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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0

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Jun-22-04  acirce: 17...Ne5 allowed the f3+Bf2 plan, leading to White advantage. Anand suggested 17..Be5! instead with the lines as given in John Nunn's <The Complete Najdorf: Modern Lines> that are all fine for Black:

18.Bxf7 Bxg3 19.fxg3 Qe3

18.Qxg5 Bxg3 19.fxg3 f6 20.Qg7 Qd8 followed by ..Qf8

18.Bxe5 Nxe5 19.Qxg5 Qxf2 20.Qe7 Bg4 21.Qxd6 Bxd1 22.Qxe5 Rh1 23.Qe8+ Kc7 24.Qe7+ draw.

Jun-02-08  Jim Bartle: Anand write that 27. Ba5 was a mistake, even though it wins the black queen, and that 27. c5 was much better.

He says the game was equal until Topalov erred with 33...Rh8.

Aug-11-09
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  plang: 10 Bc4 was new; 10 Qd2 and 10 Be2 had been played previously. 25..Qb7 26 Bc4!..Bxb2 27 Bxa6 would have won for White. Anand felt that 30 Qe3..a5 31 f4..gxf 32 gxf..a4 33 e5 would have been a better plan for White. Seirawan recommended activating the Knight with 30..Ne5 31 f4..gxf 32 gxf..Nc6. 42 Ke2?..Nd4+! would have been losing for White. 57..Nxc4? 58 Bf1 would have lost material.
Sep-25-09  tivrfoa: Why Topalov had to sacrifice the Queen?
Mar-14-10  alexrawlings: <tivrfoa: Why Topalov had to sacrifice the Queen?> Good question, I was just wondering the same thing. I can't see any immediate tactical threats (not to say there aren't any though, just that I can't see any).

Can anyone explain why White sacrifices his queen in this game?

Mar-14-10  yalie: <tivrfoa> & <alexrawlings> you are talking about two different queen sacs - <tivr> wants to know about queen sac by black while <alex> wants to know about white. so they are not the same:) I remember watching this game online on ICC. <tivr> Topalov's alternative on move 28 was not pleasant:

28...Kd8 Nd5+ Ke8 Nf6+ exf6 Rd6 leaves plack in bad shape.

<alex> I agree white could have played 34. Qg2 gxf gxf Nxf Qf1 Bh3 where white is winning but black has chances of a swindle with four pieces all capable of going after the queen. My guess is that Anand saw a relatively safe exchange up line with winning chances after 34 fxg. I vaguely remember some decent GM (Kamsky?) recommending fxg before ICC showed Anand's move. Hope this helps.

Mar-16-10  alexrawlings: Thanks <Yalie>, I didn't realise we were looking a different queen sacs!

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