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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
7th Corsica Open (2003) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 4, Nov-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: In this rook ending, 40. Rg6? seems to be the decisive blunder. Better was 40. Rd6! After Anand's 40...Rd6, Topalov appears to be lost.
Nov-19-03  technical draw: Well, I think I would have played 40.Rf5.
Nov-19-03  Master of Sacrifice: A possibility:
White plays 58 Rb3. Black counters with the Rook, and White queens one of his two Pawns. If at any time Black moves his Rook other than to say check, White takes the Pawn. Pressure nullified. Any suggestions as to that possibility?
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  patzer2: <Master of Sacrifice> If 58. Rb3, then 58...b8Q+ 59. b8Q+ 59. Rxb8 Rxb8 and black wins. The white king and rook pick off the two white pawns, enabling black's pawn on c6 to advance and queen.
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  patzer2: <technical draw> Fritz 8 apparently likes 40. Rf5 as the best of three equalizing choices (including 40. Re6 and 40. Rg6). After my suggested 40. Rd6 black equalizes with 40...Kc7 or 40...Kc8 per Fritz 8.

Not sure why Fritz considers 40. Rg6 as equalizing, but if Frtiz is correct then white's losing error comes later. However after 40. Rg6 Rd7, I don't see any immediate improvements for white.

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