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Veselin Topalov vs Igor Miladinovic
"I'll Come To Ye, Milad" (game of the day Feb-19-2009)
A.Kotov memorial (1990), Singapore, rd 7
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0

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Feb-19-09  sallom89: what a game! amazing sacs!!
Feb-19-09  Paragua: Veselin was only 15 years of age when this game was played.
Feb-19-09  Samagonka: Only 2 comments for such an interesting game? I think the final position alone including the preceeding moves deserve pages of commentary!
Feb-19-09  ounos: And I made such a fool of myself when <I> played with Igor, when I was 15.
Feb-19-09
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  whiteshark: <Only 2 comments for such an interesting game?> It's not the numbers that count, it's the substance.
Feb-19-09
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  whiteshark: Wait!

Feb-19-09
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  whiteshark: 5th/6th/7th

Feb-19-09
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  Benzol: Is the quote for this game derived from the short story "Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You, My Lad" by M R James?
Feb-19-09  Andrijadj: Well,Vesko had been much more creative before Rybka was invented...He is still interesting,though...
Feb-19-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: Two rook moves I liked. 23 Rf5, threatening mate-in-one is one.


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The other was 26 Rd7, below.


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This move paralzyes black's bishop, because either 26...Bd8 or Bf6 lead to forced mates.

Feb-19-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: Also, FWIW, the rook sacrifice 26...Rf1+ keeps black faintly alive.

Now, after 27 Kxf1 Qf8+ 28 Kg1 Ne4, black has applied pressure to white's position.


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Feb-19-09
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  playground player: "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," by M.R. James, is one of the all-time greatest ghost stories ever written!
Feb-19-09  jhoro: very impressive play. especially starting with 21.Bxh6 and the 3 rook moves that follow. Rybka appears confused on few occasions requiring long thinks.
Feb-19-09  psmith: Here is a cute variation I found with Fritz 5.32: 26...Nb4 (attempting to trade Queens) 27. Rxg5+ Bxg5 28. Qe5! A winning quiet move with a Rook and minor piece down.
Feb-19-09  psmith: <Jimfromprovidence> After 26...Rf1+ I think the surprising 27. Bxf1!? is worth looking at, for example 27...Kxh5 28. Be2+ Kh6 29. h4 Nxe6 30. Qe3+ Kg7 31. Qxe6 with advantage to White (line found with help from Fritz 5.32, initial idea mine). The position is complex enough that I am uncertain about the outcome after 26...Rxf1+ 27. Bxf1 but it seems promising.
Feb-19-09  Udit Narayan: This game was played in Singapore? Must be something in the water over there...
Feb-19-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: <psmith> <After 26...Rf1+ I think the surprising 27. Bxf1!? is worth looking at, for example 27...Kxh5 28. Be2+ Kh6 29. h4 Nxe6 30. Qe3+ Kg7 31. Qxe6 with advantage to White (line found with help from Fritz 5.32, initial idea mine). The position is complex enough that I am uncertain about the outcome after 26...Rxf1+ 27. Bxf1 but it seems promising.>

Your line looks good to me. Maybe black is little better off with 29...Nh6 in your continuation, but it still is definitely winning for white.

Feb-19-09  WhiteRook48: 27...Nd4 looks bad.
Feb-19-09  psmith: <WhiteRook48> 27... resigns would be better? Seriously, Black is busted at that point. Do you have a better idea?
Feb-19-09
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  Bishoprick: Way too complicated for me!
Feb-19-09  KERESOV: Excellent attacking game by the 15 year old future chess champion 21 ... gh6 22.Rf3 threatens mate. The exposed position of Black's King provides adequate mating chances for Topalov to exploit. Creative possibilities are endless ... a fertile ground for every commentator.
Feb-20-09
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  kevin86: A quick thrashing!
Feb-20-09  WhiteRook48: maybe 27...Bf6
Feb-22-09  psmith: <WhiteRook48> Any chess engine will inform you that there is a forced mate after 27... Bf6 28. gxf5+ Kxf5 29. Qd3+ etc.
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: I don't have a chess engine, that's why I thought so. Just a patzer who doesn't like computer analysis, I prefer the old fashioned way of analyzing chess. (No offense)
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