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Veselin Topalov vs Levon Aronian
20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) (blindfold), Monaco MNC, rd 10, Mar-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: What a surprise.Topalov was defeated with white.Topalov has "only" lost with the white pieces 117 times.
Mar-23-11  Ulhumbrus: Grandmasters Seirawan and de Firmian who were providing a commentary on the official site said that Aronian simply accepted every sacrifice which Topalov offered and then refuted the attack.
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: After 12 moves black has ompletely equalised
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: The exchange sacrifice on c3 is correct ,Rybka 3 + 0.09
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: After 18.Qf6 + 1.33
22.f4 +0.00
22.Bf5 Qg7 23.Qe7 Rfe8.24.Qb7 Qf8 25.Qd5 c3 26.Qb3 Rac8 27.h3 Qe7 28.Rc1 Kc5 29.Qc3 Kd7 30.Qc8 + 3.33
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: if 38...Kh5 than 39.h3 + 7.89 because h3 and mate with g4, 38...Kg7 - 0.06
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: 42.Rc5 + 0.00, 42.Rc6 - 0.33
43.Kf3 0.00; 43.f5 - 1.20
Mar-23-11  hedgeh0g: What's wrong with 12...Nxc3?
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  Phony Benoni: <hedgeh0g> Very little, as far as I can see. Though Houdybka may reveal the error of my ways, I have to wonder if the moves are reversed in the score, White actually playing 12.0-0 and 13.Ne5.

Another possibility is that the players were simply reeling off prepared analysis blindfold, and not analyzing carefully.

Mar-23-11  MaxxLange: an impressive game for blindfold!

Topalov resigned, after heroic defense efforts, because the White King is cut off by 2 files, with the pawn far advanced. Having the Rook on the long side of the pawn is not enough to draw this kind of position, if I have my rook ending theory straight.

Mar-23-11  MaxxLange: in the game final position

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White to move is lost

In the position with the King cut off by only one file

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the tablebases show EIGHT Rook moves that draw for White

Mar-23-11  goldenbear: A brilliant game by Topalov! 22.Bf5 just wins easily, and again confirms my opinion that the Ragozin Defense is unreliable at best and possibly just unsound.
Mar-23-11  MaxxLange: eh, the Black King prevents ...d3 in the second diagram, confusing the issue. Black would be winning,even with a 1-file cutoff, if his King were better placed.

Man, the people who figured this stuff out, before endgame tablebases, were pretty smart

Mar-23-11  Davolni: <goldenbear: A brilliant game by Topalov! 22.Bf5 just wins easily, and again confirms my opinion that the Ragozin Defense is unreliable at best and possibly just unsound.>

Did you look at the scorecard again? who won and who lost? or perhaps you wanted to say "Brilliant 21 moves by Topalov"??? ;)

22.f5 MAY give some advantage, but it's not a SURE WIN!

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  wordfunph: it's over after Levon's 53...Ke4 but Veselin fought up to the end.

0-1 and +2k chessbucks to my account..

Mar-24-11  goldenbear: <Davolni> 22.Bf5 is indeed a win. A brief analysis will show that the d4 pawn is irresistible...
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  chancho: <goldenbear> Could you please provide the analysis? After 22.Bf5 Qg7, how does White win?
Mar-24-11  goldenbear: <chancho> The are lots of possibilities, but <jmboutiere> provided the basic analysis above, only instead of his 28.Nc5, my computer thinks 28.Red8 is a much better move for Black, although that still runs into 29.Rxc3 Rxc3 30.Qxc3 f6 31.d5!, with a win for White.
Mar-25-11  Hesam7: Very strange game. Topalov gets a big advantage but then he loses all of it. Already after 24. Qd7? Black is better.
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  piltdown man: A beautiful game, and a credit to both players.

Do play like this in a normal game would be amazing enough, but blindfold - wow!

Apr-08-11  notyetagm: <The Power Play Show 7th April with GM Daniel King>

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