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Matthew Sadler vs Veselin Topalov
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Oct-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-11-05  BabyJ: Strange game...Playing the Snake
against Sadly, Top - that really
takes a lot of moxie. You're lucky
Sadly was needlessly worried about
...Qb6+ and ...Ng4 on move 15, and
played 15 h3, rather than 15 f4!
when your bishop doesn't get away.
Oct-15-05  Anastasia: wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong
Oct-16-05  GBKnight: OK but 15 f4 Qb6+ 16Kh1 Bxc3 17Nxc3 Bf5 seems to leave black a slight edge. Black controls important squares on the e-file and it is not so easy for white. Black meanwhile will play Nd7 and possibly double rooks on the e-file , or play Rc8
Apr-24-09  WhiteRook48: Sadler calls 14. b5 good, although he thought it felt unnatural to occupy b5 with a pawn. After 16...Bf6 Sadler wanted to play 17. g4, thinking about what Topalov could do. Something in his brain shouted at him, "<You idiot>!" 17. g4? Rxe2!! 18. Qxe2 (18 Nxe2 Bxa1) 18...Bxc3
so he played 17 Ra2 first.
21. Kh2?! is a bit crazy. 21 f5 is better
Apr-28-09  WhiteRook48: the reason that Sadler thought it was unnatural to occupy b5 with a pawn because it looked like such a good square for the c3-Knight

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