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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
13th Amber Rapid (2004) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Mar-21
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-04  patzer2: Anand's opening strategy seemed confusing until I saw the strong positional move 14. c4! If 14...b4, then 15. Nd2 followed by Ne3 and Nd5 with strong center control and an ideal central post for the White Knight.

Anand's 15. Qf3! is also a good positional move worthy of note, leading to a won game after Topalov's desperate 15...d5?!

Apr-14-04  patzer2: Instead of 15...d5?!, I think Topalov should have played 15...bxc4. After 15...bxc4 16. Nxc4 d5 17. exd5 e4 18. Qe3 Bb7, the opening explorer indicates Black has about even chances as in the draw secured in Shirov vs Topalov, 2002. And even though White won impressively in the more recent G Swathi vs S Beshukov, 2004, I don't think it can be attributed to Black's choice of opening moves here.

I wonder if Topalov thought he had an improvement with 15...d5?! or if he thinks there is really a problem with 15...bxc4. Maybe he was pressing hard for a win, and played 15...d5?! to take a calculated risk. Perhaps it was not such a good idea against Anand.

Jun-15-04  forayy: Someone Anand moved with his tools around doing nothin from 52-67 ?
Aug-19-05  Bobwhoosta: It was for timing purposes, and perhaps to gain time on the clock. When you have the advantage like that it is sometimes good to let your opponent have a few moves to give you chances to think and for him to maybe make a mistake. Also perhaps Topalov was low on time.
Aug-20-05  SEMENELIN: I believe anand i used to rapid games. I like his response in move 21. Bf5 Rxd1. Superb maneuver!!

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