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Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili vs Veselin Topalov
"See the Pawns Topalov" (game of the day Jul-28-2009)
Cap D'Agde FRA (2003) (rapid), rd 1, Oct-24
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  0-1
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Jun-25-06  gulliver: Is not 9. Nb5 , winning the d6 pawn ?
Jun-25-06  sixfeetunder: I believe after 9.Nb5 Black plays Qb6.
Jun-25-06  gulliver: < sixfeetunder >9. Nb5 Qb6 10. e4 Rb8 11. Na3 Bg7 and black has a game.
Jun-25-06  Petrocephalon: I'm not sure, but I would also think that 9.Nb5 axb5 10.Qxa8 Nxd5 would give black good compensation.
Jun-25-06  sixfeetunder: <Petrocephalon> i think after your line white plays Bg5! and black has to play f6(Be7 Bxe7 and black squares are weakened)then the black bishop isn't so strong on the long diagonal, and after that white's plan is to push e4 and consolidate.
Jul-28-09  newzild: White paid the penalty for failing to get in e5.
Jul-28-09  alshatranji: Isn't this Benoni?
Jul-28-09
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  hedgeh0g: I think I remember submitting this...
Jul-28-09
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  Domdaniel: <alshatranji> Yeah, it's a Benoni. I used to use this move order (...e6 before ...c5) regularly. It's a move-order trick to avoid the Benoni lines where white plays f4 and e4. This way, if white plays 3.Nf3, black has 3...c5 and a Benoni; but if white plays 3.Nc3 you switch to plan B.

Which might well be a Nimzo-Indian -- but I've never heard anyone call this an "anti-nimzo-indian" before.

Jul-28-09
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  whiteshark: Castling long is at least a bit unusual for the white side of the Benoni. Or not?
Jul-28-09
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  kevin86: If black does not mate soon,he will later.
Jul-28-09  jsheedy: If 39. Rf2 or 39. Re1, Rc3 threatens mate at d3, as well as targeting the e-pawn and threatening ...Ra3.
Jul-28-09  Anthony1: Topolov 24..c4 began appeared as a pawn sac but had a brilliant combination of pins and counter attacks that blew the game open. Absolutely brilliant forethought and a great position to launch his breakthrough.
Jul-28-09
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  Check It Out: Nice pun.
Jul-28-09
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  Domdaniel: <whiteshark> - <Castling long is at least a bit unusual for the white side of the Benoni. Or not?>

Very. But so is Qa4+ -- most people want to put a pawn on a4 to prevent b5. I don't think I ever played anyone who didn't reply to ...a6 with a4.

That's what happens when amateurs follow opening theory. No imagination. [if that needs an ironic smiley, consider it done ...]

Jul-28-09  WhiteRook48: is 3 Nf3 anti-Nimzo-Indian?
Jul-28-09
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  whiteshark: <Domdaniel: <...That's what happens when amateurs follow opening theory. No imagination.>>

One would imagine the power of imagination is of great importance in chess. Then again it might be that following a standard plan isn't that bad either. And I haven't talked about amateurs so far. Their motivation is probably the very reverse.

Jul-29-09
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  Domdaniel: I *was* being ironic.

Then again, the CG database has 11 games with 7.Qa4+, all played since the year 2000. I'd stopped playing the Benoni by then, so my knowledge of recent theory is distinctly, well, amateurish.

I don't like the move, though. If the idea is just to leave the black bishop awkwardly placed on d7, it's hardly worth the loss of tempo. And if queenside castling is an integral part of the plan, it looks crazy to put your king at the focus of both of black's strengths in the Benoni: a g7 bishop and a mobile queenside pawn mass.

This may be why 0-0-0 isn't played much.

May-25-12  kia0708: Topalov was AWESOME !
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