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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
"Indian's Queen Defense" (game of the day Jun-16-09)
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand (2005)
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  Peligroso Patzer: <WannaBe: ***
Definitely one for the ages/books!>

... still more so is this game played a few months earlier at M-Tel: Topalov vs Anand, 2005 ... probably the most fantastic game ever contested between these two great players.

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  acirce: Very nice, <hitman84>.
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  DarthStapler: Great game
Jun-16-09  Ragh: Great game and an equally excellent pun.
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  kevin86: Black forces white to dance around the queen. No progree can be made=draw.
Jun-16-09  hitman84: Thanks to all the voters and once again a big thanks to <chessgames> for conducting the pun contest!

I'm glad so many users liked the pun.

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  ajile: Black should play 12..f5!


Jun-16-09  apple pi: Very nice avatar selection, <hitman84>!
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  ajile: <Melonhead: Very much a wet-fish grip. Thankfully the strength of one's handshake and one's play are different.>

Coincidently Topalov is a Pisces, sign of the fish.


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  SetNoEscapeOn: Congrats hitman! The "Indian's Defense" in this game was symbolic as well. Anand's world title aspirations took a huge hit in San Luis but he was not done fighting.
Jun-16-09  WhiteRook48: this is so funny!! the Indian did a queen defense!
Jun-16-09  RandomVisitor: 85.f5+ Kd5 86.Qd7+ Kc4 87.Qe6+ Kb5 88.Qd5+ Kb6 89.Qd4+ Kb5 90.h7 and white wins.


Jun-16-09  cjrubiks: Good, tough game. And the best pun ever: great one, Hitman.
Jul-26-09  WhiteRook48: maybe not...
Aug-10-09  Dredge Rivers: You know what this game needs? MORE KIBITZING! :)
Sep-14-09  Karnatakiaditya: Great pun for a great game ...
Oct-11-09  Cercatore: Why 19. Nc4?
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  notyetagm: Chess Today annotations from the free sample issue:

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  notyetagm: Game Collection: ENEMY KING MAKES A GREAT SECOND TARGET

Topalov vs Anand, 2005

May-30-11  bartonlaos: Oh, my goodness ... 106 pages on THIS game?? What's makes this interesting at all - there's not even a debate!
Jun-06-11  bartonlaos: 107 and counting..
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  Jim Bartle: <bartonlaos> "Oh, my goodness ... 106 pages on THIS game?? What's makes this interesting at all - there's not even a debate!"

Well, the first 96 pages are kibitzes <during> the game, a very long and complex game in a WC match.

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  tamar: Wow. Eight years since this game was played in San Luis.

What made it so exceptional is the circus move 19 Nc4 leading not to some decision either way, but to a further positional exchange sacrifice on move 22 which was unclear for 30 moves.

Of all the games in the tournament, I think this draw really shocked the other competitors, as it showed Topalov was capable of another level of chess.

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