Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010), Sofia BUL, rd 3, Apr-27
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation (D17)  ·  1/2-1/2


explore this opening
find similar games 124 more Topalov/Anand games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To flip the board (so black is on the bottom) press the "I" key on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 8 OF 25 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Apr-27-10  Meatwad: <Nigel Short> To play devil's advocate - is it prophylaxis against play for Black on the c-file? Like ...Bc5? Seems to make life awkward at any rate.
Premium Chessgames Member
  autolycus: The point about the Rc1 is good. So the logic would be, to use that rook, move the Nc3 and Bc4 elsewhere. I suppose Bc4 at b3 is OK, but the Nc3 even after Nd1-e3 has limited scope.
Apr-27-10  chessic eric: 17.h5 does throw a wrench in the plan below.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: Perhaps the rook on c1 is stopping (or at least helping to prevent) black from castling queenside.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Rd1 meant that Bd6 was impossible.
Apr-27-10  Papagambit: ok Vishy chose my move, not boring Vaseline to death gonna play position not comfortable to Toppy and out position him. Probable draw, butwe'll see...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Boomie: <Nigel Short: Do you get my point about 14.Rc1?>

Yeah. After a5, you'd probably rather have the rook on b1 to push the b-pawn.

Premium Chessgames Member
  OneArmedScissor: <Nigel Short: Do you get my point about 14.Rc1? I know it is the sort of move one is supposed to play (rook on the open file blah,blah,blah) but what actually is it doing there?>

It's sitting there motionless, like every other piece on the board.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <18.a5 now it's getting more "interesting" since White has got the a4 square for his Knight, but his "a" pawn may become weak and exposed to ...Bb4> (Bauer on chessdom)
Apr-27-10  mack: Oh look --- Topalov's lobbing his rook pawns down the board in a position that may not necessarily call for it, again. I bet he's a disappointingly quick lover.
Apr-27-10  chessic eric: I didn't think a5 was likely due to ...Bb4 - how does white reply? Bb6?!
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Grandmaster Short> <what actually is it doing there?>

Would it have better to redeployed his minor pieces, perhaps developed his king to the second rank, and awaited developments to decide which file to locate the a-rook?

Apr-27-10  Ulhumbrus: Black can't dispute the c file or the d file as long as his King's Rook is tied to the defence of the g7 pawn. The move ...f6 frees the R but leaves the e6 pawn en prise. This suggests 18...Ke7 preparing....f6 freeing the R on g8.

The moves h5 and a5 carry some risk as the pawns may become targets.

Apr-27-10  albertfrank: < Albertan: Do you people watching want this analysis or not?>

No thanks. We are watching a chess game played by humans.

Premium Chessgames Member
  mcguigan97: Topalov's last two moves are minor inaccuracies, as was Ke2. If he keeps this up it's going to look like game 2...
Apr-27-10  Nigel Short: Enough of this position. Let's ask some important questions instead. Where is Natalia today? Her appearance normally perks me up a bit :)
Apr-27-10  hedgeh0g: <Nigel> You do realise that if the game ends up being decisive, you'll catch a lot of flak here for not calling it correctly, don't you?
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: Anand can improve the position of his knight with 18... Ne5 19.Ba2 Nc6
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Get the point about 14 Rc1, although hard to see the move as bad.

What are the chances of White playing g4 and just playing for an endgame against the h7 bishop?

Apr-27-10  Nigel Short: Oh I like that! 14.Rc1 with the idea of 18.a5! Would the rook not have been better on a1 in that case?
Apr-27-10  aragorn69: Who says Nigel doesn't like the <flak> ??
Apr-27-10  achieve: <Nigel Short: Do you get my point about 14.Rc1?> Not quite, yet, except thatit didn't "perk you up" sufficiently ;)
Apr-27-10  Nigel Short: <tamar? ok, but the h7 bishop is far from dead. See the game Kramnik-Short from the DVD "Nigel Short: Greatest Hits (volume 1)" :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: If 18...Bb4 then 19. Ra1...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: I assume a5 perhaps is to clear the a4 square for the knight.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 25)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 8 OF 25 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Match Anand!
by chessgain
2010 WCC Rd 3- QGD Slav Def. (1 1/2-1 1/2)
from RPaterno1's favorite games- Misc. Openings by RPaterno1
Match Anand!
by amadeus
WCC: Anand-Topalov FIDE Championship 2010
by WCC Editing Project
Game 3.
from FIDE World Chess Championship, Sofia, 2010 by vsadek
Match Topalov!
by amadeus
Anand-Topalov World Championship Match (2010)
by Tinflash
mbofana's favorite games
by mbofana
Game 3, Match tied 1 1/2-1 1/2
from 2010 World Chess Championship by Penguincw

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC