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Veselin Topalov vs Vugar Gashimov
Linares (2010), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-14
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-10  Marmot PFL: I would think the rook ending draws with best play, but white has good practical chances. Probably more mistakes occur on move 40 than any other move by a wide margin.
Feb-15-10  znsprdx: this was an ugly win - totally absurd - simply 22.... Bxe5 and white has nothing (and as omany have shown lots of other drawing chances) but it does reveal that Topalov has that Fischer-like determination to win by making something out of nothing...which is pretty scary
Feb-15-10  patzer2: In the final position, White has several winning lines. A couple of amusing possibilities explored with Fritz 10 (after the expected 48...Kg4) are:

<48. Qd5+>

48...Kg4 49. f3+ (much easier I suppose is 49. Qd1+ Kf5 50. Rxh5+ Qxh5 51. Qxh5+ Ke6 52. Qe5+ Kd7 when play could continue 53. Kg3!? Rxe5 54. fxe5 Ke6 55. Kf4 Kd5 56. Kf5 ) 49... exf3+ 50. Qxf3+ Kf5 51. Qd5+ Kg4 52. Qd1+ Kf5 53. Qc2+ Re4 54. Qc5+ Kg4 55. Rg6+ fxg6 56. Qc8+ Re6 57. Qxe6#

Feb-15-10  patzer2: <znsprdx> I agree. Black complicated the game and made his defensive task overly difficult by not playing the simple 22...Bxe5 =.
Feb-15-10  patzer2: Topalov's 42. Rg8! is an instructive winning move, threatening Qf8 followed by Rf5 with a mating attack.
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  Bishoprick: 39. Rd5 was the correct decision. Rh8 leads to nothing, just a tempting delusion.
Feb-15-10  patzer2: <Bishoprick: 39. Rd5 was the correct decision. Rh8 leads to nothing, just a tempting delusion.> Surely you jest! However, if you're serious then how do you defend against 39. Rh8!! as Black? And why risk 40...f4 or 40...Kf7 with complications that might allow a draw?
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  keypusher: <Knight13: This game sucks. I'd bet my college admissions chances on a draw.>

I hope you didn't find any takers.

Feb-15-10  NakoSonorense: If only the devil were real...
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  chancho: <Nako> He is:

Feb-15-10  NakoSonorense: Wait, both god and the devil are Bulgarian?
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  keypusher: LOL! But is well established that God is an Englishman.
Feb-15-10  Eyal: It may not be so easy to see the winning geometry of <39.Rh8!> without a computer, though - after 39...Kg6 White can play 40.h4 with the threat of h5+ Kxh5 Rg8! cutting the black king off the board and mating him with a Qb1-h1 maneuver, or alternatively Qf4 and g4+. If Black tries to prevent that with 40...Rb6 there's the alternative plan of 41.Qg8+ Kh5 42.Rh7, followed by Rg7-Qh7-Rg5+.
Feb-15-10  Ulhumbrus: 19...e5 exposes Black's King to attack. 19...e3 seems better. Perhaps the purpose of 19 Nxe4!! is to avoid permitting the N on e4 to come to c3 after 19 dxe5 eg 19...Nxe5 20 Nxe5 Bxe5 21 Qc1 Nc3
Feb-16-10  shreyaslathi: @ jhoro -- thnks usually no one replies to simple posts !!!!
Feb-16-10  shreyaslathi: isnt it gashimov is voerated thn actually he is
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  Troller: <shreyaslathi: isnt it gashimov is voerated thn actually he is> Say what??!
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  tamar: <Rtoller> Eh si asying htat agshimov si na voerated lpayer.
Feb-16-10  Goofy: It looks to me Rook to G8 on move 38 leads to a win.
Feb-16-10  Goofy: Excuse me that's R-g8 on 39 wins for white.
Feb-17-10  think: <Goofy> 39. Rg8+ Kh7 and now the Queen guards h8-how does White continue?
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  Troller: <atram> Yse I htikn u r rghit. Btu si Hgasmiov reayll voerated?
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  tamar: Uvgar si ont voerated ni ym poinion.
May-11-10  shatranj7: 48...Kg5. 49.f3+! exf3. 50.Qxf3 Kf5. 51.Rxh5+, snaring the queen.
Aug-07-16  mandor: Great concept Ba3!... black is never able to exploit their position.
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