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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Svidler
MTel Masters (2006), Sofia BUL, rd 6, May-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  0-1

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May-17-06  ChessVip: <<stanleys>: Looking how the top GMs are playing endgames I think I am capable to become a GM too :) > LOL! :)
May-17-06  iyutan: zugzwang! if topa plays like this kramnik's going to crush him.
May-17-06  Marmot PFL: Topalov's 2nd loss with white, not so good.
May-17-06  ChessVip: this trick don´t work with Svidler!
http://www.chesspro.ru/events2/sofi...
May-17-06  suenteus po 147: It must feel good for Svidler to win with his beloved Grunfeld against the top player, especially since it received a consistent thrashing at Linares earlier this year.
May-17-06  iron maiden: Last year after the rest day, Topalov came back rejuvinated and dominated the second half. Until today I suspected we'd see a similar comeback this year. A pretty significant defeat for Topa: I don't think he's lost a game after the midway point of a tournament since his defeat by Polgar in Corus 2005.
May-17-06  suenteus po 147: <iron maiden> Topalov can still comeback if he wins all four of his next games. That would put him even with his score last year of 6.5/10. That makes his game tomorrow against Anand absolutely crucial, though.
May-17-06  samikd: <I don't think he's lost a game after the midway point of a tournament since his defeat by Polgar in Corus 2005.> Thats an interesting piece of information.
I am glad to see the Gruenfeld win ! People who wrote the Gruenfeld's obituary after Svidler's defeat in Linares (forgetting that he had won with it, too) should reconsider now.
May-17-06  Ulhumbrus: After 15...a6, with b5 defended Black is threatening at last to play 16 ...e6!demolishing White's centre.Topalov's response 17 c4 answers this threat only temporarily because after ...Nxc4 the threat is renewed. Since 16 c4 is insufficient, White has to look for an alternative to 16 c4. If no defence is available, a counter attack may succeed. 16 a4! counterattacks b5, the point which 15...a6 has intended to make secure. On 16 a4 bxa4 17 Ra1 e6 18 Qxa4 Nb7 19 Bc4 seems more than sufficient. This suggests that looking for a defence to the threat of 16...e6 will not succeed and White has to try a counterattack instead, that of 16 a4!
May-17-06  Ulhumbrus: After 15...a6, with b5 defended Black is threatening at last to play 16 ...e6!demolishing White's centre.Topalov's response 16 c4 answers this threat only temporarily because after ...Nxc4 the threat is renewed. Since 16 c4 is insufficient, White has to look for an alternative to 16 c4. If no defence is available, a counter attack may succeed. 16 a4! counterattacks b5, the point which 15...a6 has intended to make secure. On 16 a4 bxa4 17 Ra1 e6 18 Qxa4 Nb7 19 Bc4 seems more than sufficient. This suggests that looking for a defence to the threat of 16...e6 will not succeed and White has to try a counterattack instead, that of 16 a4!
May-17-06  CapablancaFan: <suenteus po 147><Topalov can still comeback if he wins all four of his next games.> You almost said that like you really believed it. C'mon guy, I think it's time that you and everyone here just face facts, Topalov is not in his best form in this tournament. If he was going to rally back he really needed to win today, he didn't. Now is it mathematically possible for him to come back IF he wins all his remaining games? Yes. But were not talking about what's possible, but rather whats probable. With him having to face Kamsky again with Kamsky being in his best form in years (and Kamsky has the white pieces) and Anand is also waiting in the wings. I just don't see it.
May-17-06  Drifter: I love Topa's style, but here is another example of his over ambitious play,c bringing his downfall. Still, I would rather to see this type of loss occasionly, than to see him play like Leko and Kramnik.
May-17-06  Drifter: heres an example Topalov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2006
May-17-06  Kangaroo: In one of his recent interviews, Ruslan Ponomariov said that Veselin Topalov had learned a lot from him, as being his second in the past.

Leaving aside how fair it is, one thing that Veselin Topalov learned is reluctance to admit the defeat: he could have resigned after the move 44.

May-17-06  Trouble: I get the impression that svidler really wanted this win since topa has been pounding on him in all the other major tournaments...guess its not always easy to be the champion!
May-17-06  iyutan: ChessVip, hilarious pic LOL!
May-18-06
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  technical draw: Great Picture <ChessVip> Put some horns on him and you'll have J Teufel
May-18-06  Topzilla: Is it just me, or the Grunfeld leads most of the time to extreme boring positions???
May-18-06  Drifter: The grunfeld exchange is usually very sharp. One thing ive noticed with spectating chess, is that I only get bored if the game is a dead draw, or if I don't understand what is going on.
May-18-06  Drifter: you wanna see an interesting Grunfeld? check this absolutly amazing game out.D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956
May-22-06  VanWellov: This was Topalov's only loss, was it?
This guy always finishes his tournaments with outstanding performances. 4 wins in a row this time, jeez, IMO this guy surely plays now with the same confidence that Karpov and Kasparov had in the late 90's...
May-22-06  ikipemiko: < CapablancaFan: <suenteus po 147><Topalov can still comeback if he wins all four of his next games.> You almost said that like you really believed it. C'mon guy, I think it's time that you and everyone here just face facts, Topalov is not in his best form in this tournament. If he was going to rally back he really needed to win today, he didn't. Now is it mathematically possible for him to come back IF he wins all his remaining games? Yes. But were not talking about what's possible, but rather whats probable. With him having to face Kamsky again with Kamsky being in his best form in years (and Kamsky has the white pieces) and Anand is also waiting in the wings. I just don't see it. > sometimes miracles happen ... (Especially when Vesko is involved). Lesson learnt
May-22-06  CapablancaFan: <ikipemiko> Eating my crow now.
May-25-06  Shajmaty: <VanWellov: This was Topalov's only loss, was it?> No, it was not: he also lost to Anand at 2nd round (with this to Svidler at 6th) before winning last 4 in a row.
Apr-27-07  outplayer: Great game by Svidler.
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