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Veselin Topalov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 9, May-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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May-22-09  notyetagm: <chessic eric: <Domdaniel> yes, he did, in 39. With doubled a pawns and a q+b v. r+r+n Carlsen was able to get in Bc6 and it was curtains for Yue.>

Yes, Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009 goes straight to the top of my Game Collection: Immediately decisive, controling queening square.


May-22-09  waustad: The folks in Sofia try to shut down mirrors and then nobody can see the games because they can't handle the load.
May-22-09  waustad: Finally got through - Shirov drew.
May-22-09  outplayer: Topalov wins.
May-22-09  outplayer: If i can play 45 moves in a minute how many moves a grandmaster can play?
May-22-09  waustad: Chucky's little joke.
May-22-09  JimmyRockHound: JimmyRockHound:
Topalov only has 15 minutes left to Ivanchuk's 55. Will that be a factor or will Topalov win it before then?

I guess it wasn't nuch of a factor...

May-22-09  notyetagm: @#$%*!&, Chuck 0-5 and below 2700!

Unbelievable. :-(

May-22-09  Per: Chuckys last move seem like a joke - but I doubt he is in a mood för jokes...
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  Domdaniel: Uh, why is the black king on a2? Have they let the under-threes finish the game off?
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  tamar: Calm down Vesko, you're still in second place
May-22-09  acirce: Maybe he forgot that pawns could promote and was wondering why Topalov played on in a dead drawn position. Or maybe he wanted to kiss the queen.
May-22-09  hcbsb: <waustad: Finally got through - Shirov drew.>

No, because the King will be out of the square.

May-22-09  Marmot PFL: <Then Ke5 +2.68 if Rybka is rigth, Black is lost.> Not sure that means much, unless you can increase the advantage. many lines just continue indefinitely but the higher side can't get the win. Anyway after a knight trade black would have much better chances to draw with the 2 h pawns and white having a d file pawn instead of a b file pawn.
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May-22-09  Hortensius: Interesting endgame puzzle: 73. ... Black to move, and run...
May-22-09  Duque Roquero: Maybe Ivanchuc wanted to castle his king and promote him.
May-22-09  euripides: Interesting contortions by White's dark-squared bishop between moves 14 and 25. It ends up worse than it started, but I guess it contributes to disorganising Black's pieces.
May-22-09  Ezzy: <acirce: Or maybe he wanted to kiss the queen.> lol - That's not just funny, it's clever too. Applause for that!!
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  Eyal: <euripides: Interesting contortions by White's dark-squared bishop between moves 14 and 25. It ends up worse than it started, but I guess it contributes to disorganising Black's pieces.>

Yeah, that was part of a typical Spanish strategy - 1. Blocking the center with d5. 2. Aimlessly shuffling around pieces for several dozens of moves (which leads directly to -) 3. A winning attack. Seriously though, Chucky's 39...exf4, opening up the position and giving the white knight such a nice post on d4, seems to have been a serious error of judgment (39...Nc7 was much more solid); as well as, a few moves later, 43...fxg2 instead of 43...Qxd5 44.Rxf3 Ng7.

May-23-09  Ezzy: Veselin Topalov (2812) - Vassily Ivanchuk (2746) [C97] M-Tel Masters 0:17:33–0:43:33 (9), 22.05.2009
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 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.d5 Bd7 13.b3 c4 14.Ba3< Novelty I think. 14 b4 and 14 Be3 have been played before. 14 Ba3 does have an immediate threat of 15 Nxe5 and black can't take with pawn because the bishop on e7 is 'en pris' >14...Bd8 15.Nbd2 Ne8 16.Bb4 cxb3 17.axb3 Nb7 18.Qe2 Qb8 19.Ba3 Bb6 20.b4 Nc7 21.Bd3< Whites bishops don't seem to have any scope whatsoever. But then again neither do black's knights.> 21...a5 22.Nf1< With the position being closed, there is now a lot of shuffling about with the pieces, trying to slowly improve their position >22...axb4 23.cxb4 f6 24.Ne3 g6 25.Bb2 Rxa1 26.Rxa1 Nd8 27.Nd2 Nf7 28.Kh2 Qd8 29.Rf1 Qe7 30.Bc1 Ra8 31.Nb1 Bd4 32.Nc2 Bb6 33.Nc3 f5 34.exf5 gxf5< Black would like to play 35...e4 36 Bxb5 Nxb5 37 Nxb5 Qe5+ 38 Kh1 Qxd5> 35.f4 Rc8 36.Be3< [36.fxe5 Qxe5+ 37.Qxe5 dxe5 38.Bxf5 Bxf5 39.Rxf5 Nxd5 40.Nxd5 Rxc2 41.Nxb6 Rxc1 An equal endgame] >36...Bxe3 37.Qxe3< White has idea's of 38 Nd4 exploiting the fact that black's queen is pinned. >37...Ne8< uncovering an attack on the c3 knight> 38.Be2 <Dual purpose move - Protects the knight on c3 and prepares to win a pawn by 39 Na3> 38...Qf6< Nice counter threat of 39...exf4! >39.Qd2 exf4?< Ivanchuk thinks he has calculated himself to some initiative, but it it's only temporary.> 40.Nd4 Qe5 41.Bxb5 f3+ 42.Kg1 Bxb5 43.Ncxb5 fxg2? <This is just a nightmare tournament for Ivanchuk. This loses a pawn for nothing. [43...Qxd5 44.Rxf3 Ng7 45.Nc3 Qb7 46.b5 white stands better but at least Ivanchuk isn't losing.]> 44.Rxf5 Qe4 45.Nc3 Qh4 46.Qxg2+ Kh8 47.Nce2 <[47.Ne6 Qe1+ 48.Qf1 Qxf1+ 49.Kxf1 Kg8 Topalov must have looked at this line and thought it too drawish. Topalov was probably sensing that Ivanchuk was in a 'caving in' mood.]> 47...Nf6< Unleashing the nasty threat 48...Rg8> 48.Rf4 Qh6?< [48...Qxf4 49.Nxf4 Rg8 50.b5 Nd8 51.Nf5 Rxg2+ 52.Kxg2 and black will probably lose anyway>49.Nf5< Pretty decisive was [49.Qf1 Qg5+ 50.Kh2 Qe5 51.Nc6]> 49...Qf8 50.Ned4 Ne5 51.b5< [51.Ne6 Qf7 52.Nxd6 Qa7+ 53.Kh1 Rg8 54.Qf2 looks stronger]> 51...Qg8 52.Ne7 Rc1+ 53.Kh2 Qxg2+ 54.Kxg2 Nfd7 55.Ndf5 Nc4 56.Rg4 <57 Rg8 mate would be nice. The way Ivanchuk has been playing, you might as well try it :-) >56...Nf6 57.Rg3 Rc2+ 58.Kg1 Rc1+ 59.Kh2 Rc2+< 59...Rb1 seems more active as he may get the knight on c5 to move to d4 to defend the pawn. This gives black a flight square g7 for his king which is necessary to defend in some lines. Also the knights been removed from the attack of the d6 pawn.It's not easy to defend this position though.> 60.Rg2 Rxg2+ 61.Kxg2 Ne4 62.Nc8 Nc3 63.Ncxd6 Nb6 64.Ne3 Kg7 65.Kf3 Kf8 66.Kf4 Ke7 67.Ndc4 Nxc4 68.Nxc4 Nxd5+ 69.Kg5 Kd7 70.h4 Ne7 71.Kf6 Ng6 72.Ne5+ Nxe5 73.Kxe5 Kc7 74.h5 Kb6 75.Kf6 Kxb5 76.Kg7 Ka4 77.Kxh7 Kb3 78.h6 Ka2 79.Kg6 Kb1 80.h7 Kc2 81.h8Q< My favourite quote of the year so far was from <acirce> when a poster asked why Ivanchuk played on. <acirce> said - "Perhaps he wanted to kiss the queen" - lol A gem of a quote!!> 1–0

So Topalov keeps the pressure on Carlsen for the race to the title. Nicely executed game by the world number 1

This has been a real 'freak out' for our 'Chucky' - He's never been the same since that stranger asked him for a sample of his urine. To be honest, I don't think I would be the same ever again. Don't get me wrong, I would willingly give an autograph, but that's as far as it goes :-)

He'll be back -- no fear!

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  Eyal: According to Malcolm Pein's report at TWIC, Topalov also mentioned in the press conference that 30...Ra8 was quite pointless - if Black intends to play f5, the rook is perfectly placed on f8.
Sep-09-09  Whitehat1963: Four horses of the apocalypse.
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  Penguincw: There's a "Four Knights Defense" opening, and now there's a four knights endgame.
Feb-10-16  iking: Topalov at his best .. awesome game.
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