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Default Famous Video: Sofia Polgar defeats Korchnoi

This famous video shows Sofia Polgar defeating Korchnoi in a blitz
game and then Korchnoi gets angry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9k5oBgaZGI

The commentators on this video have it all wrong. In first place,
Sofia did not say that she has lost respect for him. She said the
opposite, that she was afraid that she would lose his respect. (Sofia
is a very gracious lady, by the way.) Next, the final position was a
dead draw, the well known Lucena Position of Rook and Pawn against
Rook, with the king in front of the opposing pawn. Third, the video is
an edited composite. At the beginning Sofia has the black pieces but
in the final position Sofia has white, so they played at least two
games together.

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Old September 24th 07, 09:01 PM posted to rec.games.chess.politics,rec.games.chess.misc,rec.games.chess.analysis,alt.chess,soc.culture.magyar
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Default Famous Video: Sofia Polgar defeats Korchnoi

On Sep 24, 8:56 am, samsloan wrote:
This famous video shows Sofia Polgar defeating Korchnoi in a blitz
game and then Korchnoi gets angry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9k5oBgaZGI

The commentators on this video have it all wrong. In first place,
Sofia did not say that she has lost respect for him. She said the
opposite, that she was afraid that she would lose his respect. (Sofia
is a very gracious lady, by the way.) Next, the final position was a
dead draw, the well known Lucena Position of Rook and Pawn against
Rook, with the king in front of the opposing pawn. Third, the video is
an edited composite. At the beginning Sofia has the black pieces but
in the final position Sofia has white, so they played at least two
games together.


I would agree that Polgar at first is playing Black and then White,
therefore bits of two games were filmed. It's rather hard to determine
the exact ending position, since the resolution of the video is so
poor. It appears that Black may have more than three men on the board,
in which case it cannot be a Lucena position. In any event, a Lucena
position is not a draw, it is an ending of K, R, and b- or g-pawn
against K+R which is a win for the side with the pawn. Perhaps you are
thinking of a Philidor position?
Assuming the ambiguous blurs are actually empty squares, the final
postion, as near as I can determine, is White: Kg1, Rb3, Black: Kf4,
Re2, g4. This is not really close to a Lucena position, one of which
would be, say, W: Ke1, Rh7, B: Kg1, Rf8, g2. However, I would agree
that if the position was as I propose, it is theoretically drawn. It
would appear that Korchnoi lost on time, which perhaps explains his
rather ungracious remarks and brusque departure.

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