Polgar, Judit – Mamedyarov, Shakhryar
Essent chess tournament, Hoogeveen, 2006
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15.b3 d5 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bh4 g5 18.Nxg5 hxg5 19.Bxg5 (Judit is not happy with just a draw to clinch first place. She is going all out for the win as usual. Will it pay off for her this time?) 19…exd4 20.e5 Rxe5 21.Rxe5 Nxe5 22.cxd4 Nc6 23.Nf5 (Judit took a long time for this move.) 23…Bc8 (Shak responded immediately with this move. Another option would have been 23…Nb4) 24.Rc1 Bxf5 25.Bxf5 Qd6 (White has some compensations for the sacrifice, but will it be enough? I personally do not see a clear path for White.) 26.Bh4 Ne7 27.Bg3 Qb4 (Black certainly has an easier position due to the material advantage. The only chance for White is to continue putting on pressure on the Kingside.) 28.Bb1 (Now I expect 28…c6 to consolidate the weakness.) 28…c6 29.Be5 Bg7 30.a3 Qxa3 31.Rc3 Nd7 32.Rg3 Nxe5 33.dxe5 Qb4 34.Rg4 Qc3 35.f4 d4 36.Kh2 Nd5 37.f5 d3 38.Qxd3 Qxe5+ 39.Rg3 Nf6 40.Qf3 Rd8 0-1 Unfortunately, as I was afraid of, the sacrifice was unsound. Now, Judit fell back to a tie for first with Mamedyarov. She will have to face Topalov tomorrow with Black.