Thursday, February 19, 2009

Topalov Won on Time in Round 2 WCC

Kamsky,Gata - Topalov,Veselin [C65]
World Chess Challenge - candidates final Sofia (2), 18.02.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense 4.0-0 Bc5 5.Nxe5 (The main theoretical in this line are after 5... Nxe5 6.d4 a6)


5. .. Nxe4 6.Qe2 Nxe5 7.d4 Qe7 8.dxc5 Nxc5 9.Nc3 Ng6 10.Qh5 c6 11.Bg5 f6 12.Rae1 Ne6 13.Bd3 0-0 14.Bd2 d5 15.f4 Here Kamsky clock is 15 minutes compare to Topalov 1 hour plus.


15. ..Qc5+ 16.Kh1 In here Deep Rybka suggest 16.Be3 d4 17.Bxg6 Qxh5 18.Bxh5 dxe3 19.Rxe3 Rd8 20.Rfe1 g6 21.Bg4 f5

16. ... d4 17.Bf5 Rf7 18.Ne4 Qd5 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.Qxd5 cxd5 21.Nd6 Rc7 Topalov is playing well here aiming for the White 2nd rank.


22.c4 (22.Nxc8 Raxc8 23.Rxe6 Rxc2 24.Re2 Rxb2 25.a4 Rcc2 should give Black sufficient counterplay thanks to the active Rooks. Kamsky prefers to have the initiative instead of finding subtle technical moves in time trouble. )

22. ... dxc3 23.Bxc3 d4 24.Bb4 Bd7 25.Rf2 a5 26.Ba3 b5 27.b3 b4


With the clock left 1 minute for Kamsky, he has to play fast. 28.Bb2 Ra6 29.Ne4 Rac6 30.Kg1 Rc2 31.g3 d3 32.Rd1 f5 0-1

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