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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Mar-20
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0


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Mar-20-05  your brilliance: Did Topalov lose this on time? I don't see an advantage for white game wise.
Mar-20-05  samvega: White is threatening 47.Bb2+ Ka2 48.Nc1#
Mar-20-05  hintza: Yes, Black will be mated in two moves, hence Topalov's resignation. If 46...Ka2 then 47.Bb2 and 48.Nc1#, whilst anything else just loses to <samvega>'s line above.
Mar-20-05  your brilliance: thanks, <samvega> <hintza>. I should look at the game once again.
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  patzer2: Topalov could have had a draw with 45...Ka2!, but instead fell into Anand's little mating trap with 45...Bf8??

My analysis with Fritz 8 goes 45.Bc3 Bf8? [45...Ka2! 46.Be1 (not 46.Nd3? Bxc4! 47.Nc1+ Ka3 48.Bb2+ Kb4 ) 46...Ka3 47.Bc3 Ka2 48.Be1 Ka3=] 46.Nd3 Ka2 [46...Bf7 47.Bb2+ Ka2 48.Nc1#] 47.Bb2 Bxc4 48.Nc1# 10

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  beatgiant: <patzer2: Topalov could have had a draw with 45...Ka2!>

That's very surprising, given that Black's king is offside and White has a protected passed pawn.

What does Fritz see on the more obvious 45...Ka2 46. Nxa4 Bxc4 47. Nb6, which looks strong from a human point of view? Then 47...Bb3+ 48. Kd3 Bd5 49. Nc8, etc.

Aug-13-05  psmith: <beatgiant> in your line, 47...Be6, then what?
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  beatgiant: <psmith> <in your line, 47...Be6, then what?>

Sure, that looks like an improvement. 45...Ka2 46. Nxa4 Bxc4 47. Nb6 Be6 48. Kc3 Bh4 49. Nc4 Bf2, etc. and Black manages to activate the other bishop.

I just wonder why Fritz has White take an immediate repetition. I suspect maybe it overestimates the value of Black's extra pawn. I think this position needs some more analysis of White's winning attempts after 45...Ka2.

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  beatgiant: For example, another try for White is 45...Ka2 46. Bd2 Ka3 47. Kc3! which looks winning to me, at first glance.
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