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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Veselin Topalov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 9, Feb-28
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-29-04  Lasker: why draw black has extra bishop
Feb-29-04  badbadLeroyBrown: White's extra pawns are stronger in this position than blacks bishop. Topalov should've gone for the win imo.
Mar-03-04  731: I've heard that 14.Nxb5 forces a draw according to opening theory.
Nov-20-21
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  plang: The sacrifice 13 Nxb5!? had been played in Kuzmin-Malakhatko Alushta 1999 (White won) and then reintroduced in Karjakin-McShane Pamplona 2003 (Black won) at which point it became fashionable to play. Karjakin had played 16 0-0; 16 Qg4 was new. Black had to avoid 32..Rab8 33 c4..Rc7 34 Rc6..Rxc6 35 bxc...Rxb4 36 c5! and wins.

After an interesting middlegame the players agreed to a draw.

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