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Evgeny Bareev vs Veselin Topalov
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-13
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  0-1



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Dec-13-02  refutor: not 26. .. QxB because of mate threats/severe loss of material after 27.g6
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  Sneaky: I disagree: 26...Qxe3 27.g6 Qh6 looks like it should hold.

But 26...Qxe3 27.Rxg7+ is good for a draw

Dec-13-02  drukenknight: 26...Qxe3 27 Rxg7+ looks bad, but ummm, well, ummm, hmmm, I think that is "edge of the abyss" line in any event.
Dec-14-02  pawntificator: I don't think white should have let black keep that pawn on e4 after 16...fxe4.

There seems to be some interesting possibilities after 23.g6

Dec-19-05  OneArmedScissor: Excellent game by Topalov.
Jan-20-06  EnglishOpeningc4: Proving that the Benoni is alive and well once again
Dec-21-06  notyetagm: <OneArmedScissor: Excellent game by Topalov.>

Yes, this game was won by Topalov via his overwhelming <CENTRALIZATION>.

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Feb-03-12  Sacsacmate: astounding game by Topalov. Esp the exchange sac owards the end is praiseworthy..!
Dec-13-17  Ironmanth: Awesome game in the Taimanov variation of my beloved Benoni! Thanks. Happy, safe, and wondrous holidays to all! ITH
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  plang: Game 1 of their 4 game semi-final match in the Candidates tournament; after splitting the four classical games Topalov won the quick-play playoff to qualify for the final. 12 Re1 is the main line and seems more logical than Bareev's 12 h3. 13..f5 is a typically sharp novelty from Topalov daring White to play 14 e5 which probably would have been better than what Bareev played. 26..Qxe3 would have allowed White a perpetual. Topalov thought that 33 Rxe5 would have offered better drawing chances.
Feb-01-21  Whitehat1963: Good look back at an important game in the Opening of the Day.
Nov-17-21  okiesooner: <There seems to be some interesting possibilities after 23.g6> How does White hold on after 23...Qh4?

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