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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 9, Oct-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov (2005)
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Oct-09-05  ughaibu: Bigbear: Fischer talks utter rubbish, what's the point of citing him?
Oct-09-05  bigbear: I'm not a Fischer fan...the man is quite mad. But sometines he tells the truth...
Oct-09-05  Ulhumbrus: 10 Bxc6?! concedes the bishop pair. 10 Ba4 playing for an eventual Nf5 as is conventional may be better.
Oct-09-05  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 13 Bh4, 13 Nh4 takes one step towards Nf5.
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  keypusher: <bigbear> what is this golden age you're talking about? Korchnoi and Petrosian kicking each other under the table? The nonsense at Baguio? Fischer winning the title and vanishing? Were the games better? Nope.
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  Eggman: Has anyone noticed the picture above? There are two Kings in the center. I wonder what line these two were analyzing in their post-mortem.
Oct-09-05  azaris: <There are two Kings in the center> It signals that the game was drawn.
Oct-09-05  Ulhumbrus: After 17 Qg3+ Kh7 18 Qd3 White is threatening f4 and fxe5, overpowering the pinned N on f6. Obviously Black cannot wait for this. Either he must arrange a defence, or else distract White from the plan.On 18...Rg8 19 f4 Rg6 20 Rf2 Qh8!! unpins the N before White is able to set up an overpowering attack upon it. At the risk of repeating myself, a reasonable explanation for the draw is that after prolonged deliberation, Anand's calculations convinced him that it was just not possible to arrange an overpowering attack upon the N on f6 in time.
Oct-09-05  AlexanderMorphy: Yeah i think that Topalov will be very satisfied with this draw while Anand now has no chance to win the Championships...
Oct-09-05  alexandrovm: it's interesting to note that black has interesting resourses. Anand piece sac was dubious.
Oct-09-05  JoeyCJK: If Anand had pushed on and lost in the final position, there would REALLY be no chance to get back in the title race.(not to mention a disservice to his wallet) Hey, maybe Topalov will have a losing streak while Anand will win in the remaining rounds. Passing the burden to others!
Oct-09-05  thomaspaine: <ughaibu> I must have made a typo earlier. g4 was pretty much forced; the surprise was the g5 move earlier.

<Ulhumbrus> f4 immediately was not the best line. It was Qd3 (wonderful move; discovered check to the king, the black queen is pinned after Rg4 etc), followed by f4. One possible defence for black was Rg8-Rg4 to get rid of the bishop.

Oct-09-05  ughaibu: Thomaspaine: I dont remember a typo of yours, I was responding to a post of Tpstardefender, anyway, thanks for clearing up any possible confusion.
Oct-10-05  trumbull0042: Does anybody know what that thing is that's plugged into the board (see photo above)? What does it do?
Oct-10-05  ughaibu: It's to keep the pieces at body temperature.
Oct-10-05  Dionyseus: <trumbull0042> It appears to be connected to the clock as well, so I'm guessing that it is used to display the board and clock times on the big TVs so the audience can have a better view.
Oct-10-05  aw1988: Lol ughaibu!
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  chancho: LOL!!! look at the guy in the audience!(wearing a red T-shirt) It seems he was sleeping during all the "excitement".
Oct-10-05  samikd: No, its to record the moves automatically
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  WannaBe: I heard from sources that there is a 'new' board out, USB interface, such that when you play a game, it 'marks' the moves, time on the clock that it occurred, and the move number!!

It runs around 400 dollars American. And also has a slot for memory card, if you don't happen to have a computer handy for the USB, but want to record the game still....

But I think it's a myth... Nothing beats paper & pen and push the knobs on the clock and watch the flag fall!!

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  BishopBerkeley: <WannaBe> You may be thinking about the DGT Electronic Chessboard, which you can obtain for a mere €380,00:

or a mere $465 (US) (includes delivery to your door!):

If this is the Chessboard you're thinking of, it's been around for quite awhile. I've often thought that I'd like to "test drive" one. If it actually works as advertised, it might well be worth the money (depending on your Chess budget).

Somehow, I'm just a little skeptical that it would be easy to use. Though I have found that USB 2.0 devices come closer than anything before in realizing the "plug-and-play" ideal!

(I think paper & pen can be procured for about $0.70 (US), but that doesn't include delivery to your door :)

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Oct-10-05  AdrianP: <BB> Thanks for the link - I liked particularly the "[DGT Board] something you buy only once in your life, like a Rolls Royce"

Anyone here with plans to buy their obligatory one Rolls Royce...?

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  BishopBerkeley: <AdrianP> I did literally laugh out loud when I read that Rolls Royce line!!

Furthermore, I DEMAND to know WHY I have not yet received MY Rolls Royce!!

(I hope it's a USB Rolls Royce that I can plug in to the computer so I can take virtual drives down the great fancy streets of the world :)

Incidentally, there's much more information on the DGT Electronic Chessboard at the developer's website. If you click the various links at this site, you'll be introduced to this interesting product in more detail:

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Oct-11-05  notyetagm: <JoeyCJK: ... Hey, maybe Topalov will have a losing streak while Anand will win in the remaining rounds. Passing the burden to others!>

Passing the burden to others is not the mark of a champion.

Oct-12-05  Hesam7: After 16. Qd3 Kg7 17. f4 exd4 Fruit 2.1 gives:

18. cxd4 Rb8 19. Kh1 Qd7 20. Nb3 Rg8 21. Rac1 Ne8 22. Rf3 Kh8 23. Rg3 Rxg3 24. Qxg3 Qg4 25. Qxg4 Bxg4 26. Rxc6 Rb4 27. Rxa6 Bxd4 28. Nxd4 Rxd4 (eval: -0.96)

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I did not look very deep, but it seems that white has NOT enough compensation for the piece. So I think Anand's decision was right. One might improve on white before move 13.

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