Gata Kamsky - Veselin Topalov
Chess Challengers 2009
The game starts at 14:00 CET, feel free to leave your thoughts about Topalov - Kamsky in the forum. The replayable game 1 is here. The first game demonstrated how uncompromising the fight in this match is going to be. In a high quality game the opponents rushed directly into a fierce battle. Topalov was incredibly persistent in his attempts to develop attack against Gata's King but the American defended in cold blood and neutralized Veselin's White pieces. Now he has White and we will see what his team has prepared for this match as an anti-Topalov opening weapon. Another spectacular game is awaiting, so stay tuned at 14.00 CET.
5.Nxe5 5.c3 is the most popular continuation but Kamsky wants to get away from his opponent's preparation as fast as possible.
10.Qh5 Finally, Topalov has to solve problems on his own. Until this move he spent only a minute but now is very concentrated over the chessboard.
11... f6 12.Rae1 Ne6 The position is very complex and it is very hard to say without deep analysis which is the best way to play it. White obviously has compensation for the pawn but soon may experience time trouble. Time: 0.27 1.44
15.f4 Winning back the pawn by capturing on 'g6' would lead to approximate equality. Having spent so much time - he has only 13 minutes left - Kamsky needs more convincing solution. (15.Be3 d4 16.Bxg6 does not suit Topalov's style and is easy to play as White even with little time.)
17... Rf7 (17... Nexf4 18.Rxf4 dxc3 seems to be good for Black. Topalov keeps playing at a very fast rate not leaving time to his opponent - and the ones that comment live - to realize what is going on.)
19... hxg6 20.Qxd5 cxd5 21.Nd6 White found a way to develop the initiative. Now Ne6 is threatened. Computer modules recommend piece sacrifice after 21...Rc7 with Black advantage, which does not seem serious at all as the doubled 'd' pawns would be as good as non-existent.
21... Rc7 Seems forced. 21...Re7 would allow White to increase the pressure and eventually once again to win material.
22.c4 (22.Nxc8 Raxc8 23.Rxe6 Rxc2 24.Re2 Rxb2 25.a4 Rcc2 should give Black sufficient for at least equality counterplay thanks to the active Rooks. Kamsky prefers to have the initiative instead of finding subtle technical moves in time trouble. But this seem to be losing the game.)
31.g3 d3 32.Rd1 f5 And White resigned as he is losing Bb2 (update: the position is totally lost, but Kamsky's time was over as well). Topalov surprised his opponent with the opening. Kamsky spent an hour and a half for the first 10 moves, sacrificed a pawn and seemed to have promising initiative. The approaching time trouble made him commit accuracies. Topalov, who played very fast to make things even harder for the American, missed the opportunity to play 17...Nexf4. Nevertheless, his opponent completely lost track with bare minutes on the clock and the ex-World Champion did not miss his chance after 22.c4? to take the lead. Photos from today's round are already available in the photo gallery. Tomorrow is a rest day in the Kamsky - Topalov match, but Chessdom.com live commentary continues with the games of Anand and Carlsen from Linares. Thank you for following live with Chessdom.com! 0-1