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Veselin Topalov vs Loek van Wely
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 10, Mar-26
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Report from the tournament page:

"In the rapid game Topalov scored a convincing win. The opening looked rather innocent until White posed Black a question with his sharp move <14.Rg4>.

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Should he prevent the rook from taking on g7 or should he steer for wild complications? The more Van Wely looked at the position the less sure he was about how to proceed. In the end he opted for <14...cxd4>, but after the game he believed that 14...g6 would have been more cautious. Now White’s attack started rolling and there was nothing that could stop it. The black king hoped to find shelter on the queenside, but in fact it was an easy prey for the white pieces."

Mar-26-08  Bobsterman3000: I don't see the point of 23...b6

It only seems to hasten the destruction of the black king's pawn cover.

Mar-27-08  ikipemiko: What do you sugest in that case?
The other moves are e5 and f5 but they also lead to good position for white.
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  tamar: Lots of long moves by Topalov

17 Bc1-h6,


18 Qb3-h3,

and just when Van Wely thought he had contained him on the Kingside, another long move,

23 Qg3-a3!

finished him off by switching to a Queenside assault.

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