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Levon Aronian vs Veselin Topalov
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 10, Mar-23
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  keypusher: Levon has cleverly placed all his pawns on the same color squares as his bishop so they'll be safe.
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  OhioChessFan: Levon has stupidly placed all his pawns on the same color squares as his opponent's bishop so they'll be unsafe.
Mar-23-16  Virgil A: Ok. We have another game. Not much here tho. Unless one goes 29...Bxh2
Mar-23-16  whooops: Not a very exciting position. But if there are winning chances, they are all to 100% with black.
Mar-23-16  King Radio: I have rarely seen a safer set of pawns for both sides.
Mar-23-16  rgr459: <I love this 'bishop of opposite colour', one is white and other one is black.> Makes for exciting endgames.
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  OhioChessFan: I just noticed Queens of the opposite color too.
Mar-23-16  not not: i would put bishop on f2 and queen on b3 and just stay in bunker moving king from A to B and from B to A
Mar-23-16  TheFocus: <OhioChessFan: I just noticed Queens of the opposite color too.>

Yet no one mentions the lowly Kings of opposite color.

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  OhioChessFan: <Focus: Yet no one mentions the lowly Kings of opposite color.>

<moronovich> did.

Mar-23-16  TheFocus: 42...gxh4 43.gxh4 Qf4 44. Qh1 opens up White's position..
Mar-23-16  TheFocus: Okay. <moronovich> gets there first.
Mar-23-16  BOSTER: Theoretically black is better.
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  plang: Take the queens off and I think Black might win by infiltrating with his King
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  Gypsy: <BOSTER: Theoretically black is better.> Oh, Black is better. The question is: Does Black have a win?
Mar-23-16  not not: i thought black was going to exchange pawns to expose white king to checks in hope he will blunder; but now, with pawns locked, what to do? how is black bishop or king able to invade into white's half?
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  chancho: Drawn...
Mar-23-16  Virgil A: < BOSTER: Theoretically black is better. >

Topalov should be dancing. Yeah?

He should be dancing ... Yeah ...

Mar-23-16  not not: black queen is wandering around the board as if she was a tourist in London
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  OhioChessFan: I think <Wannabe> and I could draw either side of this.
Mar-23-16  JohnBoy: Black should have played one more move: ...Bxh4 and then just shuttled his king around. Just for fun.
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  Gypsy: <JohnBoy: Black should have played one more move: ...Bxh4 and then just shuttled his king around. Just for fun.> I second the motion.
Mar-24-16  dynamica: Kingside Flanchetto A-29.
English Opening Four Knight:
1.e4 e5
2.Nc3 Nc6
3.Nf3 Nf6
Mar-24-16  Jamboree: Right at the end of the game, Topalov missed a chance for a HILARIOUS forced draw!

After 58. b6., Topalov, just for laughs, should have played 58. ... Bxb6!!

White is forced to recapture 59. cxb6, but after that, black only needs to shuttle his king back and forth randomly between d7 and e6, and although white is a solid piece up, he is completely helpless and incapable of making any progress!

All white pawns are locked in place and can't move, while all of black's pawns are on white squares so white's bishop just bites on air and can't attack anything. Meanwhile, the only entry past the pawn wall is for the white king to go c5 and then d6, but as long as the black king just shuttles back and forth between d7 and e6, the d6 square is always covered and thus the white king can NEVER penetrate the position. The end result: a draw! White can move around fruitlessly for 50 moves, but he will never be able to achieve anything.

Retreating the bishop on the 58th move also draws for black, obviously, but it would have been a classic ending for the ages if Topalov, just to prove a point, sacced the useless bishop and drew anyway!

Mar-24-16  Ulhumbrus: 12 Bc3 supports the advance b4 after a3
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