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Veselin Topalov vs Judit Polgar
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 14, Oct-14
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Veselin Topalov vs Judit Polgar (2005)
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-14-05  gazzawhite: Excellent fighting spirit shown by these two competitors.
Oct-14-05  NakoSonorense: how sarcastic...
Oct-14-05  John Abraham: This game reminds me of Leko's last round game in Corus 2005, when he had a lead over the rest of the field and a draw with white against Polgar would assure him first place.
Oct-14-05  AlexanderMorphy: well yes Topalov is the new world champion but i am dissapointed by the way that he actualy finished of this tournament...6 draws if i'm not mistaken!
Oct-14-05  Akavall: <This game reminds me of Leko's last round game in Corus 2005, when he had a lead over the rest of the field and a draw with white against Polgar would assure him first place.>

Yes, but Topalov had nothing to lose, I guess he was just to hungover from last night's celebration...

Oct-14-05  Akavall: 7 draw, he drew all games in the second half.
Oct-14-05  gazzawhite: <NakoSonorense>: Sorry, just a little disappointed, but I can understand it. Topalov probably had a massive hangover from celebrating being World Champion, while Polgar would have wanted to end her tournament as soon as possible.
Oct-14-05  Granite: I don't really think it's Topalov's fault for all the draws, I think after how he started out his opponents were far less prone to mistakes because they'd already felt the sting and looked for more drawish lines. I'm sure Topalov with his large lead felt comfortable taking those draws as well to secure the win.

At the same time, the question everyone must now be asking is "how will Topalov do in a match?" and if his tourney results are indicative he may have trouble winning against the same opponent in repeated games. I think we have a very unclear view of Topalov's ability to produce consistent results against a single strong opponent.

If he can demonstrate his superiority in both match play and tournement play we will have a true champion on our hands. I simply hope we aren't left begging the question.

Oct-14-05  EXIDE: <Granite> "how will Topalov do in a match". How is it decided against whom does he play?
Oct-14-05  weisyschwarz: I don't care for the idea of drawing it out. People look up to Topalov, and I think he should do his best in every game. Maybe he deserves a nickname too.


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Let's not be too harsh on Topalov. If you look at the 1972 WC match, you will see that Fischer drew a lot of games in the second half of that event, too.
Oct-15-05  phild: Hi everyone
We don't have to be angry at Topalov neither feel disappointed; after all this is a tournament - there are not weak players here, so even the draw is a good result. The game includes tactics and strategy, so everyone else at his place would behave in the same way..... Thanks for the great games, Vesko, and good luck in the future :)
Oct-15-05  AlexanderMorphy: are there any weak players at all?
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  sfm: After 19.Tee1 I am beginning to think that _I_ could draw the game against Polgar. The position is stone dead.

For most players in a tournament the major aim is to win it, not to thrill the audience. In football as in chess this may lead to dull 'safe' games when someone has a comfortable lead.

Oct-15-05  guifranc: Good end for Topalov.
Oct-15-05  weisyschwarz: An_Englishman, do you think that spassky wanted those draws as much as Fisher, or do you think he wanted to get back in the game. I hate mutually agreedn upon draws done up so easily.
Oct-28-05  aw1988: After round 13, Topalov could lose this game and still win the tournament. If I were in Topalov's position I would just play horribly to see the looks on everyone's faces. Why not? I could. I've already won.
Mar-14-06  Topzilla: <If I were in Topalov's position I would just play horribly to see the looks on everyone's faces. Why not? I could. I've already won>

Dont understand why, must be a bad joke.

Sep-01-06  dravid: LOL !
Sep-02-06  aw1988: Well, not nitpicking at all. Topalov was free to do as he wished.
Sep-02-06  BishopofBlunder: Can you imagine the hubbub in the room if Topalov opened 1.e4, 2.Ke2?
Jan-28-07  grebenarov: <BishopofBlunder> :) He would just kill everybody if he then continued 1.e4, 2.Ke2, 3.Ke3
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