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Veselin Topalov vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Mar-13
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: this is what happens when you only play 4 tournaments a year, then jump into the Candidates.
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  Gypsy: Topalov self-destructing withing the first 20 moves?!
Mar-13-16  Ulhumbrus: If 12 Qd3 loses a pawn this suggests 12 exd3. However Topalov may have thought that this would make it easier for Black to draw.
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  JointheArmy: I think Topalov missed 17...Nxe4!
Mar-13-16  Sally Simpson: Hi HeMateMe:,

Topalov did win one of the four tournaments

Norway Chess (2015)

And at one time four major tournaments a year was the norm, but if you are saying his play is stale and lacklustre compared with his golden days then you are correct.

I hate myself for saying this as I really do like Topalov but the winner of this event will be among the players who can help themselves to 2-0 v him. Dropping ½ a point to him when he is in this mood is just that, a dropped ½ point.

If Topalov can pull out the bag one of his classics and score what is looking an unexpected win then he will at least have a say who finally faces Carlsen.

Mar-13-16  coolconundrum: Cool game!
Mar-13-16  chesssalamander: I don't understand why not 18.Bxe4?
Mar-13-16  geigermuller: On 18. Bxe4 18. ...;Qf6 has the took and the bishop hanging at the same time. It is still not disastrous though...
Mar-13-16  geigermuller: Not the took, the rook of course.
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  HeMateMe: I don't think you can stay sharp, just playing a few events a year. It can happen, but it goes against common sense. Topalov was protecting his rating. The chickens have come home to roost.
Mar-13-16  mkrk17: Age is getting onto Topa. Its funny that he said in 2010 that the difference between him and Vishy is -5 i.e he is 5 years younger than Vishy. But now looks like age has already caught up with him while age has not yet done much injury to Vishy's play.
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  AgentRgent: Couldn't have happened to a <less> nicer guy!
Mar-14-16  dynamica: If 19.Bxe4 dxe4
Mar-14-16  maxxowar: A tiny improvement for Topa could be:
30. Bxa6 Nxb4 31. Bb5 Nc6 32. a5 Nxa5 33. Bxd7 Qxd7 34. Qb4 Nc4 35. Qxb7
Mar-14-16  Sokrates: Great play by the "old" maestro. He was just a level above Topalov in this particular game, meticulously collecting all the coins Topalov spilt on the board.

I am not sure this has anything to do with age, though. Topalov has always been a player with uneven performances. First in one tournament, at the bottom in the next. He can outplay the best and get severely defeated by the same one month after. You never know what to expect from him, and he certainly isn't a boring draw king.

Mar-14-16  Conrad93: 30. Bxa6 looks very tempting. What sm I missing?
Mar-14-16  donjova: Conrad, Black can reply with Nxb4 and White isn't winning a pawn.
Mar-14-16  Isilimela: Topa could very easily do what Chucky did in the last candidates!
Mar-14-16  Tomlinsky: <Topa could very easily do what Chucky did in the last candidates!>

I hope not, picking his nose on camera won't do him any good.

Mar-14-16  posoo: HORRAFYING. I have played against Aruenyan and even *I* did not loose a pon so EARLY.

da rain of Tupluve is CLEARLY over. REMEMBER POTOSI? A distunt memor.y

Mar-15-16  dunkenchess: Tired.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Mar-18-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: On 30.Bxa6, a little change in the order of moves will improve black play also (I don't say it is the best), what about: 30... Bxg2!?:

a) 31.Qxg2 Nxb4! (32.Bxb7?? Nd3 win the quality: RxN) 32.Bb5 c6! b) 31.Kxg2 gxf4!? White king will be exposed (if he replies 32.gxf4...) c) 31.Kxg2 Nxb5 32. Qxb5 axb6...
d) 31.Kxg2 Nxb5 32. Bb5 c6!?
I guess that "TOPA" didn't feel confortable in any of the above lines, that's why he didn't accept the risks.

Mar-23-16  dynamica: The control of time of chess:90 minutes for the first 40 moves,folloved by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Oct-05-16  SpiritedReposte: Harmonious final position for Aronian.
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