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Veselin Topalov vs Dmitry Jakovenko
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009), Nanjing CHN, rd 1, Sep-28
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-28-09  LaFreak III: woooootttt
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  whiteshark: ... draw was inevitable.
Sep-28-09  paavoh: A very patient defensive performance by Jakovenko! He made sure that he can prevent any incursions by Topalov and slowly but surely reduced the number of attacking pieces. I especially liked his maneuvering between moves 25-35 to free himself with c6-c5. Good job!
Sep-28-09  kurtrichards: One of the rare times when Topalov employs (as White) the Catalan Opening. During his WCC Match with Kramnik years back, he was usually in the black side of it. Topalov when White of the Catalan won against Kasimdzanov in 2007 Ciudad de Leon. He won against Leko in 2008 Amber (Blindfold). But lost to Kramnik as white in 2009 Zurich (Rapid). Perhaps he's putting it into practice now for future use. Against Anand, maybe.
Sep-28-09  parisattack: Topalov very often gets a space advantages from the opening - but doesn't do as well converting them to something concrete. A weakness in his game, IMHO.
Sep-28-09  shintaro go: Topalov should stick to his other d4 repertoire and forget about the Catalan.
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  Peligroso Patzer: 13. Ne5 is apparently the novelty in this game. In fact, that move still does not appear in Opening Explorer even though this game (which was played yesterday) has been added into the CG games database.

Topalov's innovation with 13. Ne5 frankly does not seem appealing. Kasparov won in 57 moves with the logical 13. Rfe1 in this game: Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1996.

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  Sneaky: Somebody said "at least we don't have Kramnik to blame for all the draws at Nanjing". Haha, very funny... but is that even true? Personally, I blame this draw on Kramnik.

I imagine Topalov studied some variations like this one for his Elista preparation and figures he might as well trot it out at last.

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  chancho: I just knew that eventually Kramnik was gonna get blamed. :-)
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  Sneaky: Well it's not like I'm blaming him for the draws in Botvinnik-Bronstein World Championship Match (1951). Others will, though ;-)
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