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Gata Kamsky vs Veselin Topalov
World Championship Candidates (2011), Kazan RUS, rd 1, May-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Domdaniel: Actually I think 37.Rxe5 Bd6 38.f4 would have been OK for White, returning the exchange but easing the pressure and keeping the passed c-pawn.
May-05-11  Open Defence: <lost in space: why f5? I see this as one of the only ways to losse this position. Blck is in danger here. Now of course not 37. Rxe5 Bd6; this is my way to lose.> to get the King to f6, White then would just have to shuffle pieces it seems though Black still seems to have no way of breaking through, Topalov is trying to improve his position White might have slipped up a bit on move 28 by allowing the c pawn blockage but without detailed analysis its tough to say...
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  tamar: This could be the repetition. I don't see how Black could ever break through so he might as well play Bc5 Re1 Bf2
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  chancho: Really really tough to get at Black's position.
Topa has more space.
May-05-11  Open Defence: looks like Danailov wont let Topalov offer a draw so we might see an actual repetition
May-05-11  theagenbiteofinwit: <looks like Danailov wont let Topalov offer a draw so we might see an actual repetition>

There is no hand signal for draw.

May-05-11  Open Defence: unless Danailov puts on a big Stetson and walks with a John Wayne type swagger...
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  chancho: Draw.
May-05-11  uscfratingmybyear: Yeah, but don't forget, John Wayne was all hat, no cattle. Made movies during WWII while guys like like Jimmy Stewart and Sterling Hayden carried the weight.
May-05-11  peyote: is there a chance of a 2nd game? I need to decide if I should go to work today
Premium Chessgames Member We'll switch over to Aronian-Grischuk in just a minute.
May-05-11  Open Defence: I would like to hear from Kamsky why he rejected 28.c4

for example

28....Bc6 29.Rxa6 Rc8 (Bd7 c5 seems very strong for White) 30.Rbb6 seems very good for White

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28...Ba8 29.Rd1 Bb4 30.Rxa6 Bc5 seems a better try for Black but its still quite passive and Topalov would not like that

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May-05-11  peyote: no work it is...
May-05-11  lost in space: <I would like to hear from Kamsky why he rejected 28.c4>

This is really the key question of this game

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  chancho: Aronian might be the guy to get the full point today.
May-05-11  JohnBoy: <Open> - I missed the bulk of the game, but looking at your diagram above after 28....Bc6 29.Rxa6 Rc8 30.Rbb6 I can't help but think that 30...Bd5 keeps black's house in order.
May-05-11  Open Defence: < JohnBoy: <Open> - I missed the bulk of the game, but looking at your diagram above after 28....Bc6 29.Rxa6 Rc8 30.Rbb6 I can't help but think that 30...Bd5 keeps black's house in order.>

not really after 30...Bd5 31.g3 (allowing the mate combination by cxd5 would be tragic) and now the LSB has to retreat, probably to a8

31...Ba8 32.Rb3 Kf6 33.Kg2 or 32.Ra7+ seems to make things difficult for Black to defend

a defence might be still possible but it seems quite difficult

May-05-11  howlwolf: What is wrong with 7,..Nxa5?
May-05-11  Helloween: <howlwolf>It's greedy as heck. Loses to 8.Nd5! and the subsequent invasion of b5.
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  Penguincw: A nice fight by both players.
May-06-11  chesssantosh: why is not there a mention of sacrifice?did not topalov sac an exchange on move 23
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  Phony Benoni: From the help page for the Sacrifice Explorer:

<"For our purposes, a sacrifice is any move which causes the player who makes it to lose material in the short-term, but ultimately win the game.">

No win, no sacrifices. For example, see Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872.

It's a debatable criteria, but probably makes it easier to find "sacrifices" automatically.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

May-06-11  kellmano: I guess the no win, no sacrifices gets rid of blunders (or at least some blunders).

Topalov values bishops more relative to rooks than other top players I think. A most enjoyable game.

May-06-11  chesssantosh: Thanks <phony> for clear explanation
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