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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: Anand had previously played 7..d6 against Topalov at Dos Hermanas 1999 and drawn; 7..d5 was a relatively new idea. 9 Nbd2 was new and has achieved some popularity; 9 dxe and 9 Nxe5 are playable alternatives. Both players agreed that 10..Be7 was the best defense; Anand offered the following fascinating alternative variation: 10..Bxd4 11 cxd..Qd5 12 Ne4!..Kf8 13 Bh6..Ne8 14 Bb3..Nd4 15 Bxd5..Nxf3+ 16 gxf and White wins. 13 Ne4 is an alternative that has been played in several games with some success. 16..Bxd4! was a strong sacrifice that gave Black the initiative. Topalov found the best defense 19 Be3! allowing White's kingside to be broken up but gaining a vital tempo for defense. 32 Re7? would have allowed 32..Rg6!. 34 Rxe6 led to a draw due to 34..fxe 35 Rd7..Be5 36 Bxe5..Rxe5 37 Ra7.

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