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Veselin Topalov – Vishy Anand draw, Morelia 2008 (annotated)

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Anand – Topalov LIVE!

Corus 2008 live commentary with GM Vladimir Dimitrov

Corus 2008 commented games

Round 1: Mamedyarov Carlsen / Aronian – Topalov / Spoelman – Cheparinov / Peng – Caruana

Round 2: Topalov – Ivanchuk / Kramnik – Radjabov / Cheparinov – Movsesian

Round 3: Adams – Carlsen / Polgar – Topalov / Smeets – Cheparinov

Round 4: Van Wely – Topalov / Carlsen – Aronian

Round 5: Ivanchuk – Carlsen / Aronian – Anand/ Topalov – Gelfand / Grivas – Caruana

Round 6: Carlsen – Polgar / Leko – Topalov / Cheparinov – Konneru

Round 7: Topalov – Carlsen / Adams – Mamedyarov

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PGN Anand Topalov

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{Anand versus Topalov is always one of the games to decide the champion. That seems unlikely in this tournament but there is still time and a lot may happen. Anand won his first game yesterday, being lost most of it,i after a series of mistakes by Polgar. Topalov regained his form, but against the provisional leader Carlsen missed the win and is 1.5 points behind. A lot is at stake today as only the winner will still have chances to aspire for the title in this tournament. Meanwhile we have a photo of Danailov testing new signaling gear during the initial rounds of Corus.}

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 {The opponents follow the game Leko-Topalov from the 6th round.} 9.Nd5 {Anand is the one to deviate from the above mentioned game.} 9…Bxd5 10.exd5 Nbd7 11.Qd2 g6 12.O-O-O {Against Kramnik in Dortmund 2004 Anand chose 12.Na5. This time he has prepared different plan.} 12…Nb6 {New move.} 13.Qa5 {Anand did not dare to sacrifice the ‘d5′ pawn for initiative after (13.Kb1 Nbxd5 14.Bg5).} 13…Bh6 14.Bxh6 Rxh6 15.Kb1 {Topalov managed to trade the dark-squared Bishops. Logical sequence would be to transfer his King to ‘g7′ in order to improve the coordination of his pieces.} 15…Rc8 16.Qb4 Kf8 (16…Nbxd5 17.Rxd5 Nxd5 18.Qd2) 17.c4 Kg7 18.g3 Rh8 19.Rc1 Qc7 {Topalov has managed to equalize comfortably in the opening and now a tough strategic battle is going.} 20.Bh3 {Permits an exchange sacrifice 20…Nxc4 21Bxc8 Rxc8 22.Rhd1 b5 but after 23.Na5 Nxd5 24.Rxc4 Nxb4 25.Rxc7 Rxc7 26.a3 it doesn’t seem to work.}
20…Rce8 21.Rhd1 Re7 {22.c5 Nbxd5 23.Rxd5 Nxd5 24.Qd2 Qc6 25.Na5 Qc7 26.Nb3 would lead to a draw by move repetition.} 22.a3 Rd8 (22…e4 23.c5) 23.Nd2 Nbd7 24.Qc3 a5 25.Bxd7 {Anand gets rid of his Bishop and prepares h3 and g4 in order to fight for control over the central ‘e4′ square.} 25…Nxd7 {26.g4 hxg4 27.fxg4 attempting to open Black King’s position is thematic – if 27…Rh8 28.h4 Rxh4 29.Rh1 with attack.} 26.f4 Nf6 27.Rf1 b6 {Both players fortify their key squares. Anand’s spacial advantage makes his chances slightly preferable.} 28.h3 Qd7 29.f5 Rf8 30.Qe3 {Threatening 31.Ne4. 30…e4 is met by 31.g4.} 30…e4 31.g4 {Obviously Topalov missed this and now his position is quite dangerous.} 31…hxg4 32.hxg4 Re5 {33.Qf4 is very unpleasant – 33…e3 34.Rh1 Nxg4 35.Qxg4 is a piece down, 33…Qd8 34.Rce1 loses the ‘e4′ pawn, while 33…Qe8 34. Rh1 Rh8 34.Rcf1 gives White strong attack.} 33.Rf4 Qd8 34.g5 Nh5 35.f6+ Kg8 36.Rxe4 Rfe8 37.Ka2 a4 38.Rc3 Qc7 39.Qd4 Qc5 40.Qxc5 {and Black resigned, as after 40…bxc5 41.Rce3 the resulting Knight ending is hopeless. Anand’s accurate patient play was rewarded and now he is only half a point behind.}

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