Anand Defeated by 21-year-old Girl

Anand was defeated in Round 6 of the Hoogovens Super-Grandmaster tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, by 21-year-old Judy Polgar.

The game concluded in a brilliant combination by Polgar in which she sacrificed both her queen and her rook so as to be able to win all of Anand's pieces with a knight fork.

Anand saw this coming and resigned rather than play it out.

The final position in Forsythe notation was as follows (see position below):


Judy Polgar had just played 56. Rh8 check. Had Anand not resigned here, he would have been forced to play 56. ... Kg7. Then the little girl checks with 57. Qd4+. Anand must interpose with 57. ... Bf6. Then the tiny little girl sacrifices her queen with 58. Qxf6. Anand must capture with 58. ... Rxf6 or else be checkmated. Then the teeny little girl sacrifices her rook with 59. Rh7+. Anand must take the rook with 59. .... Kxh7 or else move his king, in which case the teeny little girl will simply take Anand's queen leaving her a knight ahead. Then the little girl takes Anand's rook with 60. Nxf6, forking Anand's king and queen and winning everything.

Here is the game:

[Event "Hoogovens"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1998.22.01"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Polgar,Judit"]
[Black "Anand,V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2670"]
[BlackElo "2770"]
[WhiteCountry "HUN"]
[BlackCountry "IND"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Qe2 b5 11. Bb3 Bxb3 12. axb3 Nbd7 13. Rfd1 Qc7 14. Bg5 Rfc8 15. Ne1 Qb7 16. Bxf6 Nxf6 17. Nd5 Nxd5 18. Rxd5 Rc5 19. Rad1 Rxd5 20. Rxd5 Rc8 21. c3 b4 22. c4 g6 23. g3 Rc5 24. Rd1 a5 25. Nc2 Kg7 26. Qd3 Rc6 27. Ne3 Qc8 28. Kg2 Qe6 29. Qe2 Bd8 30. Nd5 Rc5 31. Qe3 Be7 32. Rd3 Bd8 33. Qd2 Rc6 34. Qd1 Kg8 35. h4 Kg7 {Better was 35. ... h5 and White could have made no further progress. However, Anand, in his usual style, preferred to give his opponent a chance to win, so that he would have a chance to win too!} 36. h5 Bg5 37. Qf3 Rc8 38. Rd1 Rc6 39. Qe2 Rc8 40. Rh1 Kg8 41. f3 Rb8 42. Qf2 Rb7 43. hxg6 fxg6 44. c5 dxc5 45. Qxc5 Bd8 46. Rc1 Kf7 47. Qe3 Kg7 48. Rc4 Rd7 49. Qc1 h5 50. Rc6 Rd6 51. Rc8 Qd7 52. Qc5 Kh6 53. Rb8 Bf6 54. Qe3 Bg5 55. f4 exf4 56. Rh8 {Black resigns because of the following fantastic combination: -56. .... Kh6-g7 57. Qe3-d4+ Bg5-f6 58. Qd4xf6+ Rd6xf6 59. Rh8-h7+ Kg7xh7 60. Nxf6+ forking the king and queen and winning!} 1-0

After seven rounds, Anand leads with 5.0, followed by Kramnik with 4.5, Pólgar, Shirov, Gelfand and Timman with 4.0, Topalov and Adams with 3.5, van der Sterren, Piket and Karpov with 3.0, Nijboer, Salov and van Wely with 2.5.

There have been some really good games played in this event, much better than the games played in the World Blitz Championship held two weeks ago.

I am posting the results on my web site as they occur at

There were no games on Friday, which was a free day.

Sam Sloan

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