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JUDIT Polgar went home from her success at Hastings to a match with Boris Spassky in Budapest. After two games, she leads the former world champion by 1 1/2 -1/2 . Her masterful win in the second game was highly reminiscent of the sort of thing the young Spassky used to do to his opponents.

Polgar's 15th move seemed to catch Spassky in two minds, or perhaps in no minds at all, for he responded with a strange piece of dithering. Perhaps he saw b3 as preparation for Bb2, but the move had the stronger strategic purpose of pushing forward with d5 and supporting the pawn with c4.

White was able to block the Q-side and pursue her attack on the other wing. After 23. hxg4, White has the obvious plan of g3, Kg2 and Rh1, which Spassky's Qh4 was designed to counter. 24. g5] began a plan to take advantage of the position of the bold queen, and 27. f3]] was a stroke of genuius. Giving up one pawn, then two more, Polgar combined threats to the queen with designs against the king. After 34. Rg2, Black cannot survive 34 . . . Qc8 35. Bxg5] hxg5 36. Qxg5.

Spassky gave up a piece, and Polgar promptly gave it back to force a quick victory. A very impressive game.

----------------------------------------------------------------- White: Polgar Black: Spassky ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 e4 e5 21 Nh2 b4 2 Nf3 Nc6 22 Ng4 Nxg4 3 Bb5 a6 23 hxg4 Qh4 4 Ba4 Nf6 24 g5 c5 5 0-0 Be7 25 Nf1 f6 6 Re1 b5 26 g3 Qh3 7 Bb3 0-0 27 f3 fxg5 8 c3 d6 28 Re2 Nf6 9 h3 Nb8 29 g4 Qxf3 10 d4 Nbd7 30 Nh2 Qh3 11 Nbd2 Bb7 31 Rf1 Nxg4 12 Bc2 Re8 32 Rf7+ Bg7 13 Nf1 Bf8 33 Nxg4 Qxg4+ 14 Ng3 g6 34 Rg2 Qh3 15 b3 Bg7 35 Rxb7 Rf8 16 d5 Bf8 36 Bxg5 hxg5 17 Bg5 h6 37 Qxg5 Qh6 18 Be3 c6 38 Qxh6+ Kxh6 19 c4 a5 39 Rh2+ Kg5 20 Qd2 Kh7 40 Rxg7 1-0 -----------------------------------------------------------------

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