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Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar
World Blitz Championship (2014) (blitz), Dubai UAE, rd 14, Jun-20
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: Black's rooks in this affair were a hapless pair indeed: one careered up the h-file, raging impotently, and the other got itself trapped in ignominious fashion as no self-respecting rook ever should.
Jun-20-14  Robed.Bishop: Yes, but how proud White's bishop and knight must be.
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  beenthere240: I dunno, do you think Carlsen would have seen Nc4 and Nxb6? I mean, it's easy with an engine, but OTB?
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  perfidious: Those simple sequences can be the toughest at times.
Jun-20-14  CP6033: Ra6/Rxb6 was an unfortunate decision by Polgar. though Magnus was winning even before Ra6.
Jun-21-14  Sokrates: Outplaying the sympathetic Judit in one breath, move by move. Prior to this game I haven't seen Sämisch with the knight in front of the g-pawn + short castling, but it certainly worked here.
Jun-21-14  Jim Bartle: Video of this game:
Jun-21-14  Marmot PFL: 28...Be3+ doesn't look like a move of a player of Polgar's level.
Jun-22-14  Nerwal: <28...Be3+ doesn't look like a move of a player of Polgar's level.>

After 29. ♖ah1 Black would get a horribly passive position which is probably impossible to defend, so by elimination Black decided to play the only move that prevents it, regardless of its value.

Jun-22-14  JohnBoy: I started laughing when I saw 39.Bb5. The kid is brutal!

Hey - the KID is brutal!

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  Sally Simpson: Hi,

Although the general consensus is that here:

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Magnus intended Nc4 and Nxb6.

He may have considered the manoeuvre Nd3, Nf2 and Nh3.

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Trapping the other Rook. (wink!)

Jun-28-14  Boris Schipkov: About this game, men and women in Chess Siberia
Jun-28-14  Isilimela: Thanks Boris - interesting observations. But I wonder if it's not just thousands of years of conditioning leading to women not being assertive enough. Surely the basic neuron count / hardware of the human brain is the same for men and women. I think the Polgar sisters 'experiment' needs to be repeated a few times and who knows what might come up!
Aug-15-14  mwic: Boris, I don't think your thesis is sound. For one thing, you have bad data: Yes, there is only 1 woman in the world top 100, but I did some extra research...

I scanned the top-100 lists for the top 8-10 counties, and about 7% of the top players were women. Sounds like women suck, until you realize:

Only 5% of FIDE members are women.

Females' performance is in line with their numbers; the question is why are their numbers so low?

Not to oversimplify, but further research indicated that females also have eyes and ears; girls read comments asserting their inferiority, and they hear boys at the chess club teasing each other ("you got beat by a *girl*?!?")

There are likely other reasons, but I suspect this is a factor.

Dec-29-18  ajile: Interestingly Rybka almost instantly sees that White can't accept the Knight sac on g3.

17..Ng3! 18.Rfd1

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 20 ply

1. = (0.19): 18...Kh7 19.dxc6 bxc6 20.Nc1 Nxe2+ 21.N3xe2 Be6 22.Bxh4 Bxc4 23.b3 Bxe2 24.Nxe2 Bf6 25.Be1 Qb6+ 26.Bf2 Qxb3 27.Rdb1 Qe6 28.Qxa5 Be7 29.Qc3 c5 30.Rb6 Rfb8 31.Qb2

2. = (0.23): 18...Nxe2+ 19.Qxe2 h3 20.c5 hxg2 21.Kxg2 g5 22.Rg1 g4 23.Kh1 Rf7 24.fxg4 dxc5 25.Rad1

17..Ng3! is a good try by Black though since it tempts White with no downside for Black. It's also interesting that Carlsen yet again finds the computer's favorite response 18.Rfd1 which should lead to an equal game.

Sep-11-22  Carrubo: An instructive game.

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