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Dmitry Andreikin vs Veselin Topalov
World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Mar-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca - General (D30)  ·  1-0


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Mar-21-14  GlennOliver: Currently leading candidate for the brilliancy of the tournament.

Deep moves made to look simple and obvious by Andreikin.

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  morfishine: <12...b6??> Either Topalov has lost his tactical edge, or he has not prepared properly for this event...what a mess


Mar-21-14  1971: 23. Ka1 is tactical. Andreikin's strength is in static positions where he can create these rock solid, over-protected, unassailable constructs and play from a position of power and safety. If the opening leads to a fast paced, fluid and dynamic position his level of play falls off. I'm sure there are exceptions, but it's a big trend in his play.

Note his loss against Kramnik in the World Cup in the QGD Tartakower Variation (Andreikin has gained some dominating wins in the exchange line ) instead of BxNf6 and trading pawns on d5 creating a static center, Kramnik plays Bd3 Andreikin plays dxc4 (must be theory) opening the center and goes on to lose.

Mar-21-14  Rhialto: I expect that Topalov simply miscalculated with the push of his g and h pawns, he was almost certainly intending 18...g4 19.hg hg 20.Nh4? or something and Black is better, but 20.Kb1!! gf Ng5 22.Ka2 is winning for White. Intuitively stripping one's king bare to hunt a knight on f3 is a little silly, so this still has to be called a bad error in judgement, but without this variation the game simply makes no sense at all.
Mar-21-14  csmath: It is easy to beat opponent that plays strategically losing chess and self-destructs.

I do not see any brilliancy here. Andreikin played quite normal chess after opening where he actually got worse of it.

I am not sure what Topalov wanted with g5, h5 as it is quite clear that he cannot afford to open g and h lines since he himself would get mated on those lines. The whole play looks rather bizarre.

If he went after c6 pawn instead of immediate attack then he would have easily taken that pawn and would have created very dangerous game on the queenside regardless how carefully Andreikin would have played.

This is just a clear example of bad strategical decision and self-destruction.

Mar-21-14  Kaspablanca: I wonder if Topalov came here only thinking to beat Kramnik due to his affair of the toiletgate.
Mar-21-14  csmath: Andreikin should get credit for correct decision to move king to a2 but that is indeed quite regular chess given the pawn attack on the opposite side.

15. ...Ne4?

is a beginning of a bad plan though it is not so obvious that elimination of c6 should be the priority.

16. ...g5?

is simply the beginning of self-destruction by Topalov.

Mar-21-14  Petrosianic: <csmath>: <It is easy to beat opponent that plays strategically losing chess and self-destructs.>

Top players sometimes get away with it against weaker ones. I guess Topalov <really> wanted another win, and was willing to take some chances. It looks like he underestimated Andreikin.

Mar-21-14  onur87: 5 king moves and a quick win! Inspiring game. i dont know how i do but i want to play such this style. :).
Mar-21-14  Ulhumbrus: <csmath: ...14. ...Bb4
[Black has won the opening discussion.]

15. ...Ne4?
[Black decides to attack directly but this is a mistake. 15. ...Bg4! 16. Kc1 Ne6 17. Bb5 Bxf3 18. Nxf3 Rac8 19. Kb1 Nd8 with initiative on black side.]>
Let us try a few more moves eg 20 Nd4 Bc5 21 Rd1 Bxd4 22 Rxd4 Nxc6 23 Bxc6 Rxc6 24 Qd2 Rfc8 25 Ra3 Rc2 26 Qxc2 Rxc2 27 Kxc2 Qxf2+ 28 Rd2. This may worth looking at further.

Mar-21-14  dehanne: Embarrassing.
Mar-21-14  Petrosianic: <Kaspablanca: I wonder if Topalov came here only thinking to beat Kramnik due to his affair of the toiletgate.> If he was, it was a waste of time. He has no one to blame for that affair but himself. And Danailov, of course.

But judging by this game, I don't think so. It looks like a very chancy attempt to win with Black and vault himself into serious contention.

Mar-21-14  csmath: I somehow got opportunity to look at a lot of Andreikin's games.

Generally this guy is not easy to beat with wild attacks and he keeps his head quite cool. The games he loses are usually games that are inspiring chess, good strategical ideas, creative ideas etc.

It is hard to beat him with stereotypical stuff and wild charges simply do not, in general, work against him. He does not make many errors. His loses are generally pretty good games ... by those who won them. I do not see him as a WC talent but ordinary GM he is not either.

Mar-21-14  Cemoblanca: One of the best artificial castling I've ever seen! It looks like a 0-0-0-0! :D Great game by Andreikin & a further stumbling block for Topa. It looks like he's out of the race for now. Maybe not definitely, but close to it. He was 1 of my favorites after the Kramnik game, but now I have a reason to be pessimistic. Unfortunately. The plan with 16...g5 & 17...h5 was certainly not the yellow of the egg & I think he didn't really know what to do with the position, but against Kramnik it was the exact opposite. Well, these are the 2 (chess) faces of Topa. I hope he recovers quickly, because tomorrow's game against Shak-Attack is certainly no picnic.
Mar-21-14  checkmateyourmove: you see why topalov was a squid on chessbase cartoon pics after his post conference yesterday...haha but i still love the guy for he raises the drama of a tourney, which is what we want!
Mar-21-14  Petrosianic: Yeah, but that's the good thing about Topalov. He raises as much drama losing as he does winning. So you can watch him lose and still get the fun out of him. It's like eating your cake and having it too.
Mar-21-14  RookFile: To say that this was a bad game would be an understatement.
Mar-21-14  strifeknot: Black's pieces are so well developed after the opening, but then Topalov proceeded to play without any clear plan.

Once white's king tiptoes to safety on the queen side, black's advantage has dissipated. It's as if one player conducted the opening for black, setting up a most promising position, then a novice a took over for the rest of the game, without having any idea how the position developed or how to follow through.

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  morfishine: <Marvol> Well put
Mar-22-14  GlennOliver: "@csmath
I do not see any brilliancy here. Andreikin played quite normal chess ..."

Taking ones King for a leisurely stroll across to a Queen side which is readily under attack by several major pieces.

Then, in a handful of moves, making the open defence position impregnable and the opponent's position untenable.

This is "normal chess" you think?

My view is that only a high grandmaster would see that over the board, and then dare to do that, in one of the biggest tournaments in the Calendar.

Mar-22-14  Makavelli II: @Glenn Oliver. That wasn't a king walk it was just castling manually :)
Mar-23-14  CopyBlanca: Black's play reminds me of my four year old grandson's favorite defense of h4,g4,f4 followed by N-f6. Apparently this flank attack is effective in other games he likes better called Stratego and Settlers of Catan. Still you have to respect black for willing to play in a risky fashion.
Mar-25-14  zb2cr: Nice end to this game.
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Sep-21-14  Xeroxx: great game
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