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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Svidler
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-25
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-12-05  kcb: IMO,White sould have played 36.Qg6 with real chances to win.And why not 38.Qg6?
Aug-31-05  hippatxu: Seems to me white has time problems near the 40.
Jun-12-06  kcb: Kaspy was then very disappointed by Topa's lack of consistency in this game.
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  plang: A very sharp line is 8..b5!? and 9..b4. Played in round 4; later on in the tournament Shirov played 9..Nd7 against Topalov and won a brilliant opposite-colored Bishop endgame. Also later in the tournament Topalov played 12 dxc against Kasparov in a game that ended in a short draw. Svidler was critical of the new move 13..h6?! recommending 13..Qc7 instead. After 14..b6? Black is already close to lost; perhaps 14..a6 or 14..g5 are improvements. 18 a4! led to a powerful position for White; none of the annotaters mentioned 18 Qa4 which looks promising as well. 20 Qxd4 would have been even stronger. 23..Bc8 would not have worked due to 24 Rxd6..Qxd6 25 Bg3. Topalov's marvelously creative attack should have won but instead of 36 Qg6 followed by pushing the h pawn which would have won easily he blundered with 36 Re1? Even after this mistake Topalov could still have won with 39 Qg4 so that 39..Kf7 could have been answered by 40 Rd1. Missing this Topalov settled for the perpetual.

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