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  1. Standard member vivify
    rain
    05 Feb '17 21:17
    I'm looking at the last position of Polgar vs Yifan Hou:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1655416

    and I don't get why Judit resign. Yes, Hou was playing well, with Polgar seemingly on the defensive. But what about the last position made Polgar quit?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    05 Feb '17 22:58
    Originally posted by vivify
    I'm looking at the last position of Polgar vs Yifan Hou:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1655416

    and I don't get why Judit resign. Yes, Hou was playing well, with Polgar seemingly on the defensive. But what about the last position made Polgar quit?

    Thanks in advance.
    From what I see, the bishop can only go safely to C8 and white has 2 extra pawns, GM level, a dead win. Eventually anyway. So Judith knew it and gave her the respect she was due by not playing out what to them was a dead lost position for Judith.
  3. Standard member vivify
    rain
    05 Feb '17 23:46 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    From what I see, the bishop can only go safely to C8 and white has 2 extra pawns, GM level, a dead win. Eventually anyway. So Judith knew it and gave her the respect she was due by not playing out what to them was a dead lost position for Judith.
    If Polgar wanted to show respect to her opponent, shouldn't she have resigned 9 moves earlier, when losing a black pawn was inevitable? At move 39, black's D4 pawn was clearly lost.

    Don't get me wrong; perhaps you're right, and Polgar knew the game was over, but dragged it out in vain. I just wonder what it was about the last move that made her resign. Perhaps it's a combination of losing tempo (to save the bishop) and being down 2 pawns that made her resign. That attack on the Bishop essentially gave Hou a free move, in addition to her more dominant position.
  4. 05 Feb '17 23:50
    I'm too lazy to make a pgn thingy, but the line goes something like this.

    1...Bc8 2. f6+ Kxf6 (Rxf6 Rxc8) 3, Rxc8 Rxc8 4. Rxh6+ and then white gets the rook.
  5. Standard member vivify
    rain
    06 Feb '17 01:17
    Originally posted by KnightStalker47
    I'm too lazy to make a pgn thingy, but the line goes something like this.

    1...Bc8 2. f6+ Kxf6 (Rxf6 Rxc8) 3, Rxc8 Rxc8 4. Rxh6+ and then white gets the rook.
    Okay...so basically, black goes up a piece. I see it now. Thank you.
  6. 06 Feb '17 01:39
    Too lazy to do a PGN thingy...good grief.

    The game was played in 2012, the last time before then Judit had lost to
    another female player in classical chess was back in 1992 to her sister Zsuzsa.
    Yifan Hou was born in 1994.


  7. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Feb '17 19:29
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Too lazy to do a PGN thingy...good grief.

    The game was played in 2012, the last time before then Judit had lost to
    another female player in classical chess was back in 1992 to her sister Zsuzsa.
    Yifan Hou was born in 1994.


    [pgn]
    [FEN "3R4/5pk1/prr1b2p/7R/5P2/1P1B2P1/2PK3P/8 w - - 0 47"]
    47. f5 Bc8 48. f6+ {Rxf6 the White plays Rxc8.} 48... Kxf6 49. Rxc8 Rxc8 50. Rxh6+ {..and Rxb6. White is a piece and 2 pawns up.} [/pgn]
    Twicky!