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Veselin Topalov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Essent Tournament (2006), Hoogeveen NED, rd 4, Oct-26
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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Oct-26-06  Ezzy: GM Topalov,Veselin(BUL) (2813) - Mamedyarov,Shakhryar (4), 26.10.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Nb8 <Mamedyarov plays the Breyer variation for the very first time! He usually plays Chigorin's 9...Na5.> 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.a4 <Earlier in his career, Topalov played 14 d5 >13...Bf8 14.Bd3 c6 15.Rb1< This seems to be a new move. One would think that 15 Rb1 was to prepare 16 b4 - but alas no, the b pawn never moves during the whole game. 15 Rb1 allow axb5 and then attack the b5 pawn with c4.> 15...Qc7 16.Qc2 g6 17.axb5 axb5 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.Nb3 Reb8 20.c4 bxc4 21.Bxc4< With the strong threat of 22 Ng5> 21...Ba6 22.Nbd2 Nc5 23.Bxa6 Rxa6 24.Nc4 Nfd7 25.Rd1 Ne6 26.Be3 Raa8 27.Qd2 Rd8 28.Qc3 c5< Mamedyarov prefers to play acively at the cost of a pawn which will be 'doubled.'28...f6 seems too passive for Mamedyarov's taste.> 29.Nfxe5 Bg7 30.f4 g5 31.g3 gxf4 32.gxf4 Nxe5 33.Nxe5 Bxe5 34.fxe5 <Topalov bases his game strategy on controlling the 'd' file and the all important d5 square.> 34...Kh8 35.Bf2 <With idea's of 36 Bh4 - Bf6> 35...Qe7 36.Qf3 Rg8+ 37.Kh1 Rg6 38.Rd5 Rag8 39.Rg1 Rxg1+ 40.Bxg1 Rg6 41.Kh2 Kg7 42.Be3 c4 43.Rd6 Qc7 44.h4 <Threatening the obvious 45 h5 winning the rook.> 44...Qa5?! <This counterattacking Queen excursion from a5 to e1 doesn't seem to have enough time, unless black plays accurately in a complex position - which he doesn't.> 45.Rd5 Qe1 46.Kh3 Kf8?? <The wrong square. Black had to save a tempo and keep away from whites Rd7 mate in 1 threat. [46...Kh8 47.Rd7 c3 48.bxc3 Qxc3 49.Rxf7 Qxe5 and black has lots of fight left.]> 47.Rd7 Rg3+ 48.Qxg3 Qh1+ 49.Kg4 Qxe4+ 50.Kh5 1-0

Another game for the archives, showing how controlling a central open file can give you a big advantage (Botvinnik would be proud). Topalov’s Rook on the ‘d’ file was always active and delivered the final mating threat which won the game.

Because black had to take an excursion around the wings with his queen 44…Qa5 - …45Qe1 to enter whites position, White always had an important initiative and tempi to win the game.

Shame about the 46…Kf8?? As a more interesting game would obviously ensue after 46…Kh8

Great game with inventive play from both players.

Oct-26-06  ahmadov: Althoug Shak lost, I still like this game for lots of innovations by both players.
Oct-26-06  notyetagm: <TrueBlue: Since when does Topalov play e4 !?!?!?>

When he is not facing a 1 e4 drawmaster like Kramnik.

Kramnik's approach to the game really is better suited for matches where winning with Black is not that important. But I do not remember the last time I saw a tournament in which the winner won only with White.

Oct-26-06  notyetagm: <ray keene: black had probably planned 50--ng7+ which is fine except that qxg7+ followed by bh6+ forces a neat checkmate-otherwise blacks q excursion to the edge makes little sense>

50 ... ♘g7+? 51 ♕xg7+! <decoy to g7> ♔xg7 52 ♗h6+ ♔g8 53 ♖d8#

Oct-26-06  notyetagm: <ahmadov: Very sad that Shak lost this game but this does not mean that he lost his chances to win the tournament. Hope this loss will not affect his morale.>

He plays Judit tomorrow so his fate is in his own hands.

Oct-26-06  Bufon: Hopefully Mamedyarov will win.

Oct-26-06  who: <He plays Judit tomorrow so his fate is in his own hands.> unfortunately for him Judit has white and if she can draw the game she's assured at least equal first so she doesn't have all that much pressure to push.
Oct-26-06  Karpova: <who> no, Judit has black.
Oct-26-06  notyetagm: <Karpova: <who> no, Judit has black.>

No, Judit has White. Judit already drew her Black game against Mamedyarov in Round 3, right before the break.

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  ray keene: <ramachandrans20> i see you joined today-you suggest 50--qf5+ but 51 kh6 refutes-i hope you enjoy the site and remember the k is a strong piece-steinitz-
Oct-26-06  notyetagm: From

<The game continued 48...Qh1+ 49.Kg4 Qxe4+ 50.Kh5 and now Mamedyarov resigned, because he saw that after the planned 50...Ng7+ White has 51.Qxg7+! Kxg7 52.Bh6+ Kg8 53.Rd8 mate! Excellently seen by former world champion Veselin Topalov.>

Oct-27-06  ahmadov: <ray keene> How would you assess this game of Mamedyarov in general? Did you like it? If yes, what did you like in this game in particular? Thanks beforehand.
Oct-28-06  savagerules: These players with long hard-to-pronounce names
such as Mamedyarov or
whatever should have new names easier
to remember like Mammy for Mamedyarov.
Radjabov could be named Radar, etc.
Oct-28-06  ahmadov: <savagerules> I prefer Shak (like "shark") for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Radja (like the Radja of chess) for Teimour Radjabov.
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  ray keene: <ahmadov> mamedtc-- is obviously a huge talent but he needs patience-i think he cd have held this position but went for a tactical chimaera
Sep-07-09  LIFE Master AJ:

My analysis of this game.

Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: Several people asked for a printable version of this game:

If the response is favorable to this, I have hundreds - if not thousands of these type of games. (I could quickly make printable copies of all of them.)

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  WannaBe: Both geocities and ajschess links are bad, both returned as not found.
Feb-14-14  john barleycorn: <WannaBe: Both geocities and ajschess links are bad, both returned as not found.>

<LIFE Master AJ:I have hundreds - if not thousands of these>

Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: I had to change the settings on my server, try the following link, (instead).

Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: I checked it both with MSIE and Google Chrome, came back OK now.
Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: Apparently, the "star-dot-pdf" was repeated twice in the first link causing it to be null ... (a hidden extension thingie).
Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: is the new link.
Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: Apparently, the GC site, (; is all closed down, anyway.
Feb-14-14  LIFE Master AJ: <WB> The other links work - I checked them. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Yahoo asked me to reload my "Game of The Month" site ... and I did. And that was like 3 months before they closed Geo-Cities for good. (I have no idea what happened.)

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