Rapid chess: Anand vs Polgar 2:2
is turning into one exciting event. First of all there were two black wins on
the scond day of play (it was two white wins on day
one). Four games with four wins, and ne'er as draw in sight. Once again,
on day two, Judit Polgar, playing the black side of a Sicilian Najdorf, got
into trouble. As usual she flung all her pieces at Anand's king, but the Indian
GM blocked everything off with 21.b3, and then moved swiftly on the kingside
with his knight. After dislodging her king Anand appeared to have a cool winning
position. But at that moment he relaxed and succumbed to a vicious counter-attack
by the fierce young lady. With just seconds left on her clock Judit clinched
a rook and pawn ending, leaving Anand nothing but resignation at move 57.
The fourth game, saw another Sicilian, with Judit nicely in command with the
white pieces. Around move 33 everybody on the Playchess.com
server was discussing what a 3:1 lead for the Hungarian player would mean, Judit
slowly let the position slip into a drawish opposite colored bishop, rook and
queen ending. But the position remained highly tactical, and with her time slipping
away Judit allowed some mistakes to creep in. Anand, with a couple of minutes
more on his clock, pounced.
Polgar,J (2718) - Anand,V (2774) [B92]
Rapid Match Mainz GER (4), 15.08.2003
At this point our Playchess annotator WGM Kateryna Lahno (13) was screaming
for 47...Bxh2!. After the game we found the line 48.Qxf7+ Kh6 49.Qf3 Bg3+ 50.Kg1
Bxf2+ 51.Qxf2 Rg5+ 52.Kh1 Qa3 53.Bb5 Qc1+ 54.Bf1 Rf5 55.Qh2+ Kg7 and it is over
for White. This is how Anand brought it home: 47...Qe7 48.Re2 Qg5
49.Qf1 Qg3 50.Qf2 Qd3 51.h4 Qh3+ 52.Kg1 Rxh4 0-1.
After the game Judit said 'I stretched the draw and paid heavily'. Hats off
for the Hungarian's fighting chess, and for the sheer excitement of the games
of the Mainz Chess Classic.
Replay and download the games here
Chess960: Leko vs Svidler 1:1
the third game of the Chess960
World Championship Peter Svidler sacrificed two pawns for a dangerous attack.
Peter Leko had trouble keeping his position together and he had to defend very
precisely. He succeeded and the game ended in a draw. In the fourth game Leko
had to think hard about the right stategy, but it paid off: he won the game
and took the lead in the match: 2,5 - 1,5.
The games can be found on the official
web site. Click "The Finale: Chess960" in the left navigation.
On the report page the games are on the right in CBV or PGN format. Note that
due to the unusual castling rules in Chess960 the games have to be split into
two or three parts, because all current chess programs would consider the castlings
You can watch the games live on our Playchess.com