A nod to GP34:
I’ve heard a lot of our great RHP community is down on V. Topalov.
The youngster Magnus Carlsen is good no doubt - I don’t think any of us will deny it.
We shouldn’t forget about Veselin Topalov! He is pretty good in his own right.
The guy has some amazing games, and some incredibly deep assessments;
how in the world can he see all that, that far out? ...
You know what I'm referring to right?
Let me show you what I meen:
Those two bishops sure do look like mighty escorts. What a position for white!
… How could black with TWO rooks, let that happen?
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
OK. You caught that right?
It kind of looks like V. Topalov was reading the Corner there for a second
- Did he just sac two pieces?
Lets take a look at why; the final assessment is incredible!
This is the final push of everything here. Topalov has a passed pawn pair…
passed pawn pair at that.
If d6! Is played, white’s pawns will look very
Tada! Topalov does get off d6, but as you can see; things don’t all look gravy for Topalov here.
…or do they?
- Topalov thinks he’s set. (I’ll agree, why not right?)
White, keeping his pawns in mind only needs enough material to usher his pawns a tiny bit further!
If Topalov can just trade Queen’s, things look positive with the bishop pair against the rooks…
The pawns proximity overrules the rooks! - Watch Topalov work:
Remember those crazy sacrafices (You should… it was only a few paragraphs ago!)
Well Topalov really did play those, and really did fit them into this game,
And then he really won it.
Heck - it’s a modern masterpiece!
Psssst... Notice here that Black really has nothing left - After the check, black
can't play Re8 for fear of Bxe8. Virtually any other move leads to c8=Q+...