Judit Polgar - Viswanathan Anand in the Najdorf Perenyi

Judit Polgar - Viswanathan Anand in the Najdorf Perenyi

NM GreenLaser
Jun 19, 2010, 12:00 AM |
8 | Opening Theory

Judit Polgar was born July 23, 1976 in Hungary. She defeated an international master when she was 10 years old and an international grandmaster when she was 11. In 1991, she became a grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months. At the time she was the youngest ever grandmaster. She has clearly been the best female chess player ever. Her peak position in the FIDE rating list was number eight.

Opposing Polgar in this game is the present world champion, Viswanathan Anand who was seven years older. Polgar showed she was old enough and strong enough. However, both Polgar and Anand did not excel in the tournament in which this game was played. The event was Dos Hermanas 1999. The contestants and their scores were: Adams 6, Kramnik 5.5, Topalov 5, Illescas Cordoba 5, Gelfand 4.5, Karpov 4.5, Korchnoi 4, Anand 3.5, Svidler 3.5, and Polgar 3.5. Considering the ratings of the players, each one of them achieved a GM norm score. The winner, Adams, had three wins and six draws in nine games. No other player had more than two wins. Anand actually had no wins. Polgar did win two games, but lost four.

The opening became a Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense. The excitement was kicked up a notch with the Hungarian Attack or (Bela) Perneyi Variation with 7.g4. There are numerous game references and much analysis showing that players who step into this line are risk takers.

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