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Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Veselin Topalov
Gashimov Memorial (2017), Shamkir AZE, rd 2, Apr-22
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1


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  morfishine: Wicked combination by Topalov
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  Marmot PFL: Guess white didn't want to castle to the open h file but that was probably the better option.
Apr-22-17  Imran Iskandar: Brilliant Topa!
Apr-22-17  Steve.Patzer: Does 23. Qxe7 win?
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  ChessHigherCat: <Steve.Patzer: Does 23. Qxe7 win?>

Good question. 23. .dxe3+ 24. Bxe3 Rxc2+ King moves 25. Nxe7 wins for black but 23..dxe3+ 24. Qxe3 Nxe3 25. Rxb2 wins for white unless I'm missing something. Another possibility is 23. Qxe7 Rxc2 24. Qe3 for example dxe3+ looks very strong for black (he's already got a R + B + pawn and a lot of play for the Q)

Apr-23-17  Fanques Fair: What a strike !!! 22-...Rxb2 !! is a fantastic move.

By the way, if 23-Qxe7, Rxc2, it seems there´s no good reply for White. His queen is attacked, his bishop will fall and any move by the queen seems weak. For example, 24-Qd6, dxe3+ , 25-Kg3, exd2 , 26-Rd1, Re8 and White can resign.

Brilliant game from Topalov, like in his good old days.

Apr-23-17  drtulio: Wait a second: how about 23-Qxe7 Rxc2 24-Qe4 ???
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  ChessHigherCat: <drtulio: Wait a second: how about 23-Qxe7 Rxc2 24-Qe4 ???>

24.Qe4 dxe3+ and then Rxe2+

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  ChessHigherCat: or 24...Rxe2+ followed by dxe3
Apr-23-17  mistreaver: I am of opinion that Topalov's 16... d4? was premature. Rado could have replied 17 e4! and after 17... 0-0 18 0-0 Rfe8 19 f3 White has a nice position:

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Instead, 16... g5!?, quietly improving the position, might have been more appropriate 17 Rc2 Kf8!? 18 0-0 Ng4 19 h3 Nge5 And I think here White is only slightly better:

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Kudos to Topalov for forcing playing brave moves that set serious problems to Wojtaszek. And of course, that combination is really stunning.

I have analyzed the game in greater detail on my blog:

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  sleepyirv: <Topalov his Game>
May-08-17  fligorna: Great Topa! Like in old days...In this style, he smashed Drawnik much, much times!
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