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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  offramp: Since black has played ....h5 it is a draw. That is the only move one needs to remember.
Mar-14-14  DcGentle: Somehow I have got the impression, that in this game the draw was inevitable quite early in this game.
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  WannaBe: Wooo, Topa is up a pawn, can he squeeze Anand for a win?
Mar-14-14  Ulhumbrus: <WannaBe: Wooo, Topa is up a pawn, can he squeeze Anand for a win?> Yes, but probably not successfully
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  cro777: Anand sacrificed a pawn in the opening but he had sufficient compensation. Topalov had nothing better than to liquidate to a drawn endgame.
Mar-14-14  DcGentle: In order to have winning chances with a surplus pawn in a rook ending, the side with more pawns should have pawns on both wings of the board, and not only on the same wing as we see it here.
Mar-14-14  offramp: Topalov is playing against an ex-world champion. Can he win this? No.
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  cro777: The players before the game.

Mar-14-14  lost in space: This is a straight forward draw. No chance to win against a good player on the black side.
Mar-14-14  offramp: Oh well ...

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Mar-14-14  DcGentle: No one can complain that they stopped too early. ;-)
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  whiteshark: Bare ♔s left. No ♙.
Mar-14-14  chessdgc2: Hoodrobin: On the scoresheet, it shows 54...Kxf3 as the last move made by peabrain tells me it would be White's move :)
Mar-14-14  DcGentle: Kramnik's game looks interesting. Maybe we could switch?
Mar-14-14  chessdgc2: DcGentle: Yes! Would love to watch the Kramnik game, but I suppose may not be up to it...these games aren't of the best interest in timing, but nevertheless, it would be great to watch them all!
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  whiteshark: ... and it's the last game, as Svidler and Aronian have already won their games.
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  cro777: Anand liquidated to a drawn pawn endgame. He pointed out to this interesting position

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White to move. This is a draw.

On the other hand, if Black is to move, than White wins (theoretically, White mates in 22).

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  hoodrobin: <chessdgc2> Black has a winning opposition then.
Mar-14-14  ajile: Amazing that this sloppy looking opening with Black going down a pawn early could be a relatively easy draw for Black.
Mar-14-14  Travis Bickle: Play to the Kings!

Robert Fischer

Mar-14-14  Petrosianic: <Travis Bickle>: <Play to the Kings!>

For all the hero worship, I bet you couldn't name a game where he played to bare Kings.

Mar-14-14  Petrosianic: <ajile>: <Amazing that this sloppy looking opening with Black going down a pawn early could be a relatively easy draw for Black.>

Could be wrong, but I thought Black deliberately sacrificed a pawn for piece activity. I don't think Black was ever in much danger.

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  perfidious: <offramp: Since black has played ....h5 it is a draw. That is the only move one needs to remember.>

In my career, I had this twice, both with the extra pawn. Even if the weaker side fails to push ....h5/h4, it can still be held, but there is then a chance to play for a win.

Many years ago, a 2100-rated opponent failed to play ....h7-h5 in this and I ground him down. In one of my last events, a weaker player got ....h5 in and made the draw.

Mar-14-14  Petrosianic: This is interesting at the end, because a lot of players would have avoided 46...Rxg2+, and kept the Rooks on. That's not bad, Black still draws. But it's good to have an understanding of when it's possible to draw a pawn down King and Pawn ending, and be able to steer into it.
Mar-14-14  csmath: Good lesson in pawn endings.
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