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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 4, Oct-26
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: 12 Nb1 had been introduced by Ivanchuk in his draw with Van Wely at Wijk-Aan-Zee 1996. It may have caught Topalov by surprise; he spent almost an hour to come up with 15..dxe! which improved on Van Wely's 15..Qa5. Anand felt he could have kept a small advantage with 20 Bg2!..Bxc2 21 Bc6+..Nd7 22 Nxc2..hxg 23 fxg..Rc8 24 Rxd7..Qxd7 25 Bxd7+..Kxd7 26 Nd2 but after his 20 Ne6?!..fxe! Topalov had the better chances. 20..Bxc2? 21 Rxd8!+..Rxd8 22 Nc7+..Ka7 23 Bxc5+ would have lost quickly for Black. Anand was able to get enough play with his pieces to hold the draw.

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