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Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 6, Feb-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  0-1



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  plang: Kasparov and Topalov are both so aggressive in the opening. 6..Bf5 7 Qb3..Nc6 is a known gambit that leads to obscure complications after 8 Qb7..Nb4. Topalov's 8 g4 was a new hyperagrresive try that quickly got him into trouble. 12..a5 is a nice move, far from obvious, that creates all sort of problems for Topalov. 19 dc would have one a pawn but at the cost of ceding the d file to black as well as stranding the N on e7. If 24 Rc2..Rfe8 25 Nc6..Nc6 26 dc..Bf5 27 Rd2..a3 28 ba..c3 is powerful for black. Topalov lost on time but in a losing position.
May-13-08  component: What a game, and only one kibitz?!
May-14-08  0817: I do not understand what is wrong with 12.Ne2
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  Bishoprick: Can anyone tell me why 8.g4 instead of Qxb7?
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  pawn to QB4: There are 10 games with 8.Qxb7 in our database. From Topalov's POV the results aren't encouraging: 9 draws and a win for Black. The reply's 8...Nb4, which for the likes of me promises an exciting chaotic game, but these guys probably knew those complications are all burned out. So 8.g4!? and Kasparov can take with the knight, getting the g pawn for his own more important d pawn, or he can take with the bishop. I suppose then 9.Qxb7 Nb4, maybe 10.Rc1 is now stronger than it was because ...Nc2 checks aren't supported by the bishop now it's moved from f5? Anyway, 8.g4 looks fun to me, might risk that sort of thing in a blitz game.
Jun-22-19  Alibaba2007: c7 Rac2 41. Re8 Rc4+ 42. Ke5 Rfc2

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