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
"Veni, Vidi, Vishy" (game of the day Apr-12-2016)
Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010), Sofia BUL, rd 12, May-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  0-1


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 20 times; par: 80 [what's this?]

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

TIP: At the top of the page we display the common English name for the opening, followed by the ECO code (e.g. "D56"). The ECO codes are links that take you to opening pages.

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 58 OF 58 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-07-11  coolchess1: Anand of today's maturity and psychological stability would have been given Kasparov great fight than he did in 1995. Anand has matured a lot over the years and has proved by winning 3 WC championship titles in 4 years.

Kasparov no doubt, one of the greatest in chess, may be the best. But, one cannot deny Anand's greatness as well.

Oct-05-11  LIFE Master AJ: My analysis of this key game ...
Feb-18-12  fokers13: <Blunderdome> Akiba was a bad match player(much worse than his usual performance at the very least).And he didn't have the nerves of steel to win essential games either as young Capa proved on several occasions(don't remember the specific games in which Rubin gained a won position almost from the opening and proceeded to draw and/or lose).
May-07-12  Judah: <<firebyrd>I think the players should be allowed to bid for white, like: "How much time will you need to be comfortable playing white when Black gets 5 minutes and draw odds?" The one with the lowest bid in minutes gets to play white.>

I think that's a brilliant idea!

May-09-12  talisman: move 31 by white... like the ole sign use to say "Nuff said".
Nov-24-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that Anand won this thing with the Lasker variation.
Apr-02-13  RookFile: The pawn sacrifice(s) to open up the long diagonal by black are about as courageous as you can get in a decisive game like this.
May-21-13  EGarrett: Given that this game, and specifically 31 exf5, were the end of both a World Championship match and, apparently Topalov's prime, this game and move 31 should probably earn a more significant place in chess history over the next few years.
Jul-22-14  Vinod S U: Great game by vishy.. Topalov fell for anand's trap on move 30 f5.!! All was due to anand's strong light squared bishop..vishy was just wanted to draw this game. As the match would go to rapid games..thats why he played the lasker defence...
Jul-26-15  joddon: lots of good pressure built up by have to be violently offensive to destroy and kind of subtle attacking situation of Anand....Carlesen can do this, however Topolov just sits there and waits to get the beating of his life....does he not know how easy a king can team up on a knight stuck to one edge of the board, and this guy calls himself a Grandmaster....he his Granddumb.....anyhow carlsen knows Anands weakness is only to get his queen free to attack any loose pawns or square, so he immediately exchange the queens right off the bat , and then goes for a complex perplexing battle of the rooks!! usually Carlsen has enough Tempo to team up his rooks and king to win any game any time any day.....players in the past rely on blunders and nothing tactical like in the minds of the Russians!...they can think during the game, but not before or after!!move 41 is a total weak defensive zone for white...Anand loves his creepy style , loves to creep up on his opponents!!
Apr-12-16  hypercorby: Tbh, I like the early-game of Topalov. He had the style. But, I think Topalov made himself suffer combos with: 17. dc5 and 31. ef5. He just put the pawns diagonally just like his oppenent, and he couldn't protect them, like his oppenent. Anand's A8 bishop gets more muscular when Topalov denies to see that. He might be feel regretful for deny it, after the silence of the match. Likewise I like the title pun.
Apr-12-16  AlicesKnight: Did Anand play Lasker's variation because the old champion was the epitome of "fighting spirit" which Anand himself shows in this game given the match score? Probably not but I like the parallel.....
Apr-12-16  The Kings Domain: Solid attacking game by Anand. Nice Caesarean pun to complement it. :-)
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: I submitted the same pun for this game:

Anand vs Grischuk, 2007

However, whoever submitted this pun was able to get around the ban on duplicates, I suppose, by using commas to punctuate.

I will begin using that strategy when puns get rejected for being duplicates.

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A titanic battle. More ice, please!
Apr-12-16  Ronin126: A question (and I apologize in advance for the simplicity of it: I am new to learning about chess strategy/tactics)...

When 5. Bg5 h6, what is white's strategy there? I have seen it in a number of games. It appears like the bishop is being moved up only to retreat when the black pawn moves to H6.

Is it solely to help break up that wall of pawns? I do realize its a very simple question, but I am curious.


Premium Chessgames Member
  Lambda: <When 5. Bg5 h6, what is white's strategy there?>

Generally, it's because the bishop really wants to be on the h4-d8 diagonal, and doesn't mind being knocked back a square, in order to pin the knight on f6 or to be ready to exchange itself for the knight at the opportune moment. It's difficult for black to push the bishop off the diagonal with g5, because that weakens the kingside he wants to castle into.

Black on the other hand is often happy to have the possibility of g5 anyway, and also to prevent the bishop from being able to come back to squares like e3 or d2.

Apr-12-16  Ronin126: Lambda, that makes sense to me. Thank you for answering.
Apr-12-16  WDenayer: Why not 23.Rxc5? I don't understand.
Premium Chessgames Member
  mjmorri: 23.Rxc5, then Rxb2 looks playable.
Apr-13-16  Moszkowski012273: A few innacuracies towards the end I wonder if time was an issue.
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: I can't believe Anand missed 39...Rg3+ 40 Kh4 (hxg3 Qxg3#) Qg5# Is there a mistake in the score or was he just under extreme time pressure?
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: <ChessHigherCat: I can't believe Anand missed 39...Rg3+ 40 Kh4 (hxg3 Qxg3#) Qg5# Is there a mistake in the score or was he just under extreme time pressure?>

Something wrong with your analysis - don't see a forced mate.

Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <plang> Sorry, I was thinking the black pawn was on h4 instead of h5
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 58)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 58 OF 58 ·  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 Topalov!
by amadeus
othjali's au fur et a mesure
by othjali
46 Kh1 allows Rolling Rooks Pattern
from Artful Checkmate Patterns by alligator
Final game
from QGD TMB by Xmas elf
$QGD Lasker Defense (D56) 0-1 EG kNight is trapped
from Spearheads (Batteries w/a Q) Prod Fredthebear by fredthebear
QGD Lasker Defense (D56) 0-1 EG kNight is trapped
from To V or not to V?! by fredthebear
Queen's Gambit Declined
by ALL
from Games of the day for 2016. by truepacifism
Match Anand!
by amadeus
"black magic" by Vishy under pressure...brilliant!
from Aritra Chatterjee's favourite games by Aritra Chatterjee
magaling tlga c gm anand idol ko dn xa.
from noknik's favorite games by noknik
April `12: Veni, Vidi, Vishy
from Game of the Day 2016 by Phony Benoni
WCC title game -Rd12 QGD Lasker defence
from RPaterno1's favorite games- Misc. Openings by RPaterno1
Only Vishy and Lasker can play like this
from lost in space's favorite games by lost in space
WCC 2010, Game 12, Anand wins 6 1/2-5 1/2
from Anand Grand by fredthebear
French Chesslover's favorite games
by French Chesslover
QGD Lasker Defense (D56) 0-1 EG kNight is trapped
from Game collection: GDQ by fredthebear
pawn f5
from Vinod S U's favorite games by Vinod S U
Game 22
from Move by Move - Anand (Franco) by Qindarka
by indoknight
plus 49 more collections (not shown)

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