.Kd1 Qd7

C.1) 27.Nxb1 Be4+ 28.Ke2 Bxf3+ 29.Kxf3 Qd3+ 30.Kg2 Qxb1 wins decisive material.

C.2) 27.Qe3 Qa4+ 28.Nb3 (28.Ke1 Rxc1#) 28... cxb3

C.2.a) 29.Qxd3 bxa2+ 30.Kd2 a1=Q wins decisive material (31.Qd8+ Kh7 32.Qd3+ g6).

C.2.b) 29.axb3 Qxb3+ 30.Ke1 (30.Kd2 Qc2+ 31.Ke1 Rxc1+ 32.Qxc1 Qe2#) 30... Qxc3+ 31.Kd1 (31.Qd2 Rxc1#) 31... Qc2+ 32.Ke1 Rxc1+ 33.Qxc1 Qe2#.

D) 27.Qd1 Ra1

D.1) 28.Nf3 Qe4+ 29.Kd2 Rxa2+ 30.Bb2 Rxb2+ 31.Kc1 Rb1+ wins.

D.2) 28.Nf1 Rxa2

D.2.a) 29.Bd2 Bc2 30.Qc1 (30.Qg4 Ra1+ and mate in two) 30... Qf3 31.h4 (trying Nh2; 31.Be3 Bd3 32.Qd1 Re2+ 33.Qxe2 Qxe2#) 31... Bd3 32.Qd1 Ra1 33.Bc1 (33.Qxa1 Qe2#) 33... Rxc1 wins.

D.2.b) 29.Nd2 e4, followed by e3, Qe5, looks very good for Black.

D.3) 28.f3 Qc5 29.Rg2 Qe3+ 30.Re2 Bxe2 wins an exchange at least (31.Qxe2 Rxc1#).

D.4) 28.Rf1 Bxf1 29.Nxf1 (29.Kxf1 Rxc1 30.Qxc1 Qh1+ 31.Ke2 Qxc1 wins) 29... Qe4+ 30.Ne3 (30.Kd2 Rxa2+ 31.Bb2 Rxb2+ 32.Kc1 Ra1+ wins) 30... Qb1 31.Kd2 (31.Bd2 Qb2 wins decisive material) 31... Qd3+ 32.Ke1 Qxc3+ wins decisive material.

D.5) 28.h3 e4

D.5.a) 29.h4 Qe5 must be winning (30.f4 exf3+ 31.Kf2 Rxc1 32.Qxc1 Qe2#).

D.5.b) 29.f4 e3 30.Nf1 e2 31.Qd2 exf1=Q+ 32.Rxf1 Qe4+ 33.Kf2 (33.Kd1 Bxf1; 33.Qe3 Rxc1+) 33... Bxf1 wins the exchange at least.

D.5.c) 29.f3 as in D.5.b.

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  agb2002: I overlooked 30.Be3 in my line C.1. However, the alternative 29... Qb7+ does win the knight.
Nov-05-22  saturn2: One sees quickly 26....Rb1 can neither be answered by 27.Qxd5 nor Nxb1 I thought 27.Kd1 apart from Qd1 is the best white answer but got stuck after 27...e4 Qe3 So I went for 26.Qb1
Nov-05-22  parch: Went with 26...Rb1 seeing the overloaded knight. 27.Qd1

(27.Kd1 Qd7 28.Qa8+ Kh7 29.N:b1 Be4+ 30.Nd2
...Qa4+ and 31...B:a8 )

27...Ra1 28.a3 e4 29.Nf1 Qe5 30.Qd2 Qb5
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  chrisowen: Lah its eg c fob gut Rb1 fab abridge key axled its foot coffin I got gel rah its doff axiom v its jet arrive ooh its og amalgamate account mc its Rb1 uba :)
Nov-06-22  saturn2: The reason I did not solve the puzzle was I did not have the Qd7 idea . But I was close. 26...Qb5 followed by Qa4 also exploits the weak white squares around the king. And after all I had the first two game moves on my radar. Should have simply combined better those motives.
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