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Veselin Topalov vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-28
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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  Whitehat1963: Finally, a win for Topalov.
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  Penguincw: Oh Giri. What a rough tournament. Five straight losses. 4/7 was good, but 4/12, *shivers*.
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  Jim Bartle: All the minor pieces gone by move 19. Just for me, maybe, but a prescription for boredom.
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  Penguincw: < Jim Bartle: All the minor pieces gone by move 19. Just for me, maybe, but a prescription for boredom. >

Yah. That's so sad. And there were 8 of them. :`(

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  iking: A learning experience for Giri .... i hope he will learn from these abominable defeat, a humbling experience,
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  Jim Bartle: Why is this such a terrible defeat? I'm no expert, but it seems like a typical long endgame loss to me, even though it ends with a mating threat.
Jan-29-12  King Death: In this ending with all of the major pieces White was always a little better because of Black's weaknesses. The move 44...c4 was a blunder though, Giri might have tried to sac a pawn with 44...Qf5 45.Rd6 instead although after 45...Rd6 46.Qd6 Rb7 47.Kc1 or 46...c4 47.Qd8+ Rf8 48.Qd4 his position is still difficult.
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  Gilmoy: Topalov patiently snipes at all 3 weak Q-side pawns, and uses the bind for tempi to creep his Rooks forward. It evokes the endgame pattern where doubled f-pawns allows Black to play for Kh3 forcing Kh1 to defend h2, and then Black wins the westward race and eats everything.

<36.Qc3!> begins a favorable breakthrough plan: already eyeing g7, with sideways support for the <37.g3> push.

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