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Veselin Topalov vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Chess Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 10, Aug-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Aug-13-14  Pulo y Gata: Here as in the earlier round against Dominguez, Topalov avoided committing to castling early in the opening. In fact, he abandoned it totally here.

Almost a clockwork win.

Aug-13-14
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  beenthere240: I think black helped with a dubious sac of a pawn that he didn't get back until much too late.
Aug-13-14  Pulo y Gata: You mean a5? Perhaps it wasn't a sac, it was isolated and was just dropping off.

I don't know, maybe the counter starting with 10...b4 was bad (16.a3! later was good). Maybe 10...Nh5? The position resembles a Lasker Sicilian in that case...

Aug-13-14  Pulo y Gata: Swell. So it all has been played before, Topa's last being Morelia 2008: Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2008.

So Topalov was quite familiar with this Sicilian tabia, and Wojtaszek, too, considering prep. These people, sometimes you wonder how they get everything crammed up there in their heads. ;-)

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