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Martin Christian Huber vs Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov
"Such Hubris!" (game of the day May-08-2012)
Topalov Vienna Clock Simul (2012), Vienna AUT, rd 1, Apr-27
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  1-0


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May-08-12  superstoned: seems to me like Black shoulda played 11...f4 to prevent White from so easily posting on the a7-g1 diagonal.
May-08-12  sevenseaman: Topa outplayed! Martin manufactures a powerful mating position.

The coolest move Topalov made was 36...Be6 but Huber was up to it.

What a nice pun! Rarely they make me laugh with abandon; this one did.

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  offramp: The best puns are the ones that have a relevance to the game, like this one.
May-08-12  Manofglory: For me 12...Ng8 looks a bit odd. The knight is holding c5 for a moment and maybe going to g6-h4-g2. Or to g8, but rather later. I'd say 12...f4 13.Bf2 and then g5, h5 knights to f6 ang g6, but its nothing new. I think this game may a try to play something a little bit different.
May-08-12  shakespeare: wow - the game of his life :-)
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  Travis Bickle: Beautiful game by white!
May-08-12  newzild: Yes, White will never forget this game.

I must say, Topalov did remarkably well to create counterplay after his horrible opening.

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  Garech: Congrats to Martin Huber, a great win and one he will surely always remember!

As a player of the KID, I have to say that this was painful to watch. Topalov, naturally, knows a lot more about chess than me, but he plays a series of moves here that I've come to realise are very dangerous in KID setups.

Firstly, 9...Nd7 - despite having the benefit of hindering white's c5 push, I have found that Ne8 is better because it doesn't block in the light squared bishop and keeps an eye on the c7 pawn/square, which is often more of an issue than white's c5 push (for example after b4, c5, cxd6 Rc1 and Nb5).

Secondly, 11...Kh8 - I assume this is to allow Ng8 and a subsequent rerouting of the knight, but as <superstoned> pointed out, 11...f4, instead, would have prevented white from getting his dark squared bishop to the g1-h7 diagonal so quickly, which is the ideal posting for the bishop in this line, especially on f2 (as white showed) where it plays both an attacking and defensive role.

Thirdly, 16...a6 - black just *cannot* afford to make this weakening on his queenside; if nothing else it allows a later Nb6, winning black's light squared bishop, which, as we all know, if a crucial component of black's kingside attack.

The ideal set up for black is Ne8, f5, Rf7-g7/h7 - keeping c7 under lock and key, and then the standard kingside pawnstorm in conjunction with Ng6 Qg5 and sacking the light squared bishop - wins every time!!



May-08-12  Elo: Here is a photo of Huber:

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  kevin86: black lost the queenside early-and the rest later.
May-08-12  solskytz: Beautiful! Loved it

a 2150 kid... probably feels better for a Topalov to lose to a 2150 kid than to a 2150 mature adult...

Such kids later also become top GMs, which tends to soften the blow.

May-08-12  Labgrunt: If Topalov didn't resign, how would white continue from the final position? Is there a knock-out punch, or would it be a positional and/or material advantage?
May-08-12  Shams: <Labgrunt> 42...Kg8 or 42...Kh8 fall to 43.Qc8+ with inevitable mate on h8; if instead 42...Kh7 or 42...Kh6 White plays 43.Qxh4+ forcing the queens off and winning trivially with rook and a-pawn.
May-08-12  bischopper: a new player is here what is his plan?
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