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Yuri Razuvaev vs Veselin Topalov
First Private Bank Ltd (1992), BUL, rd 1, Sep-??
Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation (A87)  ·  0-1



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Jan-04-05  Poisonpawns: 27.axb5 wins for white,why this Rfe1 move? bxb2 28.Nxb2 axb5 29.Bxe4 fxe4 30.Qxe4 Qf6 (Rxb6? Qd4+ winning the rook)The most important point in this game is move 36.R8xe4? Bd4+ 37.Kh1??(better is 37.Rxd4 Qxd4+ 38.Kh1=) white was winning, and this is the case of capturing with the wrong rook! R1xe4! retains the advantage.The key is to keep the rook on the 8th Rank to create mate threats, which are gone after 36.R8xe4??.Here is the line with the rook on the 8th rank 36.R1xe4 Bd4+ 37.Kh1 and here is the difference:Black cannot safely play fxe4 because of 38.Qe7+ Qf7 39.Qxe4+ Qg6 40.Qxd4 Qb1+ 41.Qg1 and white is winning. Bad game by Razuvaev, missing several wins and blundering to lose the game.
Jan-17-06  notyetagm: What a nasty in-between check (<zwischenschach>) by Topalov, 36 ... ♗d4+!, gaining control of the g1-square and driving the White king into the h1-corner with tempo . The point is that 39 ♗x♕ is no longer possible as it runs into 39 ... ♗x♗+ and White is mated on the long a8-h1 diagonal.
Jan-17-06  notyetagm: What a difference a <zwischenschach> can make. By interposing the sequence 36 ... ♗d4+! 37 ♔h1, Black turns the loss of his queen into the win of the White king if White plays ♗x♕ ! Wow.

A tremendous example by Topalov of a really powerful in-between check, one which completely changes the nature of the position.

Probably the most powerful <zwischenschach> I have ever come across.

Jan-17-06  thomaspaine: <A tremendous example by Topalov of a really powerful in-between check, one which completely changes the nature of the position.>

Very interesting. A very nice move indeed!

Jun-02-08  wweiss: 27. axb5 isn't winning as 27...axb5 the knight retreats and 28...Rxb6 wins a pawn
Aug-30-08  Poisonpawns: 27.axb5 white is winning a pawn.
27.axb5 axb5 28.bxg7+ qxg7 29.Bxe4! from there you can see how white will end up a pawn no matter how you look at it.
Oct-07-08  Whitehat1963: Typical double-edged, precipice-hanging game from Topalov. Can you imagine a match between Topalov and Tal? Or Topalov and Alekhine?
Oct-07-08  tonsillolith: <Can you imagine a match between Topalov and Tal? Or Topalov and Alekhine?>

No, but I can imagine kibitzers posing hundreds more of these questions pitting people of different time periods against Topalov, Kasparov, Morezevich, etc, etc. And I can definitely imagine myself not being any more intrigued the next time or the previous many times.

Oct-08-08  Whitehat1963: Well excuuuuuuuuuse the heck out of me! I didn't mean to offend your reading eyes, to bore you with my childish prattle, to waste your precious time!
Oct-08-08  whiteshark: <Whitehat1963 <Can you imagine a match between Topalov and Tal? Or Topalov and Alekhine?>>

Why certainly! Like in <Dante Alighieri's <Divine Comedy>>!

<tonsillolith> You really need more illlumination/immmagination. :D

Oct-08-08  tonsillolith: I was just joking; I didn't mean for that to come off so grumpy-sounding. I do think it would be interesting to see matchups between players like that, but of course it is futile to try to compare them objectively.
Oct-09-08  whiteshark: So we are all cool with it, shall we?
Oct-10-08  Whitehat1963: Sure.
Oct-22-09  mertangili: In the final position i guess the finish is: 48. Kf2 Qd2+ 49. Kf1 Bd3+ 50. Kg1 Qe3+ 51. Kg2 Qe2+ 53. Kh3 Bf5+ 54. Kh4 Qg4#.

Topalov developed a great attack here, but i think its the white's mistake on move 37 that decided the game. As <poisonpawns> mentioned, if 47. Rxd4 instead of the text move the game would be equal wit hboth sides having chances

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  fredthebear: <mertangili> You have the correct line of play to finish. There is a quicker checkmate though. After 51.Kg2 Qf1#. It's a dramatic Dovetail Mate on the diagonal with no time to spare.

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