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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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  Sneaky: <36. fxg7> Crafty you're just a craven bean-counter.
Jan-25-06  Ulhumbrus: Given White's shattered king side, if Black can return the exchange for the c7 pawn eg by ...Rxe5 and ...Rxc7 after Be5, it seems Black who will have then the better of it.
Jan-25-06  sofouuk: <crafty> after Qg6 Fritz gives Rxe4! as winning at once.
Jan-25-06  chessic eric: <Saruman> I like a Be5 somewhere in there for Topa to prevent rook exchange
Jan-25-06  drenomaster: Topalov has got this one i think.
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  Sneaky: Fritz, you are too! :-)
Jan-25-06  mehul: The amazing thing is...Aronian doesn't seem to have done anything wrong and he might lose! You expect that to happen in a quite positional crush but here it's happening in a bang-bang tatical blowout!. Do the the comps think Black is dead?
Jan-25-06  fian: And now ...36...Qg6 37. Rxe4! will give two exchange sacs by white on the same square! :-)
Jan-25-06  thomaspaine: <Fritz, you are too! :-)>

And Aronian, it seems, is following Crafty. Just played Qg6.

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  Sneaky: Isn't Fritz's 35...Bf5 nearly refuted with 36.Bb7?
Jan-25-06  Ulhumbrus: Ulhumbrus: 35...Qg6 may win.One threat is ...Bxg2 as the white Queen cannot defend both the KB and Re1.
Jan-25-06  alicefujimori: Topalov sees 36.Rxe4!
Jan-25-06  Saruman: Rxe4!!
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  Sneaky: 36.Rxe4!! Vlesko is a hoot to watch, ain't he?
Jan-25-06  mrodrigues: 36. Rxe4!!!
Jan-25-06  Fan of Leko: Rxe4 looks winning, but Qg6 wasn't really mistake as the alternatives also lost.
Jan-25-06  controlaltdelete: woohoo this board is on fire!
Jan-25-06  thomaspaine: <Sneaky> Yes, it gives back the exchange to open white's king, via

1. (0.93): 36 Bb7 Qg6+ 37.Bg3 Rxe1+ 38.Qxe1 Rf8 39.fxg7 Qxg7 40.Qe5 f6 41.Qd6 Bxh3

Jan-25-06  percyblakeney: Wow, great move...
Jan-25-06  drenomaster: is bishop g3 playable?
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  plang: Rooks are obviously overated
Jan-25-06  Steppenwolf: great. Now the d-pawn will soon tell (after white moves the king away from the pin)
Jan-25-06  EricCartman: d5 probably now
Jan-25-06  TheKraut: <> dear people, i made a long remark about the problems of these guys whose browsers doesnt support java-applets when chessgames switched the game to from M-A to T-A. So maybe you look there for it.
Jan-25-06  Steppenwolf: d-pawn move right away! Doesn't even bother about the pin!
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