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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 3, Oct-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense. Bernstein Variation Mar del Plata Gambit (D57)  ·  0-1



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Oct-22-10  Ezzy: <samikd: What exactly is happening ? I hope somebody can enlighten me.

He's playing the World Champion.!

Viola, Enlightened!

Oct-22-10  samikd: <Ezzy> :)
Oct-22-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Yes I know he made tactical blunders but his positions were pretty unattractive even before those happened. What exactly is happening?>

He was outplayed in both games, pure and simple.

Oct-22-10  Hesam7: Another line missing from analysis: 20. Ne5 Rxe5 21. dxe5 d4 22. h3 dxe3 <23. Qxe3>:

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23. ... Qb4+ 24. Kf1 (forced) 24. ... Qb5+ 25. Ke1 (forced) 25. ... Rd3!

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And now White is forced to take on d3: the queen can not leave the e2-square undefended because Black wins with Rd1-Qe2. So there is only 26. Qe4 left. That loses to 26. ... Qb2 there is simply no defence to Black's various threats: 27. Qxd3 Qxc1+ 28. Qd1 Qxd1# or 27. f3 Qxc1+ 28. Kf2 Rd2 etc.

Oct-22-10  Hesam7: <Eyal: as does 23.Qxe3 (instead of fxe3) Qb4+ 24.Kf1 Qb5+ 25.Ke1 Rd3 26.Qxd3 Qxd3 27.hxg4 Qe4+ 28.Kd2 Qxe5. So 20.Ne5 Rxe5 21.dxe5 d4 is very likely winning by force for Black.>

I see you had already covered this. Sorry.

Oct-22-10  Open Defence: <kdogphs: I think this should be a game of the day with the tag "Same Song Second Verse"!> or second verse, same as first
Oct-22-10  Hesam7: Topalov could put up a tougher resistance if he had played the counterintuitive 24. Qd2!?

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Now 24. ... Rb1? 25. Ke2 and White is breathing. Blck has to take the pawn: 24. ... Qxf3 but then 25. Rg3 Qe4 26. Kf1 Rb1 (26. ... Qh1 27. Ke2 Qe4 28. Kf1) 27. Rxb1 Qxb1+ 28. Kg2:

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And White at least manages to get his king out of center. Although Black is a healthy pawn up and should have very good winning chances.

Oct-22-10  Kinghunt: The finish of this game reminds me a lot of Topalov vs Anand, 2010.
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  chancho: Poor Topa.. getting his butt handed to him in the very same type of Defense that cost him the championship. That's just adding further insult to injury.
Oct-23-10  MaxxLange: I guess Cheparniov just doesn't have any novelties in the Lasker Defense! I bet Topalov and team were preparing for like the ....a6 Slav, out of the QGD family. Why doesn't Topalov try the Exchange variation? Maybe he wanted to repeat the opening as a matter of professional honor.

Good for Anand, twisting the knife like this, from the stodgiest old defense possible.

Oct-23-10  Ulhumbrus: <samikd: I am a little baffled as to why Topalov is losing all these Lasker's defense games. > There exists good reason to believe that Lasker's defence is a very good defence. None other than Lasker himself recommended Lasker's defence, and both Lasker and Capablanca employed successfully the Lasker defence in their respective matches against Marshall. I A Horowitz recommends it as a defence to the Queen's pawn opening 1 d4 in his book "How to think ahead in chess"

If White tries 13 Rc1 Nd7 14 c5 b6 15 Bb5 Bg4 16 Nd2 bxc5 17 Bxd7 Black has the in-between move (or zwischenzug or intermezzo as it has been termed) 17...c4! and only after that a recapture on d7, with advantage to Black.

Oct-23-10  Wyatt Gwyon: Damn. Anand has a mean streak.
Oct-23-10  crazybird: From the tournament website:

<"Chessvibes: I have a question for Mr. Topalov, you missed a pawn yesterday. I’m not sure but what went wrong in yesterday’s games? Was it out of bad position or calculation mistakes?

Topalov: Both. I had wrong preparation and I missed a very simple moves. That was kind of stupid.Bb5 was not a good move. After that move, the position became worse. Anand moved Qa6 which was a very quick and good move. In the middle game, my condition was not very good and I forgot what I missed. After that, the line of the black was open and good.">

Oct-24-10  Hesam7: <crazybird: From the tournament website: <"Chessvibes: I have a question for Mr. Topalov, you missed a pawn yesterday. I’m not sure but what went wrong in yesterday’s games? Was it out of bad position or calculation mistakes?

Topalov: Both. I had wrong preparation and I missed a very simple moves. That was kind of stupid.Bb5 was not a good move. After that move, the position became worse. Anand moved Qa6 which was a very quick and good move. In the middle game, my condition was not very good and I forgot what I missed. After that, the line of the black was open and good.">>

I think they should fire the translator!

Oct-28-10  wollkay: crazy game!
Oct-28-10  LIFE Master AJ: Great game for Anand, Topalov looked like a <"Class C" player.>
Oct-28-10  LIFE Master AJ: Veselin Topalov (2803) - Viswanathan Anand (2800) [D57] Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament Nanjing CHN (R#3), 22,10,2010.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 Ne4 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.cxd5 Nxc3 10.bxc3 exd5 11.Qb3!?,

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This is not the main line here. Most masters tell you not to bring your Queen out early.

[11.c4, or 11.Be2]

11...Rd8 12.c4,

Transposes back to book.


12...Be6 13.c5!?,

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I think that White is too far behind in his development for this to work.

[Interesting was: 13.cxd5 Bxd5 14.Bc4, etc.]

13...b6! 14.Rc1 bxc5 15.Qa3 Nd7;

Black is doing OK here.

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The source of most of all Topalov's later troubles.

[16.dxc5 Qf6 17.Bd3 Bh3 18.0-0 Ne5 is probably unclear.]

16...Bg4! 17.Bxd7 Rxd7 18.Qxc5!?,

[Maybe White should have tried: 18.Ne5 cxd4 19.Qxe7 Rxe7 20.Nxg4 h5 21.0-0 hxg4 22.exd4 Rb8; but this is better for Black.]

18...Qe4 19.Rg1 Re8!?;

Black's last move may not have been best - however, Black is already better.

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[Probably more accurate was: 19...Bxf3! 20.gxf3 Qxf3 21.Qc6 Rb8 22.Qxh6 (22.Qxd7? Rb2 ) 22...g6; ]

20.Qb5?, Almost certainly this was the losing move.

[Best was: 20.Ne5 Rxe5! 21.dxe5 d4; <=> with good play for Black, (but no forced win). ]

20...Rdd8 21.Qe2 Rb8 22.h3 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Qf5;

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White should have tried Rg3 here.

Now Anand goes on to win a fine game, the White King remains in the crosshairs for the rest of the moves played. (There is probably a daily puzzle in here somewhere.)

24...Rb1; 25.Rxb1 Qxb1+; 26.Qd1 Rb8; 27.Ke2 Qf5; 28.Rh1 Rb2+; 29.Kf3 h5; 30.a4 Qe4+; 31.Kg3 h4+; 32.Kxh4 Rxf2; 33.Qg4 Rg2;

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White Resigns.


Oct-30-10  Starfire: I have a Question;On move 17. N-E5,doesn't that win the exchange??
Oct-30-10  Starfire: I ment move 18.??
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  Sastre: After <18.Ne5 cxd4 19.Qxe7 Rxe7 20.Nxg4 h5>, the White knight is trapped and Black will be ahead in material.
Nov-26-10  Ulhumbrus: After 18 Qxc5 Black's c7 pawn is backward and the c5 square is occupied by White's Queen, and she attacks the a7 pawn as well as Black's Queen.

An immediate 18...Bxf3 can be answered by the in-between move 19 Qxe7 and on 19...Rxe7 18 gxf3 White has a permanent Queen side attack.

The move 18...Qe4! changes the picture completely because apart from removing the Black Queen from attack it not only attacks the N on f3 a second time but pins the N as well to the g2 pawn.

This may be the move which Topalov overlooked earlier and it is at this point that Black gains the advantage.

Nov-26-10  GilesFarnaby: Topalov played the gayest variation in chess (Mar de Plata, no one could came out with anything better than that?) and took too many compromising risks and then blundered strategically like a patzer with f4 and then he surrendered. This 2nd half of the year surely is to forget for him.
Nov-26-10  yalie: He played pretty badly immediately after the Elista Match, but had no problems bouncing back.
Nov-26-10  GilesFarnaby: By the way I think Topalov is the first GM in record to lose with this opening (I have x2 Malakhatko games -2007 and 2009- and another from Nikolic -2008-), he´s insatiable about achieving new things
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  Penguincw: Back to back white losses against Anand is bad.
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