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Alexander Morozevich vs Veselin Topalov
Dortmund Sparkassen (2001), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-13
Russian Game: Millenium Attack (C42)  ·  0-1

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Oct-02-04  Karpova: now this is a great game!
Jul-25-05  Medusa: I dont understand 100 percent this game but i like it.
Jun-17-06  Topzilla: Check mate!
Jun-22-06  kakhander: A hidden gem by Topalov.
Jan-10-11  panzerkampf: morozevich just got mated, how often do you see a supergm gets mated?
Nov-30-17
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  plang: This was the first time that Topalov had used the Petroff since 1992; he was presumably well prepared for Morozovich's pet line 5 Bd3!?. In the first game of their mini-march at the 2000 World Championship tournament at New Delhi Vladimirov had played 11..Qc8 against Morozovich and White had gone on to win; 11..h6 was Topalov's improvement. Accepting the sacrifice with 19..hxg? would have been strong for White after 20 Nxg5..g6 21 Bxg6..fxg 22 Nxe6..Qf7 23 Nxd8..Rxd8. Morozovich was over-optimistic with 21 Qh5?..Re5! after which Black took over the initiative; better was 22 Nh7..Bxe4 23 Rxe4..Re7 24 Nxf8..Kxf8 with approximate equality. 26 Nf3..Be7 27 Qxh6..Bxe4 (not 27..Rh5? 28 Nf6+) 28 Bxe4..Rh5 would have trapped White's queen.

A really nice example of an active defense leading to a strong counterattack.

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