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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Veselin Topalov
Topalov - Nisipeanu Match (2006), Bucharest ROU, rd 3, Apr-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-08-06  tud: I hope Nisipeanu will not make any mistakes tommorrow , he has a tendency to be aggressive from the very first moves. Anyway Topalov is a great player, tabarhouette, je pense qu'il va faire un très bon champion, ich freue mich. Warum ? It's first time after 30 yers, when the guy who is the best at chess is not from Soviet Union. Makes things more interesting.
Apr-08-06  Open Defence: < The game is over; ..... ...we had posted some analysis .....starting with 41...Ke8 which was in fact never played. > that happened
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  virginmind: TheUnkraut: you belong to the zoo. what are you doing here? really.
Apr-08-06  weisyschwarz: What happened? How did black's g and h pawns return?
Apr-08-06  TheUnkraut: (Virginmind) what i am doing here, you want to know?-well, by reading your comment it seems im still trying to reduce my niveau-what else should it be?
Apr-08-06  weisyschwarz: Sheeesh. All this hypermodern technology, and we can't get communication from Eastern Europe. Someone should find an old telegraph, or teletype machine.
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  virginmind: "niveau". french, hein? well, what would one expect? it's understandable why the english despised you for centuries...
Apr-08-06  tud: OpenDefence, I am lost in translating your Hindi, Internet sucks. Please help me here.
Apr-08-06  tud: La revedere ! Say nothing against French, great people like English, Romanians, Jewish, Hindi, Arabs etc. Sa fim mai diplomati si vom cistiga mai mult.
Apr-08-06  Longbrow: TO: Knight13 and sofouuk <Longbrow: Games over? ...Rxc4> I got lost in the confusion of the game status-reevaluating my move, which I believe was based off of ...41. I believed I saw a way for a win;however may have misscaculated the tempo of the white pawns advancement-resetting my board so I may see the error of my ways.
Apr-08-06  TheUnkraut: (Virgin) i still like these guys like you: humourless, obviously no knowledge of foreign languages, surely a under 2000-elo player-but trying to give the big man. If we both really met at the zoo- im surely wouldnt be the one that is exposed, honeypie
Apr-08-06  tud: Some might confuse us with animals some might confuse you with a weed. Different in Darwin's scale.
Apr-08-06  vangogh228: They need to shorten the clocks on these games. Sometimes I think the players agree to draws only because they are fatigued, even if they think they have better than 50% chance to win.
Apr-08-06  Longbrow: TO: Knight13 and sofouuk <Longbrow: Games over? ...Rxc4> In fact now that I review the final game as posted in this site, I do not see the situation. Was I playing off an analysis? Who knows. Next time I will wait until the game is absolutly final.
Apr-08-06  TheUnkraut: After all this stuff i would be more interested in shirovs analysis that was presented for a short time at the notationlist. From which site did this came from?
Apr-08-06  TheUnkraut: As i see now they told something about shipovs analysis, not "shirovs". Didnt get that, sorry
Apr-08-06  gulliver: This Nisipeanu is a real tiger. Well played by Nisi.

About Topalov no word of appraise is necessary as he is a top if not the top most player in the world. Good game
and Tx to

Apr-08-06  czentovic: Sincere felicitari,d-le Nisipeanu!
Apr-08-06  Ezzy: Nisipeanu - Topalov [B90]
Topalov vs Nisipeanu Match Bucharest, Romania (3), 08.04.2006 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nde2 <An unusual retreat of the knight. This seems to be the first time it has been played by a top Grandmaster in a high profile match. Rossolimo tried it against Fischer in the 1966 U,S,A championships, and lasted 72 moves before losing.> 7...Nbd7 8.Ng3 g6N <New territory for the players now. 8...Qc7 was played previously.> 9.a4 Qc7 10.Qd3 Nc5 11.Qc4 Be6 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Rc8 14.b4 Ncd7 15.Qxc7 <Obviously forced, otherwise black wins the c2 pawn.> 15...Rxc7 16.c4 h5 <Threatening to win the c4 pawn by 17...h4 18 Ne2 Rxc4.> 17.f3 a5 <Increases blacks space on the queenside, due to c5 being available for blacks pieces.> 18.bxa5 Bh6 19.Bb6 Nxb6 20.axb6 Rc5 21.Bd3< [21.a5 Ke7 22.a6 bxa6 23.Rxa6 Might possibly have given Topalov more to think about.>] 21...Be3 22.a5 <Too late. Topalov can now win the 'a' pawn.> 22...Bd4 23.Ra3 Rxa5 24.Rxa5 Bc3+ 25.Ke2 Bxa5 26.Rb1 < White is going to lose a pawn anyway, so perhaps he should play a bit more active with [26.Ra1 Bxb6 27.Ra8+ Bd8 28.Rb8 b6 when Nisipeanu has an active rook.> 26...Nd7 27.Ne4 Ke7 28.c5 Nxc5 29.Nxc5 dxc5 30.Ra1 Bxb6 31.Rb1 Bc7 32.Rxb7 Kd6 33.Ra7 Rb8 <Topalov threatens 34...Rb2+ 35 Kf1 Rb4 36 Bc2 c4 and his pawn starts rolling.> 34.Bc4 f5 <24...Rb2+ seems ok, but I think Topalov might have been worried about whites counterplay. [34...Rb2+ 35.Kd3 Rxg2 36.Ra6+ Ke7 37.Ra7 Kd7 38.Bb5+ Kc8 39.Ra6 Kb7 40.d6 Bd8 41.h3 and it all seems to get quite complicated.]> 35.Kd3 Rb4 36.Ra6+ Bb6 37.Kc3 e4 38.fxe4 fxe4 39.Ra8 Kd7 40.Rg8 Ba5 41.Rg7+ Kc8 42.Rg8+ Kc7 43.Ra8 Ra4+ 44.Kb3 Rb4+ 45.Kc3 Ra4+ 46.Kb3 ½–½

Nice play by both players. You just get the feeling that Topalov has the measure of Nisipeanu. After Nisipeanu failed to play 21 a5 I did like Topalov’s 22..Bd4 winning the ‘a’ pawn by a simple combination.

Apr-08-06  Atking: Thank again Ezzy for this global analysis of the game. Sure 21.a5 was more testing. Yesterday I though that 22. ...Ra8 23.a7 Nd7 24.Ne4 Be3 could be a try. 25.NxRc5 BxNc5 26.Bd3 Bxb6 27.Ke2 Rxa7 28.RxRa7 BxRa7 29.Rb1 Nc5 was hard to break but 29.g4! opens files for the rook is more challenging. It seems your are right. By the way 22. ...bxa6 23.Rxa6 Rcc8 24.Ra7+ Nd7 25.Kf2! Bd2 26.Ne4 Bb4 27.Be2 Bc5 (27. ...Rb8?! 28.c5! Bxc5+ 29.NxBc5 dxNc5 30.d6+!) 28.NxBc5 RxNc5 29.Bd1 looks very good for White.
Apr-08-06  Ezzy: <Atking>Yes, your analysis show some interesting lines for Nisipeanu. 25 Kf2! as you mention is a good move. It stops the black bishop becoming active at e3, and threatens 26 Ne4 27 c5.

It's interesting how when Nisipeanu didn't play 21 a5 then Topalov pounced immediately and slightly turned the tables in his favour. You might get a few outside chances against Topalov, but if you miss them you usually suffer for the rest of the game.

I've enjoyed the last 2 games. It's been full of enterprising chess by both players!

Apr-09-06  ronpaz: 21.a5 Ke7 22.a6 Ra8 23.a7 Be3
and now how white prevents the falling of b6 & a7 pawns?
Apr-09-06  Atking: Ezzy: Thank. I've enjoyed the match too. No doubt that Nisipeanu will keep his fight spirit until the last game. And of course Topalov is waiting for. A good match indeed. Ronpaz: 24.Ne4 NxNe4 25.fxNe4 Bd4 26.Rb1 (26.Ra3 Ra5! as the game was may be your idea) 26. ...Ra5 27.h4 and 28.Rh3 even after the rooks exchange White can play Bd3-Bc2-Ba4 and Bc6! Opposite Bishop doesn't help much as the rooks are alive. Compare Ra8 and Rb1. Finaly white a7 pawn is quite embarrasing. Therefore the sacrifice exchange 24. ...Nd7!? is line I thought yesterday. Still there is fight White have the best of it.
Apr-09-06  Ezzy: <ronpaz: 21.a5 Ke7 22.a6 Ra8 23.a7 Be3 and now how white prevents the falling of b6 & a7 pawns?> 24 Ra3 Bd4 25 Ne2 Nd7 26 Nxd4 exd4 27 Rb3 Ra5 28 Kf2 Ra6 29 Be2 Nxb6?? 30 c5 and there is a discovered attack on blacks rook on a6. If 29...Rxb6 30 Rxb6 Nxb6 31 Rb1 looks good for white.
Apr-10-06  Nikita Smirnov: I understood!
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