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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
MTel Masters (2006), Sofia BUL, rd 7, May-18
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  0-1



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May-18-06  CapablancaFan: He's coming! The ground is shaking,GM's blood begins to run cold! There's a sense of panic in the air! All of a sudden..."ah-choo",my apologies, caught a case of <Topzillaidus> there.
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  keypusher: <CapablancaFan> LOL
May-18-06  MATE101: what is the mate continuations for Topalov?
May-18-06  NakoSonorense: there's not way of stopping the h-pawn without losing the knight. Rook plus two pawns should be enough to win against Bishop and pawn.
May-18-06  Perfectionseeker: It seems that Vishy's weekest part of the game is endspiel
May-18-06  you vs yourself: I like the way Topalov pushes that b-pawn early and disrupts white's plan in this variation of the najdorf. Perhaps, white's only hope against after 7...b5 might be this game: Motylev vs S Shipov, 2001

Today's win for Topalov is very important. Not only does it equal his score against Anand in classical games, but it also sends a message to Kramnik: a loss doesn't bother Topalov and giving him even a slight initiative means giving him the win!

May-18-06  jhoro: Topa said after the game that he remembered until 19...Rb8 and he liked black's position. He also says that he made some inaccuracies after and he didn't convert in the best of ways. I wonder why!? Doesn't seem to be much room for improvement from 0-1 against Anand ;)
May-18-06  JohnBoy: Any ideas why Anand didn't play 44.Nd4 - with the idea of pushing the a pawn (maybe with the knight assisting from c6)? This looks better than the game line to me.
May-18-06  euripides: <jhoro> Interesting. I wonder whether Anand missed something in his preparation. The manoeuvre Nf5-g3 never looks vey good in this game. An early b4 against the Englsh attack is a Topalov speciality and Anand must have been prepared for this line.
May-18-06  Ulhumbrus: One improvement for Anand is 12 Bc4 instead of 12 Be2 so that after ...d5 he can exchange white squared bishops.
May-18-06  alphavillee: " <borisbadenoff> <alphavillee> 38. .. Rd1 ?? 39. Rxd1 " Sorry for the late answer but after 39. Rxd1 then the simple 39... Qxd1+ :) and Topa has big advantage... but the queen exchange gave Anand bigger chance for draw :)
May-18-06  Ulhumbrus: 16 f4 keeps Black's Q out of e5.
May-18-06  Ulhumbrus: 16 Rac1 supports Bc4, improving the position of White's worst placed piece.
May-18-06  orio24: After Topalov's loses I am getting somewhat disappointed. Like how come world champion loses twice with white in one tournament, with Kasparov that wouldn't happen in one entire year. Then I am wondering whether he is worth of the title. And then he always pulls off something like this win. Unbelievable and exciting!

Anyway (a bit off topic), I'd still would prefer the matches to determine the world champ title.

May-19-06  ivan999: Topalov is a gambler in a good way :)
May-19-06  kellmano: Topzilla is a great champion for our game. In fact, compared to last year, I reckon things look pretty good. Super-gat is also just what the game needs. I just wish he still took his dad to games with him.
May-19-06  Ulhumbrus: The attack 16 Nf5! seems justified and even necessary even if it allows 16...Qe5, for in the position just before 16 Nf5 White has a strong positional advantage, consisting mainly of an advantage in development. Therefore an attack begun is sound and can be forecast to succeed.However 17 Ng3? seems inconsistent, retreating the N after having begun a sound attack. Why retreat? Why play a move which retreats a piece? It seems more consistent to refuse to retreat, in order to continue the attack. 17 Bd3! continues the attack, although it offers the N and on 17...exf5 18 Re1 begins a powerful attack. Anand's main mistake was to to play a retreating move instead of proceeding with the attack, even at the price of a piece.The attack can be forecast to succeed, because it looks sound,having begun from from a position of strong positional advantage, mainly advantage in development.
May-19-06  orior: I still can't see what's coming after 28. Nxh5
May-19-06  Ulhumbrus: < orior: I still can't see what's coming after 28. Nxh5 > After 28 Nh5 Qh4 29 Ng3 Ng4! the f3 pawn is pinned
May-19-06  orior: thanks <Ulhumbrus>, Everything is clear now :)
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  LIFE Master AJ:

(My analysis of this game, plus links to a few other articles on the round and the tournament.)

May-28-06  Ingolf: In his chess column, Peter Heine Nielsen writes that Anand's loss here was partly due to a preparation mistake on his (Nielsen's) part, but unfortunately he doesn't go into more detail. Perhaps they underestimated the Qd8-b8-e5 manoeuvre?
Feb-29-08  Abejorral: Watching Topalov play Sicilians is one of the great things in life to do.
Mar-06-08  Udit Narayan: <Abejorral> LOL
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  LIFE Master AJ:

GC will close soon, so this link is a necessary update - if you still want to access my analysis.

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