Polgar beats Ponomariov in spectacular tiebreak

12/2/2002 – The Benidorm tournament ended in a tie for first place, with Judit Polgar and Ruslan Ponomariov both leading the field with 8 points in 11 rounds. The winner had to be decided by two blitz tie-break games (3min + 2sec). The first was a draw, the second won by Judit in brilliant style. Congratulations to the strongest female player in the history of the game! You will find all results and games here.

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Judit Polgar in Benidorm. Photo Pascal Villalba (Notzai)

The two blitz games (3 min plus 2 seconds) started with a draw. Judit then went on to win the second one in a very fine style, giving up two pawns for a strong attack. “I just trusted my intuition, and it worked very well”, said Polgar after her victory, one of the most brilliant in her carriere.


Ruslan Ponomariov. Photo Pascal Villalba (Notzai)

Sergey Karjakin, 12, lost in the last round to Pablo San Segundo when he was fighting for the first prize, after four wins and six draws in ten rounds. It looked like the tension was too great for the child prodigy. However, his performance here has been very impressive.


Final standings

All results

Tiebreak
1 de Diciembre de 2002
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1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1/2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
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Ronda 11
1 de Diciembre de 2002  18:30 h.
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1  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 1/2 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 1/2  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
3  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
4  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 0-1  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
5 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 1-0  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
6 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1/2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
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Ronda 10
1 de Diciembre de 2002  17:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1/2 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
3  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1/2  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
4  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1/2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
5  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
6  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
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Ronda 9
1 de Diciembre de 2002  16:00 h.
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1  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 1-0  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
3  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 0-1  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
4  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 1/2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
5  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
6 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 0-1 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
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Ronda 8
30 de Noviembre de 2002  20:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
2 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1-0  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
3  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
4  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
5  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
6  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1-0  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
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Ronda 7
30 de Noviembre de 2002  19:00 h.
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1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 0-1  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
3  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 0-1  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
4  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 0-1  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
5  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 0-1 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
6  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
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Ronda 6
30 de Noviembre de 2002  17:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1/2  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 1/2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
3 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
4  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
5  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1-0  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
6  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
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Ronda 5
30 de Noviembre de 2002  16:00 h.
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1  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1/2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
3  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 0-1  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
4  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 0-1 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
5  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
6  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 1-0  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
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Ronda 4
29 de Noviembre de 2002  20:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 0-1  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
2  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
3 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
4 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 0-1  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
5  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
6  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1/2  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
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Ronda 3
29 de Noviembre de 2002  19:00 h.
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1  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1/2 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1/2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
3  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1/2 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
4  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
5  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 0-1  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
6  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 0-1  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
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Ronda 2
29 de Noviembre de 2002  17:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 1/2  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
3  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
4 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
5 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1-0  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
6  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1/2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
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Ronda 1
29 de Noviembre de 2002  16:00 h.
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1  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1-0 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
3  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1-0 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
4  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 0-1  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
5  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 1/2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
6  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
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