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Veselin Topalov vs Evgeny Bareev
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-03  Sarimanok: 12...Bc5 is a better alternative. While 30.Bd4 Qxh4 31.Bxg7 could have been more interesting.
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  tpstar: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. g4 <The enterprising way to play the Advance Variation> Bg6 6. Nge2 < 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8. Nge2 Nd7 T Palmer vs R Present, 1986 > Ne7 7. f4 <More common is 7. Nf4 Opening Explorer > <[last book move]<>> c5 <7 ... h5 8. f5 ef 9. g5 Na6 10. Nf4 Shabalov vs J Times, 2001 ; 7 ... Na6 8. Ng3 Nb4 9. f5 ef 10. a3 E Berg vs T Hansen, 2001 > 8. h4 <8. Ng3 cd 9. Nb5 Nec6 10. f5 Bc5 11. Nd6+ Anand vs Karpov, 2003 > h5 9. f5 <A gambit blocking out the Bg6> exf5 10. g5 Nec6 11. Bg2 cxd4 12. Nxd5 Nd7 13. Nxd4 Ndxe5 14. Nb5 Rc8 15. Qe2 <Pins the Ne5 while preparing 0-0-0> Bd6 16. Nxd6+ Qxd6 17. Bf4 <White has a strong Nd5 plus the Two Bishops for the Pawn> 0-0 18. 0-0-0 Qc5 <White threatened 19. Nf6+ & 20. Rxd6> 19. Rh3 <[19. b4 Nxb4 20. Nxb4 Qxb4 21. Bxe5 =]<>> <If 19. b4 Qc4?! 20. Qxc4 Nxc4 21. b5 & 22. Ne7+ wins the exchange, but not 19. Bxe5 Nxe5 20. Qxe5? Qxc2#> Rfe8 20. Rc3 Qa5 21. Ra3 Qc5 22. Re3 Nd4 <[22 ... Re6 ]<>> 23. Rxd4! <White wins two pieces for a Rook> Qxd4 24. Rxe5 Kh7 25. Qd1 <[25. Rxe8!? Rxe8 26. Qf1 ]<>> Qf2 26. Bf3 Rxe5 <26 ... Qxh4 might hold longer, but Black wants to counterattack c2> 27. Bxe5 f4 28. Bc3 Rd8 29. b3 <29. Nf6+?! gxf6 30. Qxd8? Qxc2#> Kh8? <[29 ... b5 30. Be1 Qc5 31. Bb4 ]<>> 30. Be1 <[30. Bd4 ]<>> <The idea being 30. Bd4 Qxh4 31. Bxg7+! Kxg7 32. Qd4+ Kg8/Kh7 (32 ... Kf8 33. Qh8#) 33. Nf6+ is decisive> Qc5 31. Kb2 Bf5 32. c4 b5 33. Bb4 Qf2+ 34. Qe2 Qxe2+ 35. Bxe2 <With Queens off, White has a technical win> bxc4 36. bxc4 Bg4 37. Bd3 f3 38. Kc3 Be6 39. Ne3 Bh3 40. Nd1 1-0 <White blockades the Pf3, then the passed c Pawn wins quickly>.

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Jun-07-08  Alphastar: I think black is more than OK after 9. ..hxg4!? 10. fxg6 Nxg6.
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  plang: Game 4 of their 4 game semi-final match in the Candidates tournament; Topalov's win tied the match which he then went on to win in the quick-play playoff. The Advanced Caro-Kann offers both players a lot of scope for both creativity and aggression - there are a lot of unplayed ideas. Already 7..c5 was a new move; 7..h5 and 7..Na6 had been played previously. Topalov's 8 h4 has not been repeated.

<Alphastar: I think black is more than OK after 9. ..hxg4!? 10. fxg6 Nxg6.> Karpov in his book on this variation discussed this promising piece sacrifice.

12..Bc5 was suggested as an alternative. Bologan did extensive analysis on 14 Bf4!? which is quite dangerous for Black. Karpov thought that Bareev would have had the advantage after 19..Ng4!?: ie. 20 Bd6..Nd4! 21 Ne7+..Kh7 22 Rxd4..Qxd4 23 Nxc8..Rxc8 24 Rd3..Qg1+ 25 Rd1..Qe3+ 26 Rd2..f4. Black lost on time but has little chance of saving the game.

People are critical of the lack of risks taken in championship matches should look at this match. Games 1, 2 and 4 were very complicated double-edged struggles.

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