Veselin Topalov - Gata Kamsky
Chess Challengers 2009
The game Kamsky - Topalov starts at 14:00 CET. Make sure to check out the other top news of the week: GM Kiril Georgiev breaks a World chess record! Hello! It's GM Dimitrov and once again I will follow for you with live comments the World Chess Championship Challenge. So, the match resumes at 2-2. We have witnessed 4 very spectacular games. The two opponents clash every game without any fear and the resulting show should make happy all chess fans. I am convinced that things will go like this in the second half. Today Topalov has White. Would he be able to strike back and finally overcome the preparatory work of Kamsky's team? Stay tuned at 14.00 CET
1.e4 So, Ruy Lopez is to be expected.
1... e6 Surprise, surprise... French Defense.
4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 (5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 was the main repertoire against Tarrasch system for many players during the last 20 years. Recently there were found ways to fight for advantage as White, but having in mind that this line was not played before by either opponent, it is hard to expect them to be familiar with novelties around move 20.)
34.Nd3 Rd8 35.Rc2 Nb4 ( Is this a blunder or a sacrifice. I'd say he missed 35... Nb4 36.Nxb4 axb4 37.Rxd4) (35... f5 36.Ree2 Ne5 37.Nxe5 Rxc2 38.Nf7 Qc7 39.Nxd8 Rxe2 40.Qxe2 Qxd8 was almost forced tactical line that would solve any problem of Kamsky.)
36.Nxb4 axb4 37.Rxd4 ( Initially I thought that Kamsky may be trying to force transition into Rook ending after 37.Rxd4 Qxd4 38.Rxc7 Qd5 39.Rb7 Qxf3+ 40.Kxf3 Rd2 41.Rxb4 Rxa2 , but with the White pawn on 'h5' it should be lost.)
37... Qf8 38.Rxd8 Qxd8 39.Rxc7 Qxc7 40.Qa8+ Kh7 41.Qe4+ Kg8 42.Qxb4 Qc6+ 43.Kg1 Qc1+ 44.Kh2 Qc2 ( Black is 2 pawns down and after 44... Qc2 45.Qb8+ Kh7 46.Qf4 Veselin shouldn't experience technical difficulties.)
52... Qb4 53.Qc4 Qb7+ 54.Kg1 Qf3 55.g4 Black resigned. After the opening Topalov had slight advantage and kept pressing on. Kamsky defended well but just when he completely equalized the game, Bulgarian's persistence was rewarded - 35...Nb4? was played and Veselin once again has the lead. With the score being 3-2 the finish of this match turns into a real thriller. 1-0