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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Veselin Topalov
M-Tel Masters (2008), Sofia BUL, rd 7, May-15
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Bobsterman3000: C'mon Topa please sacrifice something :-) You don't want to end up in 2nd place...

May-15-08  actinia: 19.Nfd2?! heading to c4 and aiming to post a knight at d6 seems like a mistake, as after 19. ... f5 the white knights are uncoordinated. Ned2-Nc4 and Nf3-d2-e4 is a variation of the same plan. If black plays f5, then the knights are in better position to take advantage of the weak e5 square, and white can even contemplate g4 at some point, after suitable preparation.
May-15-08  minasina: There were live commentaries: with GM Vladimir Dimitrov with GM Sergei Shipov in Russian; "translated": (without board): may need instant reload with GM Konstantin Sakaev “translation” (without functioning board): may need instant reload

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  ajile: Topalov uses the threat of the "wheel" to force a draw.
May-16-08  messachess: This game was well played by both, and is the kind of game that makes me wish I knew how to play queen's pawn openings--as white, I mean. As black, I have my fun against d4. I've pretty much settled on the Nimzo-Indian as my staple.
May-16-08  euripides: Yes a very interesting game.
May-16-08  lentil: can't agree with you actinia: after ..f5, W gets a a lot of play against B's weak P/e6. But B defends accurately and holds. A lesser man (like me) might have crumbled.
May-16-08  minasina: Rybka analysis, some critical points and variations
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  Richard Taylor: <messachess: This game was well played by both, and is the kind of game that makes me wish I knew how to play queen's pawn openings--as white, I mean. As black, I have my fun against d4. I've pretty much settled on the Nimzo-Indian as my staple.>

I also. But I am getting the idea [there are some lectures by Kasparov on YouTube on the Queens Gambit that shed light, they are very good (google Kasparov and QG) I think - here Ivanchuk exchanges his B on f6 to help e4 and with c5 it restricts Black...and so the Black Q is not in the best position...and the problem of the B on c8 is there for some time (or is kept back a bit) so - yes it was well played by both and some lessons can be learned.

May-20-08  Whitehat1963: According to Rybka, Topalov's best missed opportunity: 31... Nd7 32. Re3 c5 33. b4 cxb4 34. axb4 Nf6 35. Ne5 Ne4 36. Qa3 axb4 37. Qxb4 Ra7 38. Ra3 -0.11

and Ivanchuk's:
38. Qc2! 38... Rxc3 39. bxc3 Qc8 40. Bb3 Kg8 41. Qd3 Ba5 42. Rxe6 Rxe6 43. Nxe6 Qxc3 44. Qxc3 Bxc3 +0.85

Jun-16-08  minasina: Rybka analyses relocated (see my previous post):

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