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Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev vs Veselin Topalov
"Georgiev on My Mind" (game of the day Aug-30-2005)
First Private Bank Ltd (1992), BUL, rd 3, Sep-??
Benko Gambit: Declined. Main Line (A57)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-05  King Tut: More pointless babble from Sneaky. . .
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  kevin86: BTW-did anybody see RAY? It's a really good film worthy of its praise and also of its subject.

White seemed to have one goal-ram the passed pawn down black's throat...and he succeeded.

Good chess---and good music!

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  al wazir: Nothing could have saved black, but 37...Qg5 and 38...Kg7 would have held out longer.
Aug-30-05  vinohradska: One thing I like to do when looking at games on this site is to try to figure out why people makes moves that at first glance seem to make no sense to me. They are always far better players than I am, so they probably have some idea in mind. So, on that theme, why did white play 34. a4? Was the main line of attack really so stalled?
Aug-30-05  vinohradska: I would have been more tempted by 34. Bb6.
Aug-30-05  dac1990: <weary willy> Memory comes to me naturally. It's why I play chess-- instead of having the talent to calculate rapidly and accurately, a la Alekhine, Tal, or Kasparov, I instead remember things nearly perfectly-- although it doesn't put me anywhere near the true talents that chess has to offer. This means I can play the opening strongly, but not the middlegame.
Aug-30-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <Runemaster> Thank you. I've never heard of that song, I'm sure it must be from after my time....LOL

Now if someone can answer my other question please?? My question was:

Why 6.b6? 6.bxa6 or 6.e3 seems better to me. Can anyone explain?

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  tpstar: <patzer2> You mean you don't remember our Willie Nelson discussion last year?!

Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966


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  patzer2: The positional sacrifice
23. Bxd6! appears to be sound. Not yet sure if it's a forced win, but it's certainly worthy of study.
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  sfm: Is the move 34.a4 the best? I'd never have thought of it.
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  OrangeTulip: First move not too difficult, but the rest ‘ goes above my cap’ as we say in Holland
Feb-24-19  Walter Glattke: Both changes, 23.-Rxc4 24.bxc4 or 23.-Nxf2 24.Rxf2 are better for white.
Feb-24-19  goodevans: I went with <23.Bxd6 Bxc3 24.Bxf8>. If 24...Kxf8 then white has traded B+N for R+P leaving a healthy positional plus.

Looks strong to me. Maybe even as strong as the game line whilst maintaining material balance.

Can anyone see a flaw in this?

Feb-24-19  Walter Glattke: goodevens: black initiative after 25.Qe3 Qh6 26.h3 Be5 27.d6 Bd7 28.Bxa6!? Rd4!/ 25.Qg5 Bf6 26.Qd2 Qc7
Feb-24-19  goodevans: <Walter Glattke> Did you mean 25.Qd3 since 25.Qe3 loses to 25...Nxe3?

Anyway, I'd be inclined to put Her Majesty on the c-file and let the rooks take over the d- and e-files. If black plays his B anywhere other than d4 then there's even the possibility of playing Bxa6 followed by Qxc5+ at some point (though I'd want the R off e2 first).

After 25.Qc2 Bd4 black is threatening 26...Bxf2+ 27.Rxf2 Ne3, which I don't like so I'd prefer to play <25.Qc1>. It's complicated because black has many options but I'm confident white is better.

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  beenthere240: I missed 34. a4
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  patzer2: <goodevans> Nothing wrong with your 23.Bxd6!! Bxc3 24.Bxf8! +- (+3.60 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10).

The computer indicates it's slightly stronger than the game continuation 23.Bxd6!! Bxc3 24. Qf4 +- (+3.03 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10).

Feb-24-19  Rama: I liked 24. Bxf8 too,since the otherwise deadly 24. ... Qh6 is also covered by the B.
Feb-24-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I thought Black would have time for ... g5, and whiffed on the problem accordingly.
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  patzer2: <sfm: Is the move 34.a4 the best?> It may not be best, but it's clearly winning.

By move (34. ?), 12 moves deep into the Sunday puzzle (23. ) continuation, White already has a clearly decisive advantage where any reasonable move wins.

The move 34. a4 +- (+7.01 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 10) appears to me to be a quiet but solid waiting move in a position that is clearly lost for Black.

White has a number of good winning alternatives, including the computer's first and second choice recommendations 34. Bd6 +- (+7.97 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 10) and 34. Qd5 (+7.89 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 10).

In fact, there's nothing wrong with simply capturing the pawn with 34. Qxa6 +- (+7.87 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10).

Feb-24-19  Walter Glattke: Goodevens, no I think, White wanted not the black initiative and tokk the other way, of Course, what you wirte, is not a mistake, only the player did not like that.
Feb-24-19  1stboard: [ goodevans ] ....

24 Bxf8 !

I like you line also better than the actual play

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  agb2002: I've considered 23.Bxd6 Bxc3 24.Bxf8 Kxf8 25.Qd3 but haven't found the time to decide whether it's advantageous or not.
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  Jimfromprovidence: What if black decides to attack the queen with 26...Be5?! instead of the text 26...Rb7?

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A feasible continuation is 27 d6+ Kh8 28 Rxe5 Rxc4 29 bxc4 g5 attacking the queen, but instead of retreating white plays 30 Qxg4 sacrificing his queen!

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White is ahead a rook and 2 pawns but if 30...fxg4 white wins with 31 Bd4!

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  Breunor: According to Stockfish black is still about -.6 up until 22; he should play Qd8, but after 22 Qg7 then the shot 23 Bd6 turns the game around.
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