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Veselin Topalov vs Rauf Mamedov
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 6, Apr-24
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Apr-25-18
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  moronovich: Looking forward to the annual TalTal Steel Memorial.
Apr-25-18
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  morfishine: Looks like Black had to give the exchange back, otherwise White could've interpolated <Qb7> threatening <f7> buying time to play <Nd5> escalating the chaos
Apr-25-18  raadsheer147: I understand, morfishine. I always enjoyed the Bo vs. Bo games, very exciting!
Apr-25-18
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  chancho: Looks like a case of the draws.
Apr-25-18
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  Marmot PFL: Looks like a well played fighting draw.
Apr-25-18
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  Sally Simpson: I went away to make a cup of coffee here


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C.G. have switched games on us.

Apr-25-18
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  morfishine: White must play 37.Rb5 otherwise Black has 37.Be5 blocking White rook from Q-side
Apr-25-18
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  morfishine: Hey, I'm getting pretty good at this. This is my 2nd honorary GM norm (GM = Guess Move) lol
Apr-25-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: The risk taking comes to an end. Thinking that the players have grown mutually mistrustful of their position. Looking at 38.Kf3,Rd4(Rc4; Rb8+), and White has prevented ...Bc3.
Apr-25-18
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  chancho: So Giri looks to be the lone guy getting the full point in this round.
Apr-25-18
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  Mateo: Good defence from Mamedov. It's a very drawish ending.
Apr-25-18
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  ChessHigherCat: ChessHigherCat: I know this is a bishops of opposite colors ending but I still think white has winning chances. Black has three isolated pawns and white can parry the threat Bg1 with Bg2. Go Sven! I mean "Svengali", sorry!
Apr-25-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <morfishine: Hey, I'm getting pretty good at this. This is my 2nd honorary GM norm (GM = Guess Move) lol>

Hi, <morfishine>. That's funny. Perhaps those of us here who are best at guessing the moves should get the GuessMaster title!

I se that Topalov had some chances in this game, but after Mamedov gave the exchange back, it looks very drawish. That's one of the the advantages of being up the exchange: one can often calm things down by giving back the exchange, if things are starting to look dangerous. Mamedov did the right thing here by playing 33...Raxe3, I think.

Apr-25-18  Ulhumbrus: 41 Rb7 gets ready for Bd5 or b4-b5
Apr-25-18  BOSTER: This is draw. I guess that Mamedov's advantage disappeared after 33...Raxe3.
Apr-25-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <BOSTER: This is draw. I guess that Mamedov's advantage disappeared after 33...Raxe3.>

I disagree. Mamedov was up the exchange, but Topalov had a clear positional advantage. 33...Raxe3 was the right decision.

Apr-25-18  Ulhumbrus: One way for Black to get into trouble is 41 Rb7 Bg1 42 Bd5 Rxh2+ 43 Kg4 Rf2 44 b5 Rf1 45 b6 Rb1 46 Rxf7+ Ke8 47 b7
Apr-25-18
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  Marmot PFL: The 5...e5 line still seems quite playable. Maybe that's why 3 Bb5 has become more popular.
Apr-25-18  BOSTER: Maybe 33...Raxe3 has different opinion, but move 26...b4 was the beauty of the game.
Apr-25-18
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  chessgames.com: All the other games are finished, so we hope to see you come back tomorrow, same time (7:00am USA/Eastern).
Apr-25-18
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  offramp: Same bat time, same bat channel.
Apr-25-18
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  offramp: <BOSTER: Maybe 33...Raxe3 has different opinion, but move 26...b4 was the beauty of the game.>

Yes; that move gave a great counterattack, Earlier, I think g3 & Bg2 was too slow, and left the bishop pointing in the wrong direction. It looked better on d3.

Apr-25-18
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  whiteshark: Mamedov followed his game played last month, S Sjugirov vs R Mamedov, 2018 with <20..Qb6> as new move.
Apr-25-18
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  morfishine: <Count Wedgemore> Thanks, I'm trying to keep things light and funny

Nice job in the last leg of the Chessbookie game! I'm getting crushed this leg :(

Apr-25-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <morfishine> Well, this leg has only just begun, so plenty of time left to turn things around!
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