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  1. 04 May '10 12:01 / 1 edit
    Watch the game live NOW:
    http://chessbomb.com/o/2010-wcc/08-Anand_V-Topalov_V/
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    http://live.chessdom.com/anand-topalov-2010-g8.html
    http://www.anand-topalov.com/en/live.htm

    Current Match Score:
    Anand: 4
    Topalov: 3

    Overall Classical Chess Score:
    Anand win: 12
    Draw games: 27
    Topalov win: 12

    Match so far:
    01 Topalov-Anand (1-0): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 (Grünfeld)
    02 Anand-Topalov (1-0): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 (Catalan)
    03 Topalov-Anand (0,5): 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 (Slav)
    04 Anand-Topalov (1-0): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 (Catalan)
    05 Topalov-Anand (0,5): 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 (Slav)
    06 Anand-Topalov (0,5): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 (Catalan)
    07 Anand-Topalov (0,5): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 (Catalan)

    08 Topalov-Anand: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 (Slav)

  2. 04 May '10 12:29
    Topalov-Anand
    1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.f3 c5 8.e4 Bg6
    9.Be3 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Qxd4 11.Bxd4 Nfd7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bxc4 Rc8


    (in games 3 and 5 Anand played 13. ... a6 instead)

    14.Bb5 a6 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.Ke2 f6 17.Rhd1 Ke8 18.a5!?


    (Novelty by Topalov)
  3. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    04 May '10 13:22
    wow, what the hell was anand's f4??
  4. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    04 May '10 13:27
    Originally posted by wormwood
    wow, what the hell was anand's f4??
    wut?
  5. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    04 May '10 13:33 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by PBE6
    wut?
    22...f4. you know, today's game. game 8.

  6. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    04 May '10 14:10 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wormwood
    22...f4. you know, today's game. game 8.

    [pgn]
    [Event "ICC"]
    [Site "Internet Chess Club"]
    [Date "2010.05.04"]
    [White "*GM_Topalov"]
    [Black "*GM_Anand"]
    [Result "*"]
    [WhiteElo "2805"]
    [BlackElo "2787"]
    [TimeControl "7200+0"]

    1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 c5 8. e4 Bg6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Qxd4 Qxd4 11. Bxd4 Nf ...[text shortened]... Rac1 f5 21. e5 Bg5 22. Be3 f4 23. Ne4 Rxc1 24. Nd6+ Kd7 25. Bxc1 Kc6
    [/pgn]
    Ah! I see. I'm at work, so all the other sites are off-limits (for whatever reason, RHP seems to fly under the radar).

    In this patzer's opinion, after 22. Be3, Anand had several options: (1) trade off the dark-squared bishops; (2) retreat the bishop; (3) block the exchange of bishops; (4) do something else brilliant I couldn't imagine if my life depended on it. Each of these options had their advantages and disadvantages.

    (1) Trade off the dark-squared bishops

    After 22. ... Bxe3 23. Kxe3 f4+ 24. Kf2 it seems black managed to free his light-squared bishop but with only a few squares to aim for at present. Moreover, it seems he has lost control of the dark squares including e5, ceded control of e4 to white, and given white's knight enough breathing room to make its way to an outpost on either d6 or b6. I don't think this looks good for black.

    (2) Retreat the bishop

    I think this was Anand's best option. Retreating the bishop with 23. ... e7 allows black to keep his most active piece alive in a defensive role. I suppose Topalov would try to double his rooks to take advantage of black's king position, possibly exploiting black's currently inactive light-squared bishop in the process, but I think Anand can keep a timely ... f4 in reserve for the right time to create counterplay or help in the defense of the 7th or 8th rank. Possibly a drawish position? I don't know, maybe Anand sees serious defects with this plan, but I still think it was his best shot.

    (3) Block the exchange of bishops

    Black can try 22. ... f4 now to avoid the exchange of the dark-squared bishops, but 23. Ne4! seems like a crackerjack reply. The knight move attacks the hanging rook on c8 while at the same time heading for a nice outpost on d6. Anand is forced to take on c1, but in the knight check 24. Nd6+ followed by the capture 25. Bxc1 seems to allow white to claim the outpost without making any concessions, since black will have to spend time avoiding a discovered check attacking the hanging dark-square bishop on g5. Black may have freed his light-squared bishop, but in return has handed d6 to white on a silver platter and placed his king in a very precarious position on the open c-file. This looks bad for black.

    (4) Something else brilliant I couldn't imagine if my life depended on it

    This plan has one major advantage over other options - it's brilliant. What it could be only Anand could say, but undoubtedly it would have two (maybe three) exclaimation marks after it, and maybe a thrown in for good measure. Yes, it's that brilliant. Here's hoping he's got one of those up his sleeve.



    WARNING: The above analysis was prepared by a patzer hastily examining cutting-edge, world-class, Super GM play. Use at your own risk.
  7. 04 May '10 14:52
    Now it's an opposite-bishops endgame, what's Anand's best chance? I'm going for sticking Kf7, Bc6/Bb5, and then doing as little as possible.
  8. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    04 May '10 15:37
    Update plx!
  9. 04 May '10 15:40 / 4 edits
    Move 42.

    Can Topo not forced White's King to g8 then push up the g & h pawns
    trade on h5 and g6 then White gets onto e7 1-0.

    White needs the Bishop back on c5 for this line and has to time it
    so the Black Bishop is not on d7. Big Zuggers coming up.

    Topo has wrong Bishop for a-file - this may be a factor if Anand has to
    sac the piece. But it should not come to that and Topo will see that coming.

    Mind you, this an ending and I'm a very old dog.

    Edit 1 Topo has gone 43.Kh6 and Vishy Kg8.

    He must be reading the RHP forum

    Edit 2
    and he has played 44 h5 - I thought it had to be prepared....
    ....OK I'll leave it to the Masters.
  10. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    04 May '10 16:09
    Originally posted by PBE6
    Update plx!
    anand's defence is beginning to look a bit desperate (to me). but nobody seems to really know whether he's holding or not. the verdict seems to flip every now and then. it's all very interesting.

  11. 04 May '10 16:14
    You seeing any actual plans for white, though?
  12. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    04 May '10 16:30 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by mtthw
    You seeing any actual plans for white, though?
    well, I don't really understand how black can possibly prevent white from snatching either h7 or e6 (now that black g-pawn is gone). then the connected pawns should win (break the f-file) either way. the black bishop is tied up to stop d7 so it'll get overloaded and stopped doing (much) on kingside.

    but, I'm total beginner at endgames, and the GMs are not seeing it. so I'm sure I'm simply absolutely wrong about, well, everything.

    edit: heh, now they're looking at something pretty damn close to what I just said.
  13. 04 May '10 16:48
    The problem is how little leverage white has on the white squares. His connected f/g pawns seem to be the only chance. If they can't break through black sticks his king on an awkward square and shuffles his bishop.

    If...
  14. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    04 May '10 16:50
    and anand just resigned.

  15. 04 May '10 16:52
    Clearly they both saw deeper