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Veselin Topalov vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 (2005), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-05  THE pawn: <pinkpanther> What's the proverb again? Don't spit against the wind, 'cause it might return in your face ( or something like that) Topalov was winning tournaments like a mad man lately, someone had to stop him.
Jul-10-05  sharpnova: white to move and win 27. ?

good puzzle for chessgames to put up someday

Jul-10-05  sharpnova: actually 23. ? is better
Jul-10-05  crumpy: The great Topalov wins again
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  al wazir: Black would have done better with 14...b5 15. Bb3 Kh8, to be followed by ...Rg8. In the game as played 15...e5 seems to win a piece, but white has 16. Bxf7+ Kh8 (16...Qxf7? 17. Qg5+!) 17. Qh4, and the rook has no safe haven.

Jul-10-05  PinkPanther: <THE pawn>
Well, ultimately his "lack" of talent will stop him. Quite honestly, I never believed for 2 seconds that Topalov would stay as highly rated as he is right now, and in time (in the not so distant future) he'll fall back to Earth a bit, back to his more customary 2730-2740 rating.
Jul-10-05  TIMER: I think Topalov has actually improved, he is a better player now than he was a few years ago. Why not, you can still have a breakthrough at around 30 ? He is consistently playing well for the last few tournaments, and I think he will do fine here too, he may occassionally lose but he wins more often.
Jul-10-05  mymt: NO MUCKIN ABOUT!this time from Topalov.Completely ruthless with 23.Nxe6! & 27.Qf6! to tell everybody "Im back!"
Jul-10-05  THE pawn: <PinkPanther>< Timer> I think, like timer, that Topalov has improved over the years. His rating might be a bit higher than his true one, but it's still a dangerous player all the same. If I had to point someone overrated, lacking in talent...that must be kramnik.
Jul-10-05  Giancarlo: Poor Naiditsch. I expected a better fight
Jul-11-05  pantlko: <the pawn> i think the proverb is "dont spit on sky, it will fall back on you".
Jul-11-05  DanRoss53: <mymt> I agree 23. ♘xe6! was quite impressive.

Unfortunately for Topalov, this is his only impressive game of the tournament thus far.

Jul-18-05  ChessMan94: How come Black did not play 15... e5? I fail to see why that's not a good move.
Jul-18-05  mymt: <DanRoss53> You are right I had such high hopes for him after Mtel but this tournament has been very disappointing.Oh well,didnt expect Naidtsch to win it though. <ChessMan94> 15. ...e5 forking the Q&N - maybe just 16.Qh4 threatening the R then relocate the N [17.Ne2 to guard the c pawn]
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  patzer2: Here's some analysis with Fritz 8 and the Opening Explorer:

<1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 dxc4> Although this is a seldom played move, it didn't catch Topalov by surprise as he had recently played it himself in Vallejo-Pons vs Topalov, 2005, Gelfand vs Topalov, 2005 and Van Wely vs Topalov, 2005. Of course the most popular alternatives are 4...c6 as in Bacrot vs Dreev, 2005 and 4...Be7 as in Dreev vs O Korneev, 2005. <5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. e5 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5 10. exf6 Qxg5 11. fxg7 Qxg7 12. Qd2 O-O 13. Bxc4 a6!?> This is apparently a novelty on Black's part. The main alternative is the immediate 8...Rd8 as in Van Wely vs Topalov, 2005. <14. O-O Rd8?!> White's next move takes advantage of Black's delayed development. A better move her for Black, and the logical continuation of 13...a6, is 14...b5! 15. Bd3 Bb7 = <15. Qf4! b5> White's next surprise proves Black's opening plans to be one move too late. <16. Qc7! Qf8 17. Bd3 Rd7 18. Qf4 Bb7 19. Rae1 Qg7 20. Be4 Kh8 21. Re3!> This appears to win by force Another winning alternative for White is 21. Qh4! Bxe4 22. Rxe4 Rd5 23. Rg4 Qe5 24. c4 bxc4 25. Nf3 Qb2 (25... Qf5 26. Rg5 Qd3 27. Ne5 Rxe5 28. Rg3 ) 26. Ng5 Rxg5 27. Qxg5 Nc6 28. Rxc4 Rg8 29. Qh6 Ne7 (29... Qxa2?? 30. Qf6+ Rg7 31. Rxc6 ) 30. Rc7 Nf5 31. Qh5 Qg7 32. g3 Rf8 33. Ra7 Nd4 34. a4 e5 35. Rxa6 . <21... Bxe4 22. Qxe4 Rd5 23. Nxe6!> This demolition of pawn structure combination gives White a decisive attack on the weakened Kingside.

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  patzer2: <23...fxe6 24. Qxe6 Rd7> Other alternatives lose for Black.

(A) 24... Rg5 25. Qc8+ Qg8 26. Re8 ;

(B) 24... Rd8 25. Rg3 Qf8 26. Qe5+ ;

(C) 24... Qg5 25. Rg3 Qd8 26. Re1 Nc6 27. Qxc6 Rd1 28. Rge3 Rc8 29. Qe4 Rxe1+ 30. Rxe1 Qf6 31. Qd4 Qxd4 32. cxd4 Kg7 33. Rd1 Kf6 34. d5 Ke7 35. f4 Rc2 36. f5 h6 37. a3 Kd6 38. Rd3 h5 39. h3 h4 40. f6 Rc7 41. Rd4 Rf7 42. Rxh4 Rxf6 43. Rd4 a5 44. h4 Rf7 45. h5 Rb7 46. h6 Rh7 47. Rh4 b4 48. axb4 axb4 49. Rxb4 Kxd5 50. Rb6 Ke4 51. g4 Kf4 52. Rg6 Kg3 53. g5 Rc7 54. Kf1 Rc1+ 55. Ke2 Rc2+ 56. Ke3 Rh2 57. Rg7 Kg4 58. h7 Kf5 59. g6 Kf6 60. Rg8 Rh4 61. h8=Q+ ;

(D) 24... Rc5 25. Rg3! Qf8 26. Rf3! Qd8 27. Rf7! Rg5 28. Re7 Nd7 29. Rxd7 Qf8 30. Re1 Qf5 31. Qxf5 Rxf5 32. Ree7 h5 33. f3 Rc5 34. Rh7+ Kg8 35. Rdg7+ Kf8 36. h4 Rxc3 37. Rd7 Kg8 38. Rxh5 Rc2 39. Rhh7 Rd8 40. Rdg7+ Kf8 41. h5 Rc1+ 42. Kh2 Rc6 43. Ra7 Kg8 44. g4 Rd1 45. h6 Rg6 46. Kg3 b4 47. Kf4 Rd5 48. Rhb7 Kh8 49. Ra8+ Rg8 50. Rxg8+ Kxg8 51. g5 Rd6 52. h7+ Kh8 53. Kf5 b3 54. axb3 Rd5+ 55. Kg6 Rd6+ 56. Kh5 a5 57. g6 Rd5+ 58. Kh6 Rd6 59. Rb8+ Rd8 60. Rxd8#.

<25. Rg3 Qf8 26. Re1! Raa7> If 26... Rg7, then White wins after 27. Rxg7 Kxg7 (27... Qxg7 28. Qc8+ Qg8 29. Re8 ) 28. Qg4+ Kh8 (28... Kf7 29. Re4 Qh6 30. Qf3+ Kg7 31. Re7+ Kh8 32. Re8+ Kg7 33. Qf8+ Kg6 34. Re6+ ) 29. Qd4+ Kg8 30. Qd5+ Kg7 31. Qxa8 . <27. Qf6+ 1-0> White mates in two moves.

Jul-19-05  coolchess: I just love the way topalov plays, he deserves to be the champion in argentina, and this tournament its too short, more games and topalov would be the winner.
Jul-19-05  Calypsoleon: Black should have gotten Knight into play earlier. Stayed at home till the end.
Oct-08-05  chessnewbie: sorry but i'm new why didn't black play 10. ...Qxc3+? if 11. Bd2 then Qxd4. If 11. Qd2 then 11. Qxa1+? if someone could let me know that would be great
Oct-08-05  Boomie: 10...♕xc3+ ♔e2 and black will have to justify the piece sacrifice.
Jan-01-06  notyetagm: Topalov's <discovered deflection> 27 ♕f6+! wins instantly since 27 ... ♕xf6 is a deflection from the backrank square e8 and allows 28 ♖e8+ ♕f8 29 ♖xf8#.
Jan-26-06  Whitehat1963: I love the ending. Cheers to Topol!
Feb-26-06  Mating Net: Topalov must think that games like this one were figments of his imagination given his current form at Linares.
Jul-22-06  notyetagm: 27 ♕f6+! is a wonderful <DISCOVERED DEFLECTION> against the <WEAK BACK RANK>, forcing mate.

<DISOCOVERED DEFLECTION>: use the masking piece (White e5-queen) to exploit the looseness (back rank e8-mating focal point) created by the unmasking of the rear piece (White e1-rook) by taking what the newly overworked defender (Black f8-queen) no longer defends (f-file and a3-f8 and f8-h6 diagonal in general, f6-square in particular, 27 ♕f6+!).

A powerful attacking game by Topalov.

27 ♕f6+! ♕x♕ <deflection from e8> 28 ♖e8+ ♕f8 29 ♖x♕#

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  chancho: If you look at the position from move 21, until the moment that Topalov found the crushing moves to the win... THAT'S real chess vision.
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