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Alexey Shirov vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-06-08  Avarus: Shirov and Topalov playing, the game has a position like after 25.Rg5 and no commenting?

Such a pity it ended so soon though

Mar-21-10  VladimirOo: Impressive, Topalov almost got burst. Terrific attack and tremendous defense aswell!

How to assess the final position? Where the players short on time before time control and Shirov decided to take draw, thinking that the three pieces might overtake the queen later? Had he time to evaluate it? Or did he remain cautious?

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  plang: 8..h5 is a rarely played, sharp alternative to the main line 8..Nxe5. Instead of the more solid 9 Nd4 Shirov tried the speculative 9 Nf4!?. Subsequent to this game 9..Bh7 has been shown to be very strong for Black. 11 Bd3 had been played in de Vries-Maksimenko Lyov 2001 (game not included in this database), 11 Qd3 was new. White developed a strong initiative after 14..Qxe5? 15 Bd4!; instead Black would have been better after 14..hxg as 15 Bxe6+..Kxe6 16 Qc4+..Ke7 17 Bg5+..Ke8 18 Qe6+..Nge7 leads nowhere for White. 17 g5? was not the best way to carry out the attack; White should have kept the pressure on e6 with 17 Rhe1!..Qxg4 18 h3..Qf5 19 f4..h4 20 Bd3..Qh5 21 Be2..Qh6 22 Bg4..Nd8 23 Qb3..Be7 24 Bxe6+..Nxe6 25 Rxe6..Kf8 26 Be5..Qh5 27 Re1 with a large advantage for White. 21..Kg8? was an error that White could have punished with 22 Qa4..Nf7 23 Bxf6..gxf 24 Qxe8..Qxc4 25 Rxe6..Rh7 26 Rxf6..Rg7 27 Rg1..g5 28 Rf5 with a solid White edge; missing that opportunity the position was once again unclear.

This game was very complicated and it is not always easy to figure out what was going on but both players certainly deserve credit for taking risks.

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  OhioChessFan: Amazing scrambling defense by Topa. 9...Bh7 looks better, but the fireworks of this game make me glad it wasn't played.

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