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Etienne Bacrot vs Veselin Topalov
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 7, May-24
Rat Defense: See also: Modern Defense (for lines with ...g6) (A41)  ·  0-1



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May-20-06  SnoopDogg: Now this is one hell of a game. Topalov sacs exchange in queenless endgame!
May-20-06  michiganling: What? Topalov sacrificing the exchange and building an eventually overwhelming attack? Tell me another one!
May-21-06  John Abraham: Yeah stuff like this is yesterday's news :)
May-21-06  Ingolf: Great find! And I thought he started this exchange sac thing just recently!
Mar-30-08  computer chess guy: Computers are pretty clueless about this game. They like material and don't see the Black advantage until very late in the game.
Mar-30-10  abstract: a well positioned bishop is better than a lazy rook..
Apr-30-12  Everett: I'm just discovering that the most important thing in successful exchange sacs is whether the rook(s) have the ability to fulfill their potential.
Apr-30-12  rilkefan: Stockfish prefers 16.a4, perhaps with the idea of a5 if the bishop tries to harass the pawn. It likes 19.e4 (+0.6). It suggests 23.Rb2. It evaluates 26.Rd6 as still slightly better for white and 26.Kg5 as -0.3. Then Kh6 is -0.7 and cxb is -2.
May-01-12  Everett: 16.a4 would make sense regarding the scope of the rooks, as well.
Nov-08-13  GumboGambit: Topalov wins the rat race
Nov-08-13  Marmot PFL: < It likes 19.e4 (+0.6)> Looks like white could have played e4 several times with advantage, before black plays d5. Even if white can't win it's hard to imagine a strong player losing this ending.

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