Chess PGN Game Match played Anand, Viswanathan vs Topalov, Veselin- in World-ch Anand-Topalov +3-2=7, Open: Queen’s pawn game

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Chess PGN Game Match played Anand, Viswanathan vs Topalov, Veselin- in World-ch Anand-Topalov +3-2=7, Open: Queen's pawn game


Match between Anand, Viswanathan and Topalov, Veselin

Event: World-ch Anand-Topalov +3-2=7

Variation: Queen’s pawn game

Pgn File:


[Event “World-ch Anand-Topalov +3-2=7”]
[Site “Sofia”]
[Date “2010.04.28”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Anand, Viswanathan”]
[Black “Topalov, Veselin”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2787”]
[BlackElo “2805”]
[ECO “E04”]
[Annotator “Marin,M”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[PlyCount “63”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2010.05.18”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Bb4+ { Topalov wisely
deviates from the variation that had led him to defeat in the previous game
with Black. Eperienced match players from the past took this as a golden
rule. Even if the position itself had been ok, it is better to avoid
unpleasant memories. One famous example about what can happen in the
contrary case is the Candidates’ match between Spassky and Geller in 1968.
The latter stubbornly played the same line against the Closed Sicilian and
lost the first 3 games with Black. When he decided to operate a change, it
was too late already: the match was basically lost. } 6. Bd2 a5 7. Qc2 (7.
Nc3 $5 O-O 8. a3 (8. Bg5 { Gelfand,B (2758)-Kramnik,V (2772)/Moscow
2009/CBM 133/[Marin,M] (1/2, 81) }) 8… Be7 { 0-1 Carlsen,M
(2810)-Kramnik,V (2788)/Wijk aan Zee 2010/CBM 135/[Marin,M] (38) }) (7. O-O
$5 O-O 8. Bg5 { Ivanchuk,V (2740)-Alekseev,E (2711)/Foros 2008/CBM
125/[Marin,M] (1-0, 53) }) 7… Bxd2+ (7… Ra6 $5 { Marin,M
(2551)-Kortschnoj,V (2611)/Reggio Emilia 2008/CBM 122/[Marin,M] (1/2, 58) }
) 8. Qxd2 { Previously to this game, the text move was considered as a
preliminary step to the queen’s activation to g5. As we will see, Anand
will go a bit further with the abstract understanding of this position. }
8… c6 9. a4 b5 10. Na3 $5 $146 ( { Deviating from } 10. axb5 cxb5 11. Qg5
{ Kramnik,V (2743)-Topalov,V (2813)/ Elista 2006/CBM 115/[Marin,M] (1-0,
75). ***It appears that Anand considered 8.Qxd2 as the start of a general
redistributing of forces. The knight is employed for putting pressure on b5
and c4, while the queen will set up pressure along the d-file (after 0-0
and Rfd1), maintaining the threat of Qg5 in reserve. Apart from being
objectively strong, his novelty has the practical advantage of leaving
Black with a rather narrow choice, resulting in a relative ease of
predicting the next few moves during home analysis. }) 10… Bd7 { There is
nothing better than this awkward move, which places the bishop in the way
of its colleagues. } (10… Ba6 { leaves the c6-square vulnerable, allowing
} 11. Ne5 Nd5 12. Nxc6 Nxc6 13. axb5 $16 { White retrieves the pawn,
maintaining the better structure and a strong bishop. }) 11. Ne5 Nd5 { This
is a first critical moment. The knight move looks natural, but causes a big
loss of time, allowing White increase his domination in the centre.
Besides, the kingside defence is weakened, which will prove a decisive
factor in the end. Black had two other ways of removing the pin along the
long diagonal. } (11… Ra7 $6 12. axb5 cxb5 13. Nxd7 Qxd7 14. Qg5 { (We
can see that White did not give up the idea of the queen incursion
completely; he only kept it in reserve for a favourable moment!) } 14…
O-O 15. Qxb5 Qxd4 16. Rd1 Qg4 { (Sadly, the only available square for the
queen, leaving the left wing vulnerable.) } 17. Nxc4 $16 { Black will lose
the a5-pawn, while his poor coordination prevents him from getting enough
counterplay. }) (11… Ra6 12. O-O (12. axb5 cxb5 13. Nxd7 Qxd7 14. Qg5 O-O
15. Qxb5 Qxd4 16. Nxc4 ( { With the rook on a6, } 16. Rd1 { is ineffective
because of } 16… Qb6 $1 { with complete simpilifications and a probable
draw after } 17. Qxb6 Rxb6 18. Nxc4 Rb4 19. Nxa5 Rxb2 $11) 16… Ne4 {
[%cal Ge4d6] (Hitting f2 and threatening to exchange the active white
knight with … Nd6, which would more or less equalise.) } 17. e3 Qc5 18.
Qxc5 Nxc5 { . The a5-pawn is indirectly defended because of …Nd3+
followed by …Nxb2, while otherwise Black seems more or less OK. }) 12…
O-O 13. Rfd1 Be8 14. Rac1 $44 { Black is in no immediate danger yet, but it
is far from clear, how he will get to complete his development. }) 12. e4
Nb4 { The evaluation of this move depends on the depth of the examination.
Optically speaking, this looks like a great square for the knight.
Practically, it does not do much, failing to defend Black’s own pawn chain
or put pressure on a4, in order to force the releasing of the tension.
Concrete analysis proves that Black could not play the more desirable
moves, though: } (12… Nb6 { attacks a4, more or less forcing } 13. axb5 {
, but this works out well for White because the knight is vulnerable on b6:
} 13… cxb5 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. Qg5 Qxd4 (15… O-O { is relatively better,
with just a bad position after } 16. Qxb5 { , when } 16… Qxd4 $2 { drops
a piece to } 17. Rd1 $18) 16. Rd1 Qf6 17. Qxb5+ N8d7 (17… N6d7 { loses a
rook to } 18. e5 $18) 18. Nxc4 $18 { and one of the knights will be lost. }
) ( { *** } 12… Nc7 { would be a good consolidating move if Black could
get castled in time, but } 13. d5 $16 { In case of general exchanges, the
f7-square and the a8-rook would be forked by the queen. After the text
move, the possibility of …Nd3+ forces White to get castled before
initiating active operations, but, as mentioned before, the long term
effects of the knight’s presence on b4 are unfavourable for Black. }) 13.
O-O O-O 14. Rfd1 { White has completed his development and all his pieces
are placed on optimal squares. One may argue that the queen’s rook and
knight could desire a better fate, but their latent pressure against the
b5-pawn and along the a-file is quite useful. Anticipating a bit, it will
not take long before these pieces will emerge into play very effectively. }
14… Be8 { Black evacuates the d-file anticipating the central break. } (
14… N8a6 $6 15. d5 $16) (14… Qe7 $5 15. Qe3 { renewing the threat of
d5. } 15… Be8 16. d5 f6 (16… Qd6 17. Nxc6 N8xc6 18. dxc6 Qxc6 19. axb5
$16) 17. dxc6 (17. Nxc6 N8xc6 18. dxc6 bxa4 19. e5 $14) 17… fxe5 18. axb5
Bxc6 19. bxc6 N8xc6 20. Rac1 Nd4 21. Nxc4 $14 { Black’s knights stand
actively, but they are not 100% stable, because both the a5 and the e5
pawns are weak. }) 15. d5 $1 Qd6 (15… Qb6 16. dxe6 fxe6 17. Bh3 $44) (
15… f6 16. dxc6 (16. Ng4 $36) 16… Qxd2 17. Rxd2 fxe5 18. axb5 Bxc6 19.
bxc6 N8xc6 20. Nxc4 $14) 16. Ng4 { [%cal Ge4e5] } (16. dxc6 $5 { also looks
strong: } 16… Qxe5 17. axb5 { Black’s queenside is paralysed and Black
has to return the piece, but this will not even the chances. } 17… Bxc6
18. bxc6 N8xc6 19. Nxc4 Qc5 20. Qc3 { White has the same kind of domination
as at a later stage in the game. The a5-pawn is vulnerable and the threat
of e4-e5 followed by the occupation of the d6-square quite annoying. In
case of } 20… e5 21. Rd7 $16 { , Black cannot fight for the d-file with
the help of the rooks, because this would cost him the a5-pawn. }) 16…
Qc5 17. Ne3 { The knight has reached a stable square, from where it
consolidates White’s control over the d5-square and increases the pressure
against the c4-pawn. } 17… N8a6 { Finally, Black has started developing.
However, this is not done in the optimal way. The knight would be so much
more useful closer to the d4-square, while on the edge of the board it is
passive and causes difficulties with keeping a5 well defended. } 18. dxc6
bxa4 { Black’s extra pawn on the a-file will not be too threatening in the
middlegame, but Topalov probably wanted to shield his other a-pawn with its
colleague. } ( { After } 18… Bxc6 19. axb5 Bxb5 20. Naxc4 Bxc4 21. Rac1
$16 { The a5-pawn would be more vulnerable, but Black would have exchanged
one pair of minor pieces. All in all, the objective evaluation of the
position would remain the same. }) 19. Naxc4 Bxc6 20. Rac1 { [%cal
Gc4d6,Ge4e5,Ge3g4,Gd2g5] } 20… h6 { [%csl Gg5] } (20… Qe7 { would
hardly be a solution because of } 21. Nxa5 $16 { retrieving the pawn and
questioning Black’s queenside stability. }) ( { ***In the event of a
neutral move such as } 20… Rab8 { (it should be mentioned that there are
not too many of this kind available), White could play } 21. Nd6 Qa7 22.
Ng4 { threatening Qg5 followed by e5 with attack. } 22… f6 { would weaken
the e6-square and can be met with } 23. Bf1 $16 { followed by Bc4. Play
would have acquired different contours than in the game, but the essence
would have remained the same. }) 21. Nd6 Qa7 { [%csl Ga7,Gg8] } (21… Qh5
22. f4 $16 { [%csl Gh5] }) 22. Ng4 $1 { [%cal Gg4h6] } 22… Rad8 (22… f6
{ [%csl Gg7][%cal Ga7g7] } 23. e5 $1 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 f5 25. Nxh6+ $1 gxh6 26.
Qxh6 Qe7 27. Rc4 $40 { With his e6-pawn weak and Rh4 coming, Black is in
deep trouble. }) ( { Speelman } 22… Nc5 23. Rc4 $1 $16 { [%csl
Rc5,Rc6][%cal Ge4e5,Gg4h6] } (23. Nxh6+ $6 gxh6 24. Qxh6 Ncd3 $132)) 23.
Nxh6+ $1 $18 gxh6 24. Qxh6 { [%cal Ge4e5,Gc1c4,Gc4g4] } 24… f6 (24… Qe7
25. e5 Bxg2 26. Rd4 $18) 25. e5 $1 Bxg2 26. exf6 { [%cal Gh6g6,Gf6f7] }
26… Rxd6 (26… Bf3 27. Qg6+ Kh8 28. f7 $18) (26… Qh7 { can be met by }
27. Qg5+ Kh8 28. Rc4 { threatening Rh4, when } 28… Rg8 29. Nf7+ $1 {
leads to mate. }) 27. Rxd6 Be4 (27… Bd5 28. Qg6+ Kh8 29. Rc4 Bxc4 30. Rd4
$18 { In this line, White has preserved precisely the necessary amount of
pieces for a win. Black cannot prevent mate on h7 or g7 at the same time. }
) 28. Rxe6 { [%cal Ge6e7] } 28… Nd3 { [%csl Ga6,Ge4] } 29. Rc2 Qh7 30.
f7+ $5 Qxf7 (30… Rxf7 31. Re8+ { leads to mate. }) 31. Rxe4 { The
material balance is more or less even, but Black’s king remains desperately
weak and the general coordination is very poor. } 31… Qf5 (31… Nxf2 32.
Rf4 { [%csl Gf2] }) 32. Re7 1-0

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