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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
"Veni, Vidi, Vishy" (game of the day Apr-12-2016)
Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010), Sofia BUL, rd 12, May-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  0-1

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Oct-05-11  LIFE Master AJ: My analysis of this key game ... http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera....
Feb-18-12  fokers13: <Blunderdome> Akiba was a bad match player(much worse than his usual performance at the very least).And he didn't have the nerves of steel to win essential games either as young Capa proved on several occasions(don't remember the specific games in which Rubin gained a won position almost from the opening and proceeded to draw and/or lose).
May-07-12  Judah: <<firebyrd>I think the players should be allowed to bid for white, like: "How much time will you need to be comfortable playing white when Black gets 5 minutes and draw odds?" The one with the lowest bid in minutes gets to play white.>

I think that's a brilliant idea!

May-09-12  talisman: move 31 by white... like the ole sign use to say "Nuff said".
Nov-24-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that Anand won this thing with the Lasker variation.
Apr-02-13  RookFile: The pawn sacrifice(s) to open up the long diagonal by black are about as courageous as you can get in a decisive game like this.
May-21-13  EGarrett: Given that this game, and specifically 31 exf5, were the end of both a World Championship match and, apparently Topalov's prime, this game and move 31 should probably earn a more significant place in chess history over the next few years.
Jul-22-14  Vinod S U: Great game by vishy.. Topalov fell for anand's trap on move 30 f5.!! All was due to anand's strong light squared bishop..vishy was just wanted to draw this game. As the match would go to rapid games..thats why he played the lasker defence...
Jul-26-15  joddon: lots of good pressure built up by black...you have to be violently offensive to destroy and kind of subtle attacking situation of Anand....Carlesen can do this, however Topolov just sits there and waits to get the beating of his life....does he not know how easy a king can team up on a knight stuck to one edge of the board, and this guy calls himself a Grandmaster....he his Granddumb.....anyhow carlsen knows Anands weakness is only to get his queen free to attack any loose pawns or square, so he immediately exchange the queens right off the bat , and then goes for a complex perplexing battle of the rooks!! usually Carlsen has enough Tempo to team up his rooks and king to win any game any time any day.....players in the past rely on blunders and nothing tactical like in the minds of the Russians!...they can think during the game, but not before or after!!move 41 is a total weak defensive zone for white...Anand loves his creepy style , loves to creep up on his opponents!!
Apr-12-16  hypercorby: Tbh, I like the early-game of Topalov. He had the style. But, I think Topalov made himself suffer combos with: 17. dc5 and 31. ef5. He just put the pawns diagonally just like his oppenent, and he couldn't protect them, like his oppenent. Anand's A8 bishop gets more muscular when Topalov denies to see that. He might be feel regretful for deny it, after the silence of the match. Likewise I like the title pun.
Apr-12-16  AlicesKnight: Did Anand play Lasker's variation because the old champion was the epitome of "fighting spirit" which Anand himself shows in this game given the match score? Probably not but I like the parallel.....
Apr-12-16  The Kings Domain: Solid attacking game by Anand. Nice Caesarean pun to complement it. :-)
Apr-12-16
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  thegoodanarchist: I submitted the same pun for this game:

Anand vs Grischuk, 2007

However, whoever submitted this pun was able to get around the ban on duplicates, I suppose, by using commas to punctuate.

I will begin using that strategy when puns get rejected for being duplicates.

Apr-12-16
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  kevin86: A titanic battle. More ice, please!
Apr-12-16  Ronin126: A question (and I apologize in advance for the simplicity of it: I am new to learning about chess strategy/tactics)...

When 5. Bg5 h6, what is white's strategy there? I have seen it in a number of games. It appears like the bishop is being moved up only to retreat when the black pawn moves to H6.

Is it solely to help break up that wall of pawns? I do realize its a very simple question, but I am curious.

Thanks.

Apr-12-16  Lambda: <When 5. Bg5 h6, what is white's strategy there?>

Generally, it's because the bishop really wants to be on the h4-d8 diagonal, and doesn't mind being knocked back a square, in order to pin the knight on f6 or to be ready to exchange itself for the knight at the opportune moment. It's difficult for black to push the bishop off the diagonal with g5, because that weakens the kingside he wants to castle into.

Black on the other hand is often happy to have the possibility of g5 anyway, and also to prevent the bishop from being able to come back to squares like e3 or d2.

Apr-12-16  Ronin126: Lambda, that makes sense to me. Thank you for answering.
Apr-12-16  WDenayer: Why not 23.Rxc5? I don't understand.
Apr-12-16
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  mjmorri: 23.Rxc5, then Rxb2 looks playable.
Apr-13-16  Moszkowski012273: A few innacuracies towards the end I wonder if time was an issue.
Aug-12-17  ChessHigherCat: I can't believe Anand missed 39...Rg3+ 40 Kh4 (hxg3 Qxg3#) Qg5# Is there a mistake in the score or was he just under extreme time pressure?
Aug-12-17
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  plang: <ChessHigherCat: I can't believe Anand missed 39...Rg3+ 40 Kh4 (hxg3 Qxg3#) Qg5# Is there a mistake in the score or was he just under extreme time pressure?>

Something wrong with your analysis - don't see a forced mate.

Aug-13-17  ChessHigherCat: <plang> Sorry, I was thinking the black pawn was on h4 instead of h5
Dec-29-17
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5U....
Jul-27-19
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  Clement Fraud: In revisiting this game, I find myself at a loss as to why Topalov (whom urgently needed to win this game) did not play 8.Bg3(?) ... 8.Bg3 is by far the strongest move for white versus the Lasker Defense: Black's Knight then finds itself stranded on the e4 square, and swapping the piece for (either) white's Bishop on g3, or the Knight on c3, both leave white with a clear edge. It is equally bad for black to leave his Knight on e4, since then he'd be forced into playing the weakening f7-f5.
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