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Ivan Cheparinov vs Veselin Topalov
M-Tel Masters (2008), Sofia BUL, rd 3, May-10
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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May-10-08  ivan999: chepa should have gone for the repetition.
May-10-08  imag: I think 26.Bc5 was a forced draw

(26...Bxc5 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.Qxf7+ )

May-10-08  acirce: Chessok gave this during the game: <23. Nf3 Qd6 24. fxg6 fxg6 25. Ng5 Bxg5 26. Bxc5 Bh4 27. Qe3 Bg5 28. Qd4 e5 29. Qf2 Bh4 Rybka v2.3.2a (0:04.11)+0.86|d18>
May-10-08  messachess: Chepa didn't throw this, I don't think. It's clearly an incredibly sharp line--if it is a line. Is this sac. at 22. in the literature? (Was it a blunder?)
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  chancho: 35...Qxd4 is a no no: 35...Qxd4 36.Rxe8+ Kf7(36...Rxe8 37.Qxd4) 37.Qxd4 Rxd4 38.Rxc8
May-10-08  Hesam7: <acirce: Chessok gave this during the game: <23. Nf3 Qd6 24. fxg6 fxg6 25. Ng5 Bxg5 26. Bxc5 Bh4 27. Qe3 Bg5 28. Qd4 e5 29. Qf2 Bh4 Rybka v2.3.2a (0:04.11)+0.86|d18>>

After 23.Nf3 Qd6 (forced) 24.fxg6:

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Fruit 2.3.1 @ depth 17:

24...fxg6 25.Ng5 Bxg5 26.Bxc5 Bh4 27.Qe3 Bg5 28.Qd4 e5 29.Qf2 Bh4 30.Bxd6 Bxf2 31.Bxe5 Bb6 32.cxd5 Bd7 33.Rc1 Be3 34.Rxc6 Bxc6 35.dxc6 <+1.48>

24...f6 25.gxh7+ Kh8 26.g5 Ne4 27.Qh4 fxg5 28.Nxg5 Bg6 29.Bxe4 Bxg5 30.Bxg5 Bxe4+ 31.Kg1 Qc5+ 32.Rf2 Rf8 33.Bf6+ Rxf6 34.Qxf6+ Kxh7 35.Qh4+ Kg8 36.Qg3+ Kh8 37.Qh3+ Kg7 38.cxd5 cxd5 39.Qxe6 Rf8 40.Qg4+ Kh8 41.Qh4+ Bh7 <+1.78>

24...Ne4 25.gxh7+ Kh8 26.Qc2 Qb4 27.Nd2 Bc5 28.Nxe4 Bxe3 29.Nf6 Qe7 30.Qc3 d4 31.Qxa5 c5 32.Be4 Qc7 33.Qxc7 Rxc7 34.Nxe8 Rxe8 <+1.90>

24...hxg6 25.Ng5 Bxg5 26.Bxg5 f5 27.gxf5 exf5 28.Bxd8 Rxd8 29.cxd5 Bf7 30.dxc6 Qxd1 31.Qxc5 Qe2 32.c7 Rc8 33.Qd6 Kg7 34.Qd7 Qe6 35.Qd8 Qa6 36.Qd4+ Qf6 <+1.95>

May-11-08  popescuag: Why not 26.Bf6 forking black queen and rook?
May-11-08  acirce: <24...fxg6 25.Ng5 Bxg5 26.Bxc5 Bh4 27.Qe3 Bg5 28.Qd4 e5 29.Qf2 Bh4 30.Bxd6 Bxf2 31.Bxe5 Bb6>

Yeah, and this is a funny maneuver to provoke ..e5 so that the pawn later can be captured. It seems quite forced too and the only question would be if Black can save the pawn-down endgame.

May-11-08  guybrush: <Why not 26.Bf6 forking black queen and rook?>

I guess you mean 28. Bf6. But recovering the exchange just leaves white a pawn down and closer to end game. Perhaps Cheparinov thought he had more attacking chances. However, 28. Bf6 forces 28..Qf8 (otherwise 29. Qh4 and black is in trouble) But, 28. Bf6 Qf8 29. Qd4 and white looks equal if not slightly better. Perhaps better players could clarify.

May-11-08  Hesam7: <acirce: and the only question would be if Black can save the pawn-down endgame.>

Yeah I am not really sure that ending is winning for White. How about 23.Nf3 Qd6 (forced) 24.fxg6 fxg6 25.Nxg5 Bxg5 <26.Bxg5> Rd7 (forced) 27.Be3 Nb7 (forced) 28.Bd4:

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trying to continue the attack instead of liquidating into an endgame.

May-12-08  minasina: Rybka analysis, some critical points and variations

Note: There ChessOK's Rybka suggest < 23. Bf4 +0.33 >, no depth, no variation line for that available. (See <acirce>'s first post here.)

May-12-08  Hesam7: <minasina> I am betting that is a low depth run after the game was played. I saw the line <acirce> mentions during the live broadcast.
May-12-08  minasina: <Hesam7>, yes, I saw it too, see: M-Tel Masters (2008) there <23. Nf3> gives higher evaluation with lower depth: <+0.91|d17> but <+0.81|d19>.

See also M-Tel Masters (2008) and M-Tel Masters (2008) (These all are on the page #27; my 1st, 3rd, and 4th posts.)

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