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Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov vs Gata Kamsky
"Tartar Sauce" (game of the day Dec-15-2011)
World Championship Candidates (2011), Kazan RUS, rd 1, May-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1


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May-06-11  picard: Its funny to hear people expecting more out of Topalov. Why? He has been slumping lately and is coming off of a big let down after losing to Anand. I think he is going to go the way of Leko and Shirov - once they missed their big chance they were never able to recover.
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  kdogphs: I've castled queenside five times in my official 90 game chess career and lost every time
May-06-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 12 h4 is 12 Bb5 getting White's KB out and pinning Black's N on c6. An alternative to 13 h5 is 13 Ng5 attacking Black's QB on e6.
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  Gypsy: <picard: ... - once they missed their big chance they were never able to recover.>

Irony of ironies, it seems to me that Topalov missed his best chance right after he won the FIDE title tournament in Argentina. He had the momentum, while Kramnik was ailing and playing well below his top strength. By the time Elista came along, the team Danailov-Topalov missed their 'Spring tide'.

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  Domdaniel: Danielsen (thanks for the link, Pyke) makes an important point: having allowed his Queen to be chased to a3 - and effectively cut out of play - Topalov needed to do something about this 'while it was still a small problem'. Danielsen has a good plan, starting with Ng5 to hit the e6 Bishop.

But Topalov chose an inferior plan (Rd2 etc) and his problems got progressively bigger. Kamsky played beautifully - I agree that the little pawn moves were very effective.

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  tamar: It's just one game, but losing with White in a four game match is serious.

Great defensive win by Kamsky, who played against Topalov's aggressive tendencies by taking away all the center squares with pawn moves.

Topalov never could gain any traction-he never solved 10...Bh6+ which effectively kept him from expanding in the center the whole game.

May-06-11  kevins55555: Excellent! I only betted 50 on Topalov to win, as well Kamsky won!
May-06-11  erniecohen: Topalov didn't play very well, but this was a very impressive performance by Kamsky.
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  Domdaniel: Kamsky played this line of the Grunfeld-English twice in 2009, drawing with Ivanchuk and Eljanov. Topalov's 'improvement' was 9.0-0-0, which - though risky - actually isn't as bad as some might think. With the Queenside relatively closed, and both Black Knights developed in front of his Q-side pawns, there's no immediate danger to the White King.

The problem piece is the Queen, and Topalov's desperate efforts to find counterplay eventually expose his King as well. But I don't think 9.0-0-0 is all bad, and Danielsen's idea -- 15.Ng5 instead of Rd2 -- gives White a playable game.

May-06-11  tacticalmonster: If I were Kamaky, I would finish the match off with a White win tomorrow.

After Topalov-Anand WC match, Topalov seems unable to find his momentum. First dropping below 2800 and then went from no2 to no 6 in the world. Maybe topalov is destined to become one of the greatest player never to become world champion.

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  notyetagm: Game Collection: Kamsky's Best Games
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: RELOAD!

Topalov vs Kamsky, 2011 13 Nf3-e1 Bf5-c2! White e1-knight keeps Black b4-knight out of c2-fork square

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  notyetagm: GM Shipov gives 10 ... ♗g7-h6+!! the <DOUBLE EXCLAM>, an extremely strong way of preventing White's intended pawn move e2-e4.

<10. Bg3 Bh6+!?

A cunning way of preventing e2-e4 - Black forces the pawn to e3, where it's pinned.

11. e3

Because 11. Kb1 failts to 11... Bf5+ 12. Ka1 Ndb4 13. Ne1 Bc2! >

May-06-11  solskytz: ...Rd2 isn't so much a plan as a tactical move - avoiding ...Bxe3+ followed by ...Rxh1
May-06-11  James Bowman: To my way of seeing it Topolov's queen was a spectator and Kamsky's was earning her keep, a positional master piece that led to mate by shifting the attack from dark to light squares as needed. Many incremental advantages to get there bravo Gata love it.
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  LucB: <sevenseaman>

<Its the kind of game I'd love to see the video analysis of.>

There are quite a few people on YouTube who, I'm sure, will video-annotate this game:

- kingscrusher
- SeanGGodley
- clausjensencom
- ChessNetwork

These are all YouTube channels you can subscribe to..

All four of these guys are awesome!

May-06-11  James Bowman: Kamsky's knight ancored on b4 must not be overlooked too.
May-06-11  parisattack: Nice play by Kamsky - and about what we've come to expect from Topalov's game of late. But perhaps he can come back; he starts slow...
May-06-11  weepingwarrior: James Bowman, I like your Gata Love It! It's been hard for me to like Kamsky, But when I see him play games like this one, I have to admire him. Bravo Gata... And keep up the good work. I wish you the best.
May-06-11  Albertan: With the help of Deep Rybka 3.1 and Deep Hiarcs 13.2 I have analyzed this game and posted this analysis to the first page of my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe. I hope you drop by and play through this analysis which can be accessed directly by clicking on the following link:

May-06-11  BobCrisp: That should read: With the help of <Albertan>, Deep Rybka 3.1 and Deep Hiarcs 13.2 have analyzed this game...
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  wordfunph: Topa was never bothered with his exposed king while Gata's king --- sipping his juice and smiling while the game is underway.. :)

nice game by Gata aka <DarkNolan>..

May-06-11  bgkuzzy: Wow, Topa got annihilated today. I can't remember his losing so miserably lately.
May-07-11  SetNoEscapeOn: Carlsen vs Topalov, 2010 was crushing.
May-07-11  Hesam7: Wow. This is incredible. When was the last game where Topalov with White pieces was lost after <16> moves? You don't remember? Me neither.

Kamsky missed 16. ... Kf7!

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Black's simple threat is ... Bxe3. The best Stockfish can come up with is this:

17. Rg1 b6 18. Bc4 Qd7 19. Nc3 Nxe3 20. Bxe6+ Qxe6 21. fxe3 Bxe3 22. Rf1 Kg7 23. Qb3 Qxb3 24. axb3 Ra7 25. Bf2 Nd3+ 26. Kc2 Nxf2 27. Rdxf2 Bxf2 28. Rxf2 Rb7 29. Re2 g5 30. Re6 Rc7 31. Kd3 Kf7 32. Re1 Rd7 33. Na4 Rb8 (-1.29 @ depth 28).

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