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Mamedyarov – J. Polgar [E17]
Essent – Round 3 (10-24-2006)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 0–0 7. O-O Ne4 8. Bd2 f5 9. Qc2 Bf6 10. Rad1 (This is still all theories. The most popular continuation is 10…Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Be4)

10…Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Be4 12.Qc1 d6 13.Bh3 (We are still in theories. No new move has been made. 13…Qe8 and 13…Nd7 are both fine.)

13…Qe8 14.Ne1 (This is a new move. 14.Ng5 is the more traditional line. Generally speaking, this can’t be a big improvement. I would not worry so much about this move. 14…Qa4 comes to mind.)

14…Nd7 (A logical and solid move.)

15.f3 Bb7 16.Nd3 Qh5 (This is like a heavyweight boxing bout. The two fighters are slowly and cautiously testing the water.)

17.Nf4 Qh6 18.Bg2 Bg5 (The position is somewhat equal. I do not expect much to happen out of this position.)

19.h4 Bxf4 20.Qxf4 (Now if Judit exchanges Queens, the game is basically even. This looks like a draw.)

20…Qxf4 21.gxf4 Nf6 22.Kf2 Nh5 23.e3 a5 24.Bh3 d5 25.cxd5 exd5 26.Rc1 Rae8 27.Rc2 Ba6 (White is slightly better because of the Bishop pair. Black should be able to hold.)

28.Rfc1 Bd3 29.Rd2 Bb5 30.Rdc2 Bd3 31.Rd2 Bb5 32.b3 Re6 (White has nothing to lose by pushing in the position. White is playing for 2 results.)

33.Rdc2 Bd3 34.Rd2 Bb5 35.Rdc2 Bd3 36.Rb2 Rfe8 37.Bd2 Rg6 (The position is still equal)

38.Be1 Rge6 39.Bd2 Rg6 40.Be1 Rge6 1/2 (This is a good result for Judit, drawing with Black. Now both Mamedyarov and Judit have 2.5 / 3)
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