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Alexey Shirov vs Veselin Topalov
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 3, Feb-06
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0


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Jul-09-04  Hanzo Steel: Geez, Topalov is stubborn. Looks like he could have resigned 10 or so moves earlier. Good effort by Shirov to squeeze a win out of a small advantage. This is one of the most recent Ruy Lopez Exchanges played by top players. 9. ♘bd2 is the novelty, as opposed to Fischer's suggested 9. ♖d3.
Jun-11-07  geraldo8187: why did shirov play so many exchange lopez games with topa in 1997?
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  tpstar: I am skeptical of this line for Black after 8. Rxd1 fxe5 Opening Explorer as Black is saddled with a weak Pe5 for the rest of the game, which doesn't seem enough for the Two Bishops. Note 9. Nbd2 scores better than 9. Rd3, and another common plan is b3/Bb2 aiming at e5.

Excellent game by Shirov, with nice development out of the opening, then snapping up the unclear exchange sacrifice only to return the exchange into a BOOC ending where 61. Bxc5! crashed through. At the end, Black's King will be stuck at b7 while White's King heads around to d8 to put Black in Zugzwang.

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