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Wang Yue vs Veselin Topalov
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: Natalia, drawish because of opposite colored bishops?
Oct-08-09
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  dakgootje: oh wow, interesting pawn structures :o
Oct-08-09
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  whiteshark: <chessgames.com>, we get spoiled by you today. :D
Oct-08-09
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  tpstar: <chessgames.com> Thanks for the triple play! =)

Interesting that Topalov chose KID instead of Grunfeld.

Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: yes, thank you <cg>!!
Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: Hmm... I haven't been following this game close enough, but last time I looked Topalov had excellent chances. Now it's pretty equal. Time trouble must have been the cause for this.
Oct-08-09
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  whiteshark: <marcwordsmith: ... drawish because of opposite colored bishops?> With additional R+N ocB isn't the main feature. With three pieces it's a middlegame in transition.
Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: thanks <whiteshark>
Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: Nf5 looked more natural - "the knight on the rim is grim". And also preparing d6 and preventing breakthroughs such as e3. Bf5 is also good enough though.
Oct-08-09
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  e4ia: Thanks for the "switch" chessgames and more of Natalia!
Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: 42.Rh1 with the obvious Ng6 threat.
Oct-08-09
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  e4ia: Oh, I didn't realize til 5 min ago that chessok is now doing "live" lines/evaluation vs the pure pgn transmission it had been doing past rounds! (and that's a > version of Rybka, 3.0 with Aquarium interface,vs chessbomb.com "dusty" 2.2x)

Also note, I think rd 10 starts about four- five hours earlier, correct?

Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: 43.Bg4 is quite reasonable, let the horsie jump to f5.
Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: <Also note, I think rd 10 starts about four- five hours earlier, correct?>

5, <e4ia>

Oct-08-09
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  spinal pat: Oh no, that's way too early
Oct-08-09
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  extremepleasure2: Is 43...Be5 a good move GM Pogonina?
Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: wonderful! I can watch chess tomorrow night at a reasonable time. Hallelujah! Of course, being the last round, probably a bunch of boring draws.
Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: <extremepleasure2: Is 43...Be5 a good move GM Pogonina?>

After Nf5 the White rook may suddenly enter Black's realms. Wouldn't recommend Be5. :-)

Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: My sense is that both players are still trying to win this one. My hat's off to both of them.
Oct-08-09
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  chessgames.com: Yes, the final round starts 5 full hours earlier than the others.

We hope to see people back later for the final round, and please don't forget about the 5 hour time shift. By the way, thanks to everybody for sticking around for all three rounds, especially WGM Pogonina who is "working overtime" today.

Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: I kinda like White now, visually at least.
Oct-08-09
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  Natalia Pogonina: 45.Ng3 Nd6 46.Re1 h5! 47.Bh5 Kg5 and the activity of Black's pieces and d4-e4 pair compensates for the pawn.


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Oct-08-09  marcwordsmith: Maybe Black would like to play Rh8, followed by h5 and h4?
Oct-08-09
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  e4ia: Re1 and d3 maybe?
Oct-08-09
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  nasmichael: Glad there has been such activity from Nanjing, and wishing the players well. Glad also we have the Honorable Pogonina here helping us out!
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