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Veselin Topalov vs Teimour Radjabov
World Rapid Championship (2012) (rapid), Astana KAZ, rd 7, Jul-07
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation (E94)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-12  LoveThatJoker: What an exquisite finish from GM Topalov! I'm happy that thus far, he is playing well in this tournament!


Jul-07-12  checkmateyourmove: please tell me this is a sign that topa has waken up!
Jul-07-12  rilkefan: My first thought at move 34, ...Re6, is -1 per stockfish (depth 23, 0.4 Gnodes). The idea is to hold up g6 after fxg7 (if g6 immediately just ...Rxf6). Amusingly, stockfish fails to find this move on its own at a greater depth. Stockfish is looking at 35.fxg7 c5 36.Nb1 Qa8 or 36.Nd5 Nd4 37.Nf4 Be2 (or ...Ree8) or 36.Kh2.

... Now getting more like -0.6 for the second line after going forward.

Jul-07-12  rilkefan: ... and back to over a pawn advantage (-1.25) to black after I redirect it from 36.Nd5 Nd4 37.Nf4 Ree8 to ...Be2.

Clearly this is a very difficult to evaluate position.

Jul-07-12  Alex56171: Since we are in the underpromotion week,
by Fritz: 40. f8=N also wins... and quickier (5 vs 10 moves). Amazing!
Jul-08-12  Eyal: An immediate 36.gxf7+ Kxf7 37.Qg6+ Ke7 38.Qh7+ runs into 38...Bf7; After 36.Nd5! Bxd5? 37.exd5 this sequence would be winning, had Black played 38...Kxf7. 37...cxd5 (instead of Qb2) runs into 38.gxf7+ Kxf7 39.Bc3!! e.g. 39...Bxc3 40.Qg6+ Ke7 41.Qh7+ Ke6 42.Rg6+ Ke5 43.Rg5+ Ke6 44.Qf5+ Ke7 45.Re1+! Bxe1 46.Rg7#. After 36...cxd5! (instead of Bxd5) White doesn't seem to have more than a draw, because the e6 square is available to the king and White doesn't have time for 37.cxd5 as in the game: so 37.gxf7+ Kxf7 38.Qg6+ Ke7 39.Qh7+ Ke6 40.Qf5+ and perpetual check.

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