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Veselin Topalov vs Ruslan Ponomariov
"Mtel it like it is" (game of the day Apr-16-2006)
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 9, May-21
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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  bubuli55: Took me some 30 secs but Abdel is just too fast :) good eye
Sep-17-13  Abdel Irada: <bubuli55: Took me some 30 secs but Abdel is just too fast :) good eye>

On the other hand, maybe I just saw the post first. ;-)

Sep-17-13  gofer: <Abdel Irada>: That's why I put <<(first three moves)>>...


Like you, I found the first two moves a doddle, just like crucifixion.

The third took me ages... ...which is why I thought it was an interesting puzzle and worth posting... only feeble excuse is that I feel I was slightly sent on the wrong path by Keene's lead up to the puzzle, which made me unnecessarily look at Bf7 and Rg8+...

"White has pressure on the kingside and a powerful bishop on d5. How did she make the most of these assets..."

The bishop doesn't even come into it! It might as well not be on the board... ...grumble, grumble...

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  chrisowen: I net today tick in the box ecumen going to bed e4 by forced accomodate queene5 ie bed bore fruit giving check engaged king be cuffed for one duty off light camp effect fat blower e5 got backing c6 accustom bid bethrone baby check I bade line bone in the throat back b1 inch effront a d8 and he guffaw h7 a bet rook queen cadence d8 quaqmire bade forth one bode hedged h7 b1 all combine d8 it swell in general badge of honour booted I red a bit simple for free combo in good hub cede e5 capture flubbed in cobbled f1 king left again of mind c6 and queen evermore inballed 28.Qe8+ knightd7 interfere da bed b6 a king right be offering 29.Qd8+ mate in 3 eg fun biffed himover d8 be fandangle 29...Kc6 now ledge b1 come back completes it smitten in juicy end it now in mack do time for clock 30.Be4+ when engages it said and done 30...Qxe4 31.Qc7+#.
Sep-17-13  Abdel Irada: <chrisowen: I net today tick in the box ecumen going to bed>

Let us not forget that "sumer" is no longer "icumen in," but "going to bed."

Lhude sing, cuccu! Murie sing!

Sing whilom thou canst, both loud and merry, for thy season passeth apace.

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  gawain: I love to see the King trapped in the middle of the board. What a fitting punishment for his failure to develop!
Sep-17-13  gars: I think it too easy for a Tuesday.
Sep-17-13  mistreaver: Tuesday. White to play. Easy. 30?
There is a nice mate in two combination.
30 Be4+
The idea is to lure the black queen away from c7 square. 30... Qxe4 (Qd5 comes to the same)
31 Qc7 mate
Sep-17-13  Abdel Irada: <chrisowen>: Do bells make good razors?

Sep-17-13  ZZpatzer: <Abdel Irada: Let us not forget that "sumer" is no longer "icumen in," but "going to bed."...>

WAIT, you speak <chrisowen>'s language?! Please be all C3PO and interpret his analysis. Please? Thx.

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  Oxspawn: Looks like
30 Be4+ Qxe4
31. Qc7++
What am I missing? I donít even see any variations which usually means I have failed to spot something.
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  kevin86: Tried the queen sac-didn't work.

the bishop sac divert the queen from c6-when black either interposes the queen or takes the bishop...Qc6 mates.

Sep-17-13  Abdel Irada: <ZZpatzer: <Abdel Irada: Let us not forget that "sumer" is no longer "icumen in," but "going to bed."...>

WAIT, you speak <chrisowen>'s language?! Please be all C3PO and interpret his analysis. Please? Thx.>

No. I was speaking Chaucer's language, Middle English.

I think <chrisowen>'s language is sui generis. :-)

Sep-17-13  bachbeet: Got it. White has to deflect the black Q.
Sep-17-13  Kikoman: 30. Be4+! Qxe4/Qd5 31. Qc7+# and that's it! :D
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  Penguincw: Hehe. Without thinking, I got it because I kind of remember this game.
Sep-17-13  MountainMatt: Today is Tuesday, right? More of a Monday-level puzzle, this. 30. Be4+ Qxe4 31. Qc7#
Sep-17-13  Patriot: 30.Be4+ and black must capture. 30...Qxe4 31.Qc7#
Sep-17-13  Patriot: <Abdel Irada> Please don't humor <chrisowen>. We've been reading that stuff for years! :-)
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  perfidious: <Patriot>: Or not.
Sep-17-13  Vik: ...and I've got it, and it's funny because last night I used something similar while playing with a person on fb, not knowing about this one, coooool ;)
Sep-18-13  stst: 30.Be4+ QxB (forced)
Aug-26-15  pericles of athens: Wow, beautiful game!!!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <pericles of athens: Wow, beautiful game!!!>

Another terrific game from this tournament was Topalov vs Anand, 2005. Topalovís sacrifice in that game (<14. Nxf7!?>) in this position:

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was of a decidedly speculative character. He was probably counting on the fact that he had heavily analyzed the resulting position at home, whereas his opponent would be needing to find his way over-the-board, but to play such a move against a great defender like Anand invites comparison with the first well-known essay of the Marshall Gambit: Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918.

Topalov fared better against Anand at Sofia 2005 than Marshall against Capablanca at New York 1918 when Vishy went astray with <21. Ö Be7??> (Better would have been <21. Ö Kg8>.) If two moves later Topalov had found the best continuation (<23. Re5!> putting Blackís pieces in an inextricable tangle from which major material losses could not have been avoided) instead of playing the much weaker <23. Rxe7?!>, the game would have ended much sooner. As the game actually went, Topalov won a beautiful ending coming down to a final position in which Anand, in the position where he resigned:

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could have immediately promoted (52. ... b1=Q) on a square (b1) that White was not covering, but in reply Topalov would have had three consecutive pawn pushes with check that would have culminated in 55. g8=Q#.

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