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Veselin Topalov vs Levon Aronian
"Take a Pawn Hard Rook at That" (game of the day Jan-31-2006)
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0
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Jul-26-08  TheKnife: Topalov Elo : 2801
Aronian Elo : 2752
Nov-22-08  notyetagm: <notyetagm: This brilliant effort by Topalov was recently voted the Best Game of 2006 by a panel of Russian chess experts.>

Incredible game.

Nov-22-08  notyetagm: 43 ♗g2-c6


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An *incredible* example of using the <BISHOP PAIR> to shepherd <PASSED PAWNS> to their promotion squares.

Nov-22-08  VaselineTopLove: Is this game better than

Topalov vs Anand, 2006

?

Mar-10-09  mistreaver: can someone explain why black plays 5... Bb4+ just to withdraw the bishop a move later?it makes no sense to me
Mar-10-09  blacksburg: the idea is to force the bishop to d2, which is not the best square for it. of course, black loses a tempo, but white is going to lose a tempo eventually moving that bishop again. white can play Nbd2 to block the check, but that knight really wants to go to c3 instead.

so basically, the point of the check is to force white to put a piece on d2, which is not necessarily what he wants to do.

Mar-15-09  FiLiPiNoV: Topalov only shows how chess is full of exciting..
Aug-10-09  WhiteRook48: two bishops beat two rooks!!!
Oct-03-09  Agent Orange: Great chess lesson by Topalov.
Dec-15-09  sezori: <FiLiPiNoV> Topalov only shows how chess is full of exciting...**cough** exciting what? ^_^
Sep-03-10  Marmot PFL: This game is strange.Why can't black just play 30...Qxf6?
Sep-03-10
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  Eric Schiller: Queen on g4 cannot move to f6, of course. It is not a knight.
Sep-03-10  goldenbear: Obviously he meant 31.Qxf6. And the answer is that the endgame is obviously lost. The center pawns are too strong.
Dec-01-10  LIFE Master AJ: GeoCities went bust. The new page for this game (My former "Game of The Month" website.); would be:

http://www.ajschess.com/thegotmman/....

Dec-01-11
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  Penguincw: Great game by Veselin Topalov.
Mar-15-12  pawnofdeath: what a game by topalov!!!! whoa amazing.
Oct-01-12  Tigranny: Never seen a game before where two bishops beat two rooks. Amazing by Topalov!
Oct-01-12  Jim Bartle: How about Granda-Zuniga vs Judit Polgar, 1992?
Apr-08-14
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  Mating Net: I get nostalgic for the Topalov of yester years when I see this game. What a performance. From a chess perspective, it's too bad he couldn't play anywhere close to this at the Candidates.
Nov-07-14  kia0708: "Take a Pawn Hard Rook at That"
INDEED :-)

ps.
the two White bishops are great

Jul-30-17  leroquentin: 31. Bc1!!
Jul-30-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <leroquentin: 31. Bc1!!>

I don't understand that move. Is the idea Qxf6 32. Qf6 gxf6 33. Kf2?

Aug-06-17  leroquentin: I think 31.Bc1 keeps the trade of the queens under white's control, taking the e3 square. And if ...Qxf6 32.Qxf6, them white just push the passed pawns.
Aug-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <leroquentin> Oh, I see: At first 31. d5 looks much better, but the problem is 31...Be4!. The point of Bc1 is that it forces the Q off the g file to escape from the pin.
Sep-20-17  jinkinson: Not often you see two Rxe4 exchange sacs in the same game. Amazing win by Topalov
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