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Veselin Topalov vs Anish Giri
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-04
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1



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Dec-05-15  fisayo123: 33.♕xa7?? ouch. Well, Topalov with his style of play does have the tendency to exaggerate his advantage sometimes. Giri was a little fortunate here. I just hope Topalov can brush this game off and bounce back.
Dec-05-15  morfishine: <luzhin> On this comment:<Those puzzled why Topalov played 33.Qa7 rather than the drawish 33.Bxe4 don't seem to grasp that the Bulgarian was still trying to win a game in which he had(but no longer) held an advantage> Whats your source of information? Did Topalov tell you this directly? Or did you just pull this out of your arse? Those that "don't seem to grasp" eagerly await your enlightened response

And this comment: <I'd also add that the key move is 35...Qd5 --a retreat...> This is plain wrong. Positioning a piece to threaten a specific square, in the case <h1>, is not a "retreat" simply because the piece moved backwards

Geezus to Peezus


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  Stonehenge: 11. 0-0 =
Dec-05-15  geigermuller: I have no idea what's going on in this game or if Guru's play is sound. But it sure is aesthetically pleasing!
Dec-05-15  geigermuller: I meant Giri of course, not Guru.
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  Honza Cervenka: When I was playing over this game I have suddenly recollected one sentence from The Master and Margarita of Mikhail Bulgakov: "Annushka has already bought the sunflower oil, and has not only bought it, but has already spilled it."

Topalov's inevitable fate in this game reminded me the end of poor Berlioz, the chairman of the board of MASSOLIT and the editor of a literary journal, who was decapitated by an young woman and komsomolka Annushka, exactly as Woland had told him before. Nice game by Anish.

Dec-05-15  zanzibar:

And I thought he was talking about the guy who wrote all those language guides!

Fantastic finish by Giri btw.

(Qxa7 was completely playable just the move before the knight entered the attack)

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  Honza Cervenka: <zanzibar>
Dec-05-15  zanzibar: <Honza> good depressing stuff.

A little disappointed that astrology was used for the forecasting though...

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  Honza Cervenka: <A little disappointed that astrology was used for the forecasting though...>

As far as I can remember the dialog in the scene follows the book very faithfully.

Dec-05-15  caracas1970: what happened if white played 32. Rd1?
will it better for white?
Dec-05-15  Karposian: <caracas1970: what happened if white played 32. Rd1? will it better for white?>

No, I actually think it's bad for White. After 32.Rd1, Black simply trades his queen for the two rooks: 32...Qxd1+ 33.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 34.Kh2 Rdd2, and Black is definitely better with his menacing, doubled rooks on White's 2nd rank.

Dec-06-15  truefriends: < Pedro Fernandez: In this year Giri has played in the strongest tournaments and his performance has been quite remarkable, a lot better than Caruana! With only 21, Giri could be a serious threat for Carlsen in a couple years.>

I think he already is if he is willing to take some more risks in his games...

Dec-06-15  1971: Topalov before 33. Qa7: "The king is a strong piece, the king is a strong piece, the king is a strong piece, the king is a strong piece.."
Dec-06-15  Karposian: <1971: Topalov before 33. Qa7: "The king is a strong piece, the king is a strong piece, the king is a strong piece, the king is a strong piece..">

LOL. Perhaps he misrememberd the end of that sentence, " the endgame", Veselin! Not " the middlegame".

Dec-06-15  caracas1970: thanks karposian
Dec-07-15  thickhead: <Mindctrol1--39....Rd8+ 40.Qd4 Rxd4+ 41.Ke1 Qf7++>Giri played a beautiful game.>After 39... Rd8+ white plays 40.Ke1
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  Domdaniel: The Opening is not a King's Indian: it's a Fianchetto Gruenfeld, aka Neo-Gruenfeld.
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  Domdaniel: <Honza> That is a great quote from Bulgakov's masterpiece, 'The Master and Margarita'.
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  Domdaniel: 5...Nfd7 was played 9 times in the CG database, most recently in Svidler-Radjabov 2015.
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  Domdaniel: This game is relevant: B Grachev vs D Khismatullin, 2010
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  Domdaniel: There is something quite cute about the way Black establishes early control over the d3 square, and then uses it to relocate his pieces, with 15...Bd3 (switching diagonals) and 17...Nd3.
Dec-14-15  SimplicityRichard: In my view, Giri's best game of this tournament and a welcome departure from the tedium of the "wall". Indeed, this is not a King's Indian but a Gruenfeld; a hybrid between ECO D76 & D78. And albeit highly drawish Neo-Gruenfeld lines, Black's finish in this game is tasty!

15...Bd3, and 17...Nd3 (domineering Knight) maintain Black's initiative in this interesting but generally equal game (Stockfish 6 evaluation) until White's blunder in going for a pawn grab on a7; totally oblivious to a tactical shot on the vulnerable f2 (33...Nxf2, -2.68: Black is winning). Black's finish is simply beautiful.#

Dec-20-15  rudranshumeher: 35... Qd5
36.KE1 QH1+
Dec-20-15  morfishine: Its irrelevant what opening one wants to attach to this game, or any game for that matter. The only thing that holds relevance are the relevant squares


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