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Judit Polgar vs Veselin Topalov
Dos Hermanas XIV (2008) (rapid), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 1, Apr-19
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1-0

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Apr-19-08  nmchessknight: Nice game Polgar
Apr-19-08  lopium: It's a beautiful game. Is this game a blitz one?
Apr-19-08  positionalgenius: No its rapid
Apr-20-08  percyblakeney: Topalov had already won the match, but giving away a piece with 29. ... Nc6 instead of playing Qd7 looks strange.
Apr-20-08
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  Peligroso Patzer: <percyblakeney: Topalov had already won the match, but giving away a piece with 29. ... Nc6 instead of playing Qd7 looks strange.>

It does indeed look strange, but Topalov probably reasoned that his Knight was confined to shuttling between d8 and b7, so he decided to sacrifice it to free his position a bit.

Polgar’s sacrifice of the exchange (32. Rxg4) also seems unjustified, but hers being the penultimate blunder in the game, she was able to win (according to Tartakower's dictum) after Topalov’s 36. … Qe8?. He still might have saved the game with 36...Rxf2+ 37.Kg1 Qa8 (38.Kxf2 Qa2+).

Jul-22-09  aazqua: Certainly an interesting game for assigning values to the pieces.

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