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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Svidler
Morelia-Linares (2006), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-03
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Mar-03-06  Confuse: well done mr topa. perhaps u are more comfortable in spain? : )
Mar-03-06  preybird: All 3 losses by Svidler were playing the Gruenfeld. Time for a new defence?
Mar-03-06  originalface: Yes, Back-on-Topalov held a very comfortable advantage right from the opening.
Mar-03-06  Hesam7: Another nail in Grunfeld's coffin. I have the feeling that in a decade or so someone will come up with its refutation. Up to now with Grunfeld Svidler has scored 1/4 in Linares. Grunfeld like Benoni and KID is leaving the elite chess.
Mar-03-06  Kola: Very interesting and instructive how Topa attacked f7/e8 in the end.
Mar-03-06  Monoceros: I don't follow the game nearly as much as I should so maybe I'm wrong here, but I perceive that hypermodern defences which encourage White to establish a broad pawn centre, like the Gruenfeld and Alekhine's Defence, are out of favour in top-level chess. Is it just fashion or, as Hesam7 suspects, are openings like these unsound?
Mar-03-06  acirce: Nice comeback by Topalov. Hopefully he will finish the tournament with a respectable score.
Mar-03-06  Akavall: I am hoping Svidler will finish the tournament with a respectable score. He has black against Bacrot, Leko and Radjabov, I am sure all three (yes even Leko) will play 1. d4 against Svilder; he better be able to handle it.
Mar-03-06  Ezzy: Topalov,V (2801) - Svidler,P (2765) [D87]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0–0 10.0–0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Rc1 e5 13.dxc5 <13 d5 c4 was played by 2 unknown players. But 12..e5 is a new Idea at top level chess>. 13...Be6 14.c4 bxc5 <[14...Nb7 15.cxb6 axb6 16.Nc3 Nc5 17.Be2 and for the pawn at least black has a good square for the knight and a semi-open a file for the rook.]> 15.Bxc5 Re8< I see no compensation for the sacrificed pawn.> 16.Be3 Re7 17.Qc2 Rd7 18.Rfd1 Nc6 19.a3 <Topalov has to defend b4 with his life>. 19...Qa5 20.Nc3 <Nice play by Topalov, returning the pawn for better piece play>. 20...Qxa3 21.Nd5 Rc8 22.Ra1 Qf8 23.Ra6 <Threatening 24 Qa4 winning the a pawn.> 23...Nb4 24.Nxb4 Qxb4 25.Rb1 Qf8 <Topalov doesn't want 26...Rxd3 27 Qxd3 Bxc4 so> 26.c5 <But was 26 Rxa7 better>. 26...Bh6 27.Bxh6 Qxh6 28.c6 Rdc7 29.Rb5 Rd8?! <Going for the cheap shot 30...Rxd3 31 Qxd3 Qc1 + 32 Qf1 Qxf1+ 33 Kxf1 Bc4+ Winning.> 30.Rb7 Rxd3 <Surprise, suprise, he did it anyway>. 31.Qxd3 <[31.Rxc7 Rd2 32.Qc1 Qf4 33.Qe1 Qxe4 and Black has counterplay>.] 31...Qc1+ 32.Qf1 Rxc6 33.Ra1 Qf4 34.Qe1 Rc4 35.Rb4 Rc2 36.Rbb1 Bg4 37.h3 Be2 38.Ra3 a6 39.Re3 Bb5 40.Rc1 Ra2 41.Rc8+ Kg7 42.Rc7<With the big threat of 43 Rf3> 42...Be8 43.Rf3 Qg5 44.Qc3 1-0

Topalov now has all the play and threatened <45 Qb3> which is devastating, so the only move would be <44...Rd2 45.Qc4 Kh6> Because of the mate in 3 threat< 46.Qc5> Aiming for f8 <46...Rd8> [46...Kg7 47.Re7 Rd1+ 48.Kh2 Rc1 49.Qa7 and black cannot avoid mate unless he gives up bags of material.] <47.Qf8+ Kh5 48.Re7> and white is winning heavy material.

Crushing win by Topalov and a brilliantly executed game. He looks bang back in shape!.

Mar-04-06  samikd: <Grunfeld like Benoni and KID is leaving the elite chess.>

It will be a real shame if the Queen's Indian remains the only playable opening against 1.d4 :(

Mar-04-06  Kasparov Shadow: KID is boring, but Grunfeld is not, and by the way what happens to the Old Indian defense??? seems nobody play it these days, even in the 2600s.
Mar-04-06  samikd: I am no super-GM, but I think ..e5 was a rather bad move
Mar-04-06  Drifter: <Kasparov Shadow KID is boring, but Grunfeld...> The kings indian is NOT boring. Its a very sharp interesting defence where black usually plays for mate and white gets big queenside counter play.But unfortunly the opening has been shown to be deficient at the top level so has fallen out of favour (im a terrible speller)
Mar-04-06  refutor: the grünfeld was great back in the days of fischer, smyslov, botwinnik, where nobody really played the exchange variation, and those that did didn't play it properly (!) in my patzer opinion, if there is a refutation to the grunfeld it's in the exchange variation
Mar-04-06  Oprenovic: maybe KID, GID and Alekhine are not played often by superGMs and maybe they have got good reasons, but these openings will always be perfectly playable on club level (or how to call it)... i play all three of them and cant complain...
Mar-04-06  ahmadov: Very sad that one of my favourties lost. By losing this game, he also lost some of his chances to win the tournament.
Mar-04-06  Morphy1974: Perfect TOPALOV!!! I told you that the WORLD CHAMPION will start to beat. By the way Svidler now has 3 lost games in Grunfeld. If he continues to play Grunfeld I think he will finish the tournament last.
Mar-05-06  alexandrovm: <Morphy1974: Perfect TOPALOV!!! I told you that the WORLD CHAMPION will start to beat. By the way Svidler now has 3 lost games in Grunfeld. If he continues to play Grunfeld I think he will finish the tournament last.> not even Kasparov had good results with this defense, but it's nice to see a great player like Peter take the black part of this opening. Good game by Topalov, this game is full of very interesting tactics.
May-01-06  DP12: Svidler will play Grunfeld again...
Apr-27-07  Shajmaty: <DP12: Svidler will play Grunfeld again...> He did... and he defeated Topalov that same year with 10...Qc7 at Sofia.

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