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Veselin Topalov vs Judit Polgar
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 8, May-20
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Annie K.: <So does everyone agree that the 'no draw by agreement' rule is a good one?>

I don't speak for "everyone". ;) But I think it's great - only, more rest days may be necessary, to keep the players sane and alert, and the quality of the games high. :)

May-20-05  YouRang: <aw1988> I see that we, unfortunately, must be on the lookout for impostors. I will assume that 'aw1988' with the shakespear avatar is the genuine one (although you used to be a wolf, right?).
Premium Chessgames Member The sign-up page states <Do not pick a name which imitates, or is easily confused, with another Chessgames member.> Of course this might happen accidentally, but if it's done intentionally it amounts to a personal attack. We also have information which indicates which users are flipping between multiple accounts; while this is not prohibited, it is strongly discouraged unless you have a good reason to do it.
May-20-05  YouRang: I think this rule is what chess badly needs. Can you imagine any other sport (tennis, boxing, football, etc.) where it would be acceptable for the combatants to shake hands during the match and agree to a 'tie'?
May-20-05  hintza: <YouRang> Yeah, he used to be the wolf but he controversially switched to Shakespeare!
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  WannaBe: In this case, white is the one that chose to 'draw', white could have easily gotten the ♖ back. And white is up a ♙.

Unless, of course my analysis is completely off-line... (But wait, I am on-line. 8-)

May-20-05  aw1988: Yes, I used to be a wolf.

Why is Shakespeare a problem!?

May-20-05  hintza: It's no problem but everyone liked the wolf!
May-20-05  cade: I didn't like the wolf :s
May-20-05  hintza: Err...most people liked the wolf.
May-20-05  Boomie: <AnnieK> There were a couple of blunders near the end of the game.

56. ♕c3?

(56. ♕d5 ♖g3+ 57. ♖c3 ♖xc3+ 58. ♔xc3 ♕e8 59. ♕d4 ♕c6+ 60. ♗c4 ♕xe4 )

56... ♕a8 57. ♖a5 ♕xe4 58. ♗d5 ♕b1+ 59. ♔a3 ♖g1? =

(59... ♖f2 60. ♖a8 ♖f8 61. ♕d4 ♖xa8+ 62. ♗xa8 ♕e1 63. ♗d5 ♔xh6 )

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  Annie K.: I liked the wolf too. Shakespeare or wolf, that is the question... ;)
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  Annie K.: <Boomie> don't forget to add "according to program x at analysis depth y" to such statements. :) I'm afraid I don't quite accept the authority of a quickie computer analysis to declare where the top players in the world may have blundered.
May-20-05  TheSlid: <aw1988> Shakespeare is not a problem, but I rather liked the wolf. BTW my parents were both born in the 1930's. My congrats on your youthfull outlook on life and preservation of Python humour : )
May-20-05  YouRang: I think the appeal of the wolf was its association with your name, <aw1988>. When I saw your name next to the wolf, it kind of looked like "aw, what a pretty wolf".
May-20-05  aw1988: Oh, fine, I'll change it.

Long live Python!

May-20-05  TheSlid: And Long Live the Wolf!!
May-20-05  YouRang: Gee, Shakespeare was nice too.
May-20-05  hintza: Brilliant, victory for us wolf fans!
May-20-05  Milo: 68...Qxg1 69.Qc3+ looks quite alright for black. This is a great defensive game by J Po, and 60.Bg8+(!) is a nice way to force the draw.
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  Annie K.: Yay!!! :D
May-20-05  TheSlid: Annie K.: Yay!!! :D

Say again please, <Annie K>!

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  WannaBe: <aw1988> The pic would be too small to read the tie... 8=)
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  Annie K.: "Again please". ;p
May-20-05  TheSlid: Ha ha <Annie K> The point is that I missed your point. But yr humour is very much the same as mine.
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