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Veselin Topalov vs Alexander Morozevich
Frankfurt-West Masters (1999) (rapid), Frankfurt GER, rd 12, Jul-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Exchange Variation Costa's Line (D07)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-05  Milo: 51...Kg4?!

51...Ke4 leads to a complicated Q vs. Q+P+P ending which is probably still won for white...

Jan-09-05  euripides: <milu> Are you sure ? I think 51...Ke4 52 a4 f5 53 a5 f4 54 a6 f3 55 a7 f2 56 a8=Q+ Ke3 57 Qa6 followed by Qf1 wins outright for White.
Aug-18-05  SnoopDogg: What I'm amazed with is how Topalov calculated 42.Rxc4+ to the bone, that's a 22 move endgame calculation. Impressive!
Feb-27-08  Microdot: <SnoopDogg: What I'm amazed with is how Topalov calculated 42.Rxc4+ to the bone, that's a 22 move endgame calculation. Impressive!> After 47...g6! the game lead to a draw or even 47...g5! = By the way, great Morozevich is a better and very stronger than topalov this is because he out played topalov several times.
Feb-27-08  cannibal: <Microdot: By the way, great Morozevich is a better and very stronger than topalov this is because he out played topalov several times.>

Great reasoning, considering that, at least according to <>, <Veselin Topalov beat Alexander Morozevich 10 to 9, with 6 draws.>

More importantly, the reason why this score looks so close, is mainly blindfold chess. In classical, it seems to be 6-3 for Topalov.

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  Xeroxx: And if 11.fxg4


Feb-24-13  master of defence: Yes, what is wrong with 11.fxg4?
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  rilkefan: Stockfish plays 11.fxg4, thinking it's +2 at a depth of 25. I can imagine Topalov didn't want to walk into a prepared line. Or thought that 11.Qa4 (preparing O-O-O) leaves him a safe pawn up with a less chaotic position against a very dangerous attacker. This appears to be stockfish's assessment (+0.8 at a depth of 24 after 11...Qg5, which it prefers).

After 17.Bd4 (instead of the strong xe5) sf says that ...Bc2 was equal. And that 19.O-O just dropped a full pawn to dead equality. 47...h5 decided the game.

I bet this was a rapid.

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  rilkefan: Yep, rapid.
Feb-24-13  Jason Frost: Had to be getting low on time in the ending. Don't think Moro would ever blunder so badly as 47...h5?? with 5> minutes on his clock.

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