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Ok let me share something of special happened in my life. In july 2011 I was in vacation in Vienna and checking the site of austrian federation I discovered that just in that period it was scheduled a visit of Judit in Vienna the 10th of july in occasion of the inauguaration of a place dedicated to the great player Spielmann, the Spielmann platz. She played in the occasion a simul against 22 players and I managed to participate. I'll bring that day forever in my heart. Of course I lost but I like to share my game with you. I still have the score and made cover it with transparent plastic so it will never get damaged.
Someone that day in Vienna made a video of the Judit simultan and posted the video on youtube.
Here it is the video. The man with the hat visible in the end part of the video between the players it's me while playing the game I posted before.
Way cool. I'd love the opportunity to play her in a simul ... I'd probably frame my scoresheet and hang it on a wall!
Don't know if I'll ever get the opportunity as I'm not rated nearly as high you are ... I'd be lucky to last 15 moves ...
Was it cool having a "Castling on opposite sides" type of game? If I ever get the chance to play her, I'd love to see her castle long against me ... she castled long in my favorite game of hers, the 1991 game against Tibor Tolnai (although he castled long as well, it wasn't an opposite sides game) that won her the GM title, the tournament, and the Hungarian National Championship.
I enjoyed a lot that game. I remind that I played all the game feeling myself little in front of a giant. This feeling didn't allow me to play relaxed and courageousely. When she played 9.g4 I felt I had to accept the pawn sacrifice and still now I think I had to. But on the moment I was afraid and said to myself: if I accept who knows what falls from the sky to my head. Also at the end I had two rooks for the queen and should have kept to play. At least I'd have learned something more. But I saw my pawn was lost letting her with a free pawn, so I humbly resigned.
In the unlikely event that I ever have the opportunity to play her, could you give me a tip on resigning? I tend to still play like when I was a kid ... play to checkmate. I understand now that it's bad chess etiquette, but it's a hard habit to break. I wouldn't want to play a "disrespect game" where I kept making move after move after my game was lost, but I wouldn't want to resign too early with some enjoyable playing time left (for example, after she went up on me a full piece after move 10, with everything else still on the board, I'd be reluctant to resign. Not because I think I'd win, but because there's so much play left with the remaining pieces (defenses to be made, schemes to be attempted, etc. and I can have lots of fun playing with what material I have left, even if I know what the result wil be).
How does this work for a simul? I feel if I resigned when I knew I'd lose, I'd resign before my first move ... so what's the proper behavior for this type of situation?
I don't know how to reply. The moment to resign is something you feel on the moment and depend also on the opponent you have. In my case the game was positionally lost and surely Judit knew how to win if I'd have kept. Anyway materially we were almost equal, so I should have kept for learning. It's not all days to meet such an artist like her. So I had to keep the game to give her the possibility to teach me how such a position must be managed. But as I said on the moment I felt down. If I had now that possibility again I would keep, of course not till the mate, anyway until an unquestionable advantage.
Thanks for sharing. This is very cool :)
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