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Veselin Topalov vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio de Janeiro Variation (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-27-05  InfinityCircuit: Today, Moro the magnificent (-ly inconsistent) decides to go with a Berlin. I never thought such a fighting player would play to draw. Then again, I bet that at this time he was having some slight inferiority complexes...Better safe than sorry, so to speak.

As I look upon this kibitz, I realize it be completely unconstructive...Let's try and remedy that!

5...Be7 appears to be a relative novelty. The normal line runs 5...Nd6 6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 dxe5 Nf5 8 Qxd8+ etc. However, as I look in the database, it appears to played in a 3:5 ratio to the more "normal" 5...Nd6. In addition, it seems to lead to more fighting games, with a draw percentage 14% lower than the previous lines--a rarity in the Berlin. There...that looks a bit more constructive!

Feb-20-08
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  keypusher: <5...Be7 appears to be a relative novelty. >

Everything old is new again.

Jan-03-12
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  gezafan: Why not 16.Qxc6?
Jan-04-12  claia: <Why not 16.Qxc6?>

Because 16...Rc7 17 Qb5 Rb8 followed by 18...Rxb2 and Black seems to be OK.

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