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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
Sparkassen Cat XXI (2001), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-14
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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Jul-27-06  outplayer: 34...Qe5 is an only move.
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  plang: Prior to 2001 8 Bxf6 had not been played much; 8 Be3 and 8 Bh4 had been the main lines. Topalov had played 13 Qa4+ against Shirov in a computer-aided game earlier in the year; 13 Qe2 was new. White would have had a strong initiative after 14..Bb4+ 15 Kf1..0-0 16 Qe4..Rd8 17 h4; still 14..0-0 would have been safer than Anand's choice 14..Bd7?!. Perhaps 15..Rd8 should have been considered. Also, 22..Be5 might have been less weakening than Anand's choice (Anand was unrecognizable in this game and in the tournament as a whole - he finished last with -4). Perhaps 31..Rd6 or 31..Rf7 would have been more solid. 59..Kb6 would have been a tougher defense.
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