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Garry Kasparov vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-28-05  KingG: Playing the Najdorf against Kasparov isn't the best idea, even for an expert such as Topalov.
Nov-29-05  KingG: This is a very good game until Topalov blunders with 32...Be8?? which loses immediately(both players were probably in time trouble by this point, so it's a perfectly understandable mistake). Topalov actually could have had very good winning chances and certainly at least a draw with very precise play.

The only move was 32...Bxa4! 33.Qh8+ Kf7 34.Qxb8 Qxf3. Black has definite compensation for the exchange, and White's king is in some trouble. Here White had the choice between 35.Ra1 and 35.Rc1.

35.Ra1 Bxc2! 36.Qg3(36.Kxc3?? Qb3+ 37.Kc1 Bxg5+ and mates) Qe2 37.Qf2+ Qxf2 38.Bxf2 Bd3 39.Kc3 Bxg5 40.Rxa6 Bf6+ 41.Bd4 e5 42.Be3 e4+ 43.Bd4 e3 44.Rxf6+ gxf6 45.Bxe3 and although Black has an extra pawn i think this is a draw due to the bishops of opposite colour.

After 35.Rc1 Bxg5 36.Qc7+ Kg6 37.Qxc4 Bxc1+ 38.Kxc1 again, i think this end game should be a draw due to bishops of opposite colour and the fact that the queens are still on board.

Nov-29-05  KingG: White's only other chance was 33.Nd4, but after 33...Bxb4 34.Bxb4+ (34.Qh8+?! Kf7 35.Qxb8 Qa3+ 36.Kb1 Bxc2+ 37.Nxc2 Qb3+ 38.Ka1 Bc3+ 39.Bxc3 Qxb8 ) 34...Rxb4+ 35.Ka2 Bxc2 36.Qh8+ Kf7 37.Rf1+ Bf5 38.g6+ Kxg6 39.Qe8+ Kh7 40.Rh1+ Bh3 41.Qh5+ Qh6 42.Qxh3 Qxh3 43.Rxh3+ (D), Black will have to fight much harder for a draw than after 33.Qh8+.

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Jan-26-06  Confuse: maybe im insane but from move 34 for topa im considering...

34. .. Rxb4 +
35. Bxb4 (any other choice results in Qxc3), Bxb4. is this really such a bad position? according to topalov's recent games, i think not. : )

Jan-26-06  KingG: <Confuse> After 36.g6!, Black loses a bishop(and his king probably won't survive for very long), or gets mated.
Jan-26-06  Kangaroo: It is interesting that the same opening was played by Kasparov as Black ...

see Topalov vs Kasparov, 1999 ...

and he had the game won as well

Jul-15-06  MagnaPsygnosis: This is why Kasparov must still be in contension for the World Heavyweight Chess Title.
Jul-15-06  Hesam7: <KingG> nice analysis on 32... Bxa4. But what do you think about the following line:

32... Bxa4 33. Bc3 Rxb4+ 34. Bxb4 Bxb4 35. Qh8+ Kf7 36. g6+ Kf6 37. Qh4+ Kxg6 38. Rg1+ Kf7 39. Qxc4

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Up to this point this line is forced. Most probably Black has enough compensation but as I prefer White and also I prefer this line over other options White has. Any comments (from anyone) would be welcome.

Jul-15-06  Confuse: thanks for ur response long ago <KingG>!

i guess im still a little confused though

with 36. g6+, Kf6, 37.Qxe8
doesnt black have a strong attack with the black bishop and queen?

Qa3+, Bc3

im pretty sure i missed something, but to me that looks ok?

thanks again for ur response!

Jul-15-06  KingG: <Confuse> There is just one problem: 34...Rxb4+ 35.Bxb4 Bxb4 36.g6+ Kf6 37.Qxe8 Qa3+ 38.Kb1 Bc3 39.Qf7 is checkmate.

<Hesam7> I'm doing some more analysis of this position, but at first sight your line still looks like it will leave White fighting for a draw to me. Black has the bishop pair and two pawns for the exchange. Should be more than enough compensation. However, i think this may be a better line than the ones i came up with, but i don't think it give White any serious winning chances.

Jul-15-06  Confuse: doh! haha thanks <KingG> now i feel silly : )
Jul-21-07  Whitehat1963: What might happen after 34...e5?
Sep-15-07  myteacher34: whitehat easy question you have asked.after 34..e5 35.Nxe5
Feb-02-11  Lasse Carlsen: I didn't undestand the trap in Kasparov's moves 17. Why he made it ?
Feb-02-11  Shams: <Lasse Carlsen> 17...Qxe5?? 18.Bf4 embarrasses the queen.
Feb-02-11  solskytz: In order to expand at the center and kingside. If the pawn is taken then bye-bye Queen (17...Qxe5 18. Bf4. Where does she go?)

admitted, though, after 18... Ne4 or 18...Bxb4 black's losses are cut to a (rather depressing) piece for a pawn or two

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  plang: In this sharp, theoretical line which was very popular at the time 12..Qa5 had first been played in Topalov-Kasparov Linares 1999 when Black had gone on to win; in that game Topalov had played 19 a5. At the time of this game 19 f5 was considered the main line; Kasparov chose the less explored 19 Rh3 using a tempo to safeguard the queenside. 19..Nc4 was a new move; 19..Nxa4 and 19..Rc8 had been played previously. 21..Be7!? was a bit slow; Kasparov suggested 21..Qe7 22 Bxc4..Rxc4 23 Qb2..h5. 25..Bxb4? 26 Bxb4..Rxb4 27 Nc6..Bb7 28 Qa3! would have won material for White.

<KingG: This is a very good game until Topalov blunders with 32...Be8?? which loses immediately. Topalov actually could have had very good winning chances and certainly at least a draw with very precise play.>

I don't think Topalov ever had good good winning chances in this game.

Voted the 2nd best game in Informant 80.

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