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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Ciudad de Leon (2007) (rapid), Leon ESP, rd 2, Jul-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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Jul-08-07  Calli: On a4 and a5,
Two horses they did thrive
Out on a limb,
They attacked with such vim
Toppy's chances, slim
The rim maybe grim
So don't do it,
Less you are him

Jul-08-07  anandrulez: nice play by anand . his gxh3 was a brave move i thught ... overall he is such a strong player compared to topalov in rapids
Jul-08-07  crwynn: *That's* what chessgames needs, a poetry contest....
Jul-08-07  notyetagm: Very impressive play by Anand in this match.

He beat Topalov's Najdorf not once but =twice=(!) and in exactly the same way: queenside attacks leading to pawn promotion. Not only that, but the promotion square was the exact same square (b8) in both games! How about that?

Jul-08-07  EXIDE: I really like rapid chess a lot : games are being won or lost not a draw all the time. Level of play is also very good,and I can follow the moves much better than I can in a regular game. Of course that may be because I am not an expert chess player and enjoy the game for what it is.
Jul-09-07  Wolfgang01: Calli: Nice poem.
Jul-09-07  kingsindian2006: on move 14 they both lost a piece to a pawn, but anand got to keep his pawn ....thats a good trade...
Jul-13-07  Gnappo: Too optimistic 24...Nf6?. Even if after 24....Re8 the position is very good for White, that can take in a6 or push in b7 or place the Q in d6...

Anyway after 24....Nf6 there's no hope for Topa!

But the point is the excellent 25.f4!! played by Anand. In fact, if he plays 25.Nxb8 Topa's got 25....Nh5! with an interesting attack. 26.f4 Ng3+!-obviously the Knight is untouchable (27.hxg3? hxg3+ and mate in few)- 27.Kg1 Bxf4 (threatening Bc3+) 28.Kf2 f5

With 25.f4!! Vishy put under control h5 with his Bishop, avoiding the access of Topa's Knight in it.

After that it's only Anand's tecnique, I think.

Dec-01-08  notyetagm: 35 b7-b8=♕


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Oh, how I do love to queen pawns.

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