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Ivan Sokolov vs Veselin Topalov
Hoogovens (1996), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1-0
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Mar-16-05  Backward Development: The novelty in this game is sprung at move 18! Sokolov described this as <"A novelty that might bother Black for quite a while.">
Mar-16-05  aw1988: Actually, move 20. Games Like I Sokolov vs Topalov, 1996
Mar-16-05  samvega: "Novelty of stem game" is, I believe, the first move of the game which distinguishes it from other games in the database. It doesn't, therefore, indicate moves that were novelties at the time they were played.

Bkwd Dev is correct: this game is the first instance of 18.Qb3. Previously white had played 18.Qa4+ or 18.Qf3

Mar-16-05  aw1988: Ah, true.
May-15-05  mymt: why not 19. ...c4? as 19. ...Rhe8 just seems to drop the pawn.
May-15-05  samvega: 19..c4 doesn't gain tempo, because the queen wants to go to a3 anyway (threatening Qc5-c6+, or ..Bf4/..Qd5+) and attacking a6. Also, giving up the pawn on c5 opens the file against the white king, and gives black a tempo.
Oct-26-11
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  kbob: There is interesting discussion of all these games on Alterman's Gambit series at chessclub.com
Oct-23-14
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  kbob: I think there was a Kasparov game with 12. Kd2, but that may have been a simul
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