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Dimitar I Donchev vs Veselin Topalov
"Welcome to the Bungle" (game of the day Jan-14-2021)
Bulgarian Championship (1989), Sofia BUL, rd 9, Jun-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0



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May-21-05  schnarre: After 20. Qxh5 it's curtains!
Aug-24-05  alexandrovm: 19.Nh6+ ups! And black loses the queen
Oct-22-05  Karpova: great play by topalov!
Oct-22-05  aw1988: Topalov lost...
Oct-22-05  aw1988: Is Qxf6 really the best? gxf6 is, probably... but the maneuver in the game was perhaps not the best. What about Qe2! and if Nxd4 Nxd4 Qxd4 Nf3
Oct-22-05  Karpova: <aw1988: Topalov lost...>

you already noticed that? congratulations!

<What about Qe2! and if Nxd4 Nxd4 Qxd4 Nf3>

or simply qe6:+ instead of nf3

Oct-22-05  aw1988: Yeah, or that.
Jan-13-06  schnarre: It's curtains for Black in any case!
Jun-12-06  Poisonpawns: Topolovs "immortal"
Mar-28-07  TheSlid: Oh well, the French have always been better at cooking than defending. Does Topa still play the Frog?
Nov-09-09  WhiteRook48: topalov is good at losing
Mar-29-15  bharat123: I Think White missed 12.Nxd5.
Jun-29-16  posoo: KarPUVA do NOT be a NUNCUMPUP. u are da cauze of da confosion by making it SEAM like uo thot topalov was WHITE PEECES.


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  al wazir: Topalov was 14 when this game was played.
Jan-14-21  SeanAzarin: I did something similar a couple years back and lost my Queen. But being that both my opponent and I were in the 1400 rating range, I kept going for a few moves and about five moves later he blundered away HIS queen, letting me back into the game. At that level, games are lost by blunders, not won by brilliance.
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  Messiah: <posoo: KarPUVA do NOT be a NUNCUMPUP. u are da cauze of da confosion by making it SEAM like uo thot topalov was WHITE PEECES.


Thank you for the insight. The game is highly interesting, indeed!

Jan-14-21  Brenin: Unpinning the N by 17 ... Qh5 was unnecessary: 17 ... c5 would have been safe, e.g. 18 Nh4 Qf7.
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  HeMateMe: Welcome to the Jungle, a rock song by the group <guns N roses>


Jan-14-21  Ned Merrill: bungle in the jungle
Jan-14-21  goodevans: <Mar-29-15 bharat123: I Think White missed 12.Nxd5.>

12.Nxd5 would have won a pawn. Either <both> players missed this or they realised that it was nothing for black to be concerned about. It seems to be all about the two LSBs...

<12.Nxd5 Qf7 13.Nc3/e3> would have given black's LSB a purpose in life. At some opportune moment it will come to b7 and command the a8-h1 diagonal. By contrast, in the game black's <13...Bb7> was pretty ineffective (in fact worse than that, white's 18.Nfe5 would not have been so devastating if it had been back on its starting square defending d7).

What white played instead, <12.c3>, was an excellent move. Now black can no longer force a trade of white's LSB with <...Na5> and when white later relocated the B to c2 it stared right into the heart of black's K-side (which suggests to me that white maybe should have played c3 sooner and that black maybe should have taken advantage of that delay to force the aforementioned trade).

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  HeMateMe: Topey was just 14, but playing in the closed Bulgarian championship? Definitely a guy with a future! I dont think kasparov was playing in the national Azerbaijan championship until age 17.
Jan-14-21  RandomVisitor: This game was played in 1989. Bill Wall lists these two notable events from 1989:

In 1989, the police raided a chess tournament in Los Angeles. The L.A.P.D. vice officers raided a nightly chess tournament held at Dad's Donuts. They cited three men for gambling after finding $1.50 on the table. The police staged the raid after an undercover detective tried unsuccessfully to join a blitz chess game. The detective then pulled out his badge and said "all of you are under arrest," as the L.A.P.D. swooped in.

In 1989, during the French championship, IM Gilles Andruet and IM Jean-Luc Seret got into a violent fight over an argument whether Andruet resigned before Seret checkmated him. After the fight, Andruet needed 8 stitches and had to withdraw from the tournament, despite the fact that he was in the lead after 10 of 14 rounds.

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  Korora: Whoops! If I had to guess, I'd say Topalov was thinking "I don't want to capture with the Knight," but the motor neurons in his arm and hand didn't receive the negative. I've been given to understand that that's how a number of obviously-stupid moves were made.
Jan-15-21  RandomVisitor: 3...Nc6 is not liked by Stockfish:

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<66/90 15:33:12 +1.01 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5> Nd7 6.Nb3 Be7 7.c3 a5 8.Bb5 Na7 9.Bd3 a4 10.Nbd2 c5 11.Qxa4 cxd4 12.Nxd4 0-0 13.f4 Nc5 14.Qc2 Nxd3+

Jan-15-21  RandomVisitor: 12.Nxd5 may win a pawn but it activates black's pieces and in the computer line below white has nothing gained:

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64/83 18:53 0.00 12...exd5 13.Bxd5+ Rf7 14.Bxc6 Bb4+ 15.c3 Bxc3+ 16.bxc3 Qxc6 17.Qb3 Qe4+ 18.Be3 h6 19.0-0 Bb7 20.a4 bxa4 21.Rxa4 a5 22.Rfa1 Nb6 23.Rxa5 Rxa5 24.Rxa5 Bd5 25.c4 Nxc4 26.Rb5 c6 27.Rb8+ Kh7 28.Qb1 Qxb1+ 29.Rxb1 Bxf3 30.gxf3 Rxf3 31.Kg2 Rf6 32.Rc1 Nb6

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