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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Veselin Topalov
Ch World FIDE (play-off) (1999) (rapid), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 2, Aug-05
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1


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Feb-01-02  bishop: White's backward d-pawn turned out to be a liability,maybe he should have pushed his queenpawn on the fifteenth move.
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  ChessHigherCat: That's true but in typical Topalovian style he just used the backward d-pawn to keep white distracted while he attacked other weaknesses.

What I don't understand is why in this position:

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SF rates a5 as slightly higher than the N fork on d5. Either way, Re3 seems like a bad move.

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  ChessHigherCat: What's really interesting is that Topalov didn't play the knight fork or a5 but went for 32...Ne7 instead and then kept "complexifying" the position, maybe in an attempt to make Ponomariav blow his fuses!
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