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Judit Polgar vs Veselin Topalov
Bilbao Blindfold Chess World Cup (2007) (blindfold), Bilbao ESP, rd 2, Oct-16
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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Oct-17-07  Karpova: A very interesting game. 14...Bd7 might have been a bit better.
Oct-17-07  Eurotrash: I agree that this Topalov-gambit does not seem sound.
Oct-17-07  Bobak Zahmat: :) Even a super GM like Topalov makes a huge blunder in a opening phase of a blindfold game.
Oct-17-07  dabearsrock1010: lol <Eurotrash> the Topalov gambit of the Ruy!
Oct-17-07  ivan999: One of the rare cases where Topalov doesn't play the Najdorf with black these days.
Oct-17-07  ivan999: against e4 ofcourse
Oct-17-07  benjinathan: Both 13...Rb8 and 14...Bg4 suggest that Topalov thought there was still a B on e3.
Oct-17-07  centercounter: Clever of Judit to disguise it.
Oct-17-07  luzhin: Very odd. Judit also had 15.Bxc6. Perhaps Topalov thought she had said ''14.KNIGHT to d5''. It's difficult enough to play blindfold chess, without being hard of hearing as well.
Oct-17-07  Hafen Slawkenbergius: I would guess Topalov mixed up g4 and d7. Quite a shame really.
Oct-17-07  centercounter: Yes, it does look like Topalov was expecting the Knight to go there and had already put it there in his mind. In what language are they playing? It's possible that in some languages, the words could be confused.
Oct-17-07  acirce: Surely they don't SAY the moves? If that were the case, obviously there would be misunderstandings. That would make the event even more of a joke than it already is.

However, this is what Henrik Carlsen says on his blog: <Technically the blindfold games are conducted slightly differently from Monaco. The players type the from-to fields on a keyboard. They have an empty chess board but no computer screen in front to avoid any misperceptions by the audience about what the players actually can see during the game. The time limits are 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move. This increment is pretty tight as the players have to type the fields, check it on a screen on the wall in front of them, and press the clock.>

also <In serious time trouble black misunderstood the knight move d3c5. Pentala thought Magnus had played c4c5. He took the b3 pawn with his queen and resigned when Magnus captured back with Knight c5b3.

After a nice victory with white against J.Polgar, top seed V.Topalov blundered a piece in the opening as black. He had mentally read Judiths bishop move from b3 to d5 as a knight move from e3 to d5. After Bg4 both the bishop and the knight on c6 is hanging! 1-0 and 3 points each.>

Oct-17-07  Karpova: Btw, you can see what the playing hall looks like on the official page:
E.g., there's a picture of Polgar versus Topalov with the keyboard mentioned in <acirce>'s post being clearly visible.
Oct-17-07  PeerGynt: Goods and bads:

1) I like the "310" point system.

2) I don't like combining the Sofia rules with the "310" system. Sofia rules enforces "good" behavior via outlawing a quite "legal" behavior, while the "310" encourages one legal behavior over another as it is the normal practice in the free world.

3) Not visualizing the moves (as in Monaco) seems to have created a lot of mess. I guess this will be a lesson for the future, but I wonder if the organizers can do something to fix the problem in emergency. I hope the players will adjust to this odd situation and reduce the number of blunders. Otherwise Bilbao 2007 will be remembered as the "funniest" blind tournament in the chess history.

Oct-17-07  KingG: What is the point of this tournament?
Oct-17-07  cotdt: <KingG: What is the point of this tournament?> As a non-serious tournament to test out the new 310 point system.
Oct-17-07  KingG: Why couldn't they have made it a rapid tournament? This is a waste of talent.
Oct-17-07  cotdt: <KingG: Why couldn't they have made it a rapid tournament? This is a waste of talent.> The blindfold games have rapid time controls.
Oct-17-07  Brown: Hanging two pieces with one move. Impressive.
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  WannaBe: <Brown: Hanging two pieces with one move. Impressive.>

Why, thank you, I do that quite often myself! =)

Oct-18-07  RookFile: It's hard to even imagine what Topalov was thinking here.
Oct-18-07  dabearsrock1010: <rookfile> see acirce's post for what he was thinking
Oct-01-08  gazzawhite: Topalov got TopalOWNED.
Nov-17-08  aazqua: They don't say the moves. They appear on the computer screen for an instant and then disappear. Topalov is such a horse's *ss. He was probably checking out her legs under the table and just missed the move. That guy is all junk.
Jun-09-13  Just Another Master: LOL, that was beyond embarrassing...he should of cheated even against a girl

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