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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Veselin Topalov
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 4, Mar-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1

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Mar-18-08  sandmanbrig: I'm not seeing whats wrong with 28 Kxa2
Mar-18-08
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  chancho: <sandmanbrig> If 28.Kxa2, the black Rook lift to c4 and then a4 and white gets mated.
Mar-18-08  sandmanbrig: Ok then, didnt see that
Mar-18-08  Freakio: howabout 22 Qd3??
Mar-18-08  crwynn: 22.Qd3 Nf4 and White is remembering the good ol' days when he still had a position
Mar-18-08  crwynn: I suppose it's poetic justice that the decisive blow involved that stupid pawn on f4.
Mar-18-08  qjuice14: <<<chancho: <sandmanbrig> If 28.Kxa2, the black Rook lift to c4 and then a4 and white gets mated.>>>

I think he can avoid the mate with 28.Kxa2 Rc4 29.Rd4 Rxd4 30.Bxd4 Qa4+ 31. Kb2 Qxd4 with an ugly looking end game for white.

Mar-19-08  GMNick: Is f4 a new move? I haven't ever seen it played, let alone at SuperGM level!
Mar-19-08
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Another win for Toalov with the Caro-Kann! He seems to enjoy the 0-0-0 vs. 0-0 conflict.

f4 is an old move in the Caro, not at all popular anymore. You'll see it only when White hopes to catch Black with an obscure line. The fact that Mamedyarov played it suggests that Topalov's opponents are a little concerned with his recent success.

Mar-19-08  Knight to f6: 22.♕f3?
Was this Shark's losing move, or is there something wrong with the simple 22.♕e2?
Mar-19-08  ikipemiko: Topa achieved equal game with CaroKann against Leko and Anand and now beats Shak!! It's true that this is rapid/blind but still it's impressive
Mar-19-08  Zenos: <Knight to f6>, 22. Qe2 is bad because of ....22.Nxf4. This attacks the queen and eliminates the defense of the white knight on e5 which is lost on the next move.
Mar-19-08  Shams: <I suppose it's poetic justice that the decisive blow involved that stupid pawn on f4.> heh...yup.
Mar-20-08  Topista: qjuice14: <<<chancho: <<sandmanbrig> If 28.Kxa2, the black Rook lift to c4 and then a4 and white gets mated.>>>

I think he can avoid the mate with 28.Kxa2 Rc4 29.Rd4 Rxd4 30.Bxd4 Qa4+ 31. Kb2 Qxd4 with an ugly looking end game for white. >28...rc6?

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