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Veselin Topalov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
XXV Ciudad de Leon: Topalov - Vallejo (2012) (rapid), Leon ESP, rd 4, Jun-09
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C14)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: sigh of relief by Topa, his first win in the match to make it a decent 2.5-1.5 for Vallejo-Pons.
Jun-09-12  Shams: A convincing win at that. <10.Qh4> is not quite a novelty; it was played by Motlyev in 2000:

10...c5 right away seems better. Paco was a bit slower developing his Queenside, and that cost him castling rights and eventually the game.

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  luzhin: 33.Nf4!! is very pretty.
Jun-12-12  AnotherNN: It might have seemed as if 28.Qf3 would have netted a piece since it forks the Black R at a1 and the N at f6. Black would reply with 28...Qc6, then 29.Ne4 threatens the Black N (which cannot be taken because of 30.BxN). White will finally gets his piece once the Black N moves and which he plays 30.Rc1 with 31.Qf8+ in the air.
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  sbevan: <luzhin: 33.Nf4!! is very pretty.>

Yes, it is.

btw thank you for your very insightful comments.

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