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Hikaru Nakamura vs Veselin Topalov
Grand Prix Hamburg (2019), Hamburg GER, rd 1, Nov-05
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1

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Nov-06-19  GrandMaesterPycelle: black has already played pretty poorly, but 19.c4 and 20. b5 are truly patzer-like - Topalov is attacking on the kingside and Nakamura decides to block the rest of the board to assist the opponent.
Nov-09-19
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  Robed.Bishop: Iím sure Topalov is grateful.
Nov-10-19  Carrots and Pizza: Topalov played what seems like a fantastic game here. Very energetic and uncompromising. He reached, with the black side of the Berlin, a very rich position in the middle game. I thought Nakamura would find a way to hang on in the endgame, but Topalov had it all figured out. This is a pretty big with for him these days. I thought Topa was pretty much irrelevant in 2019.

He and Shirov were my two favorite players in the late 90s and early 2000s. In an era plagued by the notorious Grandmaster Draw, these two brought tactical, risky, uncompromising, interesting chess back to the main stage. Topalov even used to play the Modern Benoni.

Glad to see him win one here.

Nov-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: 28... Rg4 is decisive on the spot, just a one move tactic:


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Nov-10-19  Carrots and Pizza: <WorstPlayerEver: 28... Rg4 is decisive on the spot, just a one move tactic:>

Although the computer suggests this move, it's hard to see how it's any more decisive than what Topalov played. 28...Bc8 and Black still has a major advantage.

I guess 28...Rg4 wins a pawn rather straight away, but it sort of leaves the Rook placed awkwardly on e4. I can see how a human would rather play in a different style.

Nov-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: <Carrots and Pizza>

'..but it sort of leaves the Rook placed awkwardly on e4..' Nimzowitsch and Euwe would call Re4 an 'outpost' though. 'Awkardness' is reserved for the Knight at b2.

28... Rg4 29. Rf2 Rxe4 30. Qd2 Rf4


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Now White is in Zugzwang, 31. Nxd4 cxd4 and White might as well resign:


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32. Rxf4 exf4


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Both pawns are posioned, because of 33. QxP Qe2 while White cannot even stop f4-f3, all because of White's awkard Knight at b2.

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