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Veselin Topalov vs Michael Adams
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 2, May-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-13-05  point: To me this seems no different than the players just agreeing to a draw verbally.
May-13-05  TheSlid: So, what can the arbiter do? Take the Queens off the board and crack a whip? Of course you are right <point> there is not much difference...
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  WannaBe: Must give credit to Michael (Spider)
slightly lowered ELO and playing black
down a pawn, still manages to get a
1/2 point from Topalov.
May-13-05  martinshortsays: <WannaBe> Being down a pawn was Adam's own design. It wasn't anything for him to overcome.
May-13-05  Boomie: Topalov plays one of the anti-Marshall variations with 9. d3. Adams plays d5 anyway to arrive at a Marshall-like position. Does anyone else see the humor in this?

Anyone who thinks draws are boring should be condemned to analyze yesterday's Anand-Topalov game to determine if the queen sac is sound. See you in ten years.

Boredom is a lack of energy and curiosity in the observer, not a property of the observed.

May-16-05  Milo: He didn't really sac his queen... he had a piece for two pawns, and he gave up his queen for another two pieces, as far as I can tell. So it's more like giving up two pawns.

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