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Lazaro Bruzon Batista vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-23
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1

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Jan-23-05  csmath: Another phony game from Bruzon. He plays a weird opening trying to surprise Topalov, and it sort of worked until Bruzon got an appetite to grab some distant pawns. He disregards Topalov's gathering storm around his king. You do not do that with Topalov since Topa is one of the sharpest attackers around, once he gets the upper hand in the attack there is no way out. Bruzon got smashed like a toy. Nice win anyway, Topalov just shows how dangerous he is when he gets the chance to attack the opponent's kingside.
Jan-23-05  aw1988: It is not quite a weird opening, the point being white can eventually make expand in the center. But I agree, Bruzon did not pay much attention to his king.
Jan-23-05  Jack Rabbit: This is a very pretty finish. If < 34 Qxg3 Nxg3+ 35 Kh2 Nxc1+>, Black wins a Rook or two after either <36 Bxc1 Rxc1 37 Kg2 Rg1+> or <36 Kh1 Nc2++ 37 Kg1 Nxd2>.

Even prettier is <34 Qa5 Nc2++ 35 Kg1 Rh1#>.

Jan-23-05  Rama: What's wrong with 31. RxN followed by Q-check on d4? The attackers are exchanged and the pawns are there.
Jan-23-05
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  samvega: Black would have an intermediate discovered check:
31.Rxf5 Nf4+ 32.Kg1 Qe1+
Jan-23-05  Akavall: Its interesting that 3 out of 4 Topalov's wins are with black.
Jan-23-05  iron maiden: At this point, Topalov is probably the #1 favorite to win this thing, with a half-point lead and one more White game than his closest pursuers.
Jan-24-05  Abaduba: In my opinion, Topalov is ahead, and wins with Black, because he tries to win every game instead of playing cautiously for draws. As a result, when he's on, he gets lots of full points. It's refreshing to see this kind of attacking game vs. the tough competiton here- you aren't given many mistakes to take advantage of!
Jan-24-05  notyetagm: And Topalov gets White in three of his next 4 games: W vs Anand, B vs Sokolov, W vs Leko, and then W vs Polgar. If he can win some of these W games, then it is all over.
Jan-24-05  patzer2: Topalov finishes off his winning attack with the demolition of pawn structure combination 30...Nxh3!, which was set up by 26...f4!

If White accepts the pseudo-sacrifice (i.e. captures the Kngiht with his Bishop), then he gets mated after 31.Bxh3 Qg3+ 32.Kh1 Qxh3+ 33.Kg1 Rg8+ 34.Kf2 Rde8 35.Rg1 Qh4+ 36.Kf3 Rg3+ 37.Rxg3 (37.Kf2 Qf4#) 37...Qxg3#.

Jan-24-05  patzer2: <Rama> Your interesting 31. RxN possibility requires a bit of calculated play by Black, involving a discovered check as <samvega> indicates.

Fritz 8 gives 31.Rxf5 Nf4+ 32.Kg1 Rxf5 33.Qd4+ Kg8 34.Rf2 Qg3 35.Kf1 Rdf8 36.Bf3 Re8 37.c4 Qh3+ 38.Rg2+ Nxg2 39.Qxd5+ Rxd5 40.Bxd5+ Kf8 41.Bxg2 Qf5+ 42.Kg1 Re2 43. Kh2 Qf3 44. b4 Qxg2#

Jan-24-05  WarehouseMan: Bruzon, in developing his Knight to the ingenious square of a3, was in my opinion the equivalent of giving Topalov Knight odds.

32. Nc2 might of been more useful, oh say, 20 moves beforehand.

Jan-24-05  Eatman: Well, Topalov considered Na3 to be the main mistake. However Na3 is not that weird a move, in this kind of KIA type of setup for white, Na3 is sometimes played.
Jan-25-05
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  IMlday: 9.Na3 looks OK to me, but it doesn't fit with 10.Be3?! 10.Nc2 looks better.
Feb-03-05
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  kevin86: This game appears with commentary in the LA Times game of the week.
May-05-05  DP12: Sergei Shipov had a great laugh over Bruzon "not understanding" that he needed to use his knight.
Jun-17-06  Topzilla: Sometimes Bruzon plays like a patzer, i mean, he start trying interesting things, and suddenly, he forgets about his king, or focus on something forgeting his pawns or leaving pieces on the air.

Anyway, this shows what happens if you try cheap things with Topalov, it was obvious that opening was not gonna surprise him, and Bruzon left many spaces on the king side.

Jun-22-06  The Phantom: <csmath> <He plays a weird opening trying to surprise Topalov>

And look the price he payed...

Jun-26-06  The Zorro: QXa7, QXc5?? eating pawns while his king seems so vulnerable??

This may be one of the worsest defeats in Bruzon career.

Aug-09-09  shakespeare: why a weird opening??? no need to play always standard stuff - looks very solid until move 12. h3 - he is simply outplayed by Topas subtle menoevre, giving the bishops pair for the h3 weakness

better move would have been perhaps Nc2 to prepare d4 - the move Topa wants to prevent with Bg4

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