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Anand, V. (2790) - Topalov, V. (2718) [B33]
Amber Rapidplay, Monaco (9) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 12. Bd3 Be6
Interesting is 12...Ne7.
13. Qh5 O-O 14. O-O f4 15. Rad1
If 15. g3?! then 15...f5 16. gxf4 Bxd5! 17. exd5 Ne7 18. fxe5 dxe5 19. Rad1 Rf6 20. Bc2 Qd6! 21. f4 Rh6 22. Qf3 e4 23. Qe3 Kh8 24. Bb3 Ng6 25. c4 Rg8 26. c5 (26. Kh1 Nxf4! 27. Rxf4 Rxh2+! 28. Kxh2 Qh6+ 29. Qh3 Qxf4+ 30. Kh1 Bxb2 31. Rf1 Qg5 32. Nxb5 axb5 33. Qh2 Bc3 34. cxb5 Qe3 35. Bd1 Qd3 36. Be2 Qxd5) 26... Nxf4! 27. cxd6 Bd4+ 28. Kh1 Bxe3 29. d7 Nd3 30. d6 Rd8 31. Rxf5 Nf2+ 32. Kg2 Nxd1 33. Re5 Rg6+ 34. Kh3 Nf2+ 35. Kh4 Rxd7 36. Re8+ Kg7 37. Re7+ Kh6 0-1, White resigned in Simonov, V - Kozyrev, A, Voronezh 1991.
15...Kh8!
A good plan.
16. g3 Rg8 17. Kh1 Bf8 18. Be2 Rg5 19. Qf3 f5 20. gxf4
If 20. exf5 then 20...Rxf5 21. Qe4 Rf7 22. Nxf4 Bxa2 23. Qxc6 exf4 24. Bf3 Raa7 with equality.









   
20...exf4!?
A novelty. In the game Anand, V - Leko, P, Wijk aan Zee 2001 after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bf4 e5 8. Bg5 a6 9. Na3 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Nd5 f5 12. Bd3 Be6 13. c3 Bg7 14. Qh5 O-O 15. O-O f4 16. Rad1 Kh8 17. g3 Rg8 18. Kh1 Bf8 19. Be2 Rg5 20. Qf3 f5 21. gxf4 Black played 21...fxe4 22. Qxe4 Bf5 23. Qe3 exf4 24. Nxf4 Ne5 25. Nd5 Ng4 26. Bxg4 Rxg4 27. Rg1 Bg7 28. f3 Rxg1+ 29. Rxg1 Qf8 30. Qe7 (30. Nc7 Rc8 31. Nxa6 Re8 32. Qf2 Bd3) 30... Qxe7 (30...Be6 31. Qxe6 Qxf3+ 32. Rg2 Be5 33. c4 Bxb2 34. Nc2 Qf1+ 35. Rg1 Qf3+) 31. Nxe7 Be6 32. Rd1 Bxa2 33. Nc6 Bf8 34. Nc2 Re8 1/2-1/2, draw.
21. Nxf4
Worse is 21. Qxf4? Bh6 22. Qf3 fxe4 23. Qxe4 Re5 24. Qf3 Qh4.
21...Bxa2 22. exf5 Rxf5 23. Qe4 Rf7 24. Bh5 Rf6 25. c4
Possible is 25. Bf3 Rc8 26. Bg4 Rc7 27. f3.
25...Ne5 26. c5?
A mistake. Better is 26. Nd5 Rh6 27. Be2 bxc4 28. Nxc4 Bxc4 29. Bxc4 Nxc4 30. Qxc4 Bg7 31. b4 a5 32. bxa5 Qxa5 33. Qd3 Qd8 with more or less equal game.
26...Rc8 27. cxd6
Also losing 27. b4 Qe7 28. Nd5 Bxd5 29. Rxd5 Ng6 30. Bxg6 Rxg6 31. Qxe7 Bxe7 32. cxd6 Rxd6 33. Re5 Bf8 34. Re4 Rd2.
27...Bxd6 28. Be2 Qf8 29. Nh5
If 29. Nh3 then 29...Re8 30. Bh5 Ng6 31. Qg2 Re5 32. Bg4 Nh4 33. Qb7 Qg8.
29...Rxf2 30. Nc2
If 30. Rxf2 then 30...Qxf2 31. Ng3 (31. Rxd6 Rc1+ 32. Rd1 Rxd1+ 33. Bxd1 Qf1 mate) 31... Nf7 with a clear advantage to Black.









   
30...Nd3!
A nice blow. 31. Qxd3 Rxh2+ 32. Kg1 Qg8+ winning.
White resigned. 0-1










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Anand, Viswanathan (2790) - Topalov, Veselin (2718) [B33]
Amber-rapid 10th/Monte Carlo (9) 2001

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 12. Bd3 Be6 13. Qh5 O-O 14. O-O f4 15. Rad1 Kh8 16. g3 Rg8 17. Kh1 Bf8 18. Be2 Rg5 19. Qf3 f5 20. gxf4 exf4 21. Nxf4 Bxa2 22. exf5 Rxf5 23. Qe4 Rf7 24. Bh5 Rf6 25. c4 Ne5 26. c5 Rc8 27. cxd6 Bxd6 28. Be2 Qf8 29. Nh5 Rxf2 30. Nc2 Nd3 0-1


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