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Veselin Topalov vs Michael Adams
"Smoking Out the Hedgehog" (game of the day Jul-02-2007)
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 4, Oct-01
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Veselin Topalov vs Michael Adams (2005) Smoking Out the Hedgehog
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Oct-01-05  alexandrovm: <TIMER: Topalov is now starting the tournament how he usually finishes them, he could end up with a big plus score and reach 2800 from this tournament at the same time as becoming champion! Obviously still a long way to go...> but that could be a very intersting future
Oct-01-05  notyetagm: Topalov is playing like World Champion should. Period. End of discussion.
Oct-01-05  alexandrovm: Adams blundered badly with 36. ...Rxf5, witch quickly ended the game in favor of Topa
Oct-01-05  csmath: They opened English but ended up with some type of QID structure.

Adams played very solid game up to the move 16. ... b5?! (Re8 was in the spirit of position and black would have a positional advantage) with the idea to exchange two minor pieces and defuse the game (I think he was just afraid of playing tactical game, I see no good reason for his fear).

But Topalov being Topalov refuses exchanges and plays bravely 18.Rxf3!? (probably not the best move but psychologically appropriate!). He keeps on applying as much pressure as possible. Manouvre with white bishop from f1 to c2 is truly remarkable and I guess quite surprising for Adams.

This must have been one of the brilliancy hard to see. Topa is really in a great form. Adams' defence is still holding pretty well until he makes a decidable error 30. ... Qh3?

From that point on it was over.

Remarkable game for Topalov for the tenacity and a clear psychological domination over the opponent.

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  offramp: <notyetagm: Topalov is playing like World Champion should. Period. End of discussion.> What discussion?
Oct-02-05  Ulhumbrus: Adams had the upper hand. His first mistake was 14...cxd5 undoubling Topalov's c pawn. The second mistake was 16...b5, having overlooked possibly some of the consequences of 18 c4! 27...c4 may have been the last mistake. Not only did the Black queen not checkmate White, she got trapped herself.
Oct-02-05  csmath: exd5 you meant?

14. ... exd5 wasn't error, it is a solid move. The only other alternative 14. ... e5 isn't looking any better to me.

16. ... b5 is an error.

I say this is a state of mind of Adams. He wants to exchange two minor pieces here that would defuse the game. First BxN on f3 and then NxB on b2. He gets opposite color bishops and quite a drawish position because of that.

Adams wanted draw, that is all.

But Topa does not allow that, he plays

19. Rxf3!

(here exclamation mark is for psychology)

This is not better but forces the game further, Adams will have to play it!

Topa deserves the win, he is just a dinamo machine here. No-draw-man.

Oct-02-05  csmath: This game reminds me of a game Topa played against Kasparov in Linares. There again he had not played a solid opening, Radjabov commented that he had no plan whatsoever. Perhaps that was true. But he was ready to give a small advantage to black just to get a complex position, he simply did not want to draw. And Kasparov faltered because he was playing for a draw. The same here for Adams.

On the other hand, the game Kramnik played against Topalov on M-Tel with blacks

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2005

is a recipe how to defuse Topalov. This is the way. Some people, I guess, know how to play for a draw, some people do not. :-)) (Not that it deserves a respect though.)

Oct-02-05  notyetagm: C'mon, <csmath>, Kramnik is doing the hard work of proving that chess is a theoretical draw. :-)
Oct-03-05  AlexanderMorphy: This really is a Topalov masterpiece! Radvam se da vidya drugi bulgari na tozi site! Spored mene veselin trabva da specheli tozi turni sled tazi pobeda! Go get them TOPA!
Oct-03-05  sharpnova: test
Oct-05-05  visceral infestation: Does Adams look over his head in this tournament or is just me?
Oct-05-05  wheelchiar bandit: only agaist topalov!
Oct-10-05  jamesmaskell: Great photo there. In the background, Kasimdzhanov readies himself for the battle against Anand and we all know how that ended! Adams looks like hes readying himself for defeat already.
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  patzer2: IMO GM Adams gets in trouble with the ill fated plan of a King Side attack starting with 25...Qd7?!

Better IMHO was the direct approach with 25...Rxb5 = leading to quick equality and decent drawing chances for Black.

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  patzer2: Topalov wins the exchange and the game with the simple double attack 36. Bf5!
Jul-02-07  kingsindian2006: 24. Bf5! to set up his H pawn by move 27... what a nice strategy to find something out of nothing..
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Great photo there. In the background, Kasimdzhanov readies himself for the battle against Anand and we all know how that ended!>

Kasimdzhanov vs Anand, 2005

Jul-02-07  gus inn: 10.Bf1 (!!) indicates the genius of the player ..
All in all a masterpiece by Topalov IMO.
Now he only needs to get a desent manager :)
Jul-02-07  outplayer: Every Topalov's move in this game is different from the moves an average player would play. I don't know why this game wasn't in one of my collections til now.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <outplayer> what would an average player play instead of 9.bxc3? ;-)
Jul-02-07  CapablancaFan: At least Topalov was nice enough to give Adams a choice after 36. Bf5...Lose your queen or lose the exchange, funny thing is, either response loses! LOL.
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  kevin86: White's 36th presents black with two choices: the tiger or the tiger. BTW,it is not to sit down for a feline dinner-but to BE a feline's dinner.

Either way,white's pawn soon comes into the endzone.

Feb-26-08  Jesspatrick: Okay, I picked through this game, and it looks like Adams was doing quite well until he tried 16...b5?! He had at least three alternatives that would have maintained a nice edge for Black. 16...Re8 16...Ne5, and 16...c4!? were all good choices.

Even though he might have been inaccurate at move 16, Adams didn't lose this game at that point. It was not until he yielded to temptation and played 30...Qh3 that he was lost. Perhaps it would have been better to snap off that troublesome b-pawn with 30...Qxb5 and endure 31.Rb1 Qd3 32.Qd3

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  ChessCoachClark: This game is included in CHESS EXPLAINED: The English Opening (Franco; 2006).
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