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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Mar-11
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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Mar-11-16  morfishine: 20...Nb3??? Has Topa completely lost his tactical awareness?
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  OhioChessFan: Has anyone else mentioned Topa took 5 moves to exchange his Knight for an unmoved Bishop? And the recapture by the Rook was something of a developing move for White. Very poor board management. I understand poor moves, but that was just a patzerish waste of time.
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  OhioChessFan: <morf> yeah, it was a tactical error, but I can't believe the fundamental tempo wasting error.
Mar-11-16  talljack: Does 42. ... Bxf2 instead of Rx hold?
Mar-11-16  michael104: No. White responds with Nxf6+ and Rh8++.
Mar-11-16  samikd: The Tiger is back !
Mar-11-16  talljack: > Mike 104. Thanks. Tactics 101. Still a failing grade here.
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  Ron: Yeah, it could have gotton ugly for Anand if Topalov had played 20 ... Bf2.

Play could then go: 21. Kxf2 Qh4+ 22. g3 Nxe4+ 23. Rxe4 Qxe4 24. g4 Qe1+ 25. Kg2 Bg6 26. Nd2 Rab8 27. Ra3 Re2+ 28. Bxe2 Qxe2+ 29. Kg1 Bd3 30. Rxd3 Qxd3 31. Nf1 Qxh3 32. Ne3 Qg3+ 33. Kf1

Analysis courtesy of Stockfish 7.

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  thegoodanarchist: <chancho: The old fogey just might have it in him for another date with the Norwegian Buzzsaw in November.>

I was going to say that the idea of a 3rd WC in a row between those guys seems dull but Karpov-Kasparov ad nauseum was not.

So while the idea might be dull, if the match happens it will be interesting.

Mar-11-16  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Remember "TOILET-GATE"? Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) Wonder if TOPALOV is going to accuse Anand of CHEATING? There is A LOT of CHESS to GO! Don't worry Anand WILL CHOKE! He cannot play with this group for long! Even ALL THE ODDS MAKERS PUT OLDE Anand TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE CANDIDATES PILE! WAY, WAY, WAY TOO MUCH PRESS ON HIM IN A POSITIVE WAY! As to his "DULL, Cracked, and BROKEN TEETH"... One game does not a tournament make! He's good I guess, but he is a "FORMER" champ. He may play well for awhile and that is fine! However "GET A GRIP" and "ROOT" for WINNERS like CARUANA and NAKAMURA!
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  cro777: <morfishine: 20...Nb3??? Has Topa completely lost his tactical awareness?>

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In fact Topalov saw 20...Bxf2+! but missed a check after 21.Kxf2 Qh4+ 22.g3. He said that he somehow missed 22...Nxe4+ with good attacking chances.

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  Sally Simpson: Very Crafty Mr Topalov...

You lose the first game to someone who is not going to win the thing.

The others will identify you as the whipping boy and play for a risky win where you will be waiting to punish them.

By the time anyone realises what you up to you, you have scored 4 wins on the bounce.

...very crafty. Good Luck.

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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Anand!
Mar-12-16  1971: Love the energy that Anand came out with. Of course, I'm rooting for him to win this tournament again.
Mar-12-16  vsiva1: we can't say it is a one sided game. it is a complicated game only; with more end game tactics. it is good that Anand has improved his end game especially with pawns, which he suffered during previous WC matches vs Carlsen. it is a great come back & morale booster victory for chennai king Anand.
Mar-12-16  dynamica: If 15......Rb8 maybe:
16.d5 Bh5g6
Mar-12-16  Kasparov Fan: "Grandmasters decline with age. That's a given. There is nothing special about the age of 40, but age eventually takes its toll. That much is clear. Beyond that, it's about how long you can put off the effects and compensate for them. Mistakes will crop in, but you try to compensate for them with experience and hard work". -Vishy Anand.
Mar-12-16  Virgil A: That's the Quote of the Day
Mar-12-16  Hesam7: <Ron: Yeah, it could have gotton ugly for Anand if Topalov had played 20 ... Bf2.

Play could then go: 21. Kxf2 Qh4+ 22. g3 Nxe4+ 23. Rxe4 Qxe4 24. g4 Qe1+ 25. Kg2 Bg6 26. Nd2 Rab8 27. Ra3 Re2+ 28. Bxe2 Qxe2+ 29. Kg1 Bd3 30. Rxd3 Qxd3 31. Nf1 Qxh3 32. Ne3 Qg3+ 33. Kf1

Analysis courtesy of Stockfish 7.>

That is pretty much it. I would add that 24 Ne3 is another defense which also loses and in your line after 20...Bf2! 21 Kf2 Qh4 22 g3 Ne4 23 Re4 Qe4 24 g4 Qe1 25 Kg2 Bg6 26 Nd2

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Black should opt for the immediate 26...Re2! (26...Rab8?! 27 Nf3) 27 Be2 Qe2 28 Kg1 Rf8! 29 Ra3 Bd3 30 Rd3 Qd3 31 Qc3 (defending h3) 31...Qd5

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I don't see how White holds this.

Mar-12-16  jamesmaskell: Looking at the bishop sac, given Topalov's getting caught out when he over-reaches in key moments, did he spook himself out of it, feeling it was too much risk?
Mar-12-16  Pedro Fernandez: Why 21...Nxc1? Black knight is in excellent position on b3-square. One of the important things I did learn from my grand father was: "do not exchange your developed pieces for no-developed pieces". If this is allowed in "modern chess", I don like it at all!
Mar-14-16  McUmber: Topalov lost also because of spending a thousand moves jumping around the board with his knight to take the not so good bishop on c1. Keeping his knight on b3 would've tied down white enough to buy himself time to undermine White's center with maybe f5!?
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  Mateo: 41...g5 was the last chance to fight for a draw. 41...f6? loses after the sound 42.h4! actually played.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Mar-18-16  dynamica: Every piece have relative value of all pieces,no piece should be moved more than once for development.
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