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Judit Polgar vs Magnus Carlsen
Cuadrangular UNAM (2012) (blindfold), Mexico City MEX, rd 2, Nov-26
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack (B09)  ·  0-1



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Apr-25-18  anjumskhan: Judit Polgar was seeing crying after this game accusing Carlsen of not giving her chance to try Tactics.
Apr-25-18  WorstPlayerEver: 17. Rab1 Qb4

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17. Rab1 is a complete positional blunder. It does not only block White play at the queenside, it also weakens their grip on the center, expecially the a1-h8 diagonal.

Because of the gap at b4, White had to strenghten there position in the center by playing 17. Re1, but wait... that makes 12. Qf2 questionable as a correct approach (plan), because the Rf1-d1-e1 already lost a tempo. It actually loses 2 tempi considered 12. Qd1 had the option to answer Nxd3 with Qxd3 in contrast with Nxd3-cxd3 in the game. Because there is no second pawn at the d-file after Qd1-Qxd3 (compare: d3+d5), Rf1-d1 is positionally worse than having a Queen at d1 for White; there is already protection of d5 after 12. Qd1 and White still has the option to play Rf1-e1.

In other words: 12. Qd1 is a better square for the White Queen; it keeps the right tension on the center for White. White's pieces are well coordinated; they don't lose any tempi directed at building their central position in the game afaik.

Therefore White has a strong centered position after 12. Qd1:

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It's not hard to see why 17. Rab1 is wrong; White has to control e5: 17. Re1 cxd4 18. Bxd4 Rc4 19. e5 Qb4. 20. Rad1 Rfc8:

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Although White lost a tempo by playing Rf1-d1-e1 after 17. Re1, their pieces are working together. Black still has a lot to prove in this position.

So far the analysis with SF9.

Now what says 17. Rab1 about the tactical aspects of the game for White? Obviously the Rb1 protects b2, but it also gets out of the a1-h8 diagonal. This is interesting, because when we go back at Judith's -crucial- 12. Qf2 decision and SF9's 12. Qd1 suggestion then it maybe worth to take another look at the position with SF9 and see what happens after an immediately 12. Ra1-b1

12. Rb1 e6 13. f5 Nd7 14. Bd2 Ne5 15. Qg3 c4 16. Be2 exf5 17. exf5 Nxc2 18. Qf4 gxf5 19. Qxf5 Qb6+ 20. Kh1 Ne3 21. Bxe3 Qxe3 22. Bh5 Qh6 23. b3 Rbe8:

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Again, Black has a significant advantage. Their pieces work well together as they are concentrated on the center. Concluded is the Ra1-b1 idea simply too slow for the position. Tactics flow for Black; White can't play 24. bxc4 Nxc4 25. Rxb7 Ne3:

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Apr-25-18  WorstPlayerEver: Ps there's still a typo in my comment I could not correct, unfortunately: this editor is completely hopeless on Android. Too cumbersome for chess editing. Extremely annoying.

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