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Default Why won't Topalov play 1.e4 ?

I don't understand why Topalov doesn't play 1.e4 against Kramnik? This
move will be better since it gives him more opportunity to win than d4.
Plus d4 is harder to win against Kramnik with.
Fischer even said that e4 is "best by test."

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Default Why won't Topalov play 1.e4 ?

Probably because he doesn't want to face Kramnik's Berlin Wall . . .

Zero wrote:
I don't understand why Topalov doesn't play 1.e4 against Kramnik? This
move will be better since it gives him more opportunity to win than d4.
Plus d4 is harder to win against Kramnik with.
Fischer even said that e4 is "best by test."


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Default Why won't Topalov play 1.e4 ?

En/na Zero ha escrit:
I don't understand why Topalov doesn't play 1.e4 against Kramnik? This
move will be better since it gives him more opportunity to win than d4.
Plus d4 is harder to win against Kramnik with.
Fischer even said that e4 is "best by test."


Playing Berlin Defence and Petrov Defence there are very hard task to
win for white.

Maybe Topalov prefer to avoid them

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En/na Antonio Torrecillas ha escrit:
Playing Berlin Defence and Petrov Defence there are very hard task to
win for white.


correction ... Playing Berlin Defence and Petrov Defence, white has a
very hard task to win.

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Default Why won't Topalov play 1.e4 ?

In article .com,
"Zero" wrote:

Plus d4 is harder to win against Kramnik with.


Nonsense. Kramnik might defend the Ruy Lopez better than anybody else in
history.

And if he doesn't want to play that, he can play the Petroff, which is
very drawish.

Fischer even said that e4 is "best by test."


Right. So it must be true.


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Default Why won't Topalov play 1.e4 ?

Zero wrote:
I don't understand why Topalov doesn't play 1.e4 against Kramnik? This
move will be better since it gives him more opportunity to win than d4.
Plus d4 is harder to win against Kramnik with.
Fischer even said that e4 is "best by test."


Comparing various lines where White wants a sharp game but Black's
content with a draw, 1.e4 leads to the Petrov (34.5% wins), 1.c4 leads
to the Symmetric English (35.8% wins), and 1.d4 leads to the Slav
(37.2% wins). The Slav might be his best shot!

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