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Veselin Topalov vs Loek van Wely
Amber Rapid (2006) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 4, Mar-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Accepted (D44)  ·  0-1

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Mar-22-06  TheSlid: 7.g3 is the only example of this move in this database. It looks odd to me (and to Fritz)- white plays Catalan-style against the Slav and just looks worse after only 10 moves.
Mar-22-06  TheSlid: 23.Nb6 looks to be the losing move here. Perhaps Topalov only considered capture by the Nd7?
Mar-22-06  TheSlid: The 2 Nights co-ordinate very sweetly here, e.g. after 30...Nc5, the white Rooks seem to trip over each other trying to avoid forks.
Mar-22-06  TheSlid: A very nice (sic!) game from van Wely here. I enjoyed it a lot.
Oct-03-06  yudhimaster: Hey, why just TheSlid who kibitz? Yes TheSlid, i think this was very good game. Topalov once again show his weakness as an world champion..
Oct-03-06  positionalgenius: <yudhimaster>This was a rapid game.
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  Richard Taylor: <yudhimaster> This doesnt show his weakness - it shows that van Wely played well and Topalov not so well in that game.

23 Nb6 looks like a blunder perhaps or a miscalculation - but interesting.

Oct-03-06  acirce: Excerpt from <erasmus>'s translation of a Dutch article on this tournament:

<Although the Blindfold chess even aroused unknown drifts in Loek van Wely. Silently van Wely had lost to new World Champion Topalov, when he caught the Bulgarian making some nasty remarks about him. “Topalov seems such a nice guy, but he has learnt a few tricks from his manager”. In “all thinkable ways” Topalov had made him angry. “He let bystanders know that I actually was a patzer. I sometimes need such an instigation to get angry. But now I got so angry that I put all my anger in our Rapid game”.

In that discipline Loek van Wely is ‘King Loek’ as he calls himself on the intenet. In a game with 25 minutes and 10 seconds per move – In the Blindfold section this was 20 second – he relentlessly cut Topalov to pieces with the Black pieces. “Nothing had to be said, I had made my point clear”.>

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