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Veselin Topalov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"Drawn Chorus" (game of the day Oct-30-2016)
Corus (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-19
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-20-06  LancelotduLac: <Unicornio> Mamedyarov is imitating Kramnik's style? Excuse me? Are you even looking at the MOVES, or is the result all you care about?

This particular game is one of the most complex and hard-fought in the entire tournament so far. What you're saying amounts to saying that a fools mate would be more "interesting" than a fascinating struggle that ends in a draw. Sorry, the result isn't what matters, it's the quality of the game.

Jan-20-06  Unicornio: This draw was not bad, but what about the other 5???
Jan-20-06  suenteus po 147: <Unicornio> If you'd take some time and actually review them, you might find something you like. Try this for a start: Van Wely vs Mamedyarov, 2006
Jan-21-06  Steppenwolf: No, kid. I just find him borin. Draw, draw, draw, and no new ideas of any type. He got there because Kramnik withdrawed, and all he can do is draw, draw, draw. zzzzzz...zzzzz...zz
Jan-21-06  notyetagm: Yes, he is exactly replacing Kramnik. :-)
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  ahmadov: <Steppenwolf:> Shut up and be more serious.
Jan-21-06  Jafar219: Ahmadov belke shahmat oynayag.Gel a.
Jan-21-06  Jafar219: <Steppenwolf> You are welcome to my ignore list.
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  ahmadov: <Jafar219> I did not read your post becuase I left before you wrote that, otherwise I would be happy to play chess with you on By the way, I am "ahmadov" on, so come to play with me when you find me there. Thank you for your invitation.
Jan-23-06  Bobak Zahmat: <ahmadov> Don't you ever play with the Playchess server?
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  ahmadov: <Bobak Zahmat> Sorry for replying late but I play chess either on or
Jan-26-06  Bobak Zahmat: <ahmadov> No problem! I also used to play at, but is a lot better!
Jan-26-06  EricCartman: This is not a Kramnik draw. This draw is played till the point that they know it's a draw, because they play this over and over again. And a draw as a result against the World Champion is something where you could be proud of, especialy when you've the black pieces.
Jan-30-06  Bobak Zahmat: I think Shak did something which could not be done by Vlad Drawnik.
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  ahmadov: I do not agree with you <Bobak>. No matter some people accept this or not, Kramnik is one of the most strongest players of modern chess. His short draws has something to do with his psychology and character, rather than his playing ability.
Jan-31-06  Bobak Zahmat: <ahmadov> You know, I really hope Kramnik will recover and return to play chess at the highest level. And Topalov (finally) accepts a match against Drawnik. Then we will have one Champion afer all the arguying.
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  ahmadov: <And Topalov (finally) accepts a match against Drawnik. Then we will have one Champion afer all the arguying.> Yes, this is the only way out of the mess that has been going on the chess world for the last 13 years. I hope Topalov will have enough courage to prove that he is really number one in today's chess.
Jan-31-06  Bobak Zahmat: If the match Topalov - Kramnik won't take place, maybe a more interisting match can take place: Anand - Topalov!
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  spirit: setting up this pin was very imaginative of both players...mame:restricting the king and rook.topa:trying to get a rook for two pawns.congminmao mame anyhow...worthy draw!
Nov-15-06  sandmanbrig: This game just plain confuses me.
Mar-11-08  positionalgenius: Great draw
May-19-08  diabloprancer: So why is 21...Kf8 necessary instead of castling?
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  Gilmoy: 21..O-O 22.Nxh4. I think Mamedyarov's 14..h4 was to prevent Topalov from playing h4 himself (with a really annoying positional bind). The hidden cost is that it ties Black's R down to its defense, so both sides feel some loss of options. Mamedyarov judged (apparently correctly) that defending the h4-pawn was the more promising of those two plans.

More deeply, 14..h4 gave Black a trapped KR (bad), and some Bh5 threats (good). So White's Q wants complications on the Q-side to punish the one and dodge the other. This may have encouraged Topalov to try the exchange sac 20.Rxc5, figuring that he'll net 1 pawn + the 2 tempi for Black to extricate his Rh8. It's a sharp line, and Mamedyarov barely escaped. In particular, note how 28..Qc8! gained a precious tempo by attacking White's loose h3-pawn -- Mamedyarov may have been planning that since 14!

Oct-30-16  7he5haman: I wonder if 32.f4, intending f5, was a better try for White?
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  kevin86: A tangle to a draw!
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