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Veselin Topalov vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Liga de Campeones (2007), Vitoria Gasteiz ESP, rd 9, Nov-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  1-0

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Nov-14-07  4i4mitko: bravo Vesko HURRAH:)))
Nov-14-07  fromoort: Very good game by Topalov. Instructive!
Nov-14-07  parisattack: Yes, indeed. And kudos to Top for playing 3. Nc3 instead of the insipid Nf3!
Nov-14-07  kingsindian2006: alot of fight in topa in this game, you can feel his will not to settle for a draw and search for something extra on the board..
Nov-14-07
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  jaime gallegos: a superb use of the rooks in this game by Topalov !!!
Nov-14-07  MarryCheckers: Yes, very rooky
We should give him a cooky.
Nov-14-07
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  whiteshark: So, where went Ponomariov wrong ?
Nov-15-07  goldenbear: Wow, this is really a much better endgame than the much-praised Kramnik-Shirov blunderfest. I am looking for a mistake by Pono and I didn't find one. I mean, 23.Qg5 is not as good as Qd8, but his position was already much worse and I doubt it affected the outcome. Honestly, I think 12.Re8? just leads to unsolvable problems, but I wouldn't trust h6 either. 12.Bb7 (allowing Bxe6) is probably the best way. What a great game by Topalov!
Nov-15-07  Kidnuke: Topalov is clearly one of the best but my heart lies with Magnus!!
Nov-15-07
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  tamar: Had Topalov not blundered earlier in the tournament, this game would have resounded as his return to form of 2005.

As to where Ponomariov went wrong, his last chance to save the game was perhaps

36...Re7 (instead of 36...Rc7 37 Bxc5) 37 Ra5 Rec7 38 Rxc5 Rxc5 39 Bxc5 Bxf3 40 Bxf8+ Kxf8 41 Bxa6 Ra8 42 Rb6 Bd5 43 a4 Ke7

This line is essentially the same tactic that White used in the game, deflecting the guard of Bb7, but Black gets the f3 pawn with better drawing chances.

Nov-15-07  amateur05: I very much enjoyed watching the game online. It was very instructive to see how Topalov kept changing the direction of attack from the king side to the queen side and vice versa. It the end, he created weaknesses on both sides and it became tough for Ponomariov to defend. Excellent game!
Sep-04-08  euripides: Interesting how Topalov starts by putting his pieces on the most aggressive squares, then has to regroup with the unassuming Bf1 and Nf2, but somehow does not lose the initiative.
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