Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Polgar Bounces Back!


8 September 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Polgar bounces back in game 2 of round 4 by winning with the black pieces!

SusanPolgar blogspot reported that the return games of the Round 4 of the World Cup were played on September 7 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The magnificent Judit Polgar managed to win on demand, playing Black against Lenier Dominguez. The Cuban grandmaster needed to make a draw in order to advance to the Quarter-finals, but instead of playing it safe he went for a very sharp and principled line of the Sicilian. White sacrificed a piece, but failed to create a winning attack, and had to fight for a draw in the endgame. Black had two bishops against a rook and two pawns, but with limited material White had decent drawing chances. The nervous tension was extremely high. White made a couple of inaccuracies, and his situation became critical. However, Polgar missed a clear-cut win, and a well-known theoretical ending with rook + bishop vs. rook arose. White's position was theoretically lost, and Black, despite practical difficulties, slowly found the right sequence.

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