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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
"Wizardnathan Anand" (game of the day Aug-17-2022)
MTel Masters (2006), Sofia BUL, rd 2, May-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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May-13-06  DeepBlade: Topalov vs Anand, 2006 As I said ( Topalov vs Anand, 2006 the 2nd post) Anand wins!

Anand has a rock-solid (diamond-solid, since diamond has a higher density) repertoire in the Ruy. 31. ...Rxe5 uses the unpleasant placement of the pieces, and pins the mighty rook.

<Eric Schiller> Indeed, its not what I expected from Topalov, see his royal queenside treatment right in this game Topalov vs Nisipeanu, 2006

May-13-06  DeepBlade: Oh my god!
Anand vs Kamsky, 2006
He lost to Gata Kamsky!
May-13-06  jmi: <DeepBlade: He lost to Gata Kamsky!>

Not surprising. It was a theoretically drawn endgame from around move 30 but Anand pushed too hard for a win and duly got his ass kicked back to his hotel room by a resurgent Kamsky. This game will serve as a good reminder for Anand that he needs to hold back and learn when to draw. A draw is never a bad result compared with a loss.

There's one thing about this competition, it's never dull! I love the new no-draw rules, it's becoming crazy trying to predict results. :)

May-13-06  DeepBlade: Regarding ratings Anand,V (2803) - Kamsky,G (2671), and Anand having white, I would place my last 400 chessbucks on Anand, wouldnt you?

Indeed, see <Ezzy>'s beautiful annotation on Anand vs Kamsky, 2006 It was a draw, you would expect Anand would make a mature decision and go for the draw...

May-14-06  Landman: <Mameluk> Qf5 isn't especially Fritzy. Human thinks, "Boy, I'd really like to play Rc2" after which the idea of Qf5 comes naturally.
May-15-06  Fezzik: This game makes me want to see a Toppy-Anand match for the World Championship even more. Oh well. Congrats to Anand for adding yet another gem to the amazing list of best games of the new millenium!
May-16-06  Viking55803: Great game! I don't understand the purpose of 11....Bf8 nor, for that matter 13.Ba2. Can someone enlighten me?
May-16-06  jmi: <Viking55803: Great game! I don't understand the purpose of 11....Bf8 nor, for that matter 13.Ba2.>

11 .... Bf8 is actually 2 ideas in 1. It safeguards the ♔ and also allows the ♖ a half open file protecting the e-pawn.

13. Ba2 is a usual move to safeguard White's light squared ♗ as it maintains a2-g8 clear diagonal attack on the Black ♔.

May-16-06  Boomie: Lovely puzzle-like tactics after 28. Ne5. I'm sure it will become an instant classic.

I had to play it through a number of times to understand the power of 30...Qf5. The double attack on c2 and h3 is decisive.

8. h3 struck me as being either premature or not needed. I'm sure he played it to avoid certain variations, but it felt like white lost the initiative here. Later h3 becomes a target.

May-21-06  atragon: I think Bacrot is a good player but he's not enough for this kind of competition. May be in future but today he's not ready.
May-27-06  filipecea: <U guys r ridiculus! GM Anand is a far better player than GM Topalov..Anand has been in the top 5 for years! Non of ur comments gave him any justice.>

Although I am a Topalov fan, I think this game illustrates very well that Topalov have a painfully misplaced stone on his shoes, that is a strong opposition like Anand is, just like Nadal is in reference to Federer "superiority". As someone have posted, Topalov cannot easily claim his superiority over Anand.

Jun-23-06  LIFE Master AJ: A truly wonderful game - I think it could be one of Anand's best (ever).
Sep-24-06  samsal27: <This game makes me want to see a Toppy-Anand match for the World Championship even more> Me too!
Oct-05-06  positionalgenius: This is a truly phenomenal game.he has many great wins,but this is on a whole other level. <samsal>your thoughts?
Apr-11-07  Rook of chess: filipecea u suck gm toplav is way better
Sep-21-08  VaselineTopLove: How can I recommend this game to be added to Anand's Memorable games list on his profile?
Sep-21-08  VaselineTopLove: Alright found my answer!
Mar-28-12  notyetagm:
Apr-29-12  voyager39: Another insane but less publicised game.


Aug-17-22  Brenin: 27 ... Ng5 is a terrific move. If 28 Rxd8 then 28 ... Nxf3+ 29 gxf3 (otherwise 29 ... Rxe1 mate) Rxe1+ 30 Kg2 Rxd8 followed by Rdd1 and Bd6; White's Q and N are helpless against Black's 2R+B, e.g. 32 Nd2 Re2 wins the N.
Aug-17-22  goodevans: No outright blunders. Anand just stomped on every little inaccuracy. Got to admire such precision.
Aug-17-22  thegoodanarchist: The wizard part is visible starting at move 27, but was conceived in Anand's mind a few moves earlier.
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  Honza Cervenka: Topalov apparently did not see 27...Ng5!!, when he played 26.Bxd4. Maybe 26.Qb2 would have been a bit better choice.
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  maytintan: after 28. Rxd8 Nxf3+ 29.gxf3 Re1+
30. Kg2 Rxd8 31. Qc2 Rdd1 32. f4
i still dont see a clear win
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  Honza Cervenka: <maytintan: after 28. Rxd8 Nxf3+ 29.gxf3 Re1+ 30. Kg2 Rxd8 31. Qc2 Rdd1 32. f4
i still dont see a clear win>

31...Re6 may be better here. But there is no clear forced quick win in the position, there is just an advantage of black with a lot of technical work ahead to turn this advantage into the win.

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