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Peter Svidler vs Veselin Topalov
Elista Olympiad (1998), Elista RUS, rd 7, Oct-05
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack (B81)  ·  0-1

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Jun-17-06  Topzilla: Free horse with no compensation, black is obviously better, to make Topalov win in 22 moves.

Jun-17-06  SniperOnG7: I find it funny how Svidler dared to give up a knight in the opening. This was definitely not home preparation, eh? And if it was indeed not, then why did he do it (seemed pretty obvious that it was dubious) and why didn't he had some planned moves?
Jun-17-06  euripides: I don't know which game was played first, but maybe 11...g6 is Topalov's improvement on his own 11...Nc6 in Shirov vs Topalov, 1998, where White sacrificed material for greater activity in the endgame.
Jun-17-06  euripides: It makes a big difference playing h5 before g6 in this line: for the immediate g6 (with Be2 and Nc6 interpolated) see Topalov vs Kasparov, 1994
Dec-09-06  stanleys: Could u guess what Topa initially played on move 18? He took his own queen with the knight e5 :)
Nov-10-07  OJC: < stanleys: Could u guess what Topa initially played on move 18? He took his own queen with the knight e5 :) >

stanleys: Topalov confirms your story in his book on the 2006 WCC match with Kramnik. He was convinced Svidler would exchange queens so he automatically captured the queen on f3; unfortunately it was his own. It's amazing what one's hand can do when his brain is not paying attention. :)

As an aside, it's lucky that Topalov (presumably) touched the queen first in his attempted capture since all possible knight moves are ? or worse, whereas Qc6 is best.

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