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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Veselin Topalov
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 8, May-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-21-09  just a kid: 42.Kc3 Qa5+ 43.b4 <43.Qb4?? Bd4+> 43... Qa3+ 44. Kc2 Qa2+ etc.
May-21-09  waustad: How is it a perpetual after Kc3?
May-21-09  Wild Bill: <42.Kc3 Qa5+ 43.b4 Qa4+ 44.Kc2> etc.
May-21-09  benjinathan: No, maybe Kc3 wins for white. b4 doesn't do it for black and Qa5 puts the king in safe spot, Kb2
May-21-09  virginmind: Dominguez - Topalov

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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. = (0.00): 42.Kc3 a5 43.Qxf2 b4+ 44.Kd4 Qc2 45.h7+ Kxh7 46.Ke3 Qc5+ 47.Rd4 Qc1+ 48.Rd2 Qc5+ 49.Rd4


May-21-09  benjinathan: <Wild Bill>: <<42.Kc3 Qa5+ 43.b4 Qa4+ 44.Kc2> etc.>


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  alexmagnus: Kc3 is still draw for comps. The king finds no rest
May-21-09  just a kid: Well.I'm embarrased by my horrible analysis.=(
May-21-09  outplayer: 42.Kc3! Qxe2 43.Rhh1 Be3 44.Qb4 Bxh6 45.Qxd6
May-21-09  bernieno: After Kc3, Topalov's best move is the "quiet" ...a5. Secures him a draw acording to Shredder, but it runs very slow today so i don't know how much i should trust it.
May-21-09  crafty: 42. ♔c3 a5 43. ♗xb5 ♗c5 44. ♖c1 ♗b4+ 45. ♕xb4   (eval 0.68; depth 15 ply; 250M nodes)
May-21-09  waustad: The other two games are already drawn. This could be a peaceful day if they repeat.
May-21-09  benjinathan: just a kid: <benjinathan 43.Kb2?> What about 43...b4?


May-21-09  Aniara: I can't see the Cuban losing after Kc3, so from a pragmatic point of view it seems to be worth a try.
May-21-09  badest: Wouldn't Bc5 ... and b4 be on the nasty side for the black K?
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  Sneaky: Is there a reason why crafty says 41.Kc3 a5 instead of 41.Kc3 Qxe2? Why pass up a free piece? I guess ...a5 weaves some sort of mating net.
May-21-09  just a kid: <sneaky>I think it is because Qxe2 loses the initative and allows White to attack the Black king.Plus Black would still be at a material disadvantage.
May-21-09  virginmind: fritz maintains that 0.00 line even at 24 ply - dominguez has enough time to calculate it gives a draw too, so he better take the quick perpetual and rest for tommorow
May-21-09  outplayer: 42.Kc3! a5 43.Qxf2!
May-21-09  just a kid: Draw!
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May-21-09  Eyal: <outplayer: 42.Kc3! a5 43.Qxf2!> 43...b4+ 44.Kd4 Qc2! 45.Ke3 (only way to avoid mate) Qc5+ 46.Rd4 Qc1+ 47.Rd2 Qc5+ 1/2
May-21-09  Eyal: After 42.Kc3 a5 White has to do something about the threat of b4+; besides 43.Qxf2 he can try 43.Bxb5, but then after 43...Bc5! he can avoid a perpetual on b4/c5 only by giving up the queen for the bishop.
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  WinKing: Nice job by Topalov of boxing in white's king. No way to escape perpetual.

44. Kc3 a5 45. Qxf2 b4+ 46. Kd4 Qc2 47. h7+ Kxh7 48. Ke3 Qc5+ 49. Rd4 Qc1+ 50. Rd2 Qc5+ 51. Rd4 Qc1+ 52. Rd2 Qc5+

May-23-09  Chlipchlop: It looks more to me that Dominguez-Perez blundered.
After 25. Bb6 (how did Topalov allow that ?) Topalov chances were poor from my point of view, even if his play looks confortable.
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