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Anatoly Karpov vs Veselin Topalov
Liga de Campeones (2007), Vitoria Gasteiz ESP, rd 1, Nov-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-07  Madman99X: Karpov must have lost on time. Surely white is not lost.
Nov-03-07  Atkins: Happy to see Karpov playing some refreshing chess at that age. 15.e4!? is charming. Maybe latter stronger was 19.h5 h6 20.Rh4 with the idea of the queen side diagonale a3-f8 e.g 20...Rfd8 21.Rg4 Ne8 22.e5 Rab8 23.Qc1 Kf8 24.b4!.
Nov-03-07  Karpova: <Madman99X: Karpov must have lost on time. Surely white is not lost.> Yes, the time controls were 120 min for the whole game with 30 s per move increment. Karpov was already down to minutes after 25 moves.
Nov-03-07  babywizard: A very interesting line played by Topalov. I've never seen this line of the Nimzo before until I saw this game. The 2 bishops in the end really dominated the 2 knights.
Nov-03-07  Karpova: <The game between Karpov and Topalov was more dramatic. The Russian played well and was close to winning, but he was under sever time pressure and at move 48, in a balanced position, his clock ran out.>
Nov-03-07  MeatGrinder: Chessbase report is bull, they are just trying to make Topalov look bad. Karpov was never close to winning and the final position is not balanced but better for black.
Nov-03-07  babywizard: <The 2 bishops in the end really dominated the 2 knights.>Looks like I accidently put this comment on the wrong board. Apologies.
Nov-03-07  Manic: <MeatGrinder> Can you please explain your reasoning behind that? Almost everyone agrees that the final position is balanced or drawn.
Nov-03-07  ivan999: I ran fritz 9 with the final position on a deep positional analysys for 20 minutes and it showed something like -0.30.
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  Mateo: Many flaws at such a level, but the time controls should explain that. It seems that Karpov lost on time.

31.a4?! weakens 'b4' giving this square to Black's Rooks.

39...Rd4?! was dubious (better 39...Rxe3), as White could play 40.Bc3! Rd5? 41.Qxd5!! exd5 42.e6 winning. Thus, Black has to come back with 40...Re4 41.Rxe4 fxe4 42.Qxe4.

43.Rd3?! leads nowhere and 43...Nb4?! seems questionable too.

Nov-03-07  Ulhumbrus: 6...dxc4 invites Qxc4 which in turn invites ...Ba6. This suggests 7 e3 preparing Bxc4
Nov-03-07  Karpova: <Mateo: Many flaws at such a level, but the time controls should explain that. It seems that Karpov lost on time.>

Yes, he did.

The problem is surely the time control but Karpov insists on it. Since he's not a fully professional chessplayer anymore his preparation is not that good. That's why he uses up so much time in the beginning. On the other hand, he may think that the real classical time control would be too tiring for him over the course of a whole tournament.

Nov-03-07  RookFile: I gather that because of the increment, Karpov would have had at least 30 seconds to decide upon a move, for every move of the rest of the game.

Surely he could come up with something perfectly reasonable like 49. Qd2 in that amount of time, and hit his clock?

Nov-08-07  rhedrich: <Rookfile> Wouldn't Qd2 in the final position just hang the f pawn for white? 49...Qc1+ 50.Kh2 (50.Qf1 Qxf1+ 51. Kxf1 Rxf4) Qxf4 is what I see.
Nov-08-07  RookFile: <rhedrich: <Rookfile> Wouldn't Qd2 in the final position just hang the f pawn for white? 49...Qc1+ 50.Kh2 (50.Qf1 Qxf1+ 51. Kxf1 Rxf4) Qxf4 is what I see. >

I don't even know how to answer this. 49. Qd2 Qc1+.

Anybody here see White's next move?

Nov-08-07  lunacyfrog: Hahahaha. Qxc1 maybe?
Nov-08-07  rhedrich: Whoops, got those e and d files mixed up, you know how that is :P

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