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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010), Sofia BUL, rd 3, Apr-27
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation (D17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-27-10  Landman: <majnu108> I was expecting the question <If this position (after 33...axb5) were a tree, what kind of tree would it be?> to be answered along the lines of "a really boring tree."
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  Sokrates: What is this? Topalov won't communicate directly with Anand? What a bad behaviour. Having the match in his own home country he should be a role model in good manners, polite and friendly attitude. But we saw Topalov's behaviour in the match with Kramnik.

Unfortunately, the strength in play by a top chess player is often inversely proportional to the gentlemanship in behaviour. We have seen it quite a few times. Alekhine was a good/sad example.

As much as I respect the chess-player Topalov, I can't respect the person Topalov.

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  Eyal: <On 33 Bxb5 Black loses if he enters a King and pawn ending eg 33...Rxb5 34 Rxb5 axb5 35 Rc7+ Rd7? 36 Rxd7+ Kxd7 37 Kd3 Kc6 38 Kc3 Kc5 39 Kb3 b4 40 a6 Kb6 41 Kxb4 Kxa6 42 Kc5 Ka5 43 Kd6 Kb4 44 Ke7 Kc3 45 Kf7 Kd3 46 Kxg7 Ke3 47 Kxf6 Kxf3 48 Kf5 Ke3 49 g5 hg 50 Kxg5 Kxe4 51 h6 Kf3 52 h7 e3 53 h8/Q winning.> Actually this is drawn if Black plays 39...Kd6! instead of b4??; but instead of 35.Rc7+, simply Rb1 or (Rc5) would win a pawn.
Apr-27-10  Shams: Anand should have ignored the draw-offer-by-proxy and then continued to repeat the position forever.
Apr-27-10  acirce: Great stuff from mishanp (who is in Sofia) as usual. I like the concluding analogy:

<I don't know how much you could see on the video, but the end of the game was even more ridiculous if you could see everything! When Topalov knew he had to face the terrible dilemma of how to draw without offering a draw... he went in advance to the arbiter. They exchanged some words, so it's possible Topalov was saying "look, it's a drawn position, rule it a draw" - to which the obvious reply would have been you can offer a draw if you like, but it's not up to me as we didn't agree on Sofia rules. In any case the arbiter came over and Topalov sat down to play. Vishy was very calm and just kept blitzing out moves the same way he did when Topalov didn't resign in the last game. After a while Topalov turned to ask the arbiter for a draw but continued to completely ignore Vishy - and the game ended but so unclearly that there wasn't any applause until the players finally stood up a while after that.

I just checked Shipov's comments - as well as being driven to the English "no comment", he said "For me personally the ugly ended has spoilt the mood from this feast of chess [...] What took place is clear disrespect to his opponent and chess as a whole" (Shipov has more comments as well) Personally I must admit I found it hilarious! Topalov was like a malfunctioning robot who had to obey rules that made absolutely no sense.>

Apr-27-10  Caissanist: Acirce: thanks for the link, very entertaining and interesting comments from mishanp.

I don't dislike Topalov the way that many others do, but I really like the professional way Anand has handled all the hoo-hah surrounding this match.

Apr-27-10  DWAustin: The behavior before and during the tournament is unfortunate and stereotypical of this planet.Winning won't make anyone superior as a person,a people or a culture.It just makes a champion for now. All things change,the center does not hold.
Apr-27-10  Open Defence: brilliant analysis from <Mateo>

I learn a lot from you Sir!

Apr-27-10  DWAustin: Thank you sir!I love watching the games.I can't wait for Round 2.
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  tamar: "It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a handshake, Would you take mine? Could you take mine?"
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  chancho: Poor Topa... no handshakes, no draw offers, and he gets black tomorrow...

};^) Muahahahahahaah!

Apr-27-10  rossvassilev: Topalov's attacks (if you can even call them that) were quite toothless. Looks good for Anand the rest of the way.
Apr-27-10  Berzha: Yah, of course.
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  HeMateMe: <majnu108> I like your avatar. Is it Juan Epstein from "Welcome Back kotter"?
Apr-27-10  Berzha: i don't get it
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  technical draw: After seeing and hearing of all the attitudes and unsportsmanlike conduct in this match I am quitting chess forever. No more. I will not participate in a game where the world sees this type of behavior and thinks that all chess players are the same. Therefore I will....what? a Ruy Lopez Exchange tournament? Count me in!!
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  LucB: <Technical draw> LOL! You and <chancho> just crack me up!
Apr-27-10  SirChrislov: Holy madres! Nigel Short kibitz here!
Apr-27-10  kooley782: Hey all

Click here for my analysis of this game on my website: http://edsnotofthisworld.wordpress....

Apr-27-10  rafnoc22: as predict yerterday,, round three is the most important round''' if TOPO cant win this round... he will not win the Championships.... Its still Anand.. we will wait for his future posible opponent... WESLY SO of the Republic of the Philippines...
Apr-28-10  iamsheaf: The ending is just too funny, both sides kept repeating forever. 41.Ke3, 43.Ke3 and 45. Ke3 is repetition, so is 41..Ra3+,43..Ra3+ and 45..Ra3+ as well as 42.Kf2 , 44.Kf2 and 46.Kf2. I am actually amused if arbiter wasn't around they could easily have played till move 60 repeating the moves. Really, stupid rule not talking during the match. Anand said "maybe the handshake should also go through the arbiter".
Apr-28-10  Vollmer: 0500 west coast ( please)
Apr-28-10  corbulo: <rafnoc22> omg! lolz!
Apr-28-10  donehung: Damn, how can Topalov alienate his fans anymore. Even his staunchest supports are finding it hard to root for him. Its like rooting for the humans at the end of Avatar.
Apr-28-10  donehung: BTW is Wesley So now a religion?
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