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Veselin Topalov vs Viswanathan Anand
World Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Mar-14
Reti Opening: General (A09)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-14-14  Ulhumbrus: Topalov has found something. After 10 Qe4 Black's bishop on e5 and his N on d5 are presently targets instead of weapons
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  cro777: 11.Nxd5 is more or less forced.
Mar-14-14  Shams: Aronian may have beaten Mamedyarov already.
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  cro777: Anand sacrificed a pawn. The chances are even.
Mar-14-14  rogl: Yes, Shak missed a tactical shot and is losing his queen for a knight and a rook.
Mar-14-14  Edmontonchessclub: Aronian has trapped Mamedyarov's queen on move 15.
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  whiteshark: Huge blunder by Mame in move 13. He queen gets trapped and he has to give it up for ♖+♘
Mar-14-14  morfishine: The tactics aren't necessarily in Black's favor
Mar-14-14  SetNoEscapeOn: I don't understand this, what does black have?
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  cro777: Topalov - Anand

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Topalov is a pawn up but his pieces lack coordination. His worst placed piece is the bishop on c1. He played 14.Bd2 which can liquidate to a drawn endgame.

Mar-14-14  Ulhumbrus: <SetNoEscapeOn: I don't understand this, what does black have?> Perhaps potential threats which have not materialised yet. Or else perhaps insufficient compensation for the pawn. Which of the two remains to be seen.
Mar-14-14  DcGentle: Black will go for <14... Kg7> most likely.
Mar-14-14  DcGentle:

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White to move, Black attacks pawn b2 and threatens ... Rd8.

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  cro777: Topalov has nothing better than 15.Qxe5 which leads to the following endgame

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Mar-14-14  DcGentle: Houdini wants to play <15. Qxe5+> resulting in a trade of queens and bishops, but in the end White would have the worse pawn structure on the queenside.
Mar-14-14  DcGentle: <15. Rd1> seems to be an option for White, returning the pawn.
Mar-14-14  DcGentle: White's c-pawn will be a target now.
Mar-14-14  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 16...Qxc3, 16...Kf6 17 Bxe5+ Kxe5 develops further Black's king but White's queen side pawn structure is then intact
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  cro777: Now white rooks are passive

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Mar-14-14  Ulhumbrus: My present guess is a draw
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  cro777: This endgame will end in a draw. The 30 moves rule must be satisfied.
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  devere: Anand's 22...b5 is inferior, and now White has the advantage; but a draw is still the most likely outcome.
Mar-14-14  offramp: If this position appears on the board

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Perhaps Topalov will play on for a while.

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  whiteshark: This is a straight forward draw. But Vishy has to defend acurately for some 20 more moves...

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