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Hikaru Nakamura vs Veselin Topalov
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-24
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation (A23)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-24-12  Marmot PFL: 3...c6 was a favorite or Paul Keres; but here Reshevsky shows a good line for white Reshevsky vs Keres, 1963.

Playing 5...Qb6 before d5 Topalov avoids this, and if white replies with 6 e3 than g3 may just be a loss of time or weakening move. It could be white's best move anyway Najdorf vs H Rossetto, 1968 or else 6 Nc2.

Jan-24-12  jhoro: people commented during the game that 25...Re7 was a mistake, but from a brief look at 25...Nb6 with Houdini, with best play, it was still a draw. Nb6 was better nevertheless
Jan-24-12  timhortons: 17...d4 could have been better:)

Nakamura,H - Topalov,V, 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012

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1. (-0.94): 18.Ne4 Na6 19.Be2 f5 20.Nd6 Rxe3 21.Nc4 Re6 22.Qxb4 Nxb4 23.Kf2 axb2 24.Rxb2 Rxa2 25.Rxa2

Jan-24-12  timhortons: < Nb6 was better nevertheless>

the cheering crowd eyes are stuck in the evaluation of their engine, the more boisterous a patzer kibitzing, the stronger his engine, he just know the twist and turn of the game and his ahhh! and ohhhhh! rely on the plu/equals/minus sign his computer is transmitting.

obviously after 25..re7 what ever plus score remained on topa eveluation score card becomes = (ohhhh!)

many are still hoping for that knight move and expecting that what ever plus score topa got would increase, sad to say topa moved a human move

Jan-31-12  solskytz: I liked more 9. Nxa4 rather than hitting back on d3. For example 9... de Nxb6 or 9...Qa7 10. Nc3 Bc5 11. Nde4
Jan-31-12  solskytz: White is better developed in my variation. Black can't attack.
Jan-31-12  solskytz: A funny continuation would then be 9...Qa7 10. Nc3 Bc5 11. Nde4 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 Bb6 13. Qxd3 (white goes up a pawn) d5 13. c5

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