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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Veselin Topalov
Linares (2005), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  0-1



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Mar-09-05  FLCLlove: Not as fun on time but it looked like Topalov was in a winning position anyway...
Mar-09-05  Andrey: Well folks it looks like tomorrows game will be a good one, i hope Topalov doesn't push too hard and looses tomorrow which would make anand #2, Topalov deserves to be #2.
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  offramp: It's over; 0-1. On time or resigns?
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  Gypsy: 36...Rc4 37.Bxc4 Nxc4+ 38.Kf2 Nxd2 39.Ke1 Bxg2 ... was interesting.
Mar-09-05  azaris: I always hear that today's GMs are very good at defending but at least in time trouble even top 20 players get railroaded like this.
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  Annie K.: I don't think poor Vallejo had time to resign. Interesting game, anyway, and that gets me 2/3 for today too. ;)
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  cu8sfan: I see we have switched again and there even is a dancing rook. Thanks, <> for bringing all the games of Linares to us!
Mar-09-05  flamboyant: nice win, the last topalov-kasparov will be really great!!
Mar-09-05  bobbyboomer: Thank you <> for bringing all 3 games to us today!!
Mar-09-05  Runemaster: Thanks,
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  offramp: 38...Bb5 39.Ra5 Rcxc2 40.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 41.Kg1 Rb2 black is a piece up.
Mar-09-05  Per: Maybe Vallejo can be the next FIDE-World Champion..?!
Mar-09-05  kvcs: z1756we09mr05: A3CP [hint] says: 36 [nc2] Rb2
Mar-09-05  crafty: 39. ♖a3 ♖cxc2 40. ♖xc2 ♖xc2+ 41. ♔g1 ♘d3   (eval -6.16; depth 14 ply; 150M nodes)
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Mar-09-05  hintza: Thanks <>! Should be a good game tomorrow if Topalov really goes for it, which he clearly should and almost definately will.
Mar-09-05  kvcs: z1759we09mr05: A3CP [180-secs] says: 36 [Nc2] Rb2 37 Ra4 Kf6 38 h4 Ra2 39 a2 Nc4+ 40 Kf2 Nd2 41 hg+ hg 42 Ne3 Ne4 43 Kf1 Rb1+ 44 Ke2
Mar-09-05  kvcs: z1805we09mr05: A3CP [210-secs] says: 37 [Ra4] Rc7 38 Ne1 Rc3+ 39 Kd4 Rc4+ 40 Bc4 Rd2+ 41 Kc3 Nc4 42 Rc4 Rd1 43 Rc7+ Kd6 44 Rf7
Mar-09-05  Mameluk: I canĀ“t even go to dinner not to miss everything. Topalov keeps on surprising me.
Mar-09-05  kvcs: kvcs: z1815we09mr05: A3CP [hint] says: Bb5
Mar-09-05  kvcs: kvcs: z1820we09mr05: A3CP [210-secs] says: 38 [Kf2] Bb5 Ra5 R7c2 40 Rc2 Rc2+ 41 Kg1 Rb2 42 Ra3 Bd3 43 Ra7+ Kf6
Mar-09-05  cade: Vallejo offered a draw after his 16th move. As if Topalov would accept that against such an inferior player.
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  Gypsy: I am not sure whether Black won in this game more as a result of excellent technical play by Topalov or poor positional judgements by Vallejo. It may be a tie between the two.

But rather than rag on Vallejo, I will just say that Topalov's two rook-transfer maneuvers -- first, to the c-file; second, behind the a/b-pawns -- impressed me greatly.

Nov-01-07  RandomVisitor: Neil McDonald in "The Art of Planning in Chess" praises 30...Rb8 and claims that the improvement 31.Nc2 would be met by the "formidable reply" 31...Bc4. But after 32.Ba4 axb4 33.b3 Rc7 34.Nd4 Ba6 35.Rc2 white is doing ok.
Nov-01-07  RandomVisitor: After 14...a6

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1. (0.12): 15.Rac1 0-0 16.Rhd1 b5 17.Bd3 Ra7 18.a4 bxa4 19.Nxa4 Bb7 20.Nc5 Bc6 21.Ne4 Rb7 22.Rd2 Bb4 23.Rdc2 f5 24.Ned2

2. (0.12): 15.Rhd1 b5 16.Bd3 0-0 17.Rac1 Ra7 18.a4 bxa4 19.Nxa4 Bb7 20.Nc5 Bc6 21.Ne4 Rb7 22.Rd2 Bb4 23.Rdc2 f5 24.Ned2

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