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Veselin Topalov vs Hikaru Nakamura
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 9, Mar-22
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-11  checkmateyourmove: i can watch topa vs. naka all day long . Both games were very fun for entertainment value.
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  Domdaniel: 12...a6 seems a bit dubious, as the Black Queen loses a lot of time retreating to e7 and then d8 and a5 (both to free the Bf8 and try to guard c7). Instead, 12...Bb4 gets the Bishop out before the Queen has to retreat.

But any game between two such resourceful tacticians is a treat. Doubly so in a French.

Mar-22-11  parmetd: the french is not what we want to see them play. The interesting thing is they both were still clearly in preparation after 16. Nxb5 so I wonder where Naka's prep ended.
Mar-22-11  Kinghunt: Looking back over the game without access to the time spent per move, all I can say is that Nakamura's 22...f6 looks suspect. His whole position crumbles in 5 moves because of how weakening that move was of e and f pawns.
Mar-23-11  parmetd: This game won the game of the day prize for round 9.

14. Ba4 is the N it was prepared some time ago as an improvement over his 2nd's game I Cheparinov vs Vallejo-Pons:I Cheparinov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2008, 2008 but Topalov said he was quickly out of book (move 20 which is also where he took his first think on Kh1) as he was not expecting this line and did not review his concrete analysis. According to Topalov, the losing move was 14... b5?? (the?s was Topalov's not mine).

He thought 20 Rb1 might also be good but he didn't like Qxd4 and thought white might almost be losing here.

He thought after Kh1 black's whole setup was dubious and probably lost because of the a2 pawn. He said this line was previously and should again be considered dubious.

Topalov thought 22. f6 was fine.

Topalov had an interesting comment that on the normal move 14. Bxd7+ Bxd7 15. Rxb7 (a position that had icc GM commentators Joel Benjamin and Ronen stumped as preferable for white) that black should equalize with Qh4+ 16. g3 Qd8

Mar-24-11  Rook e2: Again a 1. e4 game is the most beautifull to watch.
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  Penguincw: Nice game by Topalov.
Mar-31-11  donehung: Where was this precision against Anand in Sofia Topa?
May-30-11  Big Pawn: It's great to see top level players playing the French. I couldn't ask for anything better.

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