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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Veselin Topalov
European Team Championship (2011), Porto Carras/Greece, rd 5, Nov-07
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  0-1

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Nov-07-11
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  luzhin: Too late White sees the refutation of his optimistic 36.g4? -- after 37.Rf5 Qxe2+! 38.Qxe2 Rxe2+ 39.Kxe2 Bxg4+ and Black has a won K+P ending.
Nov-07-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 12 d3 is 12 d4 before Black plays 12...Nb6

After 12 d3 Nb6 13 f4 seems consistent, attacking the e5 pawn with the f pawn after the d3 pawn restrains it. Nimzovich says "First restrain, then blockade, lastly destroy!" This suggests that after d3 White should place a piece on e4 to blockade the e5 pawn before playing f4. However the N on e2 is not placed well to go to e4.

Nov-08-11  xanadu: Topalov played a very quiet opening (changing his style?) and White got a bad pawn structure. For that reason the White horse had to go to e2 (for defending the c3 pawn when later advancing d3) where is bad located, as Ulhumbrus mentioned. Which is interesting to me is 19...b6, when Topalov sacrifices the e4 pawn to get pressure on the adversary rooks and some attack on the center. Perhaps there is a refutation, but is instructive anyway.
Nov-14-11  notyetagm: http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/s...

<GC: ACTS: ALIGNMENTS CREATE THREATENED SQUARES>

37 Rf4-f6 makes alignment Rf6 + Kf2 = d4-tactical base 37 Rf4-f5 makes alignment Rf5 + Ke2 = g4-tactical base

<GC: ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TACTICAL BASES!>

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30... Rf8+ 31. Rf4 Re8 32. Re4 Rf8+ 33. Rf4 Re8 34. Qf3?! Playing for a win but this is good for Black.
34... Qc5+ 35. d4 Qxc4 36. g4
This was the idea: the bishop seems trapped...
36... g5!
...but it isn't. Amazingly, the rook doesn't have a good square. 37. Rf5

1) 37. Rf6 <GC: ACTS> Bxg4! 38. Qxg4 <GC: FORCE YOUR OPPONENT TO HAVE LOOSE PIECES> Rxe2+ 39. Qxe2 Qxd4+ <GC: DOUBLE ATTACK>

2) Naiditsch resigned because of 37. Rf5 <GC: ACTS> Rxe2+! 38. Qxe2 Qxe2+ 39. Kxe2 Bxg4+ <GC: DOUBLE ATTACK> 40. Rf3 b5 and Black will win the pawn ending. 0-1

Dec-27-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: FORCE YOUR OPPONENT TO HAVE LOOSE PIECES!
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