Originally posted by pulern..Qd6, the guy has balls of steal!!
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 a5 7.Qc2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 c6 9.a4 b5 10.Na3!?
[Novelty. 10.axb5 (... 1-0), Kramnik-Topalov, Elista 2006.09.23]
10...Bd7 11.Ne5 Nd5 12.e4 Nb4 13.O-O O-O 14.Rfd1 Be8 15.d5!
[fen]rn1qbrk1/5ppp/2p1p3/pp1PN3/Pnp1P3/N5P1/1P1Q1PBP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 15[/fen]
And it looks like Topalov might be in trouble...
Originally posted by wormwoodTopalov has 13 minutes for 13 moves, this could be a decisive factor in the out come ...
wow, anand sacs Nxh6! I would've never expect that from him, at least not before lifting the rook. but he chopped away, and now topalov looks close to being mated after e5-Rc4. nice attack! I was wondering whether black could afford having all his pieces far away on the queenside, and apparently he couldn't.
Originally posted by Marinkatombgreat games so far. I think the short format and topalov's unilateral enforcement of sofia rules are paying off. in a longer match players are always somewhat forced to save energy and play it safe, usually leading to a pile of boring 'gm draws'. the same thing is visible in fighting sports as well, where unlimited or high number of rounds leads to boring fights. but with the shorter format, and especially the other player refusing unforced draws, we're now seeing both players coming out with their guns blazing. taking risks, either finishing with a rumble or crashing down in flames. exciting stuff!
I have to say, this is my favourite game so far. Fireworks abound!! 😀