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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Grand Slam Chess Final (2008), Bilbao ESP, rd 9, Sep-12
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  beenthere240: Looks to me like the black knight is on its way to e6 permitting Rd8 and further piece reduction. Of course it's not an ending with opposite colored knights!
Sep-12-08  WI0963: Virginmind, you might consider:
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  Chessmensch: Deep Fritz 10 calls it a draw after 26...Nc5.
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  virginmind: <WI0963> thanks, buddy!
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  agb2002: I wonder whether exchanging rooks and then white's f-pawn and black's g6-pawn wouldn't improve white's chances to win because eventually the h-pawn could become passed.
Sep-12-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Forget 3-1-0 they should just introduce financial penalties for this sort of thing!
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  beenthere240: That's a good point. Black will want to keep the rooks on to help ensure the draw.
Sep-12-08  kkshethin: <; shows 31....f6 instead of 31....g6 shown in the game
Sep-12-08  PinnedPiece: <kkshethin: <; shows 31....f6 instead of 31....g6 shown in the game>

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  virginmind: ...f6 is a mistake, 31...g6 has been played (
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  ketchuplover: a4 here looks worthy
Sep-12-08  tarun. ganguli: It's a dead draw with black placing Rook on h5. Anand will be satisfied with the draw, considering his awful form.
Sep-12-08  tarun. ganguli: No way a positive result can ensue to either. Better we should be shown other gams.
Sep-12-08  Ulhumbrus: Anand threatens the manoeuvre Re3-d3-d5. On 37...Rh5 ( to prevent Rd5) 38 Rd3+ Ke7 ( to cover all three back ranks against invasion by the White Rook, the 6th, 7th and 8th ranks) 39 Ke4 White's King is more advanced than Black's.
Sep-12-08  theodor: to wwp; i figured out a non direct duel; a random mittelschpil situation is simultanely played in separates rooms (like in bridge) from the two contestants.
Sep-12-08  gandu: Draw!
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  virginmind: <Ulhumbrus> he's not threatening anything anymore...
Sep-12-08  Ulhumbrus: Assuming that Topalov uses his King to keep White's Rook out of all three Black back ranks, one of Anand's potential threats is to enter a King and Pawn ending where his King will be advanced further than Black's.
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Sep-12-08  Udit Narayan: <> cool!
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  whiteshark: great!
Sep-12-08  Ulhumbrus: On 41...Kd7 42 Re4 Rh5 43 Kf4 White's King is more advanced than Black's. Perhaps Anand does not consider his advantage sufficient to win
Sep-12-08  offtherook: Oh yes, the 3-1-0 has done so much to get rid of boring draws. Look how enterprising Topalov is being, playing something as risky and double-edged as the Caro-Kann! That takes some serious balls. And it's also so far out of Topalov's normal style, since he's always known as being so conservative and playing for a draw as black.
Sep-12-08  Whitehat1963: Regardless of how long this game is, it still looks like a bloodless draw. Oh well.
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  GrahamClayton: Photo taken before the game:

Anand and Topalov doing their very best to avoid eye contact!

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