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Veselin Topalov vs Wang Yue
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009), Nanjing CHN, rd 5, Oct-02
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  twinlark: Good timing CG!
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  Doctor Who: Why am I reminded of the "Alterman Wall Game"?? B Alterman vs Deep Fritz, 2000
Oct-02-09  Billy Vaughan: I'm terrible at these endgames. Who has the better chances? I'm liking Wang's position.
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  Doctor Who: Endgames with lots of pawns and queens are "slippery". The difference between winning and losing can come down to the most subtle of points, like whether a king can escape checks.

As things stand here however, I can't imagine any way of either side making progress. I'd love to see the grossmeisters prove me wrong though.

Oct-02-09  radu stancu: If the queens and rooks get exchanged I think it's gonna be a draw right away.
Oct-02-09  malthrope: Great! I was so facinated and immersed in the 'Carlsen-Radjabov' game that I only checked out reports as to what others were saying about the other two games!! ~lol~ ;)
Oct-02-09  radu stancu: 43... Rg7 44.Rxg7 Qxg7 45.Qxg7 (otherwise black's queen enters white's position too) Bxg7 and draw.
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  whiteshark: Time to draw? Topalov may play it out, though I don't expect it changes anything.
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  Doctor Who: Just for example -- what if White had the audacity to play Rg5, offering the exchange. If Black takes it, White could play fxg5, and what next? After White puts a bishop on g3 there's no way to enter White's little fortress of solitude.
Oct-02-09  radu stancu: Actually, Bxg7 instead of Qxg7 for black is probably better in that line, avoiding the problems after 44...Qxg7 45.Qxe6 Qg2 46.Ke1 Qh1 47.Ke2.
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  Doctor Who: Nakamura could beat Rybka from this position ;-)
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  whiteshark: but only in his dreams... :D
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  twinlark: Looks like a complete gridlock. Black has his back rank completely covered, and there are no points of penetration for or in either side.
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  twinlark: Seems like the game has proceeded: <43...Rh8 44. Qg6 Rh7>
Oct-02-09  pulsar: <CG> As always, your coverage is awesome. Thank you!
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  dunkenchess: Draw!
Oct-02-09  M.Hassan: I think Draw too
Oct-02-09  malthrope: Yeah <twinlark> and <whiteshark> I don't see it either... If GM Wang Yue wants to draw this I don't see how Topalov can change that result... It would seemingly take a massive blunder or a serious miscarriage of judgement to lose this one - on either side! ~lol~ However, if forced to play it out I'd prefer White's position (tricks with pawn breaks). Might work in a Blitz game! ;)
Oct-02-09  malthrope: Thanks <> - we really do need the rest day! ~lol~ :^)
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  whiteshark: <malthrope: <...we really do need the rest day! ~lol~ :^)>> There is lots of truth behind it. :D
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