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Veselin Topalov vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Ciudad de Leon (2007) (rapid), Leon ESP, rd 1, Jul-07
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0

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Jul-07-07  TrueBlue: can't believe there are no comments for this beautiful game. Well done Vesko!
Jul-07-07  SniperOnG7: Hmm, I haven't seen this interpretation of the Catalan before.
Jul-07-07  stanleys: <TrueBlue: can't believe there are no comments for this beautiful game.>

Hmmm both players made many mistakes - for example Kasim missed a nice win by 40...Nf4! Game was analyzed by IM Karakehajov on chessdom.com

Jul-07-07  SniperOnG7: Looking through it again, Topalov's play is indeed creative but imho unnecessary. The Kingside attack didn't gain much did it?

I reckon, because Kasim has played 6...Nc6 which blocks Black's typical c-pawn push, maybe White should play 7. a6. This prevents Kasim's 7...Nb4, which makes the Nc6 look silly.

Meanwhile, White's setup against Black's WEAK and BACKWARD c-pawn is Rc1 coupled with the Queen already on c2. In addition, the a3 move has the benefit of supporting b2-b4 which not only makes sure Black is unable to march the c-pawn but also prepares a timely b4-b5 that pushes Nc6 away to expose the target.

What does everyone else think of this plan? :/

Jul-07-07
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  Ron: It does seem that Kasim missed the strongest 40th move, Nf4. If, after 40. ... Nf4, White plays 41. dxe7?, then 41. ... Rxd1 mate

If, after 40. ... Nf4, White plays 41. Bxc6 then play could go 41. ... Qf7 42. Bf3 Qc4+ with a powerful position for Black.

Jul-07-07  Atking: <Ron> Yes. It seems to me too that 40...Nf4 was good for Black. An imaginative game on both side side. Kasim plaid has a difficult opening and plaid better the middle then missed the move you suggest
Jul-07-07
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  Ron: <Atking> To give credit where credit's due, <stanleys> mentioned that move, referring to analysis on chessdom.com
Jul-08-07
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: As did a few others on the Ciudad de Leon (2007) page while the game was still in progress... I even pointed out that 40...Nf4?? would in fact have been a losing mistake, given that Kasim was down to 1 second at that point and didn't have the time to grab a piece on the other side of the board.
Jul-08-07  Atking: <SwitchingQuylthulg: As did a few others on the Ciudad de Leon (2007) page while the game was still in progress... I even pointed out that 40...Nf4?? would in fact have been a losing mistake, given that Kasim was down to 1 second at that point and didn't have the time to grab a piece on the other side of the board.> Ok for the jock its good to keep some humour on this site. But the move is 40. And nthing to take. Just in time. Winning this game the result of the match could be completely different.
Jul-08-07  notyetagm: <stanleys: <TrueBlue: can't believe there are no comments for this beautiful game.> Hmmm both players made many mistakes - for example Kasim missed a nice win by 40...Nf4! Game was analyzed by IM Karakehajov on chessdom.com>

Yes, 40 ... ♘e2-f4! moves the Black knight out of harm's way. And now that the Black f4-knight covers the e2-flight square of the White f1-king, the Black e7-queen is taboo because the White d6-pawn must <BLOCK> the d-file to prevent ... ♖d8x♖d1#.

Jul-09-07  notyetagm: <stanleys: ... Hmmm both players made many mistakes - for example Kasim missed a nice win by 40...Nf4! Game was analyzed by IM Karakehajov on chessdom.com>

I was really surprised that Kasimdzhanov, a very strong tactical player, missed this nice tactical shot 40 ... ♘e2-f4!.

He played a similar idea against Gelfand in the first game of their Candidate's Match to save a nearly lost position.

Jul-09-07  notyetagm: From http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...:

Position after 38 ... ♘b3x♗c1


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<Instead of the obvious recapture on c1 White tries a trick: 39.d6? Ne2+ 40.Kf1. Now Black had the chance to clinch the game with 40...Nf4!, since 41.dxe7 is not possible because of 41...Rxd1#.>

Position after 39 d5-d6? ♘c1-e2+ 40 ♔g1-♔f1


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(VAR) Position after 40 ... ♘e2-f4! 41 d6xe7?? ♖d8x♖d1#


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Hence the Black e7-queen is taboo after 40 ... ♘e2-f4! because the Black f4-knight <DENIES> the White f1-king access to the e2-square, thus trapping the White f1-king on the first rank to create a <BACK RANK MATE> threat.

You must keep in mind the <STATUS> of the enemy king and your king at =all= times. Here Kasimdzhanov's failure to do this cost him a win.

Jul-10-07  notyetagm: Position after 39 d5-d6?


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Here Topalov (White) has tried the little tactical trick 39 d5-d6?. White gains time on the Black e7-queen to advance his d-pawn.

The point is that 39 ... ♖d8xd6?? loses a rook to the simple <DOUBLE ATTACK WITH CHECK> 40 ♕a7-b8+.

(VAR) Position after 39 ... ♖d8xd6?? 40 ♕a7-b8+


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As Dr. Nunn writes, <If your king (Black h8-king) is exposed to attack (Qa7-b8+), then you need only one undefended/loose piece (Black d6-rook) to lose material to a double attack>.

<LPDO = LOOSE PIECES DROP OFF!>

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