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Veselin Topalov vs Andres Guerrero Vargas
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 3, Jan-27
Indian Game: Knights Variation. General (A46)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-15  Marmot PFL: A prolonged defense was not to black's taste, so he chose a different path.
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  Penguincw: 3...b5 looks like a strange move to me that only hurts black. Perhaps 3...d5 is better.
Jan-29-15  Conrad93: Yeah, this is what a game between a 2300+ and a 2800+ looks like.
Jan-29-15  PhilFeeley: The advice to "mix it up" against a stronger player - play moves that may throw him off (at least a surprise in the opening) - didn't pay off here.
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  Domdaniel: 3...b5 is reasonable -- Spassky played it, as have other top GMs. But Black goes badly wrong quite quickly (perhaps thrown off balance by Topalov's idea of g3 without Bg2) - his idea of letting White grab the a8 Rook in exchange for a pawn on f3, a somewhat compromised White development and an initially awkward White Queen is simply wrong. Topalov straightens out the weaknesses with great efficiency, but it's not hard.
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  Domdaniel: Take a look at the stats for ...b5: over 500 games, in 2nd place to ...d5 ahead of ...c5 and ...b6. Opening Explorer

That's not a 'strange' or dubious move.

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  perfidious: <PhilFeeley: The advice to "mix it up" against a stronger player - play moves that may throw him off (at least a surprise in the opening) - didn't pay off here.>

Nor will it very often, but it is likely better than getting ground down in a game where one has little chance, most probably why I did not fare so well in serious games with GMs, quite apart from being clearly weaker than they.

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