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Veselin Topalov vs Anatoly Karpov
Amber-rapid 9th (2000) (rapid), Monte Carlo, rd 8, Mar-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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Jul-21-05  who: Incredible! Topalov could mate 2Ns vs a pawn in a rapid game! Wow!!
Nov-17-05  trumbull0042: Yeah, these guys are geniuses man. In this game (Ljubojevic vs Judit Polgar, 1994), Judit Polgar mates with knight and bishop, at the Amber Blind (in that tournament each player has a computer screen with an empty chessboard on which they click-drag-release their moves, but they can't see the pieces, and the opponent's move only shows up for a few seconds, then it disappears).
Mar-11-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Very instructive finish here.
Mar-14-06  johnwgoes: 51. Nxd4 should draw with perfect play. I believe it's a mate, but it would take more than 50 moves!
Mar-14-06  AlexanderMorphy: well, Karpov being mated by 2 knights, whats bush becoming chess world champion?
Mar-16-06  johnwgoes: Mate with two knights is sometimes possible when the lone king is accompanied by a pawn. Sometimes all that's needed to achieve the mate is to "stalemate the king, allow him to push his pawn, and then mate is possible. With only two knights, you will be able to stalemate, but only willingly play into mate. Of course this was a rapid game, too, so Karpov didn't find the best continuations of course.
Jun-21-06  Fast Gun: I like it !! Topalov makes it look so easy, the finish could be 74.Ne2 g3
75.Nc3+ Ka1
76.Nb4 g2
77.Nc2 Mate
76.Ne1 g2
77.Nc2 Mate
in both lines the knight delivers mate from the c2 square. Good technique from Topalov, and it also shows just it is difficult to beat Karpov in his later years:
Mar-18-07  PositionalBomber: Karpov found this endgame to be impractical to study. Surprisingly, Topalov did and played "Troitzky line" perfectly. Karpov should have gone for h2 square instead.
Mar-18-07  Bob726: Accorinding to chess databases, the games is a draw after 60.Nxd4. 65 Kb2 and there is a forced mate in 16
Mar-18-07  Bob726: However, Topalov blew it with 66.Nf5? only nb5, ne2, ka4, and kc4 win
Mar-18-07  Bob726: 66.Kb1 draws but Kaprov played kb2? and topalov then demonstrated the forced win
Aug-08-08  dumbgai: What an incredible endgame (and in a rapid game, no less)! Actually the position is theoretically drawn after white's 61st move, since the black pawn is beyond the Troitzky line. However, Karpov didn't know the theory for this endgame (and who can blame him?) and ran his king into the wrong corner. Topalov then demonstrated the proper winning method: blocking the pawn with a knight, chasing the enemy king into a corner with his king and other knight, and finally moving the blocking knight to force the opponent to push his pawn. We might not see this endgame occur again at the super-GM level, but if it does it should be interesting to see how the players handle it.
Aug-08-08  Woody Wood Pusher: lets see Topalov try that in a classical game....
Jan-07-09  WhiteRook48: Wow. Hardly anyone can pull off a win with ♔♘♘ vs ♔♙. Topalov had a lot of skill to win this.
Mar-09-09  David2009: In Topalov vs Karpov, 2000 it turns out that

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is drawn with W to play, lost with B to play

Jul-10-09  Justawoodpusher: Some theory:
Apr-28-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Topalov is amazing! Almost perfect.
Nov-13-14  Xeroxx: What Nightmare for Karpov.
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  HeMateMe: Wow! Worth another look.

White wins with 74...g3, 75.N-c3#, K-a1, 76.N-b4...g2, 77.N-c2##. Tricky, to cut off the King with the Knights.

Mar-13-18  PJs Studio: Wow...never knew this game existed. Looks like Topolaov was studying his Dvoretsky at the time.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <dumbgai: We might not see this endgame occur again at the super-GM level, but if it does it should be interesting to see how the players handle it.>

You're in luck. A year after you wrote this, there was Wang Yue vs Anand, 2009, which the players didn't handle right. Anand first blockaded the lone P with his K instead of the N.

Then only recently, there was Karjakin vs S Sevian, 2018 which was a theroetical draw but again the defender headed to the wrong corner.

Oct-30-18  John Abraham: white conducts his pieces with the finesse of a maestro
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