Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Vassily Ivanchuk vs Veselin Topalov
Las Palmas (1996), Las Palmas, Canary Islands ESP, rd 10, Dec-21
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack (B81)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 43 times; par: 19 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 78 more Ivanchuk/Topalov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To flip the board (so black is on the bottom) press the "I" key on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-25-03  Whitehat1963: Looks like white is a couple of moves away from destroying black, then suddenly from nowhere ...
Nov-25-03  technical draw: I think Ivanchuck wanted to get rid of black's knight on f6 (so that he could uncover check with queen more effectively) that he forgot one of the cardinal rules of chess, check all counter checks before moving. This is a good game to analyse. Probably Ivan had that point all chalked up in his mind.
Nov-25-03  Whitehat1963: Ivanchuk was at his peak when he took this one on the chin. A remarkable win for Topalov, reminiscent of Tal's magic at his peak.
Nov-25-03  Whitehat1963: Would 22 Nf4+ have been the best move?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: It seems to me that Ivanchuk's peak would usually be considered to have been around 1991 or 1992. He was having success after success at that point (until his disastrous Candidates' match loss to Yusupov), and at one point pushed his rating to #2 in the world, ahead of Karpov.
Nov-25-03  Whitehat1963: Thanks, Eggman. I admit my strength assessment for Ivanchuk is based on his Chessmetrics rating, which has him peaking in 1996.
Nov-25-03  Whitehat1963: More to the point, how does white look after 22 Nf4+? Anybody out there who can run Fritz or Chessmaster?
Premium Chessgames Member
  crafty: 22. ♘f4+ d5 23. ♘c3 ♘f3+ 24. ♔h1 ♖xg2 25. ♘xg2 ♕h5   (eval -0.81; depth 12 ply; 500M nodes)
Nov-26-03  Whitehat1963: Crafty, what happens in your scenario after 26. Bf4? This opens an attack against the black knight on f3.
Nov-27-03  Whitehat1963: Looks like 22. Rxf6 was the mistake. See crafty's analysis above. Seems to me that after 22. Nf4+, d5 23. Nc3, Nf3 24. Kh1, Rxg2 25. Nxg2, Qh5 26. Bf4 white halts black's counter-offensive, establishes material superiority and resumes a powerful attack, starting with black's knight on f3 and the bishop on e4 while maintaining a dangerous mating net. Ivanchuk just didn't think he was in any real danger here and he paid quickly as a result.
Nov-28-03  Whitehat1963: So what about it, Crafty, Honza, Drunkenknight, what's the evaluation from the position above with 26. Bf4? Anyone with Fritz or Chessmaster?
Premium Chessgames Member
  crafty: 22. ♘f4+ d5 23. ♘c3 ♘f3+ 24. ♔h1 ♖xg2 25. ♘xg2 ♕h5 26. ♗f4 26. ... ♘xh2 27. ♘xe4 ♘xf1+ 28. ♔g1 ♘xe4 29. ♖d7 ♘f6   (eval -4.29; depth 13 ply; 1000M nodes)
Dec-01-05  morphynoman2: 12... Bxe4? 13. gxf6 Bxg2 14. Rg1 Rxh2 15. Rxg2! Rxg2 16. Qf3, winning (Ivanchuk)
Dec-01-05  morphynoman2: 13. g6?! Qh4! 14. Bf2 Qg5! 15. gxf7 Kxf7 16. Nf3! Qg6 17. Be3!, and the position is not clear (Ivanchuk)
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: There are so many different possible strategies in this variation. Ivanchuk's castling kingside seems awfully risky even though he got a good position using it. Castling queenside looks like an interesting alternative.
Jun-17-06  Topzilla: Wow, Ivanchuk losing on 23 moves, another brilliance of World Champion Topalov.
Jun-22-06  kakhander: <Would 22 Nf4+ have been the best move?>

It seems so

Apr-25-08  Whitehat1963: 22. Nf4+ was clearly the only saving move. I took another look with the computer and here's the line it gave (searching one move at a time, of course):

22. Nf4+ d5
23. h3 Rg3
24. Rf2 Nc4
25. Rxc4 dxc4
26. Qxc4+ Kh8
27. Nb6 Rxe3
28. Nxa8 Bxa8
29. Bxa8 Qxa8
30. Ng6+ Kh7
31. Nxf8+ Qxf8
32. Qh4+ Kg8
33. Qc4+ Qf7
34. Qxf7+ Kxf7
35. Kg2 Ke6
36. Rf3 Re2+
37. Rf2 Re5
38. a3 Nd5
39. Rf8 Re2+
40. Rf2 Re1

From there the computer gives more than a two-pawn advantage for black, but can't seem to convert, preferring to move back and forth.

So, here's my question for <crafty> (or anyone with a strong engine), What say you about chesslab's suggestion: 22. Nf4+ d5 23. h3?

Apr-13-11  Mozart72: Ivanchuk had a 68.75% win against Topalov's 62.5%. A very small difference indeed.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is 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, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

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, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
For Pete's sake, don't castle onto a pawnless side!
from Oops! by Korora
modminiatures copy FTB enhanced
by fredthebear
Nerve and vision
from From the edge of disaster by sevenseaman
by ALL
Perhaps he forgot he was advancing his kingside pawns??
from Castle at Your Own Risk by ganstaman
topalov turns the table on Ivanchuck-23moves
from Kp type openings by r00ksac
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack
from MKD's Sicilian Defense Black by MKD
Game 129 in 'Understanding Chess Middlegames' by John Nunn.
from yPublished Games by Year & Unconfirmed Source 3 by fredthebear
Najdorf - 6. Be3
by pcmvtal
Good Najdorf training with Topalov here!
from Nikita Smirnov's favorite games by Nikita Smirnov
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack
from GUESS THE MOVE by gambitfan
Game 129
from Understanding Chess Middlegames (Nunn) by edwin.n.walker
Power Chess - Topalov
by Anatoly21
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack
from SCHEVENINGEN by gambitfan
Game 129
from Understanding Chess Middlegames (Nunn) by isfsam
The Sicilian Defense
by Timothy Glenn Forney

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 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC