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Topalov – Carlsen LIVE!

Morelia Linares 2008 live commentary with GM Vladimir Dimitrov

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Round 1: Topalov – Aronian / Carlsen – Ivanchuk / Shiov – Anand

Round 2: Shirov – Carlsen / Anand Aronian

Round 3: Carlsen – Anand / Topalov – Ivanchuk

Round 4: Ivanchuk – Aronian / Carlsen – Leko

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Topalov – Carlsen LIVE!

Corus 2008 live commentary with IM Miodrag Perunovic and Goran Urosevic

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

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PGN Topalov Carlsen

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{In the last year Corus, Topalov beat Carlsen rather quick in the Ragozin
defence, but Carlsen struck back only one month later at Linares Morelia to
equalize the score. Magnus is currently leading in Corus with 4.5 points and
Topalov won two consecutive games, obviously improving his form. This will be
one of the critical games in the tournament. Enjoy!} 1. e4 {Topalov is slowly
switching back to 1.e4 after almost exclusively playing 1.d4. Topalov managed
to crack Petroff defence against Gelfand, will he be able to beat Marshall
attack as well?} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3
O-O {We were secretly hoping to see 7….d6 and classical Ruy Lopez.} 8. h3 {
One of the lines to avoid main Marshall attack, alongside 8. a4 and 8. d4.} Bb7
9. d3 d6 {
Magnus was on the white side of this opening against Aronian the other day…}
10. a3 Na5 ({Breyer like} 10… Nb8 {is interesting…}) 11. Ba2 c5 12. Nc3 ({
Topalov already played} 12. Nbd2 {before. Kasparov used both Nc3 and Nbd2….})
12… Nc6 13. Bd2 {12. Nc3 is usually connected with fight for d5 square,
either with immediate 13. Nd5 or with 13. Bg5 first.} Nd4 $1 {
Best continuation, much slower is} (13… Bc8 14. Nd5) 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. Ne2 d5
{This was all seen in one game, and now Topalov is playing a novelty…} 16.
Ng3 $5 (16. exd5 Bxd5 {was seen before}) 16… dxe4 17. dxe4 {White might be
having problems with c2 pawn, but it is not easy to attack this target.
Topalov can always defend with Rc1 and/or Bb3. On the other hand, white has
wonderful outpost on f5 and pressure on f7 pawn. Qf3 and Bg5 could be
promising plan, Carlsen might be forced to retreat the Bishop to c8.} Bc8 {
Exactly. Black is in hurry to cover the weak square and long diagonal. Now 18.
Qf3 Be6 19. Nf5!? looks consistent. 19. Bxe6 fxe6 looks like favor to black.}
18. c3 $5 {Topalov wants to get hid of his own weakness before proceeding
further. Qf3 is certainly coming next.} Bc5 $1 {Best way to keep the tension.
Taking on c3 is out of question because white pieces will be optimally placed
and there is problem with e5 pawn.} ({Weak is} 18… d3 19. Bg5 {and 20. Re3})
19. Qf3 $1 Be6 20. Nf5 $1 Rc8 (20… Qd7 21. Nxg7 $1 Kxg7 22. Bh6+ Kg6 (22…
Kxh6 23. Qxf6+ Kh5 24. Bxe6 Qxe6 25. g4+) 23. Bxf8 Rxf8 24. Qg3+ Kh6 25. Qxe5 {
looks crushing}) 21. Red1 {Probably better than 21. Bg5. Both of them are
keeping the status quo, neither wants to be first to exchange the
light-squared Bishops.} Re8 {Topalov will continue with 22. Bg5} (21… Bxf5 $6
22. Qxf5 Qe7 23. cxd4 $1 Bxd4 24. Bb4 Bc5 25. Rac1 $1 {
with comfortable advantage for white}) (21… Bxa2 $6 {
releases the tension in white’s favor} 22. Rxa2 Re8 23. Bg5) 22. cxd4 (22. Bg5
{threatening Bxe6 fxe6 Nh6+ or simply cxd4 was better…}) 22… Bxd4 23. Be3 (
23. Bxe6 $1 Rxe6 $6 (23… fxe6 24. Nxd4 exd4 25. e5) 24. Be3 {
when Knight remains on f5}) 23… Bxf5 $1 {Magnus is jumping on the
opportunity to exchange the annoying Knight. Position should be roughly equal
now.} 24. Qxf5 g6 25. Qf3 Qb6 {26. Rac1!? Bxe3 27. fxe3} 26. Rd2 $5 Kg7 {
Now Rad1 or Topalov-like g4!?} (26… Bxe3 $5 27. fxe3 Red8 28. Rf2 $5 Rd6 29.
Raf1) 27. Bxd4 {Surprising decision…} exd4 28. Re1 {
Intending e5, but black can prevent it with Qc5 or Qd6.} Qd6 29. g3 (29. Bd5 {
would be an attempt to trick Carlsen into} Nxd5 30. Rxd4 {
but he can play 29…Qe5 first and then take Nxd5}) 29… Re7 30. Qd3 Rce8 31.
Qxd4 (31. Rde2 $5) 31… Qxd4 32. Rxd4 Nxe4 {
Black is OK as long as at least one Rook is on the board.} 33. Kg2 f5 {
Slightly weakening! Why not 33….Nf6?} 34. Rc1 {Topalov will continue to play
on as long as there is possibility to reach B vs N endgame with pawns on both
wings.} Nf6 35. Rd6 Re2 36. Rc7+ R8e7 (36… R2e7 $6 37. Rcc6 $1 Ne4 38. Rd4)
37. Rxe7+ Rxe7 38. Be6 Ne4 $1 {39. Ra6? Nc5!, so maybe 39. Rc6…} 39. Rc6 a5
40. h4 Nd2 $6 {Last move before the time control and small mistake. Better was
40…a4 or 40…b4 cleaning up the queenside. Now Topalov can continue with 41.
Bd5} 41. b3 (41. Bd5 $1 {was better because White is threatening Rc5 no matter
what black plays. Topalov is probably preventing Rook endgame that might
occur after 41…Nc4 and with drawish tendencies}) 41… a4 42. bxa4 bxa4 43.
Rb6 Ne4 44. f3 Nc5 45. Bc4 Re3 46. Rc6 Nd3 47. Rc7+ Kh8 48. f4 Nb2 49. Bf7 $5 {
Topalov is playing risky, he obviously wants to win! Maybe his idea is h5!?}
Rxa3 50. h5 gxh5 51. Kh3 Nd3 {aiming to anchor the Knight on e4 or g4.
Meanwhile, Topalov could continue with Kh4, Be6, Bxf5…} 52. Kh4 Nf2 53. Be6
Ne4 54. Bxf5 Nxg3 {After 55. Bxh7, position is completely equal.} 55. Bxh7 Re3
56. Kg5 {and here Topalov and Carlsen agreed to a draw, as there are really no
possibilities to win for either side. Magnus Carlsen remains sole leader after
Radjabov lost and Kramnik drew today. Thank you everyone for following live
commentary, see you tomorrow at 13:30 CET!} 1/2-1/2

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