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Annotations v.07: Mtel Masters
Compiled by chessmoron
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#1: <1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Nc3 c6 5 Bg5 h6 6 Bxf6 Qxf6 7 Qb3 Nd7 8 e4 dxe4 9 Nxe4 Qf4 10 Bd3> White leads in development, but Black has a solid position and a pair of Bishops. Chances are nearly even. <10e5!?> More aggressive than 10 ... Be7. <11 0-0 exd4> Even Topalov, a daring player, does not risk 11 ... f5!? 12 Ng3 e4 13 Rfe1 Kd8 14 Nxe4 fxe4 15 Rxe4 Qf7. But 11 ... Be7 was again safer. <12 Nxd4 Nc5> Consistent, although Black will not manage to castle. It's too late for 12 ... Be7 because 13 Nf5! attacks. <13 Nxc5 Bxc5> Also uncomfortable is 13 ... Qxd4 14 Rfe1+ Be7 15 Qa3. <14 Rae1+ Kf8 15 Re4 Qf6> Planning 16 ... g6 and 17 ... Kg7. Instead, 15 ... Qd6 16 Rfe1 Bd7 17 Nf3 Bf5?! 18 Re7! Qxd3 fails to 19 Rxf7+! Kg8 20 Qxb7. <16 Qc3!> Preventing 16 ... g6 because 17 Ne6+ wins the Queen. <16a5?!> Topalov is unwilling to admit that his opening has failed and that he should grovel for a draw with 16 ... Bxd4 17 Rxd4 c5 18 Rd5 Qxc3 19 bxc3 Be6 20 Rxc5 Rc8. <17 Rfe1 Bd7 18 R1e3!> Target: f7. <18Bb4> Not 18 ... Re8 19 Rxe8+ Bxe8 20 Ne6+! fxe6 21 Rf3. The superior 18 ... Kg8 19 Rf3 Qd8 avoids loss of material, but Black's prospects are grim after 20 Nb3 Bf8 21 Qe5. <19 Qc2 Qd6> After 19 ... Re8 20 c5, White threatens to trap the Bishop by 21 a3. <20 Rf3 h5?! 21 c5!> Clearance. <21Bxc5 22 Bc4 f6> A disastrous weakening of the light squares. However, 22 ... Be8 23 Ne6+ Kg8 24 Nxc5 Qxc5 25 Bxf7+ costs the Queen. <23 Ne6+ Bxe6 24 Rxe6 Qd7> Black cannot stop the invasion. If 24 ... Qc7 25 Qg6 Bd4, White blasts through with 26 Rfxf6+! gxf6 27 Rxf6+ Bxf6 28 Qxf6+ Ke8 29 Qxh8+ Kd7 30 Qxa8. <25 Qf5 Qd4 26 Re4 Qd1+ 27 Bf1> Leaving Black defenseless against the maneuver Rf3-d3-d7. <27Bd6 28 Rd3 Bxh2+ 29 Kxh2 Qxf1 30 Rd7, 1-0.>

#2: <1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 c4 Bg7 4 Nc3 0-0 5 e4 d6 6 Be2 e5 7 Be3 Ng4 8 Bg5 f6 9 Bh4> Some prefer 9 Bc1. <9g5 10 Bg3 Nh6 11 d5> White has also tried 11 c5 and 11 dxe5 dxe5 12 Qd5+. <11Nd7 12 h3> Rare. The main line is 12 Nd2 f5 13 exf5 Nf6 14 Nde4 Nxe4 15 Nxe4 Bxf5 16 Bd3, keeping control of e4. <12f5 13 exf5 Nc5! 14 Nd2> White cannot stand 14 b4? e4! 15 Nd4 Nxf5. <14Bxf5 15 0-0 e4> Thanks to White's hesitation at move 12, Black usurps e4. Nevertheless, chances remain even. <16 Nb3 b6 17 Nd4> Stronger is 17 Re1 Qf6 18 Nxc5 bxc5 19 Bh5! Rab8 20 Qe2, soon exchanging the e-pawn for the b-pawn. <17Qf6 18 Nc6> An attractive post, but irrelevant to Black's buildup. Tougher is 18 Nxf5 Nxf5 19 Bh2. <18a5> Next Ra8-e8 will activate Black's last piece. <19 f4> Hoping to revive the Bishop by 20 fxg5 Qxg5 21 Bf4. Nor does 19 f3 e3 solve White's problems. <19Bd7! 20 Nb5?> Not too bad is 20 Qc1. <20Bxc6 21 dxc6 Qxb2 22 Rb1 Qxa2> More than mere pawn grabbing. Watch the Queen threaten g2! <23 Nxc7 Nf5!> Crushing. White could survive 23Rac8? 24 Nd5 Nf5 25 Bh2. <24 Bf2> Black refutes 24 Bh2 Ne3 25 Qe1 most convincingly by 25Nd3!, seeing 26 Bxd3 Qxg2 mate. <24e3 25 Be1 Nd4! 26 Nxa8> As 26 Bg4 e2 loses routinely. <Nxe2+ 27 Kh2 Nxf4 28 Rxf4> Setting a trap. Instead, 28 Rg1 Be5 29 Bg3 fails because of 29e2 30 Qc1 Ne4. <28gxf4 29 Rxb6 f3!> The careless 29Rxa8?? lets White turn the tables with 30 Qd5+ Kh8 31 c7 Rf8 32 Rb8. <30 Qd5+ Ne6!> Accurate! After the natural 30Kh8 31 Qxf3 Rxf3 32 Rb8+ Rf8 33 Rxf8+ Bxf8 34 c7, Black must work hard to prove a win. <31 Qxe6+ Kh8 32 Qg4 Be5+ 33 Kh1 f2, 0-1.>

#1
Mamedyarov vs Topalov, 2007 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

#2
Sasikiran vs Topalov, 2007 
(E92) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

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