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Judit Polgar vs Veselin Topalov
Dos Hermanas XIV (2008) (rapid), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-19
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1-0
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Apr-19-08  nmchessknight: Nice game Polgar
Apr-19-08  lopium: It's a beautiful game. Is this game a blitz one?
Apr-19-08  positionalgenius: No its rapid
Apr-20-08  percyblakeney: Topalov had already won the match, but giving away a piece with 29. ... Nc6 instead of playing Qd7 looks strange.
Apr-20-08
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  Peligroso Patzer: <percyblakeney: Topalov had already won the match, but giving away a piece with 29. ... Nc6 instead of playing Qd7 looks strange.>

It does indeed look strange, but Topalov probably reasoned that his Knight was confined to shuttling between d8 and b7, so he decided to sacrifice it to free his position a bit.

Polgarís sacrifice of the exchange (32. Rxg4) also seems unjustified, but hers being the penultimate blunder in the game, she was able to win (according to Tartakower's dictum) after Topalovís 36. Ö Qe8?. He still might have saved the game with 36...Rxf2+ 37.Kg1 Qa8 (38.Kxf2 Qa2+).

Jul-22-09  aazqua: Certainly an interesting game for assigning values to the pieces.
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