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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Veselin Topalov
Morelia-Linares (2008), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-01
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-01-08  achieve: <Dom> I'd say both, hehe... but you have to admire the accuracy of the Topa calculus and freshness here... alertness. Rf6 Ne6-d4 boom...
Mar-01-08  hedgeh0g: How did White go from one pawn up to one pawn down?
Mar-01-08  malthrope: <Open Defence: I'm exhausted merely watching the game>

Hehehe... ;) The good news is - March 2nd is a Rest Day (March 5th is the next one). Me thinks both the players and the kibitzers need it. I know that I do! :)

Mar-01-08  achieve: <Open Defence: I'm exhausted merely watching the game> Merely??!

You were multi-tasking again! ;-)

Mar-01-08  Ulhumbrus: Still playing. Topalov seems to have kept the pawn. Can he win?
Mar-01-08  malthrope: <hedgeh0g: How did White go from one pawn up to one pawn down?>

<Planet Ivanchuk> at your service! ~lol~ ;)

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  Domdaniel: <can he win?> Most unlikely, but it's worth a try. One route is a knight exchange at a point where the pawn ending is favorable, but that's effectively impossible to force.
Mar-01-08  chessmoron: 2:00 morning in India. Your husband may be very lonely.
Mar-01-08  malthrope: <Ulhumbrus: Still playing. Topalov seems to have kept the pawn. Can he win?>

Knight endings with pawns all on the same side (one pawn deficit for either color) are very difficult to produce a win... Most are drawn. I suppose Topy will torture Chuky for awhile anyway. :)

Mar-01-08  Open Defence: not really, enjoying a tv program
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  Domdaniel: Draw approaching. I don't think Black can make progress now without giving up a pawn ...
Mar-01-08  chessmoron: ah...a night owl.
Mar-01-08  Ulhumbrus: If Black's N can get to g8 and so defend the h6 pawn, that will prepare ...g6
Mar-01-08  SCUBA diver: If K-d7, Nxp(g7). ..
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  whiteshark: at long last 1/2, concentrating on other things now :D
Mar-01-08  Ulhumbrus: They have agreed a draw, which may mean that the ending is a technical draw with best play.
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  Domdaniel: If 61...Kd7 then 62.Nxg7! Nxg7 63.Kf6 draws, for example.
Mar-01-08  Open Defence: yeah we both night owls
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  Domdaniel: And a Good ♘ to All ...
Mar-01-08  achieve: <at long last 1/2> Very nice word/number play!! ;-))
Mar-01-08  messachess: Hello all. Wow. Black's 45th was a real Topa move--brilliant.
Mar-01-08  malthrope: Yes - GM Dimitrov's final comment (on Chessdom) was: <"Ivanchuk not only failed to convert his advantage into a point but had to defend a pawn down in time trouble. The position is of course dead draw but we've seen a lot of surprises at this tournament."> Draw agreed.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for joining us today. Please note that tomorrow is a rest day; the games continue on Monday at 10:00am (USA/Eastern). Hope to see you then.
Mar-01-08  pawnofdoom: Amazing move 45. ♘d4 was played by Topa in about 6 seconds! According to the ICC live broadcast which is pretty acurate.
Mar-01-08  Knight13: Rest day tomorrow? What a loser...

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