|Mar-16-08|| ||Microdot: All I can say about this wild game, Great Morozevich out played Topalov.|
Go Morozevich go!!
|Mar-16-08|| ||KholdStare: ...Leave it up for Moro to castle queenside in Queen's Gambit and win.|
|Mar-16-08|| ||chessmoron: 26...Nxg2?? Topalov shouldn't try Blindfold ever. Stick to Classical/Rapid/Blitz/Advanced.|
Come on organizers: Kramnik vs Morozevich 12-game Blindfold Championship.
|Mar-16-08|| ||percyblakeney: Not one of Topalov's better blindfold efforts, otherwise he has won the blindfold section of Amber twice (but never the rapid section).|
|Mar-16-08|| ||tpstar: After 5 ... c6 Black has the Carlsbad formation from the QGD Exchange. Is it really necessary to challenge the Bf4 with 6 ... Bd6 here? It seems to leave Black's dark squares very weak, and then he soon accepts an IQP which only accentuates the weaknesses.|
30. Nc6! is a nice Interference tactic which also defends b2. Note 30 ... Rxc6 31. Qxc3 (31. Qb8+? Rc8) Rxc3 32. Bc4 and the weak back rank costs the game anyway.
Black paid the price for putting all his eggs in the b2 basket. :-)
|Mar-16-08|| ||ganstaman: <chessmoron: Topalov shouldn't try Blindfold ever. >|
<percyblakeney: Not one of Topalov's better blindfold efforts, otherwise he has won the blindfold section of Amber twice>
<chessmoron: Stick to Classical/Rapid/Blitz/Advanced.>
<percyblakeney: but never the rapid section>
I feel like someone's misleading me.
|Mar-16-08|| ||kokorcho: What about 30...Rc6
|Mar-17-08|| ||kiseiju: A little question: did they shake hands before the start of the game?|
|Mar-17-08|| ||malthrope: <kiseiju: A little question: did they shake hands before the start of the game?>|
Nope! :) At least according to ChessVibes who are on the scene making reports and videos: 'R2: Magnus beat Loek twice' (March 16)... // http://www.chessvibes.com/rapid-che... ;-)
<kokorcho: What about 30...Rc6
Just 31. Qxc3 there and after 31... Rxc3 then simply 32. Bc4! (new threat 33. Rxd7) and if the bishop moves then of course 33. Rd8 is curtains! (any check on the back rank is deadly!). ;)
|Mar-17-08|| ||malthrope: Whoops! Just noticed that <tpstar> gave the whole line previously (didn't look for it thought you had a new question)... That's the correct answer (we concur)! :-) - Mal|
|Mar-17-08|| ||euripides: <tpstar>
I agree Bd6 looks odd at first glance. I guess it speeds up Black's development if White takes the bishop, and White's dark-squared bishop has quite good prospects on the h2-b8 line after g4 (which often occurs in the 3...Be7 line wherever White puts his queen). Given that the whole line is not really much of a winning attempt for Black it may not be a bad idea to reduce material early.
It has quite an interesting history:
Games Like Morozevich vs Topalov, 2008
Its results don't look very good, but I think Black generally has poor results in the exchange QGD.
I don't really see the specific dark-squared weakness in this game - it seems to me White gets very good play on the light squares as well (see the position after move 23).
|Mar-17-08|| ||znprdx: so...24. Nf4 and it was all over? Would 26...Qf6 held a draw?|
I wonder if Topalov might have planned to play ....26.Nc4 hoping for 27.Bx[N]c4 Rx[B]c4 (which if 28.Qx[N|f4? Rx[N]d4 29.Rx[R]e4 Qx[R]d4 30.Qc1 forced Qxe4+ picks up the loose Knight on e7.
Unfortunately the simple 27.Nx[R]c8 and it is all over, because when this rook 'topples off' it can't be compensated for. These kind of multi-piece trade sequences are complex enough when you can actually see the pieces.....
Wow 32.Bc4 in the notes to the ...30. Rx[N]c6 queen exchange line: serendipitous synergy once again...ye olde one mover
|Mar-17-08|| ||Riverbeast: I don't understand why people even care about these blindfold games..even among the top players, they are usually blunderfests (or at the very least, weakly played) and of little real chess value|
|Mar-17-08|| ||slomarko: little real chess value? you must be kidding|
|Mar-17-08|| ||minasina: Here is Rybka(?) analysis samples for this game: http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p...|
|Mar-17-08|| ||malthrope: I must chirp in here... As, I fully agree with <Slomarko>'s sentiments. There has been (and will be) many beautiful examples of 'Blindfold Chess' at it's best played throughout the years... Here at <Melody Amber> we have a complete track record of all these games with stats (percentage of wins/losses/draws) per individual. |
GM Vladimir Kramnik once said this (paraphrased):
<"The standard of Chess is almost the same for classical and blindgames.">
I fully concur with this statement. Rapids being rapids (with or without sight) indeed makes it interesting. ;)
This IMHO is Vlad's Blindfold masterpiece...
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003
Amber Blindfold 2003 · Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45) · 1-0
If I was citing the great - Alexander Morozevich - there would be further examples of such fantastic Blindfold prowess played at Rapids speed at Melody Amber (Moro is presently ranked #1 and Kramnik is right behind him at #2 in Blindfold play). Many of us in fact are waiting in anticipation for the upcoming encounter to be played tomorrow between 'Kramnik vs. Morozevich' - in which <baited breath> is an understatement! ;-) Respectively, - Mal
PS: I'm a chess player who speaks with some authority on this Blindfold subject. May I suggest that you read my CG.com Profile and the notes given in the Postscripts.:-)
PPS: <minasina: Here is Rybka(?) analysis samples for this game: http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p... >
Thanks <minasina> - that's an excellent supplement of analysis that you are providing for the Melody Amber games! :))
|Mar-23-08|| ||al wazir: Why didn't black play 17...Qxd4 ? My guess is that he didn't see it (that's a joke), or maybe he didn't like 18. e5 Qxe5 19. Rhe1.|
|Mar-23-08|| ||just a game: After 17...Qxd4 I think 18. Bb5 would get the piece back.|
|Mar-24-08|| ||al wazir: <just a game: After 17...Qxd4 I think 18. Bb5 would get the piece back.>|
I guess you're right: If 17...Qxd4 18. Bxb5 Qxd1+ 19. Rxd1 Bxb5, then 20. Qc5.
|May-15-08|| ||minasina: ...see my previous post: For Rybka analysis (some critical points and variations) this is the relocation URL: http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p...|