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Veselin Topalov vs Levon Aronian
World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Mar-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-15-14  Stonehenge: 14. Nxd4 Bxd4 = Jansa vs Razuvaev, 1986.
Mar-16-14  Rascal Nikov: wasn't 28.Qxa5 is a winning move ?
Mar-16-14  badest: <Rascal Nikov> Not really. Topa would win the a and b pawns, but black gets plenty of counter-play. One has to do a lot of calculations, and Topa was a bit short on time.
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White's 23rd move is a stunner!

Mar-16-14  master of defence: I wonder, if instead of going to the draw by perpetual check, Topalov could have played for a win with 33.Rxe6!? Rxe6 34.Qh8+ Ke7(34...Kf7 35.fxe6+) 35.Qxg7+ Kd6 36.fxe6 d1=Q+ 37.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 38.Kh2 Qxc2 39.Qd7+ Kc5(39...Ke5? 40.e7 and the e-pawn promotes)40.Qa7+(40.e7?! Bf1 intending ...Qxg2#) Kc5 41.Qxa6. Please correct if i'm worng/improve my analysis.
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  keypusher: <master of defence: I wonder, if instead of going to the draw by perpetual check, Topalov could have played for a win with 33.Rxe6!? Rxe6 34.Qh8+ Ke7(34...Kf7 35.fxe6+) >

Why can't Black play 34....Kf7 35.fxe6+ Qxe6? The bishop covers f1 and Black is threatening ...Qe1+. 36.Qh5+ Kg8 and now what?

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