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Veselin Topalov vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), London ENG, rd 3, Sep-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-23-12  master of defence: What´s wrong with 16.Qd2?
Sep-23-12  Alesavio: 16...Be5!
Sep-23-12  mrbasso: no, 16...Bxh2+ first.
Amazing novelty..
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  Eyal: The novelty is <12...c5!>. Kasimdzhanov said after the game: "For me it was not so much a game, but rather a display of what I prepared in this line"; apparently it's related to the work he's done with Anand as his second.
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  hedgeh0g: A stunning novelty which looks like it may well have a significant impact on opening theory in the Semi-Slav.
Sep-24-12  master of defence: <mrbasso> 17.Kxh2 and what?
Sep-24-12  shivasuri4: <master of defence>, after 16.Qd2 Bxh2+ 17.Kxh2, Ne4 wins the queen, due to the mating threat with the queen-rook combo.
Sep-24-12  master of defence: <shivasuri4> If 17...Ne4 in this line, 18.Nxe4 looks good for white, stopping mate´s threat.
Sep-24-12  shivasuri4: Oh sorry, try 16.Qd2 Bxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Rh5+ 18.Kg2 Ne4 19.Nxe4 Qh4, when mate is unavoidable.
Jan-15-13  ptr: <hedgeh0g> Absolutely! Today's brilliant Aronian-Anand game in Wijk Aan Zee ( Aronian vs Anand, 2013 ) was made possible by this Topalov-Kasimdzhanov game. It is in order to avoid <12...c5!> that Aronian embarked on the ultimately fatal <12. Ng5>.
Apr-02-13  mistreaver: Instead of 20 Bxh7+, 20 Bb4!? might be worth investigating. What is the black's choice here. If 20... Rxc2 21 Rxc2 the only thing that doesn't lose is: 21... Qxc2 22 Bxc2 Bxb4 23 axb4 Rxc2 24 Rxa7 g5!? 25 fxg5 (25 Ra5 fxg4 26 fxg4 Rc4 is equal) 25... Rc4 26 Kg2 and now black has to choose between taking on g5 or b4. In any case, the endgame has some pitfalls, and is certainly more intriguing try then Bxh7+. Any comments, thoughts and refinements are most welcome :)
Apr-06-13  DrAttitude: IT PAIDS TO WORK WITH WORLD CHAMPION ANAND. 12....b5 is amazing! What happens after 14.cxd6?
Jun-27-14  mistreaver: Here i am again wondering about this game. I can't find the right continuation for black in the line: 12... c5 13 bxc5 Bxf3 14 cxd6!
Some logic suggests 14... Nd5 15 Bb2 Qg5 16 g3, and now i don't know what would black's continuation be? Say 16... N7f6 and white has to put a rook on c1 (the threat is Nxc3 and Nd5). 17 Rfc1 - f rook, in order to vacate f1 for bishop. We get the position on the following diagram. How does white continue from here?

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Jun-27-14  mistreaver: The last comment should be how does black continue from here, of course.
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