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Veselin Topalov vs Judit Polgar
Madrid (1993), Madrid ESP, rd 5, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Oct-13-05  hayton3: A sparkling tactical gem by the 2005 FIDE World Champion! The series of moves starting with 22. Ndxb5 is stunning.
Oct-14-05  Central Control: This game's amazing tactical finish is stunning. Great find hayton3.
Oct-18-05  Averageguy: Why did black resign here?
Oct-18-05  Ashram64: After ...Qxe8 or ...Bxe8, 37. Qa7+ Kc8, 38. Qxa6+ ... white would regain his materials and up 2 pawns while still has his tempo of attacking.

Oct-18-05  Averageguy: <Ashram64>I've seen that, but I assumed that white had a mate or something. It seems I was wrong. Welcome to the site, hoping to see you again in the near future.
Dec-27-05  Queens Gambit: What a fantastic game!!!!!
Apr-05-06  Topzilla: World Champion played a masterpiece here, in the forgotten lines of the Keres Attack.
Apr-05-06  savitri1232001: verygood game played by topalov against polgar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  Mateo: With these two tactical monsters you can expect blood. The tactical theme in this game seems to be the sacrifice of a Knight on "b5".

The point of 12...Rb8 seems to be that Black can offer the exchange if White sacrifices a Knight on "b5". For instance, 13.Ncxb5 axb5 14.Nxb5 Rxb5! 15.Bxb5+ Bd7 is unclear.

Later 21...e5? seems to play in White's hands, as Topalov was ready to sacrifice the Knight. Maybe 21...Ba8 to impede that sac should be a bit better.

Dec-20-18  iron john: why not 25...ke5 ?
Dec-20-18  Nerwal: <why not 25...ke5 >

26. ♕b4 wins for White.

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