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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 8, Oct-31
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1


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  GrahamClayton: This game features an amazing King journey by both Kings.

Both players forfeit the right to castle 14...♔d7 and 18. ♔e2.

Black then manually castles on the King side, before manually castling on the Queen side, with White manually castling on the King side as well.

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  plang: 7..Nf6 (rather than the standard 7..Nbd7) inviting 8 Ne5 had a period of popularity in the late 90s. 12..Qa6 was new; 12..Nbd7 had been played in Pavlovic-Tukmakov Biel 1998 (White won). A few months later, at Wijk-Aaan-Zee Anand played 14..Nxd7 against Svidler and drew easily. 20..Nd7?! would have been very risky because the bishop sacrifice on g7 looks very strong. Topalov should have taken the draw with 26 Nf6+..Kf8 (26..Kh8 27 g4 is dangerous for Black) 27 Nh7+ etc., but, overestimating his attack, pressed on with 26 c5?. He may have underestimated the pin 27..Qa8! followed by 28..Bf4! after which he had to lose material. 32 Rxe6+ wouldn't have helped White after 32..Kd7 33 Rd6+..Kc7 34 Rxd4..Rxd4 35 Qd6+..Rxd6 36 cxd+..Kd7 37 Ke2..c5.
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