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XIX Ciudad de Leon (2006)

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Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Lazaro Bruzon Batista

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Vallejo Pons vs Topalov 0-134 2006 XIX Ciudad de LeonB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation

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Jun-11-06  rover: <virginmind> Maybe he knew something about Karpov? :)
Jun-11-06  Whitehat1963: For those of you not able to follow:

White: Anand
Black: Topalov

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Be2 Nd7
7. 0-0 g6
8. Be3 b6
9. Nd5 Bb7


Anand: >19 min.
Topalov: <8 min.

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  dalbertz: Actually, the game has moved on. Updates are sporadic at that sight. Anan sac'ed the exchange. It's at move 32 now.
Jun-11-06  virginmind: rover: well...who knows? :)
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  Peligroso Patzer: They are up to move 30 in Game #4. Anand has just sacrificed an exchange, but he has (for starters) 2 pawns for it. He also seems to have much the stronger position.
Jun-11-06  Assassinater: Anand,Vishy (2803) - Topalov,Veselin (2804)
Leon Final (4), 11.06.2006
[Robot 1]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.0-0 g6 8.Be3 b6 9.Nd5 Bb7 10.c4 e5 11.Nc2 Bxd5 12.exd5 Bg7 13.Nb4 0-0 14.Nc6 Qc7 15.b4 h5 16.a4 a5 17.bxa5 bxa5 18.Rb1 Ne4 19.Qc2 f5 20.Rb5 Kh7 21.Rfb1 Nec5 22.Bd2 e4 23.Bxa5 Qc8 24.Bb4 Qe8 25.a5 f4 26.Re1 Qf7 27.Bxc5 Nxc5 28.Rxc5 dxc5 29.Qxe4 Rfe8 30.Qf3 Qf6 31.Rd1 Qd6 32.Rb1 Qc7 33.Bd3 Kh6 34.h4 Bf8 35.g4 fxg3 36.Qf6 gxf2+ 37.Kg2 Qg7 38.Qg5+ Kh7 39.Qxh5+ Kg8 40.Qxg6 Qxg6+ 41.Bxg6 Re1 42.Kxf2 Rxb1 43.Bxb1 Bd6 44.Ke3 Kg7 45.h5 Bc7 46.Be4 Kh6 47.Bg6 Kg5 48.Ke4 Line

It's over man. Anand has 3 pawns for the exchange, and Topalov has no counterplay at all to speak of.

Jun-11-06  Kangaroo: By now Anand has three pawns for the exhcange and winning prospectives if the Topalov plans to regain one of the passing pawns by trading in his bishop.

Looks like either 2.5 : 1.5 or 3:1 in favor of Vishy!

Jun-11-06  knightpower: where can i see the match ... anyone ???
Jun-11-06  Assassinater: It looks like an easy win from my point of view. The white king can waltz up the queenside, while the black king is barred by the knight, pawn and bishop.
Jun-11-06  positionalbrilliancy: I think it's likely to be a draw.
Jun-11-06  Kangaroo: Obviously, Anand's moves with the king show his intention to minimize / eliminate any risk. If he needed to play for a win, his king would have moved to the Q-side already!
Jun-11-06  Kangaroo: It is a draw already!
Anand leads 2.5:1.5

Is there a game after that?

Jun-11-06  borisbadenoff: it's a draw
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  suenteus po 147: It looks like Anand defeated Topalov, 2.5-1.5, which is very good for my chessbucks account :)
Jun-11-06  Whitehat1963: Yes, I bet all of my chess bucks on Anand! Collected 2398 points! Yeee-haaaa!
Jun-11-06  Whitehat1963: They should have invited Milov:

Jun-11-06  trumbull0042: Why did Anand and Bruzon play 8 games?
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  suenteus po 147: <trumbull0042> Because the rapid match was drawn, hence the four game blitz match as tie-breakers.
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  chessmoron: <trumbull0042> Because Anand can't beat Bruzon in 4 rapid games, they drew, so they had to play 4 blitz games (5 minutes).
Jun-11-06  you vs yourself: <trumbull0042> Anand-Bruzon drew their first 4 games. Then they had to play 2 playoff games(5 mins each). Bruzon won the first game. But Anand came back and won the second. So, they had to play 2 more.

<Whitehat1963> Milov's victory was in blitz tiebreaks. The rapid match was tied.

Jun-12-06  hitman84: Anand is the undisputed King in Rapid play.
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  chessmoron: ...and still has a winning record against Topalov. YAY!!!
Jun-13-06  Confuse: congrats to anand for winning this tournament convincingly over topalov. not too suprised to see anand's rapid play to be nothing but the best. well done!
Jun-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: They should have invited Aronian and Carlsen for this tournament too.
Jun-26-06  Topzilla: Yeah, specially Aronian, the 3rd best rated player.
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