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Predrag Nikolic vs Veselin Topalov
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2000) (rapid), Monte Carlo, rd 3, Mar-16
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  0-1



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Dec-21-06  Maynard5: A wild tactical game, and another good example of Black's attacking chances in the modern Benoni. Topalov sacrifices the exchange to create weaknesses on the dark squares, and seize control of the critical square e5. In the resulting blocked position, White's pieces are too constrained to mount an effective counterattack. Even after White redeploys a rook to the king side, Black's attacking chances are much better. The conclusion features a nice tactical stroke.
Dec-22-06  alicefujimori: <Maynard5>Unfortunately, there are quite a few dangerous lines for Black in the Modern Benoni these days that black doesn't often get such attacking chances anymore. The Flick-Knife (Taimanov variation) and the modern variations with Bd3 and Bf4/Bg5 are all posing black serious problems nowadays. These are the reasons why the Benoni isn't played more by top level players these days.

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