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Hrvoje Stevic vs Veselin Topalov
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Sep-22
Sicilian Defense: Alapin. Barmen Defense Endgame Variation (B22)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-22-10  sarahbumter: Some epic blunders by Topalov in this game.
Sep-23-10  DeepFriedLiver: I can't find any single move epic blunders that Topalov played in this game. Just seems like he was always at a disadvantage because of the questionable opening he chose.

White, on the other hand, appears to have made an epic blunder on move 46 according to chessbomb's stockfish: 46. Kc5 wins, since the bishop and h pawn can handle defense, leaving the king to clear up queenside and march the b-pawn.

Sep-23-10  morphy2010: No blunders by top. but he should have played nXf3 check i the openig.
Sep-23-10  aramitz: Hi, everyone. Can anyone inform what the time control is at this Olympiad?
Sep-23-10  morphy2010: aramitz the time cotrol is 2 hours for 40 moves each. 1 hour each therafter if needed
Sep-23-10  nuwanda:

yes, 46.Be2 seems to throw away the win. probably white thought he has to defend against 46...Kf3 as after 46.Kc5 Kf3 47.Kb5 a3 48.ba e3 49.Kxa5 e2 50.Bxe2 Kxe2 51.Kb5 Kf2 52.a4 Kg2 53.a5 Kxh2 54 a6 g3 black is just in time.

but after 46.Kc5 Kf3 (after 46...e3 47.Be2 is good now as white has an decisive extra tempo compared to the game) white has 47.Bd5 when black has no good move. 47...Kf4 48.Kd4 wins and 47.Ke3 48.Kc4 wins

a pity, its not everyday that you have a won position against a player of Topalovs calibre...

Sep-23-10  tjipa: No, the final mistake was 53.Be2? - instead of 53.b3 and the end. White puts its bishop on c4 and goes to collect the black a pawn. 1:0
Sep-23-10  nuwanda:

thats not right <tjipa>,

with covering the b3-pawn and preventing the e3-pawn from queening the bishop is overloaded.

after Kxa5 simply e2 collects whites last pawn

Dec-12-12  tjipa: yeah, OK, <nuwanda>, now that I have learned computer-chess basics I checked and I see, you are right.
May-13-13
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  FSR: I wonder why Topalov played into this line. It's not exactly appealing for Black: +0 =5 -5. Opening Explorer
May-13-13  Abdel Irada: <FSR: I wonder why Topalov played into this line. It's not exactly appealing for Black: +0 =5 -5.>

I would surmise that he considered the line a good surprise weapon, in particular because of its lackluster reputation and results.

Also arising from the Smith-Morra Gambit, this line seems to find Black always a tempo behind, but there are variations within it in which the tempo may not be decisive; I suspect Topalov regarded the text as such a variation.

As the more popular opening lines become analyzed to sterile equality, GMs forge a trail into the past, reviving and striving to rehabilitate long-discredited openings to circumvent their opponents' preparation. It didn't work out here, but it also didn't fail so badly as to leave Topalov in an indefensible position.

I think we can expect more such renascences, especially as computers help unearth unsuspected resources in variations abandoned in the wake of comprehensive and once-daunting disasters.

Mar-19-15
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  FSR: <Abdel Irada> It's one of those decisions looked at with the benefit of hindsight. Had Topalov managed to win the game, his choice would have been hailed as a brilliant one. Since he only drew a lesser player, it's not. (Sort of like Spassky's Nb1 in his 11th match game against Fischer, 1972. Since he won, it was hailed as a brilliant, double-exclam move, though in fact objectively it's nothing special at all.)
Sep-16-16
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  louispaulsen88888888: Maybe 10...Nc2+ is best, as in Vigfussen Bjarnasson. Blacks position is no fun but it looks like he's hanging on.
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