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Dmitry Andreikin vs Veselin Topalov
World Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Mar-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca - General (D30)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-14  onur87: 5 king moves and a quick win! Inspiring game. i dont know how i do but i want to play such this style. :).
Mar-21-14  Ulhumbrus: <csmath: ...14. ...Bb4
[Black has won the opening discussion.]

15. ...Ne4?
[Black decides to attack directly but this is a mistake. 15. ...Bg4! 16. Kc1 Ne6 17. Bb5 Bxf3 18. Nxf3 Rac8 19. Kb1 Nd8 with initiative on black side.]>
Let us try a few more moves eg 20 Nd4 Bc5 21 Rd1 Bxd4 22 Rxd4 Nxc6 23 Bxc6 Rxc6 24 Qd2 Rfc8 25 Ra3 Rc2 26 Qxc2 Rxc2 27 Kxc2 Qxf2+ 28 Rd2. This may worth looking at further.

Mar-21-14  dehanne: Embarrassing.
Mar-21-14  Petrosianic: <Kaspablanca: I wonder if Topalov came here only thinking to beat Kramnik due to his affair of the toiletgate.> If he was, it was a waste of time. He has no one to blame for that affair but himself. And Danailov, of course.

But judging by this game, I don't think so. It looks like a very chancy attempt to win with Black and vault himself into serious contention.

Mar-21-14  csmath: I somehow got opportunity to look at a lot of Andreikin's games.

Generally this guy is not easy to beat with wild attacks and he keeps his head quite cool. The games he loses are usually games that are inspiring chess, good strategical ideas, creative ideas etc.

It is hard to beat him with stereotypical stuff and wild charges simply do not, in general, work against him. He does not make many errors. His loses are generally pretty good games ... by those who won them. I do not see him as a WC talent but ordinary GM he is not either.

Mar-21-14  Cemoblanca: One of the best artificial castling I've ever seen! It looks like a 0-0-0-0! :D Great game by Andreikin & a further stumbling block for Topa. It looks like he's out of the race for now. Maybe not definitely, but close to it. He was 1 of my favorites after the Kramnik game, but now I have a reason to be pessimistic. Unfortunately. The plan with 16...g5 & 17...h5 was certainly not the yellow of the egg & I think he didn't really know what to do with the position, but against Kramnik it was the exact opposite. Well, these are the 2 (chess) faces of Topa. I hope he recovers quickly, because tomorrow's game against Shak-Attack is certainly no picnic.
Mar-21-14  checkmateyourmove: you see why topalov was a squid on chessbase cartoon pics after his post conference yesterday...haha but i still love the guy for he raises the drama of a tourney, which is what we want!
Mar-21-14  Petrosianic: Yeah, but that's the good thing about Topalov. He raises as much drama losing as he does winning. So you can watch him lose and still get the fun out of him. It's like eating your cake and having it too.
Mar-21-14  RookFile: To say that this was a bad game would be an understatement.
Mar-21-14  strifeknot: Black's pieces are so well developed after the opening, but then Topalov proceeded to play without any clear plan.

Once white's king tiptoes to safety on the queen side, black's advantage has dissipated. It's as if one player conducted the opening for black, setting up a most promising position, then a novice a took over for the rest of the game, without having any idea how the position developed or how to follow through.

Mar-21-14  morfishine: <Marvol> Well put
Mar-22-14  GlennOliver: "@csmath
I do not see any brilliancy here. Andreikin played quite normal chess ..."

Taking ones King for a leisurely stroll across to a Queen side which is readily under attack by several major pieces.

Then, in a handful of moves, making the open defence position impregnable and the opponent's position untenable.

This is "normal chess" you think?

My view is that only a high grandmaster would see that over the board, and then dare to do that, in one of the biggest tournaments in the Calendar.

Mar-22-14  Makavelli II: @Glenn Oliver. That wasn't a king walk it was just castling manually :)
Mar-23-14  CopyBlanca: Black's play reminds me of my four year old grandson's favorite defense of h4,g4,f4 followed by N-f6. Apparently this flank attack is effective in other games he likes better called Stratego and Settlers of Catan. Still you have to respect black for willing to play in a risky fashion.
Mar-25-14  zb2cr: Nice end to this game.
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Sep-21-14  Xeroxx: great game
Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 32

+1.32 17....Bc5 18.Kc1 Bxd4 19.Nxd4 Qxf2 20.Qxf2 Nxf2 21.Rf1 Ne4 22.Kc2 Re8 23.Nf5 h5 24.Bd3 Ra7 25.Bxe4 Rxe4

Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 34

+0.65 16....Qg6 17.Ne1 Qf6 18.Nd3 Bc5 19.f3 Bxd4 20.exd4 Qxd4 21.Ra3 Nd6 22.Qc3 Qh4 23.g3 Qd8 24.Re1 d4

Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 30

+0.85 16.Kc1 Bc5 17.Bd3 Bxd4 18.Nxd4 Qxf2 19.Qe2 Bg4 20.Qe1 Nc5 21.Bc2 Qf6 22.Kb1 Bh5 23.Rf1 Qe5 24.Qg3

Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 32

-0.33 15....Bg4 16.Bb5 Ne6 17.Kc1 Bc5 18.Rf1 Rac8 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Qc3 Qxc3+ 21.bxc3 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Rxf3 23.Kd2 Rh3

Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 38

-0.30 14....Nb8 15.Nbd4 Bc5 16.Bb5 Bg4 17.h3 Bxf3+ 18.Nxf3 Nxc6 19.Bxc6 Qxc6 20.Ke2 Rae8 21.Rhd1 f5 22.Kf1 f4

Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 34

0.00 12.Bd3 a4 13.Nbd4 Nxc5 14.O-O Nxd3 15.Qxd3 Rd8 16.Rac1 Bg4 17.Qb5 Bd6 18.Rfd1 b6 19.Nc6 Rd7 20.Ncd4

0.00 12.Be2 a4 13.Nbd4 a3 14.b4 b6 15.cxb6 Bxb4+ 16.Nd2 Bc5 17.N2f3

Aug-17-21  cormier: sf Depth 35

-0.25 10....Nxc5 11.Nb3 Nxb3 12.Qxb3 a5 13.Bd3 a4 14.Qb5 a3 15.Rb1 axb2 16.Qxb2 Qxb2 17.Rxb2 Rd8 18.O-O Rxd5

Aug-17-21  utssb: 11...Ne5 feels like a massive improvement. Black is threatening to take on f3, the LSB is about to come to f5 with tempo, then a rook can come to c8 to regain the pawn. DSB can come to f6 to pressure the b2-pawn in some lines. Maybe white just plays 12.Nfd4 though.
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