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Zdenko Kozul vs Veselin Topalov
European Team Chess Championship (2007), Crete GRE, rd 4, Oct-31
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation (D02)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-01-07  ounos: 29. ...Nc5!
Look what position that one produced at move 32!
Nov-02-07  xanadu: Yes. 29.Bc8 was the big mistake, but White position was not good at that moment. It seems that the right location of of White´s black bishop is not-solved in this variation; and exchange by knight in move 16 is not the solution.
Nov-02-07  Deceptor: 29. Qc8 could bring reasonable draw chances.
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  Mateo: Why not 29...Kf7 with the threat Bc6, trapping the Bishop? This seems to win faster. Otherwise, another great game from Topalov.
Nov-02-07  Riverbeast: Yes, good point, Mateo.

Are you the same Mateo who used to play in NYC? If so, I remember you, hombre!

Dec-23-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Force your opponent to trap his own pieces!

Z Kozul vs Topalov, 2007

Position after 27 ... f7-f6! 28 ♘e5-d3:

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By playing 27 ... f7-f6!, Topalov (Black) <FORCES> the White e5-knight back to the d3-square with 28 ♘e5-d3.

Now the White a6-bishop is in great difficulty because it has <NO RETREAT(!)>, since the White d3-knight now <BLOCKS> the retreat of the White a6-bishop along the a6-f1 diagonal.

I really like the instructive nature of this sequence of moves. Your opponent is not simply going to <TRAP> his own pieces by <BLOCKING> their lines of retreat or <SELF-BLOCKING> their flight squares (unless he blunders). You must <FORCE(!)> your opponent to <TRAP> his own pieces by using <FORCING MOVES>.

Here Topalov <EMBARASSES> the White e5-knight by attacking it with the less valuable Black f7-pawn, forcing it onto the d3-square so that the White a6-bishop will have <NO RETREAT(!)> and be <TRAPPED ON THE EDGE OF THE BOARD>.

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