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The game between the two top seeds was quite difficult – even to name the opening is not an easy task. We’ll just call it a Nimzo/Queen’s Indian hybrid. Anyway, Black’s play was very thematical and when she had managed to push d6-d5, Polgar was doing fine. Ivanchuk subsequently played quite risky and indeed was losing at one point. 46…Qd4 wins on the spot and Polgar did see it, but not the exact pointe – see the game viewer.

Ivanchuk, V (2756) – Polgar, Judit (2687) [E21]
Unive Crown Hoogeveen NED (2), 19.10.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bd2 Bb7 6.g3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Bg2 0–0 9.0–0 Na6 10.a3 Be7 11.b4 Rc8 12.Qb3 Qc7 13.Rfd1 Rfd8 14.Nb5 Qb8 15.Bf4 d6 16.Rac1 h6 17.h3 e5 18.Bd2 Nc7 19.Nc3 Qa8 20.Be3 Bf8 21.Kh2 Ne4 22.Nh4 Nxc3 23.Rxc3 Bxg2 24.Nxg2 Ne6 25.f3 d5 26.cxd5 Rxc3 27.Qxc3 Rxd5 28.Rc1 Qd8 29.Qc8 g6 30.Qa6 Qd7 31.Rc8 Kg7 32.Rb8 Qe7 33.Bc1 Rd7 34.Bb2 Nd4 35.h4 h5 36.Bxd4 exd4 37.Nf4 Kh7 38.Qc8 Kg7 39.Qc2 Rc7 40.Qd1 Qd7 41.Qd3 Qd6 42.Re8 Rc3 43.Qb5 Be7 44.Ra8 Re3 45.Rxa7 d3 46.exd3 Rxf3

(46…Qd4 47. Qd5 [47. Qd7 Qb2+ 48. Ng2 Re2 49. Qh3 Bf6 50. Rd7 Re1 -+] 47… Re2+ 48.Kh3 Qg1 -+)

47.Kg2 Re3 48.Kf2 Re5 49.Qd7 Qf6 50.d4 Re4 51.Kf3 Re1 52.Kf2 Re4 53.Kf3 Re1 54.Ra8 Ra1 55.Qe8 Kh6 56.Qh8+ Qxh8 57.Rxh8+ Kg7 58.Rb8 Rxa3+ 59.Kg2 Bxb4 60.Rxb6 Be1 61.Ne2 Re3 62.Rb2 Kf6 63.Kh3 Kf5 64.Rb5+ Kf6 65.Rb6+ Ke7 66.Rb2 f6 67.Kg2 Kd6 68.Ra2 Kd5 69.Kh3 Ke4 70.d5 Kxd5 71.Nf4+ Kd6 72.Rg2 Ke5 73.Nxg6+ Kf5 74.Nf8 Rd3 75.Rg1 Re3 ½–½

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