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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Svidler
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 3, Oct-25
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Topalov played 13 d4 converting the position to a Chigorin-type formation (9..Na5 in the Closed RL) because he felt that the pawn on h6 could be a weakness in this type of position. Topalov was considering answering the alternative 17..g6 with the piece sacrifice 18 Bb2..Bg7 19 Ndf5!?..gxf 20 Nxf5 with a dangerous attack. 20 Bd3?! allowed the break 20..d5! and an easy game for Black; 20 Qd2 would have been better. Svidler perhaps should have avoided the weakening 25..g6?!; instead 25..d4 26 Nf5..Red8 would have maintained equal chances. 28 Bb1 forced the Black bishop to c3; the immediate 28 Nxd4?..Nf4 would have been strong for Black. Svidler was concerned about the speed of the White attack after 29..h5 30 f4 so he sacrificed a pawn. The key move was 34 Bf6!; the response 34..d3? would have led to a lost position after 35 Nxc3..bxc 36 e6..Nxe6 37 Bb5!. After 35..d3? Black was in trouble; Topalov recommended 35..a4 36 Nf4..axb 37 axb..d3 although he still though White would have eventually won in this line. 42 Bc1? let Svidler back into the game; better would have been 42 Bb6..Re2+ 43 Kg1. Svidler missed 44..Rc2! which would have let him back into the game; ie. 45 Kh1..d2 46 Rxd2..Rxd2 47 Bxb2..Nxb3. Instead 44..d2? led to a quick loss.
Apr-28-12  MarkFinan: What happened here, surely Black didn't resign??
I see no win for white, and from an engineless patzers eyes, I'd prefer the Black pieces!!
Apr-28-12  eyalbd: The pawn on d2 falls and white remains with two extra pawns and the bishop pair, hopeless for black.
Oct-10-12  siggemannen: 47...Re8 48. Bg5 wins

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