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Veselin Topalov vs Robert Huebner
Hoogovens Group A (1996), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-28-06  Ashram64: I'm suprised no one is kibitzing on this one of the famous game .. Topalov single handed defeat the 8...Bd6 line of Palsen.
Oct-18-07  herrahuu: I am not sure about that single handedness. Jan Timman offers 21..d4! - as an alternative for 21..♕a5?? with which black seems to stumble in to the night. Move on d4 is a nice quiet move which may offer black some counterplay after the dust has settled. Also this leaves blacks queen on defense. Of course it is nice sometime to stir the balance in the game board but as there is nothing happening on the queen side of the white's board this seems more like mad genius then genius.

My chessmaster offers following line after 16 minutes of thinking:

22.♘h5+ ♔g8 (forks queen and pawn at a2) 23.♘f6+ ♘xf6 24.exf6 ♗d5 (pins pawn at g2) 25.h4 ♖c8 26.h5 ♕d6 27.♔g1 (frees pawn at g2 from the pin) h6 28.♕g4 ♗e6 29.♖xe6 ♕xe6 30.♕xe6 fxe6 31.♗xg6 -

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White wins a queen, a bishop, and two knights for a queen, a rook, and a knight. Material with traditional point values is 14-15.

White's pawn structure is somewhat stronger. There is pressure on black's king and nothing on white's king.

White controls 10 squares in black's territory, black controls 5 squares in white's territory.

On following lines white penetrates black's territory and tries to increase the pressure on blacks king. There is lot of counterplay though, black may try disrupting white's pawns, apply pressure on white's king and in some line maybe even exchange rook for bishop - in open endgame the actual value for the two maybe quite equal. Especially as blacks another rook is not on open rank or file.

Dec-02-08  euripides: If Black wants to turn the material down, is there anything wrong with 10...Bxe3+ ?
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  whiteshark: <euripides> 10...Bxe3+ 11.Nxe3 Qb6 12.Qc1 d6 13.Kh1 0-0 14.Nc4 Qc7 looks playable.
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  tamar: <My opponent had probably overlooked that after 28...Be4 29 Ng2 checks Black's king! Now he is absolutely lost.>

Topalov in New in Chess #2 1996

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