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Veselin Topalov vs Boris Gelfand
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-07
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack Bishop Hunt (B12)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-16  Saniyat24: This is dangerous line for black, it fiddles around in the opening too much, and all it gains is a good defensive structure on the Queen side. A tactical White player can always maneuver his attacking pieces to attack the soft spots of Black, while repelling any counter-attack from Black. What happens if Black sacrifices it's Queen side bishop early?
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  plang: <Saniyat24: This is dangerous line for black,> This is a very sharp, uncompromising line; dangerous for both players.

11 Bd3 had been played in Nataf-Neilson Esbjerg 2001 (Black won); 11 Bb5 was new and is now the most popular move. 19 f4..Be7! 20 Bd2..Nh6 21 Rc1..Be4 would have been very strong for Black. Black was doing well in the complications until 27..Be7? giving up the d-pawn without a fight; better would have been 27..Rd8 28 Bxd2..Nxf6 29 exf..Rhd3 30 Bxb4..Rxd1 31 g5..R1d5 32 g6..Ef5 when Black is at worst equal. Gelfand wasn't critical of 31..Rxg4? but it leads to a powerful White attack; 31..Nd5 was best when Black would have still been OK. 33..Kb8 34 Be7 would have been decisive for White. 36..Kb4 would have been a tougher defense; eg. 37 Ra4+..Kb5 38 Rxg4..Nxe7 39 b4..Rxh5 40 a4+..Kb6 when White still have had work to do.

True to form Topalov took enormous risks in this game and was rewarded in the end; both players deserve credit for an outstanding fighting game.

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  perfidious: In the 1980s, I used to play into this morass with both colours; now, long inactive and heading towards my dotage, I ask myself how I could ever have got into such a fine mess!

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