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Veselin Topalov vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Oct-23
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tamar: Yet another Zvjag game where desperation seemed to play a part in propelling him into creative ways to avoid defeat.

Topalov was completely winning after 26 g6! and had a nice finish waiting with 32 Ng5! bxc2+ 33 Ka1 Rb7 34 gf7+ Kf8 35 Rb3!! axb3 36 Qe6 and mate with Nh7 next.

There were still wins, but Topalov lost his balance after the clever 39...Qd1! and couldn't find a win against a spectacular King march across the center of the board.

Dec-06-06  Whitehat1963: Yet another exciting and remarkable game from these two! Beautiful!
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  plang: By delaying development of the King knight Black is looking to transpose into the Scheveningen without allowing the Keres attack. What arises is sort of a hybrid Scheveningen - Taimanov. A few months earlier in the Russian Championship Zvjagincev had played 7..Bd7?! against Emelin and had been routed. Although he repeated it here he switched a few rounds later to 7..Nge7 and drew comfortably against Svidler. Zvjagincev thought that 23 g6 would have been a stronger way to carry out the attack than Topalov's 23 f6?!. 26..Rc4? was a blunder leaving d5 undefended; Zvjagincev recommended 26..Qc6 27 Qd3..a4 28 Nd2..Rb5 with a good game. 29..gxh 30 Rg1..Rxc2 31 Qxg5 would have been winning for White. 35 Rh1! would have probably led to a win but doesn't work two moves later: 37 Rh1?..Qxh1 38 Ng6+..Ke8 (..38 Kf6? 39 Qxe5+) 39 Qg8+..Kd7 and if 40 Qxg7+ (40 Qd3+ draws)..Kc6 41 Qxc7..Kxc7 42 Rxh1..Rd8! and wins. The natural looking 39,,Rd8? would have lost to 40 Rxg1..Rxd2 41 Rxg7+ mating. Voted the 8th best game in Informant 74.

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