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Veselin Topalov vs Sergei Movsesian
Bosnia (2001), Sarajevo BIH, rd 1, May-13
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0



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  plang: In this line White normally plays f3 (similar to the English Attack); here Topalov instead played the new idea 9 Bf4. Perhaps an improvement for Black would have been 11..d6 12 Nxe5..Nxe5 13 f4..Nc4 14 Bxc4..Qxc4 with unclear play. 17..Qxa2 18 Rhf1 would have been very risky for Black. After 25..Rc8? Black was clearly worse; better was 25..Qe6 26 Qh4..Kg8 27 Nc3..Rc8 28 Rd3..Be4 with unclear play. 26..Qe6 27 Nc4..Bd5 28 Qxe6..Kxe6 29 Rxd5 would have been winning for White. 32..Kh8 would have held out longer.

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