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Grand Master analysis
One of the things that we chessplayers sometimes find difficult is to annotate our chess matches. Too often, there is a sterile list of options generated by Fritz etc. I thought it might be helpful to post a Grandmasters' analysis of the Polgar - Kasparov game so fellow Gkers can learn how to be short and precise in their annotations.
Grateful acknowlegements to GM Sergey Shipov and Worldchessratings.
POLGAR – KASPAROV
1.e4 e5 [1...c5!] 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6
No doubt Kasparov studied the Berlin system in depth. However this system does not suit his style. It was proved today. Probably Garry hoped, that Judit would feel uncomfortable in this “dry” variation, but found himself even in worse situation!
4.0–0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 h6 10.Rd1+ Ke8 11.h3 Be7
Kramnik played 11...a5 in his London match with Kasparov.
A novelty. Garry is drying up the position. The main continuations are 12...Bd7, 12...a5 and 12...g5.
13.Nxh4 Bxh4 14.Be3 Bf5 15.Nd4 Bh7 16.g4!
Judit arranged a good square for her knight on f5.
16...Be7 17.Kg2 h5 18.Nf5 Bf8 19.Kf3 Bg6 20.Rd2 hxg4+ 21.hxg4 Rh3+ 22.Kg2 Rh7 23.Kg3
Black is not very happy in his. Unluckily for him Garry decided to open the center at this point.
(No fun is 23...Rd8 24.Rxd8+ Kxd8 25.Rd1+ Ke8 26.Bxa7.)
24.Bf4 Bxf5 25.gxf5 fxe5 26.Re1! Bd6
(If 26...Kf7 then 27.Rd7+.)
27.Bxe5 Kd7 28.c4 c5 29.Bxd6 cxd6 30.Re6
White is winning the pawn keeping the initiative.
30...Rah8 31.Rexd6+ Kc8 32.R2d5 Rh3+ 33.Kg2! Rh2+ 34.Kf3 R2h3+ 35.Ke4 b6 36.Rc6+ Kb8 37.Rd7
A consistent and strong move.
37...Rh2 38.Ke3 Rf8 39.Rcc7 Rxf5 40.Rb7+ Kc8 41.Rdc7+ Kd8 42.Rxg7 Kc8
Kasparov opted not to wait for Judit’s snatching the a7 pawn and resigned. A well-deserved victory by Judit. She played brilliantly. 1–0
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