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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Sparkassen Cat XXI (2001), Dortmund GER, rd 8, Jul-20
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-06  positionalgenius: I can't believe this game has no kibitzing,its a great 84 move struggle.
Oct-03-06  Bufon: Intensely played by Topalov.
Oct-23-07  Udit Narayan: This game was part of a dismal tournament performance by Anand, who usually does very well.
Oct-23-07  parisattack: Poor Top under a cloud at the moment - the ugliness @ Elista and mediocre tourney results. The blindfold tourney was a disaster and probably a mistake for him to even participate. Perhaps he'll win Corus and fly again.

He seems to have Anand really tied down around move 60. Perhaps 63. ... Rf3 not as clever as it looks is my thought...

Sep-25-10  Whitehat1963: Great game that deserves more notice.
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  michael104: This position is discussed in "Batsford Chess Puzzles" by Leonard Barden on p.110. He points out that Topalov had a much stronger move on move 40 that "would have forced White's almost immediate surrender." It took me quite a while to find it -- Topalov had only a few second, so he missed it. Can anyone here find it? This could make a puzzle for CG.
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  plang: 9..Nd7 was a new idea (taking away White's plan of playing Nh4 after 11..Bg6); 9..Be7 is the main line. 13..e5?!(13..Be7) led to a clear space advantage for White. Nether the less Black built up a promising opposite-color bishop attacking position and had he played 40..Rf4! (preventing Qh2) he would have had the winning threat of ..g3 after 41 Qc3..Qh4. After the exchange of queens the position should have been drawn. 81 Ra2!..Kg5 82 Kc4..Rxg2 83 a7..Bxa7 84 Rxg2..Kf4 85 e5 would have drawn at once. Anand blundered with 84 Ra4?; 84 Ra2 was the move to play.
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