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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko
Morelia-Linares (2007), Morelia MEX, rd 3, Feb-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-20-07  MrPatzer: The world's number one player so far fails to impress in this tournament.
Feb-20-07  Phoenix: Anand also had zero trouble against QID-slayer Topalov, so perhaps he's used this variation once too often.
Feb-20-07  Cheetah: <The world's number one player so far fails to impress in this tournament.>

Yes he hasn't won in 3 games. He must be finished, career over. Time to quit Topalov.

C'mon, they have only played 3 games.And he's playing the best players in the world. Results over time are the truest measure of a player's strength and consistency. In this respect Kasparov rules over everyone. Right now, Topa has been the best the last 2 years. Yet, he gets written off by many after a slow start in a torunament. Bizarre. Its as if people lack any sense of perspective whatsoever.

Feb-20-07  iron maiden: Where are people writing him off? All I see is a post claiming that he hasn't impressed in the three games so far, which I would definitely agree with. There is a big difference between that and saying, "Topalov is done."
Feb-20-07  Confuse: leko really goes all out here. even with opposite colored bishops and equal pawns, he refuses the draw for some number of moves. I wonder if topalov is disliked? : (
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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting. Black seemed to have no big troubles here. This time it can be quite comforting news even for some hard core Topalov's fans around here.:-)
Feb-20-07  Shark82: The final position is a good example of what computers don't understand. My Fritz8 gives it . He just can't see black can play Bb8-c7-b8 etc...
Feb-21-07  Confuse: I think I was lost, I thought topalov was playing black. haha now everything is clear : )
Feb-21-07  costachess: What about 39.c7 ??
Feb-21-07  Shark82: <costachess> The most simple (and strongest) line after 39. c7 is Bxc7 40. Kc6 Bb8 41. Kb7 Bd6 42. Kxa7 Bc5=

Feb-21-07  Fisheremon: <costachess: What about 39.c7 ??> Interesting idea, but not sufficient for a win. White missed his chance on 19th move: 19.Ba3!?

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