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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Sparkassen (1999), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-11
Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Modern Main Line (C64)  ·  0-1



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May-29-05  Montreal1666: This is not the "Berlin" defence as we
know it now. In this site "C67" is the
May-29-05  Everett: This is the Berlin Defence, though not the main line.
Jan-22-06  trumbull0042: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 is the Berlin. Obviously it can transpose into other Ruy Lopez openings, but those 6 plies characterize the Berlin. If I were you, I wouldn't really pay attention to the ECO codes, they don't seem to be very scientific.
Feb-02-07  fromoort: <trumbull0042>: Isn't that 3 plies?
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  plang: A few months ago earlier at Linares against the same opponent Topalov had played 9 Bxc6 and the game had been quickly drawn. In another game at Linares Svidler had played 13 Bg3 against Leko and had gone on to win a nice game. Topalovs promising piece sacrifice 13 Nxg5!? has been played in similar positions in this line; Leko had to avoid 14..Bxd4? 15 e5!..Bxe5 16 Qg6+..Kh8 17 Qh6+..Kg8 18 Ne4 and White is winning. Stohl criticizes 15 Nb3?! as a not sufficiently aggressive followup to the piece sacrifice recommending instead 15 e5..dxe 16 Rae1 with a strong attack. 9 days prior to this game at a rapid game in Frankfort Topalov had played 16 Rae1 against Leko and had lost; 16 Bxf6 was his improvement. Perhaps 17 Qg3 would have been a better test of Blacks defense; instead 17 f4 and 18 Kh1 gave Black time to exchange bishops. 21 e5..Nc6 22 Rf3..Rh8 23 Rg3..Kf8 24 e6..d5 would not have been dangerous for Black.

<trumbull0042: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 is the Berlin. Obviously it can transpose into other Ruy Lopez openings, but those 6 plies characterize the Berlin. >

With 4..Bc5 Leko transposes out of the Berlin into the Classical variation (C64 - C65). The Classical variation is usually characterized by 1 e4..e5 2 Nf3..Nc6 3 Bb5..Bc5 but players who use this defense often play 3..Nf6 first to avoid the line 4 c3 which is considered a promising line in the Classical defense.

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