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Veselin Topalov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Sinquefield Cup (2015), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-24
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Aug-24-15  MindCtrol9: These phones make me fill like an ignorant sometimes.I try and I see the word typed and I see something different (either)
Aug-24-15  botvinnik64: ...I can hear music...think that Topa Rook is about to start dancin'!
Aug-24-15  chessdgc2: It's over. 1-0
Aug-24-15  theodor: naka pak se naaka !
Aug-24-15  MindCtrol9: Yes,is I've 1:0
Aug-24-15  chessdgc2: lack just played 1...Kg6. White can finish him off with 2. h7 Kxh7 3. Rc7 and f7.
Aug-24-15
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  ketchuplover: f7 allows Kg7
Aug-24-15
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  plang: very nice game
Aug-24-15
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  ketchuplover: well played young man
Aug-24-15  chessdgc2: Black just plyed 1...Ra4+, White should seal the deal with 2. Kg3
Aug-24-15  dusk: One of the best games I have ever seen and I am 18!! No kidding!
Aug-24-15  1971: This is a masterpiece, technical excellence as Maurice Ashley called it. I enjoy seeing games where an infinitesimal advantage gets carried through with bullheaded determination.
Aug-24-15  kamagong24: crush the berlin!!!!
Aug-25-15  MindCtrol9: I really like this game where a GM like Topalov is showed that he is in a very good form.A very good game to remember as one of his best.I have to say that Nakamura tried everything he could think of, but Topalov is not a fool.Congratulations!!
Aug-25-15  paavoh: A masterful game by Topalov, one for the text books, and psychologically important for both parties.

Great way of pushing the small advantages into bigger ones with all the patience in the world. Must come back to learn more about pawn structure chess and end game control.

Aug-25-15  ChessYouGood: Does anyone know why Nakamura resigned so early? Surely after Rh4, h8=Q etc., the eventual lone black king against a rook and queen is at least a draw for him? He should consider playing on longer next time.
Aug-25-15
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  moronovich: <ChessYouGood: Does anyone know why Nakamura resigned so early? Surely after Rh4, h8=Q etc., the eventual lone black king against a rook and queen is at least a draw for him? He should consider playing on longer next time.>

He does it on purpose so revolutionary players like you can learn some chess.

Aug-25-15  Ulhumbrus: 7..Ne7 invites the attack 8 d4 whereupon 8...ed concedes an advantage in space to White. This suggests preparing the manoeuvre ...Nc6-e7-g6 by 7...Bb6

Instead of 20...Rfe8, 20...Rad8 attends to the piece placed worst, the queen's rook. Then on 21 Qd4 Re7 or even ...Rf7 becomes possible

Instead of 22...Qd6, 22...Qf7 covers the points e8 and g7 in addition to d5

Instead of 24...h6, 24...Rxe1+ 25 Rxe1 Re8 contests the e file as quickly as possible

After 31 Bd4 Black's N on d5 may be almost as powerful as one of the nishops but what about the other one? This suggests trying to find a good post for the other knight eg 31...Ne5

Aug-25-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Marmot PFL: I don't really know why Nakamura plays the Berlin.>

All super-GMs play the Berlin, for some reason. I don't get it.

Aug-25-15  Nerwal: 70. ♖c8 hanging all pawns at once is quite pretty.
Aug-25-15  parisattack: This game shows real maturity by Topalov. Typically, he's had problems converting small advantages in the middlegame, sometimes losing his way and embarking on what we used to call 'the fine art of positional deterioration.'

I all but had written Topa off a couple years ago after following his games closely for over a decade, but here he comes with a big second wind!

Aug-26-15  Moszkowski012273: Was the h3 pawn untouchable on ...35
Aug-26-15
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  perfidious: If 35....Nxh3, 36.f4 followed by Kg2 wins the knight.
Aug-26-15  Moszkowski012273: True true saw it after I posted.... Rg8 does hold on for a bit though but it's not enough.
Aug-27-15  epistle: Will these two beat So? I think So.
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