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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Veselin Topalov
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 3, Dec-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-15  Marmot PFL: Instead of 36...Rxf2+?? black has to play 36...Qc1 37 Qe8+ Kh7 38 Qh5+ Qh6 39 Qxf5+ and white should win anyway. it's never easy for black once he gives white the outside passed pawn.
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  thegoodanarchist: I don't understand Black's play at the end.

Doesn't 36...Qc2 force a draw?

Dec-06-15  Marmot PFL: <Doesn't 36...Qc2 force a draw?>

After Qc2 white has mate in 4.

Dec-06-15  Kaspablanca: thegoodanarchist: 36...Qc2, 33.Qe8+ Kh7, 34.Qxh5+ Kg8 35.Rb8+ Qc8 36.Rxc8#
Dec-06-15  kamagong24: oh my Topa!!!
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  thegoodanarchist: <Marmot PFL: <Doesn't 36...Qc2 force a draw?>

After Qc2 white has mate in 4.
Dec-06-15 Kaspablanca: thegoodanarchist: 36...Qc2, 33.Qe8+ Kh7, 34.Qxh5+ Kg8 35.Rb8+ Qc8 36.Rxc8#>

Thanks guys.

It should be clear now why I wasn't invited to this tournament.

Dec-06-15  Ulhumbrus: 20 Qe2!! forks the square b5 and the pawn on h5. Thus the pawn on h5 has given an additional target to White's queen
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  Penguincw: < Classical games: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Veselin Topalov 3 to 2, with 1 draw. >

A lot of decisive games between these 2, but that shouldn't come as too surprising, giving their styles.

Dec-06-15  pericles of athens: 26...Rxf2+???? Unbelievable! Is this correct game score?!
Dec-06-15  Jim Bartle: He must have thought he had a perpetual. Maybe he thought after giving up the rook the white king would still be on g2.
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  Domdaniel: It's very hard too see how anyone - let alone an erstwhile world champion - might imagine there was a perp.

But <Jim B> is probably correct.

Dec-06-15  iking: Topalov meltdown ....
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  Mating Net: Without knowing the identity of the Black player, I would have guessed that Ivanchuk was playing Black given the swiftness of the meltdown.
Dec-06-15  dunkenchess: Out of form.
Dec-06-15  1971: A model game for this structure. Almost looks like one of those self defense tutorials where the other person does the wrong things and waits to get slammed down for the sake of teaching.
Dec-07-15  SimplicityRichard: I love that Topalov takes risks in order to steer games away from drawing; nevertheless, he hasn't been lucky so far. And then the moment of utter chess blindness in thinking he had a perpetual.... #
Dec-07-15  Mehem: It seems Topalov was suggested by a day before game Carlsen vs Caruana, 2015 where the similar trade-off (a rook for a perpetual check) did work.
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  Domdaniel: <Fishy> -- <Would that make any difference?> With King on g2 the White Queen can't interpose on e2. Though of course White still has Kh3.
Dec-08-15  Sularus: there has to be a collection with this motif.

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