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Levon Aronian vs Veselin Topalov
Morelia-Linares (2006), Morelia MEX, rd 3, Feb-20
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-21-06  notyetagm: From the analysis of this game:

<57...f5+!! The saving move. Black needs open ranks in order to harrass the enemy king. White will soon have to give up one of his pawns, leading to a drawn position according to the Nalimov Tablebases. Topalov defended accurately for more than 60 moves, even though in some cases he had to play only moves.>

Excellent play by Topalov to save a difficult position.

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  suenteus po 147: This is one of those draws that I love, both one of technique and a desperate clutching for the half point from the jaws of doom. Of course, we already knew that Topalov draws well from his memorable draws with Anand.
Feb-21-06  mack: Yawn, another boring half-pointer from King Drawalov himself.
Feb-21-06  diction: euripides- thanks
Feb-21-06  notyetagm: <mack: Yawn, another boring half-pointer from King Drawalov himself.>

57 ... f5+!! is anything but a boring draw.

Feb-21-06  square dance: good thing topalov was able to draw this game. if not, i think he would have had to resign his title, right? ;-)
Feb-21-06  notyetagm: <mack> You want a boring draw, try these two games on for size. The latter game is a draw less than 5 moves out of theory (probably they both are).

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

Feb-21-06  notyetagm: <square dance> Talk now, my friend, but we will see who gets the last laugh when Linares is over.


Feb-21-06  square dance: <notyetagm> well, since i was joking it doesnt bother me either way. you know how ridiculous i think statements like i just made are. btw, topalov is my second favorite player in linares.
Feb-21-06  notyetagm: <square dance> And besides Topalov, I am rooting for Ivancuk and Aronian to do well.
Feb-21-06  Alyosha: <notyetagm> Those are my favorite players in the tournament as well.
Feb-21-06  Ezzy: Aronian,L (2752) - Topalov,V (2801) [E55]
XXIII SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (3), 20.02.2006 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0–0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0–0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.a3 cxd4 10.axb4 dxc3 11.bxc3 Qc7 12.Be2 <Sakaev says this is a positional pawn sacrifice which facillitates whites developememt; invented by Bareev and first played at top level by Kramnik who played it against Kasparov in their world championship encounter.> 12...Nd5 <Kasparov took the pawn on c3 and the game was a draw>. 13.Bd3 Qxc3 14.Ra3 Qf6 15.Qc2 h6 16.b5 Nb4 17.Bh7+ Kh8 18.Qb1 a5 19.Be4 Nc5 20.Bd2 Bd7 21.Bxb4 axb4 22.Qxb4 Rxa3< Fighting chess. Topalov rejects [22...Nxe4 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Qxe4 Bxb5 25.Qxb7 Ra5 Which is very drawish]> 23.Qxc5 <Threatening the world champion with mate in 1 already. What a nerve!>. 23...Rfa8 <But Topalov sees it! :-)> 24.Ne5 b6 <More evidence of Topalov going for the win, avoiding the drawish looking [24...Bxb5 25.Qxb5 R3a5 26.Nxf7+ Qxf7 27.Qxb7]> 25.Qc7 Bxb5 26.Bxa8 Rxa8 27.Rd1 Ba4 28.Rd4 Be8 <Aronian threatened mate on move 23, now it's Topalov's turn> 29.g3 Kh7 30.Kg2 Ra5 31.Nc4 Ra2< More mating threats, but 31...Rc5 causes more problems for white according to some commentators analysis.> 32.Rf4 Qc3 33.Qxb6 Ra1 34.Qb7 Qc1 35.Kh3 f6? <Topalov misses the win here [35...f5! 36.g4 Ra4 37.Ne5 Rxf4 38.exf4 Qxf4 39.Qb2 Bc6 Threatening mate in 4,by - ( 40.. fxg4+ 41 Nxg4 Qf3+ 42 Kh4 g4+ 43 Kh5 Be8 mate.) 40.Qe2 fxg4+ 41.Nxg4 h5 42.Ne3 Kh6 43.Ng4+ hxg4+ 44.Qxg4 Qxg4+ 45.Kxg4 e5 winning]> 36.Rg4 <For the second time in the game, Aronian threatens mate in 1.> 36...Bg6 37.Rxg6 Kxg6 38.Qe4+ Kf7 39.Nd6+ Ke7 40.Nf5+ Kd7 41.Nxg7 Qf1+ 42.Kh4 Qxf2 43.Qxe6+ <[43.Qd4+ Ke7 44.Qxa1 Qxh2+ 45.Kg4 Qe2+ 46.Kh3 Kf7 is drawn]> 43...Kc7 44.Qc4+ Kb7 45.Qe4+ Kb8? <Sakaev thinks 45..Kc7 is better so when the queens are exchanged on f4, then the black king is one tempo closer to the kingside.> 46.Qf4+! Qxf4+ 47.exf4 Ra2 48.h3 Kc8 49.Kh5 Ra3 50.Nf5 Kd7 51.Kxh6 Ke6 52.Kg6 Ra5 53.Ng7+ Ke7 54.h4 Ra6 55.Nh5 <It now appears that Aronian should be winning after 55 Nf5+, but it is not as easy as it seem. It appears that any move should win when you have 3 connected passed pawns, but there seems so many ways that white can go wrong; and Aronian does. It now takes him 70 moves until he realises that the win cannot be executed against the dogged defence of the world champion>. 55...Ra8 56.Ng7 Ra6 57.g4 f5+ 58.Kxf5 Kf7 59.Nh5 Ra5+ 60.Ke4 Ra3 61.g5 Rh3 62.Kf5 Rxh4 63.g6+ Kg8 64.Kg5 Rh1 65.Nf6+ Kf8 66.Nh5 Rg1+ 67.Kh6 Rh1 68.f5 Kg8 69.Kg5 Rg1+ 70.Kf6 Rg4 71.Ng7 Ra4 72.Ne6 Ra5 73.Nc7 Kf8 74.Ke6 Ra7 75.Nb5 Re7+ 76.Kf6 Rd7 77.Nc3 Rd6+ 78.Kg5 Kg7 79.Nb5 Rd5 80.Nc7 Re5 81.Ne6+ Kg8 82.Kf6 Ra5 83.Nc7 Rc5 84.Ne8 Rc1 85.Nd6 Kf8 86.Ne4 Rc6+ 87.Kg5 Rc4 88.Ng3 Rc3 89.Ne4 Rc4 90.Nf6 Rc1 91.Nd7+ Kg8 92.f6 Rf1 93.Ne5 Rg1+ 94.Kf5 Rf1+ 95.Ke6 Re1 96.Kd6 Re2 97.Nc6 Rg2 98.Ke6 Re2+ 99.Kd7 Kf8 100.Kd6 Rg2 101.Ne5 Rd2+ 102.Ke6 Re2 103.Kf5 Rf2+ 104.Kg5 Rg2+ 105.Kh4 Rf2 106.Ng4 Rg2 107.Ne5 Rf2 108.Kg5 Rg2+ 109.Kf4 Rf2+ 110.Nf3 Rf1 111.Ke3 Kg8 112.Kf4 Kf8 113.Ke4 Kg8 114.Ke3 Ra1 115.Kf4 Rf1 116.Kg4 Rf2 117.Kg3 Rf1 118.Kf4 Rf2 119.Ke4 Rf1 120.Ke3 Ra1 121.Kd4 Rf1 122.Ke4 Rf2 123.g7 Rg2 <A fantastic epic battle between 2 players who shunned all drawing lines in search for a win. This is fighting chess at it's very best. Thanks to both players for an enthralling contest!! ½–½>

Feb-21-06  walker: <Ezzy> Thank you!!
Feb-21-06  alex97: this is one of my favorite games so far.Topalov plays very much like Morphy[which is my favorite player]very good play by both players.But I do hope Topalov does much better in the tournament!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb-21-06  aw1988: Why is Re2 the only move?
Feb-22-06  Alyosha: <truthhurts: It reminds me Aronian not resigning against Van Wely at Corus.>

This comment betrays a fundamental lack of endgame knowledge; Topalov's defensive task was not so simple, and he had to defend very accurately to secure the draw. Any top GM would have played on (except maybe Bacrot, who prefers to resign in drawn positions).

Yet another memorable battle between these two great players.

Feb-22-06  ahmadov: <Alyosha> <truthhurts: It reminds me Aronian not resigning against Van Wely at Corus.> I remember I had feeling that Aronian was hoping for a blunder by Van Wely in that game, which he had already lost. Then Van Wely was under serious time pressure.
Feb-22-06  Boomie: <qjuice14> After 55. Nf5+ Kf8 56. g4 Rb6, white wins with

57. Ng3 Re6 58. Nh5 Ke7 59. f5 Rc6

(59...Ra6 60. Kg7 Kd6 61. Kxf6 Ra4 62. Kg5 Ke7 63. Nf4 Kf7 64. h5 Kg7 65. Ng6 Kh7 66. f6)

60. Kg7 Ra6 61. g5 fxg5 62. hxg5

Feb-23-06  Fan of Leko: Not that hard to win, seems harder to find moves that don't win, but Aronian did. 57 g4? is big mistake, he underestimated f5+. Just block that pawn with Nf5+ and push the h pawn, leaves black helpless. Of course both players very tired by then.
Feb-23-06  Jim Bartle: "Not that hard to win, seems harder to find moves that don't win, but Aronian did." That is harsh!

I guess these guys are supposed to be the best, and are getting paid as such, but it's too much to expect them to find the very best, sometimes only, 100 consecutive times. As Fan does note, they were both tired by the fifth hour.

So, bring back adjournments!! (OK, but then won't the games just be battles of competing computer analysis?) Yikes.

Feb-24-06  Manu2: Which one is the longest game (number of moves) that has been played at a hihger level. 123 moves is quite a record!! Please help me
Mar-05-06  aw1988: Nikolic-Arsovic was 269 moves.
Apr-01-08  achieve: Listen to what Aronian says about this game 2 years later during CORUS 2008 -- -- esp. Aronian addresses that/this game at 3.25 minutes into the clip...

It is a GOLDMINE for those interested in what goes on in the mind of a Super GM during a game...

Apr-01-08  mistreaver: Isn't it interesting that in many Aronian-Topalov games Aronian sacs exchange and then outmaneuovers Topa with his knight?
Mar-20-20  Darkgroove: <kolobok> The name Enticingdream is familiar to me. Is that you?
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