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Veselin Topalov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Amber Rapid (2006) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-18
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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Mar-18-06  Fan of Leko: Without comp checking the position 18...Ne7xd5 looks good for black. The R guards the e pawn and the Bb7 is targeted on white's Q. Instead 18 ..Bxd5? leads to loss of a pawn and with it the game. Ivanchuk seems too intimidated to play well against Topalov.
Mar-18-06  Veselin Anderson: I guess that goes to show that Topalov is now playing a psychological game as well, just like Kasparov used too...
Mar-18-06  CapablancaFan: Chuckie's play against Topa seems a little timid here. Like ...18.Ne7xe5 was the proper capture ( not Bxd5 as was played). If...18.Ne7xe5, it opens a diagnol for the f8 bishop, opens up the e file for the rook, and threatens a discovered attack on the queen. I'm not saying this move was enough to win the game, but he could have maintained equality and kept up a reasonably strong initiative.
Mar-19-06  MTal: Fritz 9 gives a .5 difference (for white) between the two alternative captures. However, it really dislikes 37...f5 by more than a full point compared to a number of alternatives, e.g., r to d1, c1 or a2, or nc6.
Mar-19-06  CapablancaFan: Just put this position in Chessmaster 10th edition program. Chessmaster suggests 18... Ne7xd5 pawn as black's best move. Here was Chessmasters line. Analysis: ...18 Ne7xd5 19.Ne4...Ra8 to d8 20.a4xb5 ...a6xb5 21.Nf5...Nf6xe4 22.d3xe4 which attacks the knight at d5. "As a result of this line of play, you win a knight and two pawns for a knight and a pawn. In addition, your atack potential is greatly enhanced. Also, the development of white's pawns is disrupted."-Chessmaster 10 Ed.
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