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Veselin Topalov vs Teimour Radjabov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-22
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-22-04  Airlock: Now maybe Topalov should try advancing K side pawns supported by king
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  tamar: Not a happy situation for Topalov. He was on the verge of a best game prize and messed it up with one move.
Premium Chessgames Member White 4:11, Black 15:30
Feb-22-04  Kaspablanca: Another draw?
Feb-22-04  Airlock: Ra6 perhaps
Feb-22-04  Calchexas: Looks like it.
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  tamar: ...b3 looks strange. Is that all Radjabov had. Looks like draw.
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Feb-22-04  PinkPanther: That's 9 draws in a row, boys...and 11 out of 12 so far :-(
Feb-22-04  Drstrangelove: the makes it 92% draws so far.
Feb-22-04  mambomiamian: boy, looked there was a lot of play left...
Feb-22-04  KingTimo: Well at least there was some action in this game...
Feb-22-04  morphycapa: pathetic.... shame on all grandmasters... grandmasters of draws!!!
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  Sneaky: Do you suppose that possibly Topalov touched his knight by accident? The only legal move that can prevent checkmate would then be Nxf3.
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  matey: I suspect that Nxf3 is a forced move as Black is threatening ...Bxe5 and if the knight moves then ...Qh3 wins.
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  matey: If 29.Rde1 then ...Rf5 30.d7 Rd8 seems to be good for black.
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  tamar: Give the kid credit. Radjabov set up this cheapo when he played 25...♕g4-g6 and 26...♕g6-g4. It looks nonsensical otherwise to waste two moves.

He wanted to be able to play ...♙f3 when the ♘ could not come to e3, so once it went ♘b4 he played the ♕ back to g4. Trouble is white had a clear advantage he missed with 27 ♕e4 stopping 27...f3 by the pin on the ♕g4, and if 27...♕h3 28 ♕g2

Feb-22-04  Tigran Petrosian: Does anyone have notes to this game?
Feb-22-04  Calli: Larry Christiansen on chessFM was almost speechless on 29.Nxf3? . The major point is 29.Re1 Rf5 30.d7 wins. Black would have to play 29...Rbd8 with some tricks left.
Feb-23-04  Tigran Petrosian: This looks familiar.... Rady unsoundly sacs a pawn in the sveshnikov... just like he did against Kramnik in Dortmund 2003.
Feb-23-04  ruylopez900: Well it was certainly an attacking game worthy of the Sicilian Defense. Though for Topalov 39.Rxa2 seems better than the played Rxa6.
Feb-23-04  crafty: 28...♕h5 29. ♖e1 ♖bd8 30. d7 ♗xe5 31. ♖ac1 ♕f5 32. ♕xe5+   (eval 1.35; depth 14 ply; 1000M nodes)
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  Sneaky: So 29.Re1 would have kept the advantage.
Feb-24-04  Calli: Its a win, IMHO. At least the continuation in crafty's line 29.Re1 Rbd8 30.d7 Bxe5 31.Rac1 Qf5 32.Qxe5+ Qxe5 33.Rxe5 Rxd7. White is up a pawn and Black's pawns are weak. Should be win at the GM level.
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  matey: So what's the refutation to my suggestion 29.Rde1 Rf5 30.d7 Rd8?
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