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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko
Morelia-Linares (2008), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-06
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Mar-06-08  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL: Funny how Topalov beats Leko, Leko beats Carlsen and Carsen beats Topalov.> Call it a zero-sum situation. :D
Mar-06-08  panzerkampf: even i can win this position by white
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  chancho: The dancing rook with Topa's face will show up soon.
Mar-06-08  percyblakeney: Topalov has played rather well in this Linares, a couple of the traditional blunders keeps him at +1, but that's no disaster in such a strong tournament.
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  fm avari viraf: Time to sign the score-sheet.
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  chancho: 1-0 official.
Mar-06-08  Open Defence: One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock,
Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, rook,
Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock, rook,
We're gonna rook around Leko tonight.

Put your Knight on e5 and Rook on a1,
We'll have some fun when the clock strikes one,
We're gonna rook around Leko tonight,
We're gonna rook, rook, rook, 'til broad daylight.
We're gonna rook, gonna rook, around the Leko tonight.

Mar-06-08  whiteshark: It's back to the drawing board.
Mar-06-08  ajile: What's the move order now to win?
Mar-06-08  Open Defence: what do the comps say +7 or something ?
Mar-06-08  muharrem: it was going to be d7 and then Rc8
Mar-06-08  Jack Kerouac: Argghh! That's a scary sight!
Mar-06-08  MorganV2851: topalov head on dancing rook!
Mar-06-08  duchamp64: Threat if Rc8. If Ke8 d7+ Kxe7 Rc8.
Mar-06-08  panzerkampf: i think d7, followed by Rc8 wins
Mar-06-08  theodor: 49.D7
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  chancho: 48...Ke6 49.d7 Kxe7 50.Rc8 wins
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  tpstar: We are the Leko girls, we are the Leko girls/You are the Leko boys, you are the Leko boys

Don't ask why, don't be shy/Touch my Pawn, this is life!

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  fm avari viraf: It was an effortless win for Topa & thank you guys for the lovely comments!
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  chancho: <Open Defense> lol great lyrics.
Mar-06-08  Nightranger: <One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock,>

Now that's funny!

And very creative.

Mar-06-08  Whitehat1963: Topalov's on a four-game winning streak in classical games against Leko.
Mar-06-08  Whitehat1963: Make that a six-game win streak.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <panzerkampf: what happens if [43. … ] Rxd4?>

The suggested move would have brought about the following position:

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White can now force mate by a tactical motif with which it is well worth being familiar:

44.Raa7 (threatens mate in two) 44. … Rfd8 (gives the King a flight square, but only extends the mate by one move; 44. ... Rxf6 is no better because it allows a back-rank mate starting with either 45. Ra8+ or 45. Re8+) 45.Rxh7+ Kg8 46.Rag7+ Kf8 47.Rh8#.

Mar-07-08  acirce: Powerful game by Topalov. This is an interesting version of the Marshall, btw, that has only recently started to be taken up by top players (Bacrot, Aronian, now Lékó) but I wonder if it can really be as good as the real thing. It does have to be taken seriously though for sure.
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