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Peter Leko vs Veselin Topalov
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 8, May-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Freak Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-02-05  Hinchliffe: 6.Rg1 a move played by Ivanchuk aginat Kasparov with success I seem to think. Can anyone tell me whi was first to employ it, how old this move is and the strategic thinking behind it please? Very grateful cheers.
Apr-02-05  AdrianP: <Hinchcliffe> According to my database, Goran M Todorovic was the first player to use it with any kind of regularity and may well have been the first to play it at all (in the early 90s - none of these games here). Then someone called Vadim Zvajgansev played it twice against Ivanchuk scoring 1.5 to 0.5 in 1998. Since then, it's been played by a number of top players (Adams, Polgar, Leko) but more as an offbeat system.

Ivanchuk-Kasparov, 2002 was a rapid game, I think.

The main idea, I think, is fairly similar to an English Attack (i.e. 6. Be3) - castle queenside and get the kingside pawns moving quickly. 6. Rg1 allows g4 (then g5) without the need for f3, so that a later f4 can save a tempo (i.e. f2-f4 rather than f2-f3-f4). It also allows a bit of flexibility with the placement of White's dark squared bishop.

(I'm going to copy this post to the B90 page as well).

Apr-03-05  Hinchliffe: <AdrianP> Many thanks Adrian.
Jun-06-06  Jovan Petronic: Databases don't contain all the games played. All the initial analysis and ideas Goran got from my games and annotations.

My invention [6.Rg1!(!?)] was played two decades ago for the first time in history in FM Jovan Petronic - GM Igor Novikov, draw. Igor was pretty surprised then, as was the tournament's main arbiter, Boris Postovsky, later three times Captain of the Russian Olympic gold medal winners. I have successfuly played it many times in tournament games with normal and rapid time control, then Goran continued, as my main repertoire move was 1.d4, not 1.e4. The whole history behind the move, how it came to be, was published in the former Yugoslavian top chess magazine "Sahovski Zurnal", edited by IM Milos Jovicic, escaping the english speaking audience, unfortunately. So many games have been played since, even by super gms, and so much theory developed!

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