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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) (blindfold), Monaco MNC, rd 1, Mar-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-11  YourNickname: First!!!!
Mar-12-11  dumbgai: <YourNickname: First!!!!> Congratulations, your life is complete.
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  chancho: Fine technique by Anand.
(And doing it blindfold to boot.)
Mar-12-11  pulsar: Great squeeze from the World Champ; it doesn't look like blindfold to me. ;)
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  HeMateMe: Pretty accurate. Once again white somehow beats the doubled c pawns in this opening.
Mar-12-11  pulsar: To me,the theme is all about pawn majority: Anand's kingside pawns just wouldn't let up, while Topalov's queenside pawns didn't even roll. In the end, Black was able to grab the f-pawn, but now c6 is unstoppable.
Mar-12-11  somitra: On a day when Indian cricket team lost to South Africa despite a heroic effort by Sachin Tendulkar, it is heartening to see Anand's win. The win over Topalov feels even better when one recalls Danailov's antiques in the WC. :-)
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  HeMateMe: Do you guys ever have a cricket lock out, when the owners and players fight over money issues? We have that right now, in American football.
Mar-12-11  Karnatakiaditya: <HeMateMe> No we don't have that. We have player auctions, the players don't have much say in the negotiations.
Mar-12-11  morphy2000: chancho: Fine technique by Anand.
(And doing it blindfold to boot.)

Yes, fine technique, but if Topa play 53. ... c6 instead of 53. ... Ke7? it is a draw

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  beatgiant: <morphy2000>
<if Topa play 53...c6 it is a draw>

I don't see the draw after 53...c6 54. Ke5. Could you post more details?

Mar-12-11  obsesschess: It never ceases to amaze me just how good these guys play blindfolded.
Mar-13-11  sevenseaman: Blindfolding these guys! Utterly pointless!
Mar-13-11  pulsar: <morphy2000> Here's a try: 53...c6 54.Ke5 Ke7 55.f6+ and White's King will invade Black's position.

a.) 55...Kf7 56.Kd6 Be8 57.Nc8 b5 58.c5 and Black's pawns will eventually fall.

b.)55...Kd8 56.Kd6 and Black is all tied up with f7 coming...

Mar-14-11  Ulhumbrus: Anand cracks the Berlin wall, and in a blindfold game against Topalov at that. One can't naturally judge blindfold play, except of course to admire it if its quality approaches that of normal play.

After 21...Rd8 Black can't take advantage of the move b4 by opening a file for his Rook. However Black can't try to open a file on the Queen side at this point as he is far behind in development. This suggests 21...b6 22 Nb3 Bd7 preparing to transfer the Rook to a8 before playing ...a5.

Feb-04-12  SynthStatic: Who would have guessed this was played blind folded?
Apr-19-12  offramp: Hmm. Is this the game Kortschnoi mentions to Chessbase in his prognostications for the Anand-Gelfand match?

He says, <"I’m expecting that both players will make excellent use of computer opportunities and will be able to write new pages in chess theory. <I recall that quite recently Anand used Lasker’s Defence to beat Topalov> – it was simply colossal! However, I’m expecting surprises not just from Anand but also from Gelfand.">

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