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Veselin Topalov vs Boris Gelfand
Amber Rapid (2006) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 10, Mar-29
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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Apr-05-06  notyetagm: Gelfand blunders with 56 ... ♖e1?. Now if White captures the undefended Black e1-rook with his d1-rook (57 ♖xe1+), then he hangs his d8-rook (57 ... ♔xd8).

Topalov sees a much stronger continuation, however. He notices that if he takes the Black e1-rook then he will lose his d8-rook. So, since Black is going to take his d8-rook anyway, he sacrifices it (<desperado>) on e8 with 57 ♖e8+! ♘xe8 in order to make a <loose piece> (the Black e8-knight) that is also <lined up> with the Black e7-king. Then 58 ♖xe1+ is a <skewer> along the e-file which wins a piece after 59 ♖x♘.

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