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Veselin Topalov vs Etienne Bacrot
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 7, Oct-27
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0

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Oct-27-10  Indiachess: A short break for the dream run of Etienne Bacrot in this tournament, and a much needed respite for Topa.
Oct-27-10  Atking: A great game from Topalov.
Oct-27-10  boz: Topalov shows that he hasn't forgotten how the pieces move yet.
Oct-27-10  swr: Funny, Bacrot's pawn grabbing comes back to hurt him, reminding me of the position in today's GOTD (Keene vs Robatsch, 1971) after 14. exd5.
Oct-27-10  woodthrush: What is the winning procedure here? Is there shot to follow, a winning combo? Is the a7 pawn doomed? Will a direct king attach materialize? For superGMs, perhaps there is a straightforward technical procedure. For me, acknowledging the material imbalance, seems like there is still alot of fight in the game.
Oct-27-10  woodthrush: Black is obliged to deal with the immediate threat 38. Nd4 winning the exchange and going a piece up, and the two minor pieces are hitting alot of squares, so blacks rooks have limited movement. Still, is this really time to quit?
Oct-27-10  Illogic: Bacrot was defending well, probably even gaining the advantage, but had about 7 minutes left for his last 13 moves when he blundered twice with 28.. Bc5? and 29.. Qxc5?? which loses immediately to the brutal 30. Rd5!
Oct-27-10  kurtrichards: <Topalov-Bacrot 1-0> At last, a win! We need more...
Oct-27-10
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  Eyal: In the opening, Topalov deviates from another recent game of Bacrot (Y Shulman vs Bacrot, 2009) where 14.Qxd7+ was played, and keeps queens on board. The computers will show various errors made by White as well, but Toplaov definitely got here a type of position that he likes to play, much more than in previous games of the tournament (with the possible exception of the earlier game vs. Bacrot, where after producing a powerful novelty and developing a strong attack he missed a forcing winning line on move 25). Topalov's opponents (at least when he's in good form...) often get into time trouble and make losing mistakes in this kind of messy positions.
Oct-27-10
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  ajk68: I have the same question as <woodthrush>. What is the winning procedure?
Oct-27-10  Caissanist: I wonder what Topalov's lifetime score is in the first half of tournaments, and what it is in the second half. He seems to have a "comeback" in almost every tournament he plays in.
Oct-27-10
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  Eyal: <What is the winning procedure?>

Penetrate the 7th rank, win the a-pawn, and promote the Q-side pawns, I suppose. It's actually illustrated in chessok's final Rybka line (http://chessok.com/broadcast/?key=n...): 37...Rf6 (White is threatening Nd4) 38.Ne5 Qd6 39.Rc6 Qd8 40.Rc7 Rf5 (40...a5 41.Rd7 & Bd5) 41.Rd7 Qf6 42.Nc6 Qxc3 43.bxc3 Kf8 (to defend against Ne7+) 44.Rxa7 etc.

Oct-27-10  woodthrush: <Eyal> thanks for the line, nice, the three pieces overwhelm the two, white has greater concentration of power, black has no antedote. I guess being able to carry out the attack is nor so much a matter of seeing 7 plys deep, but having a plan of attack.
Oct-27-10  ozmikey: 28...Bc5 is obviously a blunder, but Bacrot seems to be doing OK up to that point. I wonder if 28...a5 is an idea of sorts, aiming to provoke 29. a3, when Black can follow up with ...Ba4 and ...Bc5. Black might end up having to give back the pawn, but his position looks OK.
Oct-27-10  laskerian: I enjoyed playing through their moves (especially Bacrot's) until the fatal 28...Bc5?. I was amazed how strongly GM's of their caliber could play such positions, and at the same time felt sad for Etienne for that horrible lapse of concentration on the 28th turn. I thought that without that mistake, this could have been Bacrot's best game of the tournament (mainly because Topalov was also playing great up to that point.
Oct-28-10  HSOL: Caissanist: I've also noticed what I think a vast difference, but let's not forget maybe his most memorable run in San Luis going +6 =1 in the first half.
Aug-07-16  mandor: Thnx for the references <Eyal>! Good concept by not echanging queens and mantaining the tension from Topalov with e5-d6 pawns until the end.

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