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Das Debashis vs Veselin Topalov
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 2, Jan-27
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: Sad to see Topalov not win, but it definitely was a crazy game with the bishop sacrifice and queen promotion.
Jan-28-15  Whitehat1963: Is this really a draw? What's the finish?
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  Penguincw: < Is this really a draw? What's the finish? >

<Chess-Results> lists it as a draw:

I don't know what the finish is, but clicking on the square e8: the continuance is 46...Qa6 47.Rxc5 (47.Nxc5 Qe5+ 48.Kg1 Qe1+ and three fold repetition) a3 48.Rc1 a2 49.Ra1 Qa3 50.Nc3 Qxc3 51.Rxa2 and it looks like a draw, especially with all pawns on one side of the board.

Jan-28-15  Nerwal: It's a draw because c5 falls and even if the a pawn ends up costing White the bishop, Black won't win ♕+h pawn vs ♖+♘+h pawn anyway (even ♕ vs ♖ on the g file+h3♙ is drawn if the black king is not on the h file)

The live engines loved it, but maybe 28... ♘b3 was not that great of a pratical choice since White's bishops held nicely in the resulting position. Maybe 28... ♕xh3+ 29. ♕h2 ♕e6 was easier to play for black.

Jan-28-15  visayanbraindoctor: <Nerwal> Interesting endgame. Apart your idea, how about after White's taking the c5 pawn Rxc5, he plays Ra5 and then sacs his Rook for the remaining Black quuenside pawn Rxa4?

Or just imagine the final position after 46. Rc3 without White's Rook and Black's Queenside pawns. There is no way for the Black king to penetrate near the White king as all the squares surrounding the White king are permanently guarded. The White Bishop controls f1, f3, h3. The White knight controls f2 and g3. White can just forever move his King around the g1, h1, and h2 squares. Unless I am missing something, it's a perfect fortress.

Jan-28-15  Nerwal: ♘e4/♗g2/♔ in the corner vs ♕ is indeed a fortress - known and found by Karstedt more than a century ago (and very rare with this material). Adding two h pawns probably doesn't change the result if the white pawn stays at h3.

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