Photo from game 3

Game 3: Gregory Kaidanov vs. Judit Polgar
Today’s opening theme: Sicilian Najdorf

[Event “Sicilian Theme Match”]
[Site “South Carolina”]
[Date “2010.02.24”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Kaidanov, Gregory”]
[Black “Polgar, Judit”]
[ECO “B99”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 Be7 9. O-O-O Qc7 10. Bd3 h6 11. Qh3 Nb6 12. f5 e5 13. Nb3 Bd7 14. Rhe1 a5 (14…0-0-0 is another option.)

15. a3 (I do not think that this move is necessary at this moment. White should continue to focus on the center and on the Kingside. Every tempo is crucial in the Sicilian Najdorf.)

15…a4 16. Nd2 Ra5 (An interesting choice. 16…Bc6 and 16…Rc8 are some other choices.)

17. Be3 (A possibility for Black if she wants a dynamic game would be 17…d5 18. Bxb6 Qxb6 19. exd5 Nxd5 20. Nce4)

17…d5 18. Bxb6 Qxb6 19. exd5 Nxd5 (So far as expected.)

20. Nxd5 (I am not crazy about this move. I prefer 20. Nce4 to maintain pressure on the Kingside. Then the Knight on d2 can go to c4. Now Black has a comfortable position.)

20…Rxd5 = (21. Qf3 makes sense here. If 21…Bc6 then 22. Be4. If 21…Rc5 then 22. Nc3 +=)

21. Qf3 Rc5 22. Ne4 (The Rook must remain on the c file. Therefore, Rc8, Rc6 or Rc7 are all playable. I prefer 22…Rc8.)

22…Ra5 23. Bc4 +/- (Now White has a considerable advantage with multiple threats such as Qg3 and f6.)

23… Bb5 24. f6! (White is breaking through. This will cause the Black King to be in a vulnerable position. 24… gxf6 25. Nd6+ Bxd6 26. Qxf6 +-)

24…Bxc4 25. fxe7 Kxe7 26. Qc3! (Black has serious problems now.)

26…Bd5 27. Qxe5+ Be6 28. Qxg7 (If 28…Rd8 29. Qf6+ Ke8 30. Qxh6 Rf5 +-)

28…Rc8 29. Qf6+ Kf8 30. Qxh6+ Ke7 31. Qf6+ Kf8 32. Rd6 Qc7 33. Qh6+ Ke7 34. Rxe6+ fxe6 35. Qg7+ Kd8 36. Qf8+ Kd7 37. Nf6+ 1-0 (If 37…Kc6 38. Rxe6+ Kb5 39. Qb4#)

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