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Peter Leko vs Veselin Topalov
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009), Nice FRA, rd 6, Mar-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0


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  Jim Bartle: 22... Qxf2 doesn't look real good.
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  Eyal: There's no better move than 22...Qxf2; 22...Qf6 loses to 23.Bc3, and other queen retreats would lose to either Qxe6+ or Bxh6. The decisive blunder was 20...Qxd4?? - 20...Bf6 is probably best, though White still has a strong attack after 21.Bf4.

Another nice finish would be 23...Qf7 24.Rxg7+!

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  Jim Bartle: Thanks.
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  kamalakanta: Ouch!
Mar-20-09  Open Defence: Dropalov
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  whiteshark: Hats By Leko, Thank You for your continued patronage. -->
Mar-20-09  Stanley Yee: 17. Rhg1? allows 17 ... Nxf2 winning the exchange. 20 ... Qxd4? is surely wrong, just by instinct. 22 ... Qxf2 is just suicide. I can't believe the Challenger chases pawns.
Mar-21-09  Fazzah: i think its qxd4 thts real mistake .after tht black is lost
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  Eyal: <17. Rhg1? allows 17 ... Nxf2 winning the exchange.>

A bit hard to believe that Both Leko and Topalov missed something so elementary... in fact, 17...Nxf2 is very dangerous for Black after, e.g., 18.Qe2 Nxd1 19.Bxh6 Bf7 20.Bxg7 Bxg7 21.h6 Qf6 22.Qh2.

Mar-21-09  percyblakeney: Just the fact that Leko played all his moves instantly up until the 20th is enough to make you certain that he knew what he was doing when he allowed the Nxf2 thing, it looks like preparation on a level that could have worked fine also without it being rapid and blindfold.
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  Eyal: This kind of g4 pawn sacs in the main CK line can be very dangerous, even if not completely sound objectively (and the one played here might very well be sound). Leko himself got crushed this way a few months ago, in a similar setup: Bacrot vs Leko, 2008.
Mar-21-09  Hesam7: <Eyal> one game that I remember with the g4 pawn sac is: Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2003.
Mar-21-09  shintaro go: Topalov played like a noob
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