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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Veselin Topalov
"No Spain No Gain" (game of the day Jul-22-2013)
XXV Ciudad de Leon: Topalov - Vallejo (2012) (rapid), Leon ESP, rd 5, Jun-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Looks more like a Dragon to me
Jul-22-13  newzild: The power of the queen, as demonstrated by Vallejo-Pons. A nicely-played endgame.
Jul-22-13  Doniez: Can someone please explain why Topalov took the d4 Bishop at move 20? Wouldn't it be safer a simple 20...Qb4???? and his Queen is now ok. I am real panzer but I can't see why to lose a Queen at move 20 with no reason.
Jul-22-13  Doniez: I meant ...I'm a real PATZER ...
Jul-22-13  Bartimaeus: <Doniez> I think Topalov possibly didn't fancy the following line.

20. ...Qb4 21. Nd5 Qxa5 22. Nxe7+ Kh8 23. f6 Rce8 24. fxg7+ Nxg7 25. Nd5

The Knight will soon get a monster outpost on f6. Black has a terrible position and this should be a technical win for white especially for a GM. Topalov sacrificed the exchange for a more playable position though it didn't help eventually.

Jul-22-13  FairyPromotion: Nice game, though I think this would have been a better choice for GOTD:

Topalov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2006

A really unique finish in that one.

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  piltdown man: I've seen more unique finishes than that one.

But also less unique.

Jul-22-13  TheBluePhoenix: <Doniez> 20. Na5-Qb4 21. a3-Qxd4.. There is no escape.
Jul-22-13  karik: <piltdown man> I thought you were a fake.
Jul-22-13  Abdel Irada: <I am real panzer>

Tank you very much.

Jul-22-13  nblack02: <TheBluePhoenix> a3 Qxa4
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  playground player: There's nothing wrong with being a real panzer. It's nothing to be ashamed of. It can even be an asset: a lot of opponents would be intimidated if they had to sit across the chessboard from a Tiger II or a rusty old PzIVh in a bad mood.
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  kevin86: What is so "unique" about this game?
Jul-22-13  bischopper: to exchange Queen for two pieces and gain position...?
Jul-23-13  Abdel Irada: <It can even be an asset: a lot of opponents would be intimidated if they had to sit across the chessboard from a Tiger II or a rusty old PzIVh in a bad mood.>

On the other hand, tanks do seem to experience notable difficulty picking up individual pieces and moving them as distinguished from obliterating the board.

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