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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
Dortmund Sparkassen (1997), Dortmund GER, rd 7, Jul-11
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0


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  plang: 7..Qc7 is a rarely played line that leads, after 8 Bxf6, to a pawn structure similar to one of the main lines of the Richter-Rauzer. Anand recommended 16..Be7 with the idea of ..Rdg8 and ..Rg4 putting pressure on the e pawn. Seirawan felt that the natural follw-up to 16..h4 would have been 16..Rdg8 rather that the more passive 19..Rde8 (which apparently defended against potential Nd5 tactics). The opposite colored-bishop position reached after 27 Bxe6 strongly favored white as whites bishop was much better and he had fewer pawn weaknesses. Anand felt that 37..Qg4 38 exf..Qxh3 39 Gxh would have left white with only a small advantage. When he missed that defence his game went downhill fast.
Apr-24-12  vardeep: after white's 28.Bd5..things wud have been interesting if black cud have responded with a pawn push on f5 with an immediate mating threat on the long diagonal... after white ensures king safety on the next move... black cud have created a good outpost for his supposedly bad bishop .. topalov obviously saw this threat and from the next move his rook started harassing black's queen...
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