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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Veselin Topalov
World Rapid Championship (2012) (rapid), Astana KAZ, rd 4, Jul-06
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1



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Jul-06-12  master of defence: Why Topa didnīt played immediately 58...Rxh2+?
Jul-06-12  Shams: <m.o.d.> Topalov repeated the position once to gain 20 seconds on his clock, I imagine. Time control here is 15/10.
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  OhioChessFan: It seems to me 59. Bg1+ would have been better, though I imagine it was time trouble that produced a howler like White's 58th.
Jul-06-12  master of defence: <OhioChessFan> After 59.Bg1+ Ke2 threatening Bd4, winning the bishop.
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  Eyal: <After 59.Bg1+ Ke2 threatening Bd4, winning the bishop.>

Then 60.Re8! with the idea of 60...Bd4 61.Rxe4+ and wins; 60...Kd3/f3 are met by 61.Rd8+/f8+. Indeed, this looks like a draw.

Jul-06-12  Shams: <Eyal> What happens on 60...Kf3 61.Rf8+ Kg3 intending to take the h-pawn?
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  Eyal: Ah yes, I should have mentioned that - there's a nice stalemate trick in case of 61...Kg3 62.Rg8+ Kxh3 63.Rg3+!
Jul-06-12  Shams: Very nice. I wish I saw a third of what you do.
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  OhioChessFan: I had a different line with 59...Kd3 and a series of Rook checks kept the King adjacent to the e Pawn. Meanwhile, White would want to play Kg2 at the first opportunity. Not sure if White could keep checking, but it had to be better than the game.
Jul-07-12  master of defence: After 61.Kxh2 Be5+ followed by Bxb8 or 61.Kg1 Rxh3 wins. For luck of Topalov, Morozevich had not seen 59.Bg1+ and losed the game. Congrulations Topa!
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