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Vugar Gashimov vs Veselin Topalov
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 6, Oct-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Fianchetto Defense (B14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Topalov's experimenting with my beloved Caro-Kann again, but it feels like he was struggling for the entire game. Never was much of a 5...g6 fan vs. the Panov-Botvinnik, and games like this are why.
Oct-26-10  rapidcitychess: Good Evening: Veselin played horridly with that 6...e6 Why he is experimenting with the Caro-Kann, the world may never know. That really doesn't fit his usual sharp style.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <rapidcitychess>, I agree with your opinion of 6...e6, however, Topalov has normally done well with the Caro-Kann. Every few years, he will play it a lot and then suddenly stop. My theory is that he wants to give his opponents something else to consider when preparing for him.
Oct-27-10  Hesam7: White could have obtained a winning advantage with 22. Nxe6 Bxe6 23. Rxe6 Ng4 24. Bc3 (defending the d4-pawn) 24. ... Qh4 25. Qg3 (defending against ... Qh2+) 25. ... Qxg3 26. fxg3:

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Material is equal but Black's horrific pawn structure (the Q-side pawns are weak as well!), White's bishop pair and his more active rooks will guarantee his victory.

Nov-06-10  ReikiMaster: After 19...gxh5 white's opening can be declared a success. 22.Nxe6 looks better but after Bxe6 23.Rxe6 Ne4 no immediate victory is in sight. 24.Nxe6 still looks better for white.

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