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Zdenko Kozul vs Veselin Topalov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LBA, rd 4, Jun-26
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  0-1

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Jun-26-04
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  Doctor Who: Kozul really took it on the chin after 39...Rxg3+. Would 39.Kg2 have been any better?

Anybody else notice how the pawns after 25...cxd5 make for an amusing picture? It's like a barber pole.

Jun-26-04  acirce: No he was lost by then. That was too bad, because the position must have been pretty equal just a few moves ago and I was sure a draw was the most likely result. You could take a look at 35.Rb4 as a possible improvement for example
Jun-26-04  diablotins: It surprise me that from the 33th move to the 36th move, White don't have a winning possibility.

Like 33 Rxd5, if then 33...f4 34. Rf1 fxg3 35. Rxf8 Qxf8 36. Qxf8 Rxf8 37. Rd6 gxh2+ 38. Kxh2 Bc8 (not 38...Rf2+ 39.Kg3 cause two pieces are hanging) 39. c6... Not exactly "winning", but two strong passed pawns.

or 33...Bxd5 34. Qxd5+ Kg8 35. c6 Rf7 36. e6...

Jun-26-04  Tigran Petrosian: White looked like he had a winning attack.
Jun-27-04  ConspTheory06: No DoctorWho after 39. Kg2 the rook will still take with 39...Rxg3+ and then white will find himself in the same position very shortly. The fact that all of whites pieces (a bishop, two rooks, and a queen) are on the queenside makes the rook sac to take out the Kings last defending piece (his measily pawn) a devistating blow that can not be stopped. Because Black will easily get his rook and queen to attacking positions and without the aid of any defenders the White King cannot avoid mate.
Jun-27-04  SiliconDragon: hey, i have often been on chessgames.com but i have just registered and this is my first post. im a queens gambit player but until now i have been playing it without a very specific variation. can other 1.d4 players suggest to me one?
Jun-27-04  PinkPanther: That is too vague of a question, try to pinpoint what you're looking for and then maybe you'll get some help.
Jun-27-04  Lawrence: Hi, <SiliconDragon>, welcome to the site. Do your opponents usually play d5 to your d4? If you're a Capa fan as I am then you could play through a pile of his games, the first 12 moves at least, to see how he handled things.
Jul-11-04  SiliconDragon: yeah...my question is a bit stupid but hey...i never said i am good chess player ;) Ive been playing Queens gambit for about four yrs. Up to now, ive been playing it with general guidelines where i would play Nc3, Bg5, Nf3, Bd3 0-0 and place on the rooks on c1 and d1. But the thing is, the Queen's Gambit consists of a gigantic group of variations depending on blacks reply. There are many many lines just against 1...d5. i dont have any books that actually explain the significance of the many of subtle moves of the opening. i was wondering is there a variation like the Exchange that limits black's response greatly so i can concentrate specifically on that single variation and try to look for a book on it. Ive reached a stage where i have to know more theory on it to furtherly increase my confidence to play 1.d4

BTW I also wanna ask what are people's opinion on the English or the Reti Openings coz i am wondering whether i should just change my white opening all together.

LOL, i am just a bit confused and kinda in a dilemma. I no longer know what i should do with being white so excuse me for my long post and the bunch of questions that i have thrown at you guys :)

Dec-21-04  Backward Development: Silicon Dragon:
the orthodox queen's gambit is a good opening to play as white, because as you said, all he needs to do is make natural moves to achieve a good game. An excellent way to play such an opening is to think prophylatically. black IS worse unless he can free his game with a ...c5 or ...e5 break or stage a kingside attack, but with good play, none of these can easily be arranged. it's a strong opening and many world champions would agree. the problem is that now few people will play orthodox QGD and rather play slav, QGA, Chigorin, etc. The Starting Out book by Everyman i found to be very good. I would not recommend the English unless you know simliar positons (sicilian) or are confidant in your positional chess. the main problem is that if you don't know what you're doing, black can play a sicilian dragon with colors reversed will very quickly get the initiative. better is d4 but the theory has to be looked at. this is what i'd recommend. orthodox QGD-exchange variation.
Slav 'proper'-the solid e3,a4, etc systems are easy to play with little theory semi-slav-play the anti meran Qc2. don't play the meran or the Bg5 until you're ready to commit to theory QGA-nf3 systems
Chigorin-4.nf3 lines.

versus the indian defenses
play nf3 versus the nimzo-queen's and if they play the benoni, just play calmly with the Be2 lines. if they play QID, the petrosian isn't difficult to play for white versus the KID-the petrosian system or the fianchetto Grunfeld-classical
obviously it's a lot of work to push a center pawn, but pick MCO and just skim through the lines, getting the ideas of white's development and you should be fine. hope that helps.

Dec-23-04  tex: <bdevelopment> orthodox qgd is definetly more popular than chigorin
Dec-23-04  Backward Development: really? by orthodox qgd i mean the variations with the early Nbd7 maneuver. not the Tartakower, which i understand is more popular than Chigorin. Chigorin is quite popular in fact due to the games of Morozevich. No modern GM's play the orthodox anymore because it's deadly dull.
Apr-28-06  alexandrovm: another great fight...Kozul's position wasn't looking that bad some moves ago, but maybe just good enough for a draw...

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