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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Veselin Topalov
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 6, Nov-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1


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  OneArmedScissor: Topalov has been on fire lately.
Nov-19-08  Bobsterman3000: You would figure that players would avoid e4 against Topa for the rest of the Olympiad. He's already won two Sicilians as black.

It's e4 c5 and then Topa puts his queen on a5 a few moves later and lets the fireworks begin...

Nov-19-08  Udit Narayan: i tell you what...that match is gonna be interesting
Nov-19-08  ivan999: topa defended very well here.
Nov-20-08  virginmind: i was hoping for the natural 21.Rxf7 (to which fritz11 gives a full point) as thats why nisi had doubled his rooks on the f file, but for some reason he chosen to play Ne4 (1 point decreased by fritz) and then when he decided to exchange queens problems really unfolded for nisipeanu...
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  Eyal: <for some reason he chosen to play Ne4 (1 point decreased by fritz)>

Well, Ne4 <looks> like a great move - centralizing the knight, gaining a tempo by attacking the queen etc. etc.; unfortunately, it just doesn't work tactically and 21...Qh6! completely diffuses White's attack. Besides, it's probably not the best idea to play those super-sharp and heavily-theorized Sicilians against Topalov in his good form (unless you're called Viswanathan Anand).

Nov-20-08  percyblakeney: Even if Nisipeanu went wrong here Topalov is playing rather well in the Olympiad considering that he can't be totally concentrated because of the ongoing match negotiations and the upcoming match. Still he has four wins and one draw in five games, most of them with black, and the highest Elo performance in the whole event after 7 rounds. Beating Nisipeanu in 28 moves with black is a good result also with some help from the opponent on move 21.
Nov-20-08  notyetagm: Topa killing people like a serial killer these days.
Nov-21-08  allin: Rxf7 game over.insert coin
Nov-23-08  Gouki: whats the winning line?
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