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Veselin Topalov vs Levon Aronian
"Take a Pawn Hard Rook at That" (game of the day Jan-31-2006)
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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Jul-15-06  rustamrocks: <This is my game of the month for February> This is my game of the year for 2006!!
Sep-03-06  amateur05: According to spike 1.2, 22. ... Rbc8 was much stronger than 22. ...b4?
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  keypusher: Seems like this game was played a million years ago.
Oct-27-06  crazy monk: Rarely we see 2 sacrifies in the same games.
Dec-23-06  notyetagm: Viva Topalov!

This game has just won -both- the Best Game Prize and the Best Novelty Prize for Chess Informant 96!

Not only that, but -5- of the the top 10 games all feature Topalov. So even when Topalov loses (to Adams, Svidler, and Vallejo Pons) his play is so good that they make the Top 10 Best Games.

Viva Topalov!

Dec-23-06  notyetagm: <CapablancaFan: I still can't get over this game. How did Topa see 18.Rxe4? This is crazy chess.>

Yes, it just kills me how some allege that Topalov cheats with computers. Which chess engine plays chess like this?

Jan-22-07  sozinattack: simply awesome.
Jan-22-07  setebos: Why is it awesome if he created it at home and not over the board? Awesome capacity for work but not necessarily awesome creativity. :)
Jan-22-07  dehanne: <Yes, it just kills me how some allege that Topalov cheats with computers. Which chess engine plays chess like this?> Jester, perchance?
Jan-23-07  sozinattack: Topolav's perfect endgame is not the result of home preparation.
Jan-30-07  Major Dude: Lets not forget that Topalov was on the losing side of another brilliancy himself, Linares 1994 against Karpov. Karpov sacked both rooks in that game as well. Karpov vs Topalov, 1994
Feb-10-07  djmercury: Instead of 22. ... b4, the suggested improvement is Bxc5! 23. dxc5 Qxc5+ 24. Kh1. Now the exposed king white position should black allow counter attacking chances. The position gets very sharp and unbalanced, but also interesting.

Feb-11-07  RuyLopezFire: Thanks Major Dude! that game was really nice played
Feb-11-07  RuyLopezFire: This game was nice played. It shows how a pair of bishops (with a pair of passers) beat a pair of rooks!
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  Gilmoy: <Shep0925 [page 13, kibitz 3][with tongue in cheek] Einstein's 1905 thesis on the Theory of Relativity ... was nothing special either...> No, his 1905 paper *was* Special. It's his 1915/16 paper on the General Theory of Relativity that's "not Special".


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  ketchuplover: Who needs rooks? :)
Jul-08-07  notyetagm: This brilliant effort by Topalov was recently voted the Best Game of 2006 by a panel of Russian chess experts.
Jul-09-07  sanyas: Sort of reminds me of Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935.
Nov-04-07  LIFE Master AJ: My analysis for this game can be found on
Jan-12-08  alexrawlings: I don't know if this has already been discussed in the 17 pages of previous discussion on this game (!!), but can anybody tell me why Black doesn't play 31... Qxf6, taking the pawn and offering a queen swap when he's an exchange up?
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  Domdaniel: <alexrawlings> The position without Queens favours White, so Black doesn't want to swap. The exchange sacs are nice, but for me the most brilliant move of the game is 28.Qf1 - followed by 29.Qf2 - exploiting this fact.
Apr-08-08  supersurya: topalov engine at work!
Jul-26-08  TheKnife: Topalov Elo : 2801
Aronian Elo : 2752
Nov-22-08  notyetagm: <notyetagm: This brilliant effort by Topalov was recently voted the Best Game of 2006 by a panel of Russian chess experts.>

Incredible game.

Nov-22-08  notyetagm: 43 ♗g2-c6

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An *incredible* example of using the <BISHOP PAIR> to shepherd <PASSED PAWNS> to their promotion squares.

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