Saturday, September 3, 2011

Judit Rocks Karjakin!

Report and photo from the official website:

The first games of the Round 3 of the World Chess Cup were played on Saturday, September 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk. At this stage the strongest players begin to meet each other. All the remaining participants undoubtedly belong to the world chess elite.

In two games Black faced 1.e4 and selected the super-solid Berlin Defense, which was nicknamed “The Berlin Wall” after the Kramnik-Kasparov match in London, 2000.

The majority of games in this variation indeed ends in a draw, but today the wall was breached: the highest rated player Sergey Karjakin (Russia) fell under pressure of Judit Polgar (Hungary), and Igor Lysyj (Russia) lost to Leinier Dominguez (Cuba). Polgar played an inspired game – carried out the standard e5-e6 break, invaded Black’s queenside with her bishop, and literally traded down the opponent’s soldiers.

Play through the game (Judit had white): 
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 Nf6
4. O-O Nxe4
5. d4 Nd6
6. Bxc6 dxc6
7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8
9. Nc3 Ke8
10. h3 h5
11. Rd1 Be7
12. Ne4 Bd7
13. b3 h4
14. Bg5 Rd8
15. c4 b6
16. Rd2 Bc8
17. Rxd8+ Kxd8
18. Rd1+ Ke8
19. Bf4 c5
20. e6 Bxe6
21. Bxc7 f6
22. Bb8 a6
23. Ba7 Bd8
24. Nc3 Kf7
25. Na4 b5
26. Nxc5 Bc8
27. cxb5 axb5
28. a4 bxa4
29. bxa4 Re8
30. Rb1 g5
31. Bb6 Be7
32. a5 Bxc5
33. Bxc5 Re6
34. Rb6 Ng7
35. Be3 Nf5
36. Rb8 Re8
37. Ra8 Bb7
38. Ra7 Re7
39. Bc5 Rd7
40. a6 Bc6
41. Rxd7+ Bxd7
42. Nd2 Ke6
43. Nc4 Bc6
44. Nb6 Nd6
45. Bxd6 Kxd6
46. a7 Kc7
47. a8Q Bxa8
48. Nxa8+ Kb7
49. f4 1-0

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