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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-27
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation (E20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-27-06  weisyschwarz: Draw!
Jan-27-06  kedarlele: With the form Anand is playing i think Anand will lose against Topalov
Jan-27-06  RubinsteinAK: mulondabl, they're playing it out because they don't have engines like Fritz with table bases telling them it's a dead draw. These types of positions can be quite tricky over the board.

Jan-27-06  alicefujimori: <Ulhumbrus>Hard to say. Bxb3 was definitely not right, at least Fritz doesn't like it. So lets all do some detailed analysis first before concluding whether Ivanchuk's exchange sac was really correct.
Jan-27-06  MeatGrinder: Anand's a chicken, he's gonna play the Petroff.
Jan-27-06  hitman84: i hate single round robins Vishy needs to win and he gets black :-(
Jan-27-06  chessic eric: <Ulhumbrus> I think thats right. After Nxa2 the exchange had to be given, but there were other interesting options besides 20.Nb5, such as 20.b3 preparing c5 or even 20.c5.
Jan-27-06  jhoro: there was not much chance for a win either way. move 31...Bxb3 looked very suspicious, but there wasn't an easy way to stop the c pawn. perhaps Topalov should've done something about it before that. at least Ivanchuck didn't blunder like in his game against Anand
Jan-27-06  iyutan: <MeatGrinder> hope it's a Sicilian (najdorf/sveshnikov/taimanov...or dragon)
Jan-27-06  notsodeepthought: Wow, I thought black was in a mess but he actually squirmed out of it. Hence the name - Vaseline Topalov.
Jan-27-06  alicefujimori: It's very possible that Topalov, as white tomorrow, will play 1.d4 against Anand. This means we will probably see a QID.
Jan-27-06  dakgootje: And again i predicted everything wrong -.-
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  OhioChessFan: Hmm, I left after the 44th move and thought I'd come back to see a Chucky win.
Jan-27-06  Knight13: And I hoped Ivanchuk won this game...
Jan-27-06  Daddy Yankee: Thanks to God he didnt, what a pity that Topalov didnt beat him.
Jan-27-06  ChessorCheckershmm: Great game!
Jan-27-06  russep: Isn't this nimzoindian?
Jan-27-06  Ezzy: Ivanchuk - Topalov [A32]
Corus Wijk aan Zee 0:00:000:14:50 (11), 27.01.2006
<1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 00 6.Bg2 cxd4 7.Nxd4 d5 8.Qb3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 e5 10.Nb3 Nc6 11.Bg5 d4 12.Qf3 Be6 13.Rc1 Rc8 14.00 b6 15.Nd2> With the obvious threat of 16 Ne4 attacking blacks knight 3 times, so black has to act immediately <15...h6 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.Qxf6 gxf6 18.Ne4 f5 19.Nd6 Rc7 20.Nb5 Rcc8 21.Nd6 Rc7 22.Nb5 Rcc8 23.b3> Topalov does not want 24 Bxc6 Rxc6 25 Nxa7 so <23...e4 24.f3 a6 25.Nd6 Rcd8 26.c5 e3> Topalov could have kept up his record of exchange sacs with this line - 26...Nb4 27.fxe4 Nxa2 28.Ra1 bxc5 29.Nb7 Bxb3 30.Nxd8 Rxd8 31.Rxf5 c4 32.Rd5 Rc8 33.Bh3 Rc7 and I like blacks position <27.f4> Unleashing an attack on the c6 knight. I always miss these discovered attacks when playing blitz :-( <27...Nb4 28.Nb7 Rb8 29.c6 Nxa2 30.Bf3 Nxc1 31.Rxc1 Bxb3 32.c7 Rbe8> Perhaps hoping for a 33..d3 push <33.Nd6 Be6 34.Bb7 Bc8 35.Nxc8 Rxc8 36.Bxa6 Rfe8> now 38..d3 is strong so Ivanchuk has no choice but to capture immediately <37.Bxc8 Rxc8 38.Kg2 b5 39.Kf3 b4> Apparently 39..Kg7 draws, but Topalov shows his fighting spirit by going for a risky win. <40.Rc4> Ivanchuk shows his fighting spirit by trying for the win when he probably could force the draw with 40 Rb1 Rxc7 41 Rxb4 Rd7 42 Rb5 <40...b3 41.Rxd4 Rxc7 42.Rb4 Rc3 43.Rb5 Kf8 44.Rxf5 Ke7 45.g4 Kd6 46.Rb5 Kc6 47.Rb8 Kd5 48.h4 f6 49.h5 Kd4 50.Rb4+ Kc5 51.Rb7 Kd5 52.g5 fxg5 53.fxg5 hxg5 54.Rb8 Rc4 55.Rxb3 Ke5 56.Rxe3+ Kf5 57.Kg2 Rg4+ 58.Rg3 Re4 59.Kf2 Rh4 60.Rf3+ Ke4 61.Re3+ Kf5 62.Rf3+ Ke5> Extremely accurate endgame play by both players!

Great struggle between 2 exciting players. This is fighting chess at its best, with a strong will to win by both players.

Applause to both players A great tense struggle!!

Jan-27-06  Queens Gambit: <chessgames> It would be nice to put the rating of the players in this game as well as in the others.
Jan-27-06  Petrosian63: Great game between two great players.

At least its better than some Leko draws :D

Jan-28-06  MTal: Topalov admits he should not have taken the pawn on b3 (he thinks black could have played much better in that situation). He also says that he was never worried about the outcome of the game, and played to win.

Jan-30-06  Bobak Zahmat: Yasser Seirawan was pretty sure Ivanchuk was winning against Topalov. In his interview at the Playchess server he explained why thought so. Therefore Topalov should be happy to draw this one, because White had certaintly more chance the game in the endgame.
Jan-30-06  Bobak Zahmat: The winning combination was probably:
50.f5!? with the idea of pushing the g pawn to creat a passer!
Feb-10-07  acirce: <Topalov kept his half-point lead after an adventurous game with Ivanchuk. He was better, then worse, then played very well to draw a rook endgame. The world's top-rated spectator, Garry Kasparov, said he was impressed with how quickly Topalov played the key drawing line.>

Does anyone have an idea what the "key drawing line" was? Or where to find good analysis overall of the rook endgame?

Nov-19-13  RedShield: Things that make you go <Hmmmm>:
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