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Default Terrific Topalov-Mamedyarov game today


Round 4 at the Essent tournament:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6
8. c3
O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. a4 Bf8 14. Bd3
c6 15.
Rb1 Qc7 16. Qc2 g6 17. axb5 axb5 18. dxe5 dxe5 19. Nb3 Reb8 20. c4 bxc4
21.
Bxc4 Ba6 22. Nbd2 Nc5 23. Bxa6 Rxa6 24. Nc4 Nfd7 25. Rd1 Ne6 26. Be3
Raa8 27.
Qd2 Rd8 28. Qc3 c5 29. Nfxe5 Bg7 30. f4 g5 31. g3 gxf4 32. gxf4 Nxe5
33. Nxe5
Bxe5 34. fxe5 Kh8 35. Bf2 Qe7 36. Qf3 Rg8+ 37. Kh1 Rg6 38. Rd5 Rag8 39.
Rg1
Rxg1+ 40. Bxg1 Rg6 41. Kh2 Kg7 42. Be3 c4 43. Rd6 Qc7 44. h4 Qa5 45.
Rd5 Qe1
46. Kh3 Kf8 47. Rd7 Rg3+ 48. Qxg3 Qh1+ 49. Kg4 Qxe4+ 50. Kh5 1-0

For a moment I thought Mamedyarov had resigned in a winning position!
50...Ng7+ 51. Kg5?? h6+!

But 51. Qxg7+ followed by 52. Bh6+ mates. Amazing that the king needed
to be at h5 to make this critical variation work.

I was sorry to see that Mamedyarov's creativity was not rewarded in the
end. A fascinating position after Black's pawn sacrifice at move 28.

Meanwhile, Polgar beat Sokolov with a nice kingside attack, moving into
clear first.

LT

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