Risky Endevour Brings a Point

Время публикации: 19.03.2014 22:39 | Последнее обновление: 19.03.2014 22:45

Candidates': Topalov fed up with "right" openings, applies "one-game" novelty to defeat Kramnik 

Veselin Topalov gained an important win against Vladimir Kramnik in Round 6 of Candidates'. As in some of their previous duels, the important role played the new idea in the opening.


8.Be5!? The usual continuation here is 8.Bd3.
Topalov, "There should be several ways [for Black], but I thought it was interesting for one game.
8...c6 9.Bd3 g6 10.h4!? Continuation of the idea.
Topalov, "I think it's not the best move."
Topalov, "My seconds checked this or similar positions and found out that the h4-pawn could be sacrificed." 
11...b6 12.b4 f4 13.0-0
Topalov, "I think already here White has a considerable advantage. Strategically Black's position is hopeless. It can't apply е6-е5: in this case I should play either b4-b5 or Qa4, I don't remember exactly... Well, in general if taking h4-pawn, you should do so before b7-b6, b2-b4".

"There are openings that can't be declined," - Topalov smiled. "However, you can win them anyways. In such cases you need this kind of one-game ideas. Queen's Gambit is a very solid opening. I wanted to get a complex fight, so I thought if I would know the position in detail I would have chances to win."

Noteworthy is that Topalov defeated Kramnik in the previous classical game and due to a successful opening choice. It happened in 2008 in Wijk aan Zee. Back then that "opening bomb" got immediate popularity as well as its author - Ivan Cheparinov. "Who did come up with today's idea?" Topalov was asked at the press conference. 

"This time I found it myself," he noted. "You will be surprised but I also have some opening ideas... It seemed to me that we would get the type of position in which it is possible to defeat my today's opponent. Well, actually possible to defeat any other rival too. There are just tons of possibilities there. The position is interesting not just some dry positional structure, in which you shouldn't be solving some specific problems. Every move is of extreme importance here. 

I came up with the idea after the match against Anand has finished [in 2010]. I realised that Vishy was going to play this line as black. So, I just suggested this idea: Be5, h4... However, I wasn't sure it was worth playing so even today. After yesterday's terrible game, the idea seemed suspicious to me. Nonetheless, I decided to take that risk already during the game although I also had some reserve variations for the solid play. But well, you know I was just a little bit fed up of playing "right" openings..."

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.19"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2785"] [BlackElo "2787"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "classical variation (5.Bf4)"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Nh5 8. Be5 c6 9. Bd3 g6 10. h4 f5 11. Bh2 b6 12. b4 f4 13. O-O a5 14. b5 bxc5 15. bxc6 Nb8 16. Bb5 Ba6 17. a4 Qc8 18. dxc5 Nxc6 19. Nxd5 exd5 20. Qxd5+ Kh8 21. Qxc6 Qxc6 22. Bxc6 Rac8 23. Bb5 Bxb5 24. axb5 Bxc5 25. Rxa5 fxe3 26. fxe3 Bxe3+ 27. Kh1 Rc2 28. Rb1 Rfc8 29. Raa1 Bb6 30. Be5+ Kg8 31. Ra6 Be3 32. b6 Rc1+ 33. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 34. Kh2 Rb1 35. g4 Bf4+ 36. Kg2 Bxe5 37. Nxe5 Nf4+ 38. Kf3 Ne6 39. b7 Rb3+ 40. Kf2 Rb2+ 41. Ke3 1-0

Now Topalov and Kramnik have the same amount of points. 
Таble, schedule, results, all games 

Round 7 will take place the day after tomorrow at 10:00 CET. 


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