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Veselin Topalov vs Teimour Radjabov
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009), Nanjing CHN, rd 10, Oct-08
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Kozul Gambit (E99)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-09-09  twinlark: Are they still butting heads?
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  Natalia Pogonina: Blitz mode now. No increments, remember.
Oct-09-09  kkshethin: I think black is better. Deep shredder says that 85...Qa1 would be better
Oct-09-09  marcwordsmith: <Natalia> with each player having less than five minutes to make all his moves, why are they not simply shaking hands yet? Is there a psychological reason?
Oct-09-09  marcwordsmith: welcome back <twinlark>. I take it your children have released you for at least the next six minutes or so.
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  moronovich: what a fight !
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  Natalia Pogonina: <marcwordsmith: <Natalia> with each player having less than five minutes to make all his moves, why are they not simply shaking hands yet? Is there a psychological reason?>

Both of them are playing for a win and hoping to outplay the opponent in time trouble. However, it's easier to play this as Black now.

Oct-09-09  marcwordsmith: draw by perpetual check. there it is.
Oct-09-09  chessic eric: ...Rh3 simple
Oct-09-09  marcwordsmith: thank you again <Natalia> for your commentary. Best of luck to you in motherhood, marriage, and--most of all--chess!! What a treat it has been to enjoy your insights.
Oct-09-09  Prudov: My first contribution to the Pearl Spring kibitzing, although I have been following it. Please could we enjoy Natalia’s comments on future occasions as well. She provides insight into the games and prompts others to join in. Thank you very much, Natalia!
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  moronovich: Wel a draw ½-½ Officual.Thanks to everyone , and not at least the 2 players for providing such a great fight.
Oct-09-09  DUS: Bol'shoe spasibo, Natalia! Dosvidanie!
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Oct-09-09  chessic eric: congrats to Carlsen and his 2800 club membership; Great fighting chess from Topalov too.

Thanks to <Natalia Pogonina> for the comments.

Oct-09-09  alterego: Thank you, again, WGM Pogonina. Vsego dobrogo.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Thanks for staying up that late. Congratulations with the finish of a remarkable tournament, hope you've had lots of fun watching the games!

Good luck & see you later!

Oct-09-09  gulliver: Thanks Natalia, it was great.
I liked your comments. You dare. And i like it. You are not vague. That's good.
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  moronovich: All the best wishes for your motherhood Natalia !
Oct-09-09  euripides: An interesting, though occasionally rather static, fight. Are they paid by the move ?

The timing of Black's kingside counterplay looks important. Radjabov bides his time.

As Anand doesn't play the KID, as far as I know, Topalov might feel he didn't need to hide his preparation here. But it doesn't look as though he had anything very lethal up his sleeve; simply an interesting middle-game plan.

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  moronovich: It is very likely Topa uses KID as a smokescreen in relation to the upcomming match with Anand.

If studying and studying KID is keeping Anands seconds ocupied ,consuming time and energy,it would better Topas chances.

Oct-09-09  Paraconti: Whatever happened to the Topalov of Q4 2005? That Topalov played chess like a God.
Oct-09-09  Caissanist: I think Averbakh said it well--"In chess you cannot be a genius forever, only for a short burst."
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  Eyal: Radjabov having a hard time staying awake during this game:

Oct-18-09  kingsindian2006: with all the passive moves in the middle game, im surprised they didnt draw at around move 35
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