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Loek van Wely vs Veselin Topalov
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (1999) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Mar-17
Benoni Defense: Classical. New York Variation (A70)  ·  0-1



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Dec-21-06  Maynard5: Interestingly enough, these two players confronted each other in the same variation of the modern Benoni a year earlier. Here also, Topalov achieves a nice win, although Van Wely's conduct of the opening is much better. After the inevitable complications, Black achieves an endgame advantage on the queenside, which eventually translates into an outside passed pawn.
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  Fusilli: In his book on the modern benoni, Andrew Kinsman considers the position after 22...Rxd5 "a finely balanced game." It appears that from then on Topalov completely outplayed Van Wely. With the benefit of hindsight, I think 24.b3 would have kept the equality... Van Wely ended up losing both queenside pawns for free... It was a blindfold game, BTW.
Dec-24-10  Whitehat1963: So, was this rapid or blind?
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  whiteshark: <Whitehat1963: So, was this rapid or blind?> Hint: Just read the last sentence of the post before (your own post). ;D
Dec-27-10  Whitehat1963: Oops!

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