Zsuzsa, at 26 the eldest of the three Polgar sisters, took the wise course in her early years of shunning women's tournaments. With little sister Judit, 19, on course for the "men's" title - she is currently ranked 10th in the world - the Polgars appear to have decided that it might not be a bad idea to annex the women's version too. But it has not been easy going. Three years ago, Zsuzsa missed out on a title match on the spin of a roulette wheel after her final contenders' match with Alisa Maric ended in a tie.
This time, she has qualified to challenge Xie Jun and started the match as narrow favourite, but she had a bad setback in the opening game. White's opening succeeded in its objective of creating a space-gaining pawn wedge in the centre, but at the cost of falling behind in development. Xie Jun developed a powerful initiative and demolished the whole structure.
Polgar-Xie Jun: 1 g3 g6 2 Bg2 Bg7 3 e4 e5 4 Ne2 Nc6 5 c3 Nge7 6 d4 exd4 7 cxd4 d5 8 e5 f6 9 f4 0-0 10 0-0 Bg4 11 Nbc3 fxe5 12 fxe5 Rxf1+ 13 Qxf1 Qd7 14 h3 Rf8 15 Nf4 g5 16 hxg4 gxf4 17 gxf4 Qxg4 18 Qe2 Qg3 19 Qf2 Qxf2+ 20 Kxf2 Nxd4 21 Nxd5 Ng6 22 Nc3 c6 23 Be3 Bxe5 24 Rd1 Nxf4 25 Bxf4 Rxf4+ 26 Ke3 Nf5+ 27 Kd3 Rg4 28 Bh3 Rd4+ 29 Ke2 Rxd1 30 Nxd1 Nd6 and Black won at move 60.Reuse content