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Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov
9th Euwe Memorial (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, May-14
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  0-1



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Sep-05-06  russep: what a game. I guess this is why Kasparov is a sicilian expert.
Feb-06-07  BadTemper: I still don't understand why there is little chatter about this game. For heck's sake, his queen never moved.
Jul-26-07  Kleve: Could someone explain the final position?
Jul-31-07  WarmasterKron: <Kleve> When the queen moves, Rxh3.
Nov-04-07  sallom89: crazy! no queen moves against a GM , he gotta feel impressed.
Apr-15-09  MethodMan: This was revenge. Topalov beat him in their first meeting. I think Kasparov made a point of asserting his dominance because that left a sour taste in his mouth. In the end Kasparov definitly came out on top.
Jun-22-12  fisayo123: Unbelievable game by Kaspy!
Jul-08-14  ljfyffe: James Narraway-Frederick Fisher 1884 Saint John 5...Bb4(5...Nf6 6N4b5 d6 7Bf4 e5; 5...a6 6Be2 Nge7/Qc7) 6Nxc6(6Nb5 Nf6 7a3 Bxc3+ Nxc3 d5)6...Bxc3+(6...bxc6 7Qd4 Bf8 8Bf4 f6) 7bxc3 dxc6(7...bxc6 8Qd4)8Bf4(8Be3/Qd4/Ba3) 8...Qa5(8...Qxd8+ 9Kxd8 Nf6)
Jul-08-14  ljfyffe: Should be (8...Qxd1+ 9Kxd1 Nf6) 9Qd4 f6 10e5 c5 11Qd2 f5 12Rd1 a6(12...Ne7) 13Bg5 Qc7 14f4 Ne7 15Be2 0-0 16Bf3(threatening 17Qd6) 16...Nc6 170-0 Rf7(17...Qb8, 18Qd6) 18Bd8 Qd7 19Qe3 Qe8 20Bxc6 Qxc6 21Rd6 Qb5 22Bb6 Bd7(22...c4, 23Rd8+ Rf8 24 Rfd1) 23Bxc5 Rc8 24 Bb6 Qc4 25Rfd1 Bc6(Bb5) 26R1d4 Qxa2 27Bc5 Bd5(27...g6/...h6) 28R4xd5 exd5 29e6 Qb1+ 30Kf2 Qxc2+ 31Kg3 Rf6(31...Re7 32Rd7; 31...Rfc7 32e7) 32e7 Re8 33Rxf6 gxf6 34Qe6+ Kg7 35Bd4 Qd3+ 26Kh4 1-0 <annotated by Rev. Charles E. Ranken for the most part.>
Jul-09-14  ljfyffe: MCO # 10 gives 1e4 c5 2Nf3 e6 3d4 cxd4 4Nxd4 Nf6 5Nc3 d6 6Be2 <a6> as the PAULSON VARIATION with the idea: if 70-0 <Nbd7>.
Sep-20-14  Conrad93: Was 15. Rg1 the mistake? 15. a3 looks safer.
Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: After 15a3, 15 ...d5 looks interesting.
Sep-22-14  Karposian: <Conrad93: Was 15. Rg1 the mistake? 15. a3 looks safer.>

15.Rg1 was indeed a dubious move by Topalov. He should not have allowed Kasparov to advance the b-pawn. 15.a3 is much better.

<ljfyffe: After 15a3, 15 ...d5 looks interesting.>

After 15...d5 I think 16.exd5 is better for White. Then after 16...exd5, 17.f4! and Black looks slightly uncomfortable.

I think that after 15.a3 Black should continue with ...Qc7 and ...Nb6.

Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: What about 16 ....b4, after 16exd5?
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  drleper: <ToTheDeath: Fischer's assertion about Morphy doesn't even pass the laugh test.>

Fischer was aware that chess knowledge evolves over time. Here's an excerpt from a radio interview with Fischer talking about past masters

<"In chess so much depends on opening theory, so the champions before the last century did not know nearly as much as I do and other players do about opening theory. So if you just brought them back from the dead they wouldn’t do well. They'd get bad openings. You cannot compare the playing strength, you can only talk about natural ability.">

Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: <Karposian>Right you are ... my idea of 16...b4 does not look that great even after 17axb4, 17...exd5.
Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: PS Visions of Dylan by Christopher Ricks is a good book ...I had to explain to him by note that Dylan's "warehouse eyes" in Sad Eyed Lady refers to his sunglasses ..... Olivia in Twelth Knight is called the sad lady; Viola said she'd build a willow cabin by Olivia's gate. "Or sad eyed lady sould I wait ".
Sep-22-14  Karposian: <Ijfyffe> <PS Visions of Dylan by Christopher Ricks is a good book ...>

Christopher Ricks is definitely one of the greatest literary critics of our time. I remember reading many years ago his book about Tennyson, a wonderful biography where he both examined Tennyson's life and gave a brilliant critical study of his poems. A splendid book.

Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: Ricks sent me a postcard thanking me for my own discoveries in Dylan's lyrics that I wrote him about ..... of course, Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands is a word play on Sara Lownds, Dylan's first wife.
Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: PS I read the Tennyson book.
Sep-22-14  Karposian: <ljfyffe: Ricks sent me a postcard thanking me for my own discoveries in Dylan's lyrics that I wrote him about .....>

Now, that is quite something! Getting that kind of feedback and recognition from one of the world's foremost literary critics..I think I would have kept that postcard :)

Sep-22-14  ljfyffe: Its actually tucked away somewhere....from Boston University, I believe.
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  FSR: "[H]e revealed the most remarkable thing about his crushing win against Topalov - that his queen had never moved from d8!"
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  FSR: Stay-at-Home Mom.
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  FSR: In the last round of the same tournament, Kasparov again tried out his new strategy of leaving his queen on d8 the whole game. It didn't work out that time. Piket vs Kasparov, 1995
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