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Loek van Wely vs Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov
Corus (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1
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Jan-17-06  jhoro: That was one hell of a game. Topalov finally showed his aggressive style in a very complicated position playing like Topalov plays. Very exciting game, for me at least. Van Wely was handling the pressure well almost to the time control considering the he was in a severe time trouble during the last 10 moves. For those of you who think that VW blundered at the very end, you are out of your mind. He played 10 moves in under a minute with such a precision and then to allow a mate in one. That's just his way of being a good sport. Very entertaining game thanks to both of them.
Jan-17-06
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  me to play: <Plus, whats wrong with not drawing, playing on and getting mated?> Umm...giving away a 1/2 point, I guess.
:)
Jan-17-06  RonB52734: <bane77: What about 43.Be2?> 43...Qf2+ 44.Kh3 Rh1 and then maybe something like 45.Qe4, but I don't see how white can prevent the continuation 45...Rxh2+ 46.Kg4 h5+ 47.Kg5 Bf6#. That looks pretty unstoppable to me, although I'd be happy to be told I'm missing something. So, as <Manu2> said, <That "blunder" [43.]Bf3 was meant to quicken the pace. At that position white was totally lost.>
Jan-17-06  csmath: VW has been lost after the error 40.Qb1?. There was no way after that, he realized that and quit by giving the mate gift to Topa, who would have won anyway.

I think this was just the recognition of the eventual fate of the game and a classy way out of torture.

Awesome attacker like Topalov should not be given a chance for so much initiative out of the opening.

Jan-17-06  Montreal1666: The material winning 11. Nxb5 is well below the GM level. Ignoring the King's safety this is a move that an amature would make.
Jan-17-06
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  Jim Bartle: Agreed, especially since the black bishops end up bombproof at b4 and e4, with the white king in the middle.
Jan-17-06  Akavall: I feel bad for van Wely, there is nothing worse than being on passive defense the whole game with white pieces, and then blundering a checkmate at the and.
Jan-17-06  Akavall: If I was van Wely's strenght, I would just go berserk on Topalov, I might lose, but at least it would a hell of game!
Jan-17-06  Synergy: <If I was van Wely's strenght, I would just go berserk on Topalov>

Being Van Wely would be nice, but if you have to topple a 2801 rating...

Jan-18-06  mikejaqua: OOC after 27 ... Bc5 what is wrong with 28 Ra8 ? This skewers black's rook so that white could pick it up the next move. Of course he'd lose his knight after that and black would have those two dangerous pawns on the b & c files but I think white could hold.. I see the moves as something like: 28 Ra8 Ke7 29 Rxg8 Bxd4+ 30 Kf1 Bxf3 31 Qxf3 and now the white queen is in position to go to row 7 to check and chase the black king. OF course I can't see how to finish it and I'm probably missing something obvious. Thoughts? Analyis?
Jan-18-06
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  tamar: <28 Ra8 Ke7 29 Rxg8 Bxd4+ 30 Kf1 Bxf3 31 Qxf3>

That would probably be drawn, but Black can improve by tossing in a mate threat with 30...Qe3 instead of 30...Bxf3. The double attack on f3 settles matters.

Jan-18-06  biogear: Topalov 20 move was very very good crushing white almost force.
Jan-18-06  biogear: Topalov is the best attacking player! And Kasparov of corse!
Jan-18-06  mikejaqua: <tamar> Ah yes. Now I see it. White can't cover both the mate threat and save the bishop. Looks like the best white could end up with is a rook vs two bishops and an extra pawn. Thanks.
Jan-18-06  John Abraham: Is this game pre-arranged?
Jan-18-06  alexandrovm: Great game, and with a checkmate at the end, congrats Topa!
Feb-12-06
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  patzer2: Here's some analysis with the Opening Explorer and Fritz 8:

<1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6> This enters the Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (D45) <5. a4> Two more popular alternatives are 5. e3 as in Carlsen vs V Malakhov, 2005 and 5. c5 as in I Sokolov vs Bacrot, 2006. <5...e6 6. Bg5 h6> This is a rare try with only one other game in the ChessGames.com database. <7. Bh4> The alternative is 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8. e3 =, where White won in Uhlmann vs Chekhov, 1997. <7... dxc4 8. e3 b5 9. axb5 cxb5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Nxb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 Bb4+!> Now Topalov's intentions are obvious. He has sacrificed the exchange for some very difficult complications for White. I suspect this was a prepared variation. <13. Ke2> Perhaps White can improve with 13. Nd2 Bb7 14. Ra2 Bd5 15. f4 e5 16. Kf2 exd4 17. exd4 O-O 18. Nb1 c3 19. Ra3 Bxa3 20. bxa3 Qc7 21. Qg4+ Kh8 22. Qf5 Rg8 23. Qxf6+ Rg7 24. Bd3 c2 25. Re1 Qc6 26. Qxc6 Rxg2+ 27. Ke3 Nxc6 28. Nc3 Rxh2 29. Nxd5 Rh3+ 30. Kd2 Nxd4 31. Be4 f5 32. Rh1 Rg3 33. Bxc2 . <13... Bb7 14. Ra1 f5 15. Ne5 Rg8 16. f4 Nc6 17. Nf3 Na5 18. Kf2 Nb3 19. Ra7 Be4 20. Ra2> Perhaps White can hold after 20. Be2 Ba5 21. Ra6 Kf8 22. Rg1 Bb7 23. Ra7 Qb6 24. Rxb7 Qxb7 25. Ne5 Qe7 26. Nc6 Qc7 27. Bf3 Bb6 28. Qe1 Qd6 29. Qc3 f6 30. Ke2 Rg7 31. Qb4 Qxb4 32. Nxb4 Ra7 33. Rb1 =. <20... e5 21. fxe5 f4!> This pawn sacrifice is essential for Black, as other moves allow White to consolidate with advantage. <22. Be2> Worse for White is 22. exf4 Bxf3 23. gxf3 Bd2 24. Bh3 Bxf4 25. Bg4 h5 . <22... fxe3+ 23. Kxe3 Qd5 24. g3 Nxd4 25.Nxd4> Maybe White can equalize after 25. Ra8+ Qxa8 26. Qxd4 Bf5 (26... Rg4 27. e6 fxe6 28. Rd1=) 27. Rd1=. <25... Bxh1 26. Bf3 Qxe5+ 27. Kf2 Bc5 28. Bxh1 Bxd4+ 29. Kf1 Rg5 30. Bf3 Kf8 31. Kg2> Black is winning after 31. b3 Qe3 32. Kg2 cxb3 33. Re2 Qc3 <31... Qe3 32. Kh3 Kg7 33. b3 cxb3 34. Ra3 b4 35. Rxb3 Bc3 36. Qe2 Qc5 37. Qd3 Qc8+ 38. Kg2 Ra5 39. Qc2 Qe6 40. Qb1??> This loses immediately. Perhaps Black could have held after 40. Bg4 f5 41. Bf3 Qc4 42. Kh3 f4 43. Qd1 Qe6+ 44. Bg4 Rh5+ 45. Kg2 f3+ 46. Qxf3 Rxh2+ 47. Kxh2 Qxb3 48. Qe4 Qf7 49. Be6 Qf2+ 50. Kh3 Qf1+ 51. Kh4 Qf6+ 52. Kg4 Qg5+ 53. Kf3 h5 54. Qb7+ Kh6 55. Qf7 Be5 56. g4 b3 57. Bf5 Qf4+ 58. Ke2 Qh2+ 59. Kd3 Qc2+ 60. Ke3 Qc1+ 61. Ke2 Qb2+ =. <40... Ra1!> Also winning quickly is 40...Ra3! . <41. Qc2 Bd4! 42. Bd1 Qe1 43. Bf3> White also gets mated after 43. Rb1 Rxb1 44. Qxb1 Qf2+ 45. Kh3 Qf1+ 46. Kg4 h5+ 47. Kg5 Bf6+ 48. Kxh5 Qh3#. <43... Qf1# 0-1>

Feb-12-06
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  patzer2: Malcolm Pein's analysis at TWIC can be found at http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/eve....
Feb-12-06
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  patzer2: At http://www.chessbase.com/eventartic... is the ChessBase analysis, pointing out the impressive positional sacrifice twin moves 20...e5! and 21...f4! to break up white's pawn center.
Feb-12-06
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  patzer2: Note that according to the Malcom Pein analysis, at the chesscenter.com link above, the moves prior to 13. Ke2 had previously been played in Van den Doel - Van der Wiel 1999 (White played 13. Nd2 in tht game).
Feb-21-06  Whitehat1963: A recent example of the Opening of the Day results in a mate.
May-20-06  spirit: nica attaca toppa...!
Jul-05-06  theArtist: Great game for Topalov!
Jun-19-09
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  notyetagm: Topalov's chess is just incredible.
Apr-28-13  Balmo: No one seems to have mentioned why 21. Nxe5 loses. After a little while I realised that Black wins with ...Bxg2! A nice shot allowing Qh4+ on the next move.
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