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[Event "Linares 14th"]

[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.07"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E07"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2740"]
[Annotator "Kramnik"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. d4 {Petursson Psakhis} d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 {


Psakhis: Rare move. It doesn't promise advantage to White} Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4
7.
a4 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. e4 e5 (9... a5 {Psakhis}) (9... b6 {Psakhis}) 10. dxe5 (
10. Nxe5 $6 {Psakhis} Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ng4 $36) 10... Ng4 11. Bf4 Qa5 (11... g5
$5
{Psakhis} 12. Nxg5 Ndxe5 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. f3 (14. h3 $5 Bc5) 14... Bc5+ 15.
Kh1 Ne3 16. Bxe5 Nxg2 17. Bf6 Rd3 18. Kxg2 Rd2+ 19. Kh1 h6 $13 {
Ristic,N-Maksimovic,B/YUG/1989/0:1/48/}) 12. e6 (12. Qe2 {Psakhis} Ndxe5 13.
Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Bxe5 Qxe5 15. Qxc4 Be6 $15) 12... fxe6 {Psakhis: Difficult
choice for White. Black got very comfortable positions if White'll choose

other moves. For instance} 13. Qe2 (13. Bh3 $6 {Psakhis} Nde5 14. Nd4 Rd8
15.
Bxg4 $2 Nxg4 16. Nxc6 Qh5 $1 17. Nxe7+ Kf7 $19) (13. Bd6 {Psakhis} Bxd6
14.
Qxd6 Nde5 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. Rab1 Rd8 17. Qe7 Ng6 18. Qa3 e5 $15 {
Sosonko,G-Van der Wiel,J/Wijk aan Zee/1987/0,5/30/}) (13. e5 {Psakhis} Nb6
14.
Qe2 Nd5 15. Bd2 Qb6 16. Rab1 Bd7 17. Qxc4 Rxf3 18. Qxg4 Rf5 19. a5 Qb3 {
1/2-1/2 Wirthensohn,H-Schlosser,P/Graz zt 1993}) 13... Nge5 14. Nd4 (14. Nxe5
{
Psakhis} Nxe5 15. Bxe5 Qxe5 16. Qxc4 Qc5 $1 $15) 14... Nd3 $1 $146
{Psakhis: Na
tural and strong move.Kramnik can be very happy with results of opening. After
14 moves he got pawn up and knight on d3. I am afraid, White will not play
this variation in fiture.} (14... Nb6 15. Bd2 Bb4 16. Nc2 c5 17. Qh5 $1 {
Psakhis} Nc6 18. Ne3 $6 Bd7 19. e5 Be8 $13 {
0-1 Gelfand,B-Timman,J/Tilburg 50/525 1990 (47)}) (14... Nf6 $6 {Psakhis} 15.
Bh3 $16) 15. Nxe6 (15. Bd2 {Psakhis} Bb4 16. Nxe6 Re8 17. Nd4 Nxb2 $17)
15...
Rf6 (15... Nxf4 $6 16. gxf4 Rf6 17. f5) 16. Bc7 (16. Nc7 $2 Nxf4 (16... Rxf4 {
Psakhis} 17. Nxa8 Rf8 18. f4 N7c5 19. e5 Qd8 $17) 17. Qxc4+ Kh8 (17... Rf7
18.
Nxa8 Nxg2 19. Kxg2 Qh5 20. f4 $14) 18. Nxa8 Ne5 19. Qb3 Nxg2 20. Kxg2 Nf3
$40 {
/\ Bh3+}) (16. Ng5 N7e5 $13 (16... Rxf4 17. gxf4 Bxg5 18. fxg5 Qxg5 {/\ N7e5}
19. f4 $1 Nxf4 20. Rxf4 (20. Qxc4+ $6 Kh8 21. Rxf4 Qxf4 22. Rf1 Qe3+) 20...
Qxf4 21. Rf1 Qd6 22. Qxc4+ Kh8 23. Qf7 $36) (16... h6 $13)) (16. Nd4 $13)
16...
Qb4 17. Nd4 $2 (17. Ng5 Qxb2 18. Qxb2 Nxb2 19. f4 $44) (17. Nf4 $5) ({
Psakhis: Deserve attention} 17. Nf4 {Psakhis} Qxb2 (17... Bd6 18. Bxd6 Qxd6
19.
Rad1 N7e5 $13) 18. Qxb2 Nxb2 19. e5 Rh6 20. Rab1 Nd3 21. Nxd3 cxd3 $15)
17...

Bc5 $1 (17... Qxb2 18. Qxb2 Nxb2 19. f4 Bc5 20. Nce2 $44) 18. Nc2 {Psakhis:
Top
alov decided to start hunt un blacks queen, and he almost succeded!} (18. Nf3
$5 {Psakhis} Qxb2 19. Qxb2 Nxb2 20. e5 Re6 21. Ne4 Bb6) 18... Qxb2 19. Nd1
Qb3
20. Nde3 N7e5 21. h3 {/\ Kh2, f2-f4} ({Psakhis: Unfortunately, doesn't work}
21. Rfb1 {Psakhis because of} Rxf2 $1 22. Qxf2 (22. Qh5 Qxc2 23. Nxc2 Rf5+)
22... Nxf2 23. Rxb3 cxb3 24. Kxf2 (24. Bxe5 Nh3+ (24... Ng4 25. Bd4 Bxd4 26.
Nxd4 Nxe3 $19) 25. Kf1 bxc2 26. Nxc2 Bg4 $19) 24... Ng4+ 25. Ke2 bxc2 26.
Nxc2
Nxh2 $19) 21... Be6 (21... Rf7 22. Bxe5 Nxe5 23. Kh2 $44) 22. Kh2 (22. Rab1 {
Psakhis} Rxf2 $1 23. Qxf2 Nxf2 24. Rxb3 cxb3 25. Kxf2 (25. Bxe5 Nd3 $19)
25...
Rf8+ 26. Ke2 Rxf1 27. Nxf1 (27. Bxf1 b2 $1 $19) 27... bxc2 28. Kd2 Nd3 $19) (
22. Rfb1 {Psakhis} Rxf2 23. Qxf2 Nxf2 24. Rxb3 cxb3 25. Kxf2 Nc4 26. Ke2
bxc2
$19) 22... Rh6 $5 23. Rab1 $2 (23. f4 Ng4+ 24. Nxg4 Bxg4 25. Qxg4 Qxc2 26.
h4
$15) (23. Rfb1 {Psakhis} Qc3 $1 (23... Bg4 $2 24. f3 Nxf3+ 25. Bxf3 Bxf3 (25...
Bxh3 26. Bh5 $1) 26. Qxf3 Rf6 27. Qg2 (27. Qxf6 gxf6 28. Rxb3 cxb3 $17) (27.
Bf4 Qc3 $44) 27... Rf2 28. Rxb3 cxb3 29. Ne1 $1 Bxe3 30. Nxd3 Rxg2+ 31.
Kxg2
$16) 24. f4 $5 (24. Rxb7 Bxe3 $1 25. Bxe5 (25. fxe3 Bg4 $1 26. Bxe5 Nxe5 27.
Qf2 Rf8 $19) 25... Nxe5 26. Ra3 (26. fxe3 Bg4 $19) 26... Qd3 $3 27. Rxd3 cxd3
28. Qd1 dxc2 29. Qxc2 Ng4+ 30. Kg1 Bxf2+ 31. Kh1 Rd8 $19) 24... Bxe3 $1 25.
Nxe3 (25. Bxe5 Nxe5 26. fxe5 Bb6 27. a5 Bc7 $19) 25... Nxf4 $1 26. gxf4 Qxe3
27. Qxe3 Ng4+ 28. Kg1 Nxe3 29. f5 Nxg2 30. Kxg2 $17) 23... Bg4 $1 $19 {
Psakhis: Brilliant move!} 24. Nxg4 (24. Rxb3 $2 Bxe2) (24. Qd2 $2 Rxh3+ 25.
Kg1
(25. Bxh3 Nf3+ (25... Nf3+ {Psakhis} 26. Kh1 (26. Kg2 {Petursson} Nxd2 27.
Rxb3
Bxh3+ 28. Kxh3 cxb3 $19) 26... Nxd2 27. Rxb3 cxb3 $19)) 25... Nf3+ 26. Bxf3
Bxf3 27. Ng2 Bxf2+ 28. Qxf2 Rh1+ 29. Kxh1 Nxf2+) (24. f3 Nxf3+ 25. Bxf3 (25.

Kh1 Bxh3 26. Bxh3 Rxh3+ 27. Kg2 Rh2+ 28. Kxf3 Rf8+ $19) (25. Rxf3 Qxb1)
25...
Bxh3 26. Ng2 (26. Bh5 Bxf1 27. Rxf1 g6 $19) (26. Qd1 Bxf1+ 27. Kg1 Bxe3+
28.
Nxe3 Qxd1 29. Rxd1 Bh3 $19) 26... Qc3 $1 $19 {/\} (26... Bg4+ 27. Nh4 Bxf3
28.
Qd2 $1 (28. Qd2 $1 Qa2 29. Ra1 Qb2 30. Rxf3 Be7 $17)) 27. Rxb7 (27. Nce3 {
Psakhis} Qd4 28. Bh5 g6 29. g4 (29. Nc2 Qg7 30. Rxb7 Bc8 $19) 29... Bxg2 30.
Nxg2 Bd6+ 31. Bxd6 Qxd6+ 32. Kh1 gxh5 $19) 27... Bc8+ $19) 24... Nxg4+
25. Qxg4
(25. Kg1 {Psakhis} Ndxf2 $1 (25... Ndxf2 $1 {Petursson} 26. Rxb3 Nxh3+ 27.
Kh1
Nf4+ 28. Bh3 Rxh3+ 29. Qh2 Rxh2#)) 25... Qxc2 {Suddenly Black is winning!}
26.
Qg5 (26. Rxb7 Nxf2 27. -- (27. Qd7 {Psakhis} Rxh3+ $1 28. Qxh3 (28. Bxh3
Ng4+)
(28. Kg1 Rh1+ $1 29. Bxh1 Nh3#) 28... Nxh3 29. Be5 Nf2 30. Rxg7+ Kf8 31.
Rxh7
Re8 $19) 27... Rxh3+ 28. Bxh3 Nxg4+) (26. Qd1 {
Petursson White's best try is to go for a very gloomy ending:} Qxd1 27. Rfxd1
b6 $17) 26... Nxf2 27. Rxf2 (27. Qxc5 Rxh3+ $1 28. Kg1 (28. Bxh3 Ng4+) 28...
Rh1+ 29. Bxh1 Nh3#) (27. Rxb7 {Petursson} Rxh3+ 28. Bxh3 Ng4+ 29. Kh1
Qh2#)
27... Qxf2 28. Rf1 Qd4 {Psakhis: Game is over.} 29. Be5 Qd7 30. Qc1 (30. Bxg7
{
Psakhis} Bg1+ 31. Rxg1 Rg6 32. Qc1 Qxg7 33. Qxc4+ Kh8 $19) 30... Qe6 31.
Bxg7
Kxg7 32. Qg5+ Rg6 33. Qxc5 Qd6 (33... Qd6 {Psakhis} 34. Qf2 Qe5 $19) 0-1

[Event "Linares 14th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]

[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]


[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C78"]
[WhiteElo "2765"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "40"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. Nxe5 Nxe5 7. d4 b5 8.


Bb3 Bxd4 9. Qxd4 d6 10. f4 Nc6 11. Qc3 Bb7 12. e5 Ne4 13. Qe3 Na5 14. Nd2
Nxb3
15. cxb3 Nxd2 16. Bxd2 O-O 17. Bc3 Qh4 18. Rae1 Rfe8 19. Qf2 Qxf2+ 20.
Rxf2
dxe5 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 14th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.10"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2795"]

[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Qb3 Nc6 8. g4


Nxg4 9. Nxd5 O-O 10. Bg2 Bh4 11. Bg3 Be6 12. Kf1 a5 13. Nh3 a4 14. Qc4 Na5
15.
Qc5 b6 16. Bxh4 bxc5 17. Bxd8 Raxd8 18. Ne7+ Kh8 19. d5 Bd7 20. Rc1 c4 21.
Ng5
h6 22. Nf3 Rb8 23. h3 Nf6 24. Nd4 Rxb2 25. Bf3 Rxa2 26. Kg2 Re8 27. Nec6
Bxc6
28. Nxc6 Nxc6 29. dxc6 Rxe3 30. Rxc4 Rb3 31. Rd4 Rbb2 32. Rf1 Rd2 33. Rb4
Kh7
34. Rb7 Ne8 35. Kg3 g6 36. Re1 Nd6 37. Rxc7 Kg7 38. Rd7 Nf5+ 39. Kf4 Rxf2
0-1

[Event "Linares 14th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.11"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Gelfand, Boris"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E92"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[Annotator "Psakhis"]
[PlyCount "64"]

[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 exd4 8.


Nxd4
Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Bf2 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. O-O Nc6 13. c5 Nh5 14. g3 {N/ New
mov
e, but I am not sure, that it will get popularity in future. Black has nothing
to worry and after} (14. Qd2 Be5 15. g3 Ng7 (15... Bh3 16. Rfe1 Qd7 17. f4
Bxd4
18. Bxd4 Bg4 19. Bf1 Bh3 20. Be2 Bg4 21. Bb5 Qf5 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. Bxc6
bxc6
24. Re1 Re6 25. Re5 {1/2-1/2 Nikolaidis,I-Kotronias,V/Ankara zt 1995}) 16. Rfd1
(16. Rfe1 Nf5 $1 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 18. Nxd5 Nd4 $1 19. Bxd4 Qxd5 20. Rad1 Rad8
21.
Be3 Qxd2 22. Rxd2 Rxd2 23. Bxd2 Bxb2 $15) 16... Be6 $5 (16... Nf5 17. Nxf5
Bxf5
18. Nxd5 Nd4 19. Bxd4 Qxd5 20. Bf2 Qc6 $14 {
1/2-1/2 Giorgadze,G-Nalbandian,T/Erevan op 1996 (47)}) 17. f4 Bxd4 $1 18.
Bxd4
Nf5 19. Bf2 d4 20. Nb5 Qe7 $13 {
1/2-1/2 Gelfand,B-Van Wely,L/Wijk aan Zee 1996 (42)}) 14... Bh3 15. Re1 Qg5
({
Deserves attention also} 15... Bxd4 $5 16. Bxd4 Qg5 17. Bf2 Nf4 $13) 16. Ndb5
(
16. Nxc6 $5 bxc6 17. Qa4) 16... Rad8 (16... Nf4 17. Nd6 (17. Nc7 Bxc3 18. bxc3
Nxe2+ 19. Rxe2 Rxe2 20. Qxe2 Rc8 $15) 17... Re7 $11) 17. Nd6 Bd4 $1 18.
Qc1 $5
({Dangerous for white} 18. f4 $6 Bxf2+ 19. Kxf2 Nxf4 {for example} 20. Qd2
(20.

Nxe8 Ng2 (20... Qf5 21. gxf4 Qxf4+ 22. Kg1 Qg5+ 23. Bg4 $1 Bxg4 24. Qc1 $1
Qh4
25. Qf4 $18) 21. Bf1 (21. Bb5 Nxe1 22. Qxe1 (22. Nd6 d4 23. Qxe1 dxc3 24.
Qxc3
Rxd6 25. cxd6 Qxb5 $19) 22... Nd4 (22... Qf5+ 23. Kg1 Qf3 24. Qf2) 23. Bd3
Ne6
24. Bb5 a6 $1 25. Ba4 Nxc5 $17) (21. Bd3 Nxe1 22. Qxe1 Ne5 $19) 21... Nxe1
22.
Qxe1 (22. Bxh3 Rxe8) 22... Ne5 $1 23. Qc1 (23. Bxh3 Nd3+ 24. Kg1 Nxe1 25.
Rxe1
Qd2 $19) 23... Qf5+ 24. Qf4 Qc2+ 25. Kg1 Rxe8 26. Bxh3 Qxb2 $17) 20... Re6
$1
$40) (18. Nxe8 Nxg3 19. Nf6+ Qxf6 (19... Kh8 20. Ng4 $1) 20. Bxd4 (20. hxg3
Qg5
21. g4 Bxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Qh4+ 23. Ke3 d4+ $19) 20... Qg5 21. Kf2 Nf5 22. Bf1
Qh4+
23. Kg1 Ncxd4 $17) 18... Be3 $1 (18... Qe5 19. Nxe8 Rxe8 (19... Bxf2+ 20. Kxf2
Qd4+ 21. Qe3 Qxe3+ 22. Kxe3 d4+ 23. Kf2 dxc3 24. Nd6 $16) 20. Qd2 $16)
19. Bxe3
Rxe3 20. Kf2 d4 21. Nd1 $6 (21. Nce4 Qe7 22. Nc4 Rxe4 23. fxe4 d3 24. Bxh5
Qxc5+ $36 {Black has great compensation for exchange, but nevertheless it
was
stronger than move in the game.}) 21... Rxe2+ $1 22. Rxe2 (22. Kxe2 d3+
(22...
Qd5 $5 23. Nf2 Ne5 24. Nfe4 f5) 23. Kxd3 Qd5+ 24. Ke3 Ne5 {
is too dangerous for White.}) 22... Qd5 23. Ne4 Ne5 24. Qg5 (24. Qh6 Bf5 $40 (
24... Re8 25. g4 Bxg4 $140 26. Qxh5 $1)) 24... Re8 25. Rd2 $2 (25. Qh4 $5 Bf5)
25... Qc4 $6 {It is very strange, that Topalov didn't found simple} (25... Ng4+
$1 26. fxg4 (26. Kg1 Qxg5) (26. Qxg4 Bxg4 27. h3 Bxf3) 26... Qxe4 $19) 26.
Ndc3
(26. Re2 Qd3 $19) 26... h6 27. Qh4 dxc3 28. Rd8 $6 (28. bxc3 $5 {
was the best chance in bad position.}) 28... cxb2 $1 29. Rxe8+ Kg7 30. Rd1
Qc2+
31. Rd2 b1=Q 32. Qxh3 Qcc1 0-1

[Event "Linares 14th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.13"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Piket, Jeroen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D36"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2640"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8.


Bd3 Re8 9. Qc2 c6 10. h3 Nf8 11. Bf4 Bd6 12. Bxd6 Qxd6 13. O-O-O a5 14. Kb1
Be6
15. g4 Rac8 16. Ng5 b5 17. f4 Bd7 18. Qe2 a4 19. Rc1 a3 20. b3 Ng6 21. Qd2
h6
22. Nf3 Ne4 23. Bxe4 dxe4 24. Ne5 Nxe5 25. fxe5 Rxe5 26. Qh2 Re6 27. Qxd6
Rxd6
28. Nxe4 Rd5 29. Nc5 Re8 30. Rhe1 Bc8 31. Nd3 h5 32. Nf4 hxg4 33. Nxd5
Bf5+ 34.
Ka1 cxd5 35. hxg4 Bxg4 36. Rc5 Bf3 37. Rxb5 g5 38. Ra5 g4 39. Rxa3 f5 40. b4
g3
41. b5 g2 42. b6 Re7 43. Ra8+ Kf7 44. Ra7 1-0

[Event "Linares 14th"]

[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.14"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Nikolic, Predrag"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A41"]
[WhiteElo "2655"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "44"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. g3 c5 5. d5 b5 6. cxb5 a6 7. bxa6 Nf6 8. Nc3


O-O 9. Bg2 Bf5 10. O-O Nxa6 11. Ne1 Qd7 12. e4 Bh3 13. Rb1 Rfb8 14. b3
Bxg2 15.
Nxg2 Ng4 16. Bb2 Nc7 17. Qc2 Bd4 18. Kh1 Ne5 19. Qe2 Qc8 20. f4 Ng4 21.
Qf3 Rb4
22. h3 $4 (22. Rbc1 $13) 22... Ne5 (22... Ne5 23. fxe5 Qxh3#) 0-1

[Event "Linares 14th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.15"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Dreev, Alexey"]

[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]


[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E81"]
[WhiteElo "2650"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[Annotator "Psakhis"]
[PlyCount "58"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Bg5 a6 7. Qd2 (7. Nge2


Nbd7
(7... c5 8. d5 b5 9. cxb5 Qa5 10. Ng3 axb5 11. Bxb5 Ba6 12. Bxa6 Nxa6 13. OO
Rfb8 14. Rb1 Rb7 {1/2-1/2 Dreev,A-Azmaiparashvili,Z/Reggio Emilia 1996}) 8.
Qd2
c5 9. d5 b5 10. cxb5 Qa5 11. a4 Nb6 12. Nc1 axb5 13. Bxb5 Ba6 $44 {
1-0 Lorscheid,G-Howell,J/BL 1996 (20)}) 7... c5 8. Nge2 (8. d5 Qa5 9. Nge2)
8... Qa5 9. d5 b5 $1 {N/ Much stronger, than} (9... Nbd7 10. Ng3 Rb8 (10... b5
$5) 11. a4 Nb6 12. Qc2 Bd7 13. Bd2 Nc8 14. Bd3 $16 {
1-0 Benitah,Y-Russell,L/Glenalmond 1996 (29)}) 10. Nc1 Nbd7 11. cxb5 axb5
12.
Nxb5 (12. Bxb5 Ba6 13. Nb3 (13. Bxd7 Nxd7 14. Bxe7 Rfb8 {
with dangerous initiative.}) 13... Qb6 $44) 12... Nb6 13. Qxa5 Rxa5 14. Bd2 (
14. Nc3 $5) 14... Ra8 15. Ne2 $6 (15. Bd3 Na4 16. Rb1 Bd7 17. Nc3 e6 {
with good compensation for a pawn.}) 15... Nc4 $1 16. Nec3 (16. Bc3 Bd7) (16.
Bc1 $5 e6 $140 $6 17. Nec3 exd5 18. Bxc4 dxc4 19. Nxd6 $16) 16... Nxb2 17.
a4 (

17. Rc1 Bd7 18. Rc2 Na4 $17) 17... c4 $1 18. Ra2 (18. Rb1 $5 Nxa4 (18... Nd3+
19. Bxd3 cxd3 20. Be3 Nd7 21. Kd2) 19. Bxc4 Bd7 20. O-O Rfc8 $15) 18...
Nd3+
19. Bxd3 cxd3 20. Bg5 (20. Be3 $5 Ba6 21. Kd2 Nd7 $13) 20... Ba6 21. Nc7 $6
{
Maybe decisive mistake.Black,s position is perfect and Dreev had to play very
carefully.} (21. Kd2 Rfc8 22. Rb1 $1 (22. Ra3 Bxb5 23. Nxb5 Rc2+ 24. Kxd3
Rxg2
$15)) 21... Nd7 $1 22. Ra3 (22. Bd2 $2 Bxc3 23. Bxc3 Rfc8 $1 24. Nxa8 (24.
Ba5
Ra7 $19) 24... Rxc3 25. Kd2 Rc8 26. Rc1 Rxa8 27. Rc7 Nc5 $19) (22. Nd1 Bc4
23.
Rd2 Rxa4 24. Bxe7 Ra1 $1 25. Bxd6 (25. Bxf8 Kxf8 26. O-O Ra7 $19) 25... Bc3
$1
26. Bxf8 Kxf8 27. d6 Bb3 $19) 22... Rfc8 23. N3b5 (23. Nxa8 Bxc3+ 24. Rxc3
Rxc3
25. a5 Ra3 26. O-O Rxa5 27. Nc7 (27. Bxe7 Rc5 $1 28. Bxd6 d2 $1 29. Bf4 Bxf1
30. Bxd2 Bxg2 $1 $19) 27... f6 28. Be3 Ne5 $17) 23... Bxb5 24. Nxb5 Rc5 $1
25.
Rb3 (25. Rxd3 Rxa4 26. Ra3 (26. Na3 Bc3+ $19) 26... Rac4 (26... Rxb5 27.
Rxa4
Rb1+ 28. Kf2 Rxh1 29. Ra8+ Bf8 30. Bxe7 Kg7 31. Bxf8+ Nxf8 32. h3) 27.
Ra8+ Bf8
28. O-O Rxb5 29. Bxe7 Kg7 $19) 25... Rxa4 26. O-O (26. Kf2 Rc2+ 27. Kg3 Nc5
28.
Ra3 Be5+ 29. Kh3 f6 $19) 26... Ra2 27. Kh1 (27. Bxe7 Rcc2 28. Bxd6 Rxg2+
29.
Kh1 Ne5 30. Bxe5 Bxe5 31. Rfb1 Bf4 $19) 27... d2 $19 28. Na3 Bd4 29. Rd3
(29.
Nb1 $5 Rc1 30. Rxc1 (30. Nxd2 Rxf1+ 31. Nxf1 Ra1 $19) 30... dxc1=Q+ 31.
Bxc1
Rf2 32. Nd2 Re2 $1 $19) 29... Rc1 (29... Rc1 30. Rxc1 dxc1=Q+ 31. Bxc1 Ra1
32.
Rd1 Bb2 $19) 0-1

[Event "Linares 14th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1997.02.16"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A34"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2665"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "1997.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1997.04.10"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 c5 5. cxd5 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nxd5 7. e4 Nxc3 8.


Qxc3 Nc6 9. a3 Bd7 10. Be2 Rc8 11. O-O Na5 12. Qe3 Bc5 13. Qf4 Nb3 14. Qg3
Nxc1
15. Raxc1 O-O 16. Ne5 f6 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. Qb3 Kh8 19. Bc4 e5 20. Rfd1 Qe7
21.
Be6 Rcd8 22. Bd5 b6 23. Qh3 Bd4 24. Rd2 f5 25. Rdc2 Qg5 26. Qg3 Qh6 27.
Rf1 g6
28. Kh1 Rc8 29. Qd3 Rcd8 30. b4 Qh4 31. f3 fxe4 32. Bxe4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.04.01"]
[Round "1"]

[White "Shirov, Alexei"]


[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "2690"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[Annotator "Psakhis"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. e5 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Nh6 7. O-O Nf5 8. Na3 (


8. Bd3 cxd4 9. Bxf5 exf5 10. Nxd4 $5 Be7 11. Nf3 Be6 12. Be3 O-O 13. Nbd2
Qc7
14. Re1 b5 $11 {0-1 Qin Kanying-Ulibin,M/Beijing op 1996 (52)}) (8. dxc5 $5
Bxc5 9. Bd3 Nh4 10. Nbd2 h6 11. Qe2 Nxf3+ 12. Nxf3 g5 13. b4 Be7 14. a3
Qc7 15.
Re1 O-O-O 16. Bd2 Kb8 17. Rac1 $16 {
1-0 Rozentalis,E-Zakharevich,I/St.Petersburg Chigorin 1996 (26)}) 8... cxd4 9.
cxd4 Bxa3 10. bxa3 Qb6 11. Be3 Nxe3 {N/ Black can and wait with this
exchange,
but Topalov don't want to be in hurry with castle.} (11... O-O 12. Bd3 Rac8
13. g4 Nxe3 14. fxe3 Qd8 $13 {1-0 Rosentalis,E-Zueger,B/Chiasso 1991 (33)})
12.
fxe3 Qd8 $5 (12... O-O 13. Rb1 Qc7 14. Bd3) 13. Bd3 Rc8 14. Rc1 (14. Rb1
Na5) (
{Deserves attention} 14. Qb1 $5 {but after} Rc7 (14... h6 15. e4 $5 (15. Qxb7

Rb8 16. Qa6 Rb6 17. Qa4 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 $1 Bxa4 19. Nxf7 Qe7 20. Nxh8 Qxa3
21.
Bg6+ Kd7 $17)) 15. Bxh7 (15. e4 dxe4 16. Bxe4 Qe7 $13) 15... Qe7 16. Bd3
Qxa3 {
Black can get reasonable position.}) 14... Qe7 15. Rc5 O-O (15... b6 16. Rc3
O-O 17. Qc2) 16. Qb1 b6 17. Rc2 (17. Bxh7+ $6 Kh8 18. Rcc1 g6 (18... Qxa3
$5)
19. Bxg6 fxg6 20. Qxg6 Qh7 $15) 17... h6 18. Ba6 Rcd8 (18... Qxa3 $6 19. Bxc8
Qxe3+ 20. Kh1 Rxc8 21. Rfc1 $36) 19. Bb5 Na5 20. Rc7 a6 $1 21. Rxd7 $6 {
I suppose, that at that moment Shirov lost chances for advantage. Stronger
was to play} (21. Bxa6 $5 Qxa3 22. Qxb6 Qxe3+ 23. Kh1 $36) 21... Rxd7 22.
Bxd7
Qxd7 23. Qxb6 Qb5 $1 24. Qxb5 (24. Rb1 Qd3 $1) 24... axb5 25. Rb1 Rc8 $44
26.
Rxb5 Rc1+ 27. Kf2 Rc2+ 28. Kf1 {
White have to fight for a drawin spite of material advantage.} (28. Kg3 Nc4 29.
Rc5 Rxa2 $15) 28... Nc4 29. Rb3 Rxa2 30. Rc3 g6 (30... Nxa3 $6 31. Rc8+ Kh7
32.
Ra8) 31. h4 Kg7 32. e4 $1 $11 dxe4 (32... Nxa3 33. exd5 exd5 34. Rc7) 33.
Rxc4
exf3 34. gxf3 Rxa3 35. Kf2 Ra2+ 36. Kg3 Rd2 37. Ra4 g5 38. hxg5 hxg5 39. f4
Kg6
40. fxg5 Kxg5 41. Ra7 Rxd4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Short, Nigel D"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B23"]
[WhiteElo "2690"]

[BlackElo "2725"]
[Annotator "Horvath,Ta"]
[PlyCount "130"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. e4 {Hecht} c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 d5 (4... d6 5. Bb5 Nf6 6. Bxc6+ $1


bxc6 7. d3 Nd7 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe1 $14 {ShortAzmajparashvili/Yerevan/ol./1996})
5. Bb5 Nge7 6. Ne5 (6. Qe2 $5 dxe4 7. Nxe4 a6 8. Bxc6+ Nxc6 9. b3 Be7 10.
Bb2
O-O 11. O-O $14) 6... Bd7 7. Nxd7 Qxd7 8. exd5 exd5 9. O-O O-O-O 10. a3 Nf5
11.
Be2 c4 12. Bf3 Bc5+ 13. Kh1 h5 $1 14. Bxd5 (14. Nxd5 $2 h4 15. Ne3 Ng3+
16.
hxg3 hxg3+ 17. Kg1 Rh2 $19) 14... h4 15. h3 Ng3+ 16. Kh2 Nxf1+ 17. Qxf1
Rhe8
18. Bxc4 Qd4 19. d3 Qf2 20. Qxf2 Bxf2 {Materiel steht Wei nicht schlechter,
hat aber groe schwierigkeiten mit der Entwicklung.} 21. Bd2 (21. Ne4 $2 Rxe4
22. dxe4 Bg3+ 23. Kg1 Rd1+ 24. Bf1 Nd4 $19) 21... f5 22. Bb5 Rd6 23. Rf1
Bg3+
24. Kg1 a6 25. Bxc6 Rxc6 26. Rc1 b5 27. Kf1 Rce6 28. Rd1 Kb7 29. d4 Rd6 30.
d5
Kb6 31. b4 Kb7 32. Bc1 Rd7 33. Ne2 Red8 34. Nc3 Rc8 35. Rd3 Re7 36. Be3
Rce8
37. Nd1 Re4 38. d6 Kc6 39. d7 Rd8 40. Nc3 Re6 41. Ne2 Rxd7 42. Rc3+ (42.
Nd4+
$2 Rxd4 $19) 42... Kb7 43. Nxg3 hxg3 44. Ke2 Rc7 45. Rxc7+ Kxc7 {Hecht:
techni

sches Endspiel L vs T mit einer weien Bauernschwche mehr als bei Schwarz.
Zugzwangmotive.} 46. Kf3 Kd7 47. Bd4 Rg6 48. Ke3 Ke8 49. Kf3 Kf7 50. c3 (50.
Be5 $2 {Hecht} Rc6) (50. Bc5 {Hecht} Ke6 51. Ke3 Kd5 52. Kd3 Re6 53. Be3
Re4
54. Bd2 Rd4+ 55. Ke3 Kc4 56. Be1 Re4+ 57. Kd2 Rxf4 58. Bxg3 Rf1 $19) 50...
Ke6
51. Ke3 Kd5 52. Kd3 Re6 53. Bxg7 Re1 54. Bd4 Ke6 (54... Ra1 $5 {Hecht} 55.
Ke2
(55. c4+ bxc4+ {mit Schach!}) 55... Rxa3 56. h4 Ke6 57. h5 Kf7 58. h6 Kg6 59.
Bg7 Kh7 $22) 55. Kd2 Ra1 56. Ke2 Rxa3 57. Be5 (57. Kf3 {Hecht} a5 58. bxa5
b4
$19) 57... a5 58. bxa5 Rxa5 59. h4 Ra3 60. h5 Kf7 61. Bd4 Kg8 62. h6 Kh7 63.
Bg7 Kg6 64. Kd2 Ra2+ 65. Ke3 Rf2 (65... Rxg2 {Hecht} 66. Kf3 Rg1 67. Bd4
Rd1
68. Bg7 Rd3+ 69. Kg2 Kh7 70. Kh3 Rf3 $19) (65... Rf2 {Hecht} 66. Bf8 Rxg2
67.
Kf3 Rc2 $19) 0-1

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.04.04"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D17"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[Annotator "Huebner,R"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]

[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. Nf3 {Ftacnik} d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3


Bb4 8. e4 Bxe4 9. fxe4 Nxe4 10. Bd2 Qxd4 11. Nxe4 Qxe4+ 12. Qe2 Bxd2+ 13.
Kxd2
Qd5+ 14. Kc2 Na6 15. Nxc4 b5 (15... Nb4+ {Ftacnik} 16. Kb3 b5 17. Kxb4 bxc4
18.
Qxc4 Rb8+ 19. Ka3 Qd6+ 20. Ka2 O-O 21. Qc2 {
1-0 Trifunovic,P-Sokolov,V/JUG-ch Zagreb (15)/1961 (46)}) 16. axb5 Nb4+ 17.
Kc3
(17. Kb3 {Ftacnik} cxb5 18. Kxb4 bxc4 19. Qxc4 Rb8+ 20. Ka3 Qa5+ 21. Qa4+
{
1/2-1/2 Bareev,E-Khalifman,A/Ubeda (08) 1997}) 17... cxb5 18. Rd1 (18. Nb6 {
Ftacnik} Qc5+ 19. Kb3 Nc6 20. Qxb5 Qe3+ 21. Kc2 Qf2+ 22. Kc3 Qd4+ {
1/2-1/2 Shirov,A-Khalifman,A/Ter Apel (05) 1997}) 18... bxc4 {Eine
berraschend
e Lsung von verblffender Einfachheit; ich setze aber kein Vertrauen in sie.
Meines Erachtens ist es ntig, sich auf die von Z. Ribli in der
Informatormonographie (Slawisch D16-19 unter D 17/76, Funote 473)
angegebene
Fortsetzung} (18... Qc5 19. Qe5 Nd5+ (19... Qxe5+ 20. Nxe5 Nd5+ 21. Rxd5
$1 (
21. Kb3 a6 22. Bd3 $14) 21... exd5 22. Bxb5+ Ke7 23. Re1 $16) 20. Rxd5 Qxd5
21.
Nd6+ Kf8 (21... Ke7 22. Nf5+ Kd8 23. Qxd5+ exd5 24. Bxb5 $14) 22. Qxd5
exd5 {
einzulassen.} (22... exd5 {Ftacnik} 23. Bxb5 $14)) (18... Qxc4+ $6 {Ftacnik}
19. Qxc4 bxc4 20. Kxb4 Rb8+ 21. Kc3 $16) 19. Rxd5 (19. Kxb4 $2 {Ftacnik}
Rb8+
20. Kc3 Qa5+ 21. Kc2 Qa4+ 22. Kb1 c3 $19) 19... Nxd5+ 20. Kc2 (20. Kd2 {

wurde in der Partie Salow-Illescas Cordoba aus dem gleichen Turnier gespielt;
dieser Zug scheint mir strker zu sein als 20.Kc2. Wei eilt, seinen Knig am
Knigsflgel in Sicherheit zu bringen; auerdem hngt der Bauer auf c4 sofort.
Schwarz drfte verloren sein.}) (20. Kxc4 {Ftacnik} O-O 21. Kd4 Rfd8 $13)
20...
O-O 21. Qe4 (21. g3 {
kommt in Betracht, um den Springer auf d5 mglichst bald zu befragen. Nach}
Rab8 (21... c3 22. Bg2 Nb4+ (22... cxb2 23. Bxd5 {
sieht hoffnungslos fr Schwarz aus.}) 23. Kxc3 Rab8 24. Be4 {
drfte Schwarz nicht berleben knnen.}) 22. Bg2 Nb4+ 23. Kc3 Nd3 24. Rb1
Rb3+
(24... Rfc8 {wird mit} 25. b4 {beantwortet.}) 25. Kxc4 Rfb8 26. Qxd3 R8b4+
27.
Kc5 Rxd3 28. Kxb4 Rd2 29. Bc6 Rxh2 30. b3 {Schwarz drfte die Partie auf
Grund
der Schwche seines a-Bauern kaum halten knnen.}) 21... Rfc8 {Ftacnik:
Black
builds a very unusual fortress. Ftacnik: Schwarz baut eine sehr ungewohnliche
Festung.} 22. h4 (22. Be2 Rc5 (22... c3 23. b3 ({Auch nach} 23. Ba6 Rc7 24.
bxc3 Rb8 25. Ra1 Rxc3+ 26. Kd1 {
hat Wei Aussichten, seinen Materialvorteil zu konsolidieren.}) 23... Rab8 24.
Ra1 Nb4+ 25. Kc1 {scheint mir vielversprechend fr Wei auszusehen.}) (22...
Rab8 23. Ra1 c3 24. b3 Nb4+ 25. Kc1 {fhrt zur selben Stellung wie Variante A.
Auch wenn Schwarz auf den Vorsto seines c-Bauern verzichtet, kommt er in
Schwierigkeiten.}) 23. Ra1 a5 {
ist aber von der Partiefortsetzung nicht wesentlich verschieden.}) (22. Bxc4 $2
{Ftacnik} Rxc4+ 23. Qxc4 Ne3+ $19) 22... Rc5 23. Rh3 Rac8 24. Ra3 a5 25.
Kc1 (
25. Ra4 {Ftacnik} h5 26. Qd4 Nb6 27. Ra1 Nd5 $13) 25... h5 {
Wei kann seine Stellung nicht mehr verbessern.} 26. Qd4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]

[Site "Dos Hermanas"]


[Date "1997.04.05"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Salov, Valery"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B07"]
[WhiteElo "2665"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "181"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. d4 g6 2. e4 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Bd3 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O Nc6 7. Re1 Bg4 8.


Nbd2
e5 9. h3 Bd7 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 dxe5 12. Nc4 Re8 13. a4 Nh5 14. Bf1 Nf4
15.
Be3 Qe7 16. Kh2 a5 17. Qc2 h5 18. Rad1 h4 19. Rd2 Bc6 20. Na3 Red8 21. Bb5
Rxd2
22. Bxd2 Bxb5 23. Nxb5 Ne6 24. Na3 Bf6 25. Nc4 Bg5 26. Be3 Bf4+ 27. Kg1
Bxe3
28. Nxe3 Rd8 29. Rd1 c6 30. Kf1 Kg7 31. Ng4 Rxd1+ 32. Qxd1 Nc5 33. Qc2
Qg5 34.
b4 axb4 35. cxb4 Ne6 36. Qc3 f6 37. Qe3 Kf7 38. Ke1 Qxe3+ 39. Nxe3 Nf4 40.
Kd2
Ke6 41. a5 f5 42. f3 Nh5 43. Kd3 Nf6 44. Nd1 Kd6 45. Nb2 Nh5 46. Nc4+ Ke6
47.
Kc3 Ng3 48. Kd3 Nh5 49. Ne3 Nf6 50. Nf1 Nd7 51. Nd2 Kf6 52. Nb3 Kg5 53. Ke3
Kf6

54. Nc1 Ke7 55. Kd3 Kd6 56. Nb3 Kc7 57. Nd2 Kd6 58. Nc4+ Ke6 59. Nb2 Kd6
60.
Na4 Kc7 61. Nb2 Kd6 62. Nc4+ Ke6 63. Ke3 Nf6 64. Nb2 Nd7 65. Nd3 Kd6 66.
f4
fxe4 67. fxe5+ Nxe5 68. Nc5 Kd5 69. Nxb7 Nc4+ 70. Ke2 Na3 71. a6 Nb5 72.
Ke3
Na7 73. Na5 g5 74. Nb7 Kc4 75. Kxe4 Kxb4 76. Kf5 Kb5 77. Kxg5 Kxa6 78. Nd6
c5
79. Kxh4 Nb5 80. Nc4 Nd4 81. Kg5 Kb5 82. Ne3 c4 83. h4 c3 84. h5 Ne6+ 85.
Kf5
Ng7+ 86. Kg6 Ne6 87. Kf5 Ng7+ 88. Kg4 Ne6 89. h6 Nf8 90. Kf5 Kc5 91. g4 1-0

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.04.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B17"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2760"]
[Annotator "Blatny,P"]
[PlyCount "69"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. e4 {Finkel,A} c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bd3 e6 (

6... h6 $6 7. Ne6 Qa5+ 8. Bd2 Qb6 9. Nf3 fxe6 10. Bg6+ Kd8 11. O-O c5 12. c4
cxd4 13. Nxd4 e5 14. c5 $1 Nxc5 15. Ba5 $18 {Tal-Oll, USSR 1986}) (6... g6 7.
N1f3 Bg7 8. O-O h6 9. Ne6 fxe6 10. Bxg6+ Kf8 11. Qe2 $40) (6... c5 7. N1f3
$16
cxd4 8. O-O h6 9. Ne6 Qb6 10. Re1 $1 Nc5 11. Nxc5 Qxc5 12. Nxd4 a6 13. c3
e6
14. Bf4 Be7 15. Bc2 {/\15...0-0 16.Qd3} Bd7 16. Nf5 $1 Bc6 17. Re5 $40) (6...
Nb6 7. N1f3 h6 8. Ne4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Bg4 10. O-O e6 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3
{^^}) 7.
N1f3 Bd6 (7... h6 8. Nxe6 $5 {Geller}) (7... Be7 8. Qe2 O-O 9. h4 c5 10. Be3 a6
11. O-O-O $132 {Shirazi-Neamtu, Biel (op) 1987}) (7... Qc7 $2 8. Qe2 h6 9.
Bg6
$1 hxg5 10. Bxf7+ $1 $40 {Van der Wiel-Karpov, Amsterdam 1987}) 8. Qe2 (8.
O-O
h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 O-O 11. c3 e5 $132 {
1-0 Ulibin,M-Georgadze,G/URS-FL56 Simferopol 1988 (41)}) 8... h6 9. Ne4 (9.
Nxe6 $2 fxe6 10. Bg6+ Ke7 11. O-O Nf8 12. Bd3 Bd7 13. Ne5 Qe8 14. f4 Kd8
$17 {
Arnason-Ostenstad, Torshavn 1987}) 9... Nxe4 10. Qxe4 c5 (10... Nf6 11. Qh4 (
11. Qe2 $142 Qb6 {N} (11... O-O 12. Bd2 c5 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. O-O-O Qc7 15.
g4
$5 e5 $8 {1/2-1/2 Smirin,I-Kharitonov,A/Sverdlovsk 1987 (27)} (15... Nxg4 16.
Rdg1 {/\ Rhg1->})) 12. O-O O-O 13. a3 $6 (13. c3 {N} c5 14. dxc5 Qxc5 15.
Be3
Qh5 16. Bd4 Nd5 17. g3 $14 {+/= Almasi,Z-Kallai,G/Magyarorszag (ch) 1992})
13... Qc7 14. c4 b6 15. b4 c5 $13 {~~ Smirin,I-Dreev,A/Vilnius 1988}) 11...
Bd7
(11... Ke7 $5 {Kamsky,G-Karpov,A/ Dortmund/1993/0:1/(49)}) (11... Qa5+ 12.
Bd2
Qh5 13. Qxh5 Nxh5 14. Ne5 O-O 15. O-O-O c5 {Hector-Hodgson/London/1991/
(19)})
(11... Nd5 $1 12. Qxd8+ Kxd8 13. c3 Ke7 $14) 12. Bf4 $13 {
1-0 Svidler,P-Burmakin,V/RUS-ch Elista 1994 (37)}) (10... Qc7 {N} 11. Qg4 (11.

Bd2 b6 12. Qg4 g5 $1 {0-1 Sion Castro,M-Karpov,A/Leon 1993 (35)}) 11... g5


{N}
(11... Kf8 12. O-O (12. Bd2 $5) 12... c5 13. b3 e5 {
1/2-1/2 Gelfand,B-Speelman,J/Munchen 1992 (29)} (13... cxd4 14. Qxd4 Ne5
15.
Bb2 Nxf3+ 16. gxf3 Bxh2+ 17. Kg2 f6)) 12. Qh3 $1 Rg8 $1 $8 13. Nd2 $1 {
1-0 Kasparov,G-Kamsky,G/Linares 1994 (39)}) 11. O-O (11. Bd2 Nf6 12. Bb5+
(12.
Qh4 Qc7 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Rhe1 O-O-O 16. Ne5 Be8 17. f4 Bd4
{
Luther,T-Gelpke,P/Linares op 1995/1/2-1/2 (63)}) 12... Bd7 (12... Ke7 13. Qe2)
13. Qxb7 Rb8 14. Bxd7+ Nxd7 15. Qa6 (15. Qxa7 Rxb2 $44) 15... Rb6 16. Qa4
Rxb2
17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Bc3 $36 {1-0 Psakhis,L-Meduna,E/Trnava 1988 (41)}) (11.
Qg4
g5 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. O-O Nxd3 14. cxd3 Bd7 15. Qh5 Qf6 16. Bd2 Rg8 $13 {
0-1 Lobron,E-Vatter,H/BL 1988 (40)}) 11... Nf6 (11... a6 12. c3 Nf6 13. Qe2
cxd4 14. cxd4 $132 {1-0 Markovic,G-Dimitriadi,A/Thessaloniki olw 1988 (21)})
12. Bb5+ Ke7 13. Qe2 Qc7 (13... Bd7 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. a4 Bxb5 16. axb5 Qb6
$11
{1/2-1/2 Akopian,V-Anastasian,A/Erevan 1996 (33)} (16... Qb6 {Finkel,A} 17.
Bd2
Rhc8 18. c4 $14 {Akopian,V-Anastasian,A/Erevan 1996 (33)})) (13... a6 $5 {
Finkel,A} 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. Bd3 Qc7 16. c4 Rd8 17. b3 b6 18. Bb2 Bb7 $11 {
Wang Zili-Arlandi,E/Open, Geneva SUI 1997 (19)}) 14. dxc5 Qxc5 (14... Bxc5 {
Finkel,A} 15. Be3 Bxe3 16. Qxe3 (16. fxe3 $5 $14) 16... Bd7 17. Bd3 Rhd8 18.
Rad1 $14) 15. Be3 Qc7 (15... Qh5 16. Bd4 $14) (15... Qh5 $5 {Finkel,A}) 16.
Bd4
$14 Rd8 17. c3 (17. Rad1 Bd7 18. Bd3 $14 (18. Bd3 {Finkel,A} Rac8 19. Ne5
Ba4
$5 20. b3 Bc6 (20... Nd7 $6 21. Nxf7 $1 Bxh2+ 22. Kh1 Kxf7 23. Qh5+ Kf8 24.
Qxh2 $16) 21. c4 $14)) 17... Bd7 18. Bc4 {Hoping in the future to play Ne5,
f4-f5 and in this case bishop is very good placed on c4.Unfortunetly this plan

is not so easy to carry out,so it was better to put a bishop on d3 keeping


small opening advantage} (18. Bxd7 Rxd7 19. Rad1 Qa5 20. Ne5 Bxe5 21.
Bxe5 Rad8
22. Rxd7+ Rxd7 23. a3 $14) 18... Bc6 19. Ne5 Be4 $11 20. Ng4 {After this
move
almost by force arises equal endgame,but white has nothing better} Nxg4 21.
Qxe4 (21. Qxg4 Bxh2+ 22. Kh1 Qf4 $2 (22... Rxd4 $5 23. cxd4 Bf4 $14) (22...
Be5
$1 {Finkel,A} 23. Qxe4 Bxd4 24. Bxe6 fxe6 25. cxd4 Qb6 $11) 23. Qh3 $18)
21...
Bxh2+ 22. Kh1 Be5 23. Bxe6 $1 $14 fxe6 24. Qxg4 Bxd4 25. cxd4 Kf7 26. Rac1
Qb6
27. Qf4+ Kg8 28. Rc7 Qxd4 29. Qxd4 Rxd4 30. Rxb7 $11 a5 31. Rc1 Rad8 32.
f3
Rd1+ 33. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 34. Kh2 a4 35. b3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Gelfand, Boris"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E92"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[Annotator "Gelfand"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]

[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. d4 {Huzman Belov VanWely,L} Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6


6.
Be2 e5 7. Be3 exd4 8. Nxd4 Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Bf2 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. O-O Nc6
13. c5 Nh5 14. Qd2 Be5 15. g3 Ng7 16. Rfd1 a6 $146 (16... Be6 $5 $146 17. f4
(
17. Nxe6 {van Wely,L} fxe6 {/\ Nf5}) 17... Bxd4 $1 18. Bxd4 Nf5 (18... Nxd4 {
van Wely,L} 19. Qxd4 Nf5 20. Qf2 d4 21. Nb5 {/\ Nd4-e6+/=}) 19. Bf2 d4 20.
Nb5
Qe7 $132 {1/2-1/2 Gelfand,B-van Wely,L/Wijk aan Zee 65/561 1996 (43)})
(16...
Nf5 {N} 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 18. Nxd5 (18. Qxd5 $4 {Belov} Bxc3 19. bxc3 Rxe2 $19)
18... Nd4 19. Bxd4 (19. Nc3 {Belov}) 19... Qxd5 20. Bf2 (20. Bxe5 {Belov}
Qxe5
21. Bf1 Qxc5+ $11) 20... Qc6 21. Bf1 (21. f4 Bh3 22. Bf1 Bxf1 23. Rxf1 Rad8
24.
Qc2 Bd4 25. Rad1 $14) 21... Rad8 22. Qb4 Qxf3 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 $14 {
1/2-1/2 Giorgadze,G-Nalbandian,T/Erevan op (06) ;EXP 52 1996 (47)}) 17. Bf1 (
17. Nb3 Be6 18. Bf1 (18. f4 $14 {Huzman}) 18... Nf5 $132) (17. Nc2 Be6 (17...
Bf5 18. Nxd5) 18. f4 Bxc3 19. Qxc3 Bf5 20. Bf3 Be4 $132) 17... Be6 18. Nxe6 (
18. Nc2 $5 {Huzman} Nf5 (18... Qf6 19. f4 Bxc3 20. bxc3 $14) 19. Nxd5 Bxd5
20.
Qxd5 Qf6 $132) (18. f4 {Huzman} Bxd4 19. Bxd4 Nxd4 20. Qxd4 Nf5 21. Qf2
d4) (
18. Nb3 {Huzman} Nf5 (18... Qf6 19. f4 Bxc3 20. bxc3 $132) 19. Nxd5 Bxd5
20.
Qxd5 Qf6 $5) 18... fxe6 $14 19. f4 (19. Ne2 Nf5 20. Rac1 a5 21. Bh3 $14) (19.
Rab1 $5 $14 {Huzman} g5 (19... Nf5 20. b4 $36) 20. Ne2 Rf8 21. Bg2 a5 $5
$132)
19... Bf6 20. Rab1 (20. Rac1 $5) (20. Ne2 g5 21. Bh3 $14) 20... g5 (20... Rf8
$5) 21. Ne2 (21. fxg5 Bxg5 22. Be3 Bxe3+ (22... Ne5 23. Be2) 23. Qxe3 $13)

21... Rf8 (21... a5 {Huzman Ochoa} 22. Bh3) 22. b4 (22. Bh3 gxf4 23. Nxf4
Bg5
24. Qe2 (24. Be3 d4) 24... Bxf4 25. Bxe6+ (25. gxf4 Qf6) 25... Kh8 26. gxf4 Re8
27. f5 Nxf5 $17) (22. fxg5 Bxg5 23. Be3 Ne5 $1 24. Bxg5 Nf3+ 25. Kh1 Qxg5
26.
Qxg5 Nxg5 27. Nf4 $140 Ne4) (22. Be3 gxf4 (22... h6 23. Bh3) 23. Nxf4 d4
(23...
Ne5 {Huzman}) 24. Bf2 Bg5 (24... e5 $140 $2 25. Bc4+ Kh8 26. Ng6+ $18))
22...
gxf4 23. gxf4 (23. Nxf4 Bg5) 23... Bh4 (23... Nf5 {Huzman} 24. Bh3 Bh4 25.
Ng3)
24. Bg3 Rc8 (24... Bxg3 $5 {Huzman} 25. hxg3 h5 26. Rb3 Qf6 27. Bh3 Rad8
$132)
25. Rb3 Rc7 26. Bh3 Nf5 (26... Kh8 $5) (26... Rcf7 27. Qe3) 27. Bxf5 (27. Kh1
Rg7 28. Rg1 Rg6 $13) (27. Qe1 $5 {Huzman} Rg7 28. Kh1) 27... Rxf5 28. Bxh4
(28.
Qe3 Kf7 {/\Bf6}) (28. Nd4 {Huzman} Nxd4 29. Qxd4 Rg7) (28. Qe1 {Huzman}
Rg7 29.
Kh1 Bf6 $15) 28... Qxh4 29. Rg3+ Rg7 (29... Kh8 30. Kh1 Rh5 31. Rg2) 30.
Rxg7+
(30. Qe3 Rf6) 30... Kxg7 31. Ng3 Qg4 (31... Rf6 32. Kh1) 32. Rf1 Rf6 (32... Ne7
33. Qg2) 33. a4 Ne7 (33... Rg6 34. b5 axb5 35. axb5 Ne7 36. Qc3+ (36. c6
bxc6
37. b6 (37. bxc6 Nxc6) 37... Nf5 38. Qc3+ d4 39. Qf3 Nxg3 40. Qxg4 Rxg4 41.
b7
Nxf1+ 42. Kh1 Nd2 $19) 36... Kf7 37. c6 bxc6 38. b6 Nf5 39. Ra1 $40) 34. Qe2
(
34. b5 axb5 35. axb5 Nf5 36. Qc3 (36. Qd3 Rg6 37. Rf3 Nxg3 (37... Kh6) (37...
Kh8 38. c6 bxc6 39. bxc6 Rg7) 38. Qd4+ (38. hxg3 Rh6 $132) 38... Kf7 39.
Rxg3
Qe2) 36... d4 (36... Kf7 37. c6 bxc6 38. bxc6 Rg6 39. Rb1 Nxg3 (39... d4 40.
Rb7+ Kf6 41. Qa5 Qd1+ 42. Kf2 Qc2+ 43. Ke1 (43. Ne2 Rg2+ $11) 43... Qc1+
44.
Ke2 d3+ 45. Kxd3 Qd1+ $19) 40. Rb7+ Kg8 41. Rb8+ Kf7 42. Rb7+ $11) 37.
Qf3 (37.

Qd3 Ne3 38. Rf2 e5 $132) 37... Qxf3 38. Rxf3 Nxg3 {Huzman} 39. Rxg3+ (39.
hxg3
Rf5) 39... Kf8 40. c6 bxc6 41. bxc6 e5 $11) 34... Rg6 35. Qxg4 Rxg4 36. b5
axb5
37. axb5 Kf7 38. Kh1 (38. Kg2 Rg8 (38... Ng6 39. Rb1) 39. Ra1 Rc8 $11) (38.
Kh1
Rg8 $11) 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Illescas Cordoba, Miguel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2635"]
[Annotator "Avrukh,B"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb7 6. Bg2 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 a5 8. O-O


O-O 9. Qc2 {another popular line is 9Nc3.} Bxd2 {
Relatively a new interpretation in this position.} (9... Re8 10. Nc3 d6 11.

Rfe1 Bxc3 12. Bxc3 Be4 13. Qb2 Nbd7 14. Bf1 d5 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Nd7
17. f3
Bg6 18. cxd5 exd5 19. Rad1 c6 20. e4 dxe4 21. Bh3 Ra7 22. f4 f5 23. exf6 $16
{
1-0 Oll-Nikolic/32nd Chess Olympiad, Yerevan 1996 (25)}) (9... Qe7 10. Nc3 h6
11. a3 $2 Bxa3 12. e4 Bb4 13. e5 Nh7 14. Ng5 Nxg5 15. Bxb7 Nc6 $1 16. Bxc6
dxc6
17. Bxg5 Qxg5 18. Ne4 Qf5 19. Qe2 Rfd8 $17 {
0-1 Cativelli,G-Markeluk,S/Buenos Aires BCA op 1989 (29)}) (9... h6 $5 10. Nc3
Re8 11. a3 (11. Rfe1 d5 $10) 11... Bxc3 (11... Bf8 12. e4 $16) 12. Bxc3 Be4 13.
Qd1 (13. Qb2 a4 14. b4 d5 $15) 13... d5 (13... a4 14. bxa4 d5 15. cxd5 Qxd5
16.
a5 $1 $14) 14. Rc1 Nbd7 15. Re1 (15. Bh3 $6 dxc4 16. bxc4 Bxf3 17. exf3 e5
$1)
15... Qc8 16. Bf1 Qb7 (16... Bxf3 17. exf3 $14 {/\ f4, Bg2}) 17. Nd2 Bh7 18.
Bb2 c6 19. e3 b5 $5 20. cxb5 (20. c5 a4 $15) 20... cxb5 21. Qe2 $1 Reb8 (21...
Rab8 22. Bc3 $5) 22. f3 $14 {Karpov,A-Anand,V/Tilburg 1991/1-0 (53)}) (9...
Be4
10. Qb2 d5 11. a3 Bxd2 12. Nbxd2 Nbd7 13. Rfd1 Qe7 14. Rac1 c6 15. Nxe4
Nxe4
16. cxd5 cxd5 17. Rc2 {
1/2-1/2 Garcia Ilundain,D-Gomez Esteban,J/Linares zt 1995}) 10. Nbxd2 d5 11.
Rfd1 $146 (11. cxd5 exd5 12. Ne5 Qe7 13. Ndc4 g6 14. Rac1 Na6 15. Qb2 Rac8
16.
Rfd1 Ne8 17. Ne3 c6 18. a3 Nd6 19. Rd2 Kg7 20. Rdc2 Nb8 21. a4 f6 22. Nd3
Rce8
23. b4 axb4 24. Qxb4 $16 {
1-0 Beliavsky-Ahmed/32nd Chess Olympiad, Yerevan 1996 (33)}) 11... Na6 12.
cxd5
exd5 13. Nf1 (13. Rac1 Re8 14. Ne5 c5 15. Ndf3 Ne4 $11) (13. Ne5 Re8 {
with next c5}) 13... Ne4 (13... c5 14. Ne3 $14) 14. Ne5 (14. Rac1 Qf6 15. e3 c5
16. Ne5 Rfc8 17. Qb2 cxd4 18. exd4 b5 $132) 14... Qe7 $6 (14... Nb4 $142 15.
Qb2 f6 16. Nf3 $14) 15. Bxe4 $1 {Unusual, positional decision, but very strong.

} dxe4 16. a3 $1 c5 (16... Rad8 17. Nc6 Bxc6 18. Qxc6 Nb8 19. Qb7 $1 $16)
17.
Nc4 Rad8 (17... cxd4 $142 18. Rxd4 (18. Nxb6 $2 Rad8 $17) 18... Rad8 19.
Rad1
Rxd4 20. Rxd4 Qc7 (20... Rd8 21. Qd2 Rxd4 22. Qxd4 Nc5 23. b4) 21. Nfe3 Nc5
22.
Qd1 $14) 18. d5 b5 (18... Rxd5 $143 19. Nxb6 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 Rd8 21. Ne3 $16)
19.
d6 Qe6 20. Nxa5 Ba8 (20... Bd5 21. Ne3 Rxd6 22. a4) 21. a4 bxa4 22. bxa4
Rxd6
23. Rxd6 Qxd6 24. Rd1 Qc7 (24... Qe6 25. Ne3 $16) 25. Qc3 Rd8 (25... Nb4 26.
Nb3 Rc8 27. Qxc5) 26. Rxd8+ Qxd8 27. Nb3 h6 28. Ne3 $16 {it's difficult to
believe , but black's position is very hard.The white's piecies more active
, than their opponents, as well , as a pawn more dangerous,than black's one,
at the same time black has no active play and white can gradually to intesify
their position.} Qc8 29. h4 h5 30. a5 g6 31. Qf6 Qc6 (31... c4 $2 32. Qc3 $18)
(31... Qb7 32. Nd2) 32. Qd8+ Kg7 33. Nd2 Nc7 34. Ndc4 Ne6 35. Qb8 Qa6
(35...
Nd4 36. Kf1 Bb7 37. Qe5+ Kg8 38. Nd6 Ba6 39. Qe7 {with decisive attack.})
36.
Nd6 $2 {i think the time trouble mistake.} (36. Qb6 Qxb6 (36... Bb7 37. Nd6
$18) 37. axb6 Kf6 38. Na5 Nd8 39. Kf1 Ke6 40. Ke1 Kd6 41. Kd2 Bb7 42. Ng2
Ba6
$11) (36. Qd6 Qxd6 37. Nxd6 Nc7 {not so clear.}) (36. Nb6 Bc6) (36. Qe8 Bc6
37.
Qe7 Qb7 38. Qd6 Bb5 $11) (36. Qe5+ $1 {was the right way.} Kg8 (36... f6 37.
Qb8 {and black has no chances to hold position.}) 37. Qf6) 36... Bc6 $2 (36...
Qxa5 37. Qe8 (37. Ne8+ Kh7 38. Nf6+ Kg7 39. Ne8+ Kh7 40. Qe5 Qe1+ 41.
Kg2 Qxe2
42. Nf6+ Kh6 43. Ng8+ Kh7 $11) 37... Qa7 38. Nxf7 Qxf7 39. Qxa8 Nd4 40.
Qxe4
Nxe2+ 41. Kg2 Nd4 {and it must be draw.}) 37. Qb6 Qa8 (37... Qxb6 38. axb6
Nd8
39. Nec4 $18) 38. a6 Nd4 39. Kf1 Ne6 40. a7 {Fantastic domination of white

piecies,of course black hopeless against 41Qb8 with next Ne3-c4-a5-b7. We are
not often see , such a positional games of Veselin, usually his games full
of tactics and complicated variations;no wonder , that he considered one of
the best players of the world.} 1-0

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.04.10"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Polgar, Judit"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C78"]
[WhiteElo "2645"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "163"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. c3 b5 7. Bc2 d6 8. a4


Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. axb5 axb5 11. Rxa8 Qxa8 12. d3 O-O 13. b4 Bb6 14. Na3
Qa6 15.
Bb3 Nd8 16. g4 Bg6 17. Nh4 Ne6 18. Nf5 c5 19. Nc2 Bd8 20. c4 cxb4 21. Nxb4
Qb6
22. Be3 Nc5 23. Qb1 Bxf5 24. gxf5 Qb7 25. Ba2 g6 26. Bh6 Re8 27. cxb5 Qxb5
28.

Kh2 Qd7 29. Rg1 Kh8 30. Bc4 Rg8 31. Nd5 gxf5 32. Nxf6 Bxf6 33. Rxg8+ Kxg8
34.
exf5 Qb7 35. Qa2 Qe7 36. Bxf7+ Kh8 37. Bc4 Qd8 38. Qa7 e4 39. Qf7 Nxd3 40.
Bd5
Ne5 41. Qb7 Qe7 42. Qc8+ Qd8 43. Qb7 Qe7 44. Qb1 Nd7 45. Kh1 Bg7 46. Be3
Nf6
47. Be6 Qe8 48. Bd4 Qa8 49. Kg1 Qd8 50. Qb2 Qf8 51. Kf1 Qd8 52. Qc3 Qf8 53.
h4
h6 54. Qb3 Nh7 55. Be3 Nf6 56. Qc4 Qd8 57. Qc6 Qe7 58. Bb6 Kh7 59. Ke1 Kh8
60.
Qc8+ Qe8 61. Bd8 Ng4 62. Bd7 Qg8 63. Be6 Qe8 64. Qc7 Qb5 65. Bg5 Qe8 66.
Bd2
Ne5 67. Kf1 Nf3 68. Bc3 Nd4 69. Bxd4 Bxd4 70. Qc4 Bg7 71. Qxe4 Qf8 72. Kg2
Bf6
73. Kh3 Bg7 74. Qc6 Bf6 75. Kg4 Be7 76. Kh5 Kh7 77. Qc4 Qf6 78. Qg4 Qg7 79.
Qe4
Qf6 80. f3 Bd8 81. Qg4 Qg7 82. Qxg7+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dos Hermanas"]


[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "1997.04.11"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D46"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2740"]
[Annotator "Lutz"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "1997.04.01"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]

[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "1997.08.01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O


dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. Bd2 $6 (10. Rd1 {erscheint mir kritischer.}) 10... c5 11.
Bd3 (11. dxc5 Nxc5 12. a4 b6 13. e4 Qc7 14. h3 Bb7 15. Rfe1 Ncd7 16. Bf1 $6 (
16. Bd3 $11 {Kramnik}) 16... Rac8 17. Rad1 Qb8 18. Qb1 h6 $15 {
0-1 Costa,J-Kramnik,V/Manila olm 1992 (30)}) (11. a4 Qc7 12. Qd3 cxd4 13.
exd4
b6 14. Rac1 Bb7 15. Bb3 Rac8 16. Rfe1 Qb8 17. h3 Rfd8 $11 {
1-0 Vyzmanavin,A-Novikov,I/URS-ch57 Leningrad 1990 (32)}) 11... h6 12. Rad1
(
12. Rfd1 $5) 12... cxd4 13. exd4 Qc7 14. Rc1 Qb8 15. Rfe1 b5 16. Ne4 Bb7
(16...
Nxe4 $2 17. Bxe4 Bb7 18. Bxb7 Qxb7 19. Qc6 Qxc6 20. Rxc6 Be7 21. d5 $16)
17.
Nxd6 Qxd6 $11 {Die Drohung ...Bxf3 ntigt Wei zum Damentausch. Schwarz
hat
keine Probleme mehr.} 18. Qc7 Qxc7 19. Rxc7 Rab8 (19... Bxf3 $2 {wrde zwar
weie Bauernstellung ruinieren, hinterlt jedoch einen geschwchten
schwarzen
Damenflgel, z.B.} 20. gxf3 Rfc8 21. Rec1 Rxc7 22. Rxc7 Nb6 23. Rc6 Nfd5
(23...
Nbd5 24. b3 {/\ a4}) 24. Ba5 {>< a6, c6}) 20. Ba5 Rfc8 21. Rec1 Nd5 22.
Rxc8+
Rxc8 23. Rxc8+ Bxc8 24. Ne5 Nb8 25. Be4 f6 26. Bxd5 exd5 27. Bc7 fxe5 28.
Bxb8
1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]

[Round "1"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A29"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2760"]
[PlyCount "117"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Nxe5 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Nxe5 7. b3 d5


8.
d4 Nc6 9. h3 O-O 10. Bg2 dxc4 11. d5 Ne5 12. Qd4 Nfd7 13. Bf4 Qf6 14. Rhd1
Nd3+
15. Rxd3 cxd3 16. Qxf6 Nxf6 17. e4 c6 18. d6 Be6 19. Rd1 Nd7 20. Rxd3 a5 21.
Rd2 Rfe8 22. e5 h5 23. Re2 Bf5 24. Bf3 Bxh3 25. Bxh5 Be6 26. Re3 Nb6 27.
Ne4
Nd5 28. Re2 Bf5 29. Nc5 b6 30. Na4 Rab8 31. Bf3 Be6 32. Rd2 Red8 33. Bxd5
cxd5
34. Be3 b5 35. Nc5 Rdc8 36. a3 b4 37. axb4 axb4 38. Ra2 Ra8 39. Rxa8 Rxa8
40.
d7 d4 41. Bg5 Bxd7 42. Nxd7 Ra2+ 43. Kf3 Rc2 44. Ke4 Rc3 45. Kxd4 Rxb3 46.
Bf4
Rf3 47. Nb6 b3 48. Nc4 Kh7 49. e6 fxe6 50. Be5 g5 51. Ke4 Rf2 52. Ke3 Rf5 53.
Kd2 Kg6 54. Kc3 Rf3+ 55. Kb2 Kf5 56. Bc7 Rd3 57. Bb8 g4 58. Bf4 Ke4 59. Ne5
1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ljubojevic, Ljubomir"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D75"]
[WhiteElo "2570"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nxc3 7. bxc3 O-O 8.


Nf3 c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. e3 Qa5 11. Qb3 Qc7 12. Ba3 b6 13. dxc5 Rb8 14. Rfc1
Be6
15. cxb6 axb6 16. Qb5 Bd7 17. Qc4 Rfc8 18. Qh4 Be8 19. Nd4 Bf6 20. Qf4 Ne5
21.
Bf1 Qb7 22. Bb4 Kg7 23. Rd1 Ba4 24. Rd2 Rd8 25. Bg2 Qa7 26. Qe4 Qc7 27. f4
Nc4
28. Re2 Be8 29. g4 h6 30. a4 e5 31. Nb5 Bxb5 32. axb5 exf4 33. exf4 Re8 34.
Qxe8 Rxe8 35. Rxe8 Nd6 36. Rea8 Nxb5 37. Bd5 Qd7 38. Bf3 Bxc3 39. Rd1 Qc7
40.
Bf8+ Kh7 41. Kg2 Nd4 42. Re8 Nxf3 43. Kxf3 Qc6+ 44. Re4 f5 45. gxf5 gxf5 46.
Rd7+ Kg8 0-1

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D20"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5 4. Nf3 exd4 5. Bxc4 Nc6 6. O-O Be6 7. Bxe6 fxe6 8.


Qb3 Qd7 9. Qxb7 Rb8 10. Qa6 Nf6 11. Qd3 Bd6 12. Nbd2 O-O 13. Nc4 Ng4 14.
h3
Rxf3 15. Qxf3 Nh2 16. Qd3 Nxf1 17. Kxf1 Nb4 18. Qb3 Nc6 19. Qa4 Rb4 20.
Qc2 Ne5
21. Nxe5 Bxe5 22. Qd3 c5 23. b3 c4 24. bxc4 Qc6 25. Bd2 Rxc4 26. Rb1 Bc7
27.
Rb2 Bb6 28. Ke2 h6 29. g3 Rc5 30. h4 Qd7 31. Kf3 Rc8 32. Kg2 Qa4 33. Bb4
Rc1
34. h5 Qe8 35. Qf3 Qb5 36. Qe2 d3 37. Qg4 Qc6 38. Bd2 Rc4 39. Bxh6 Qxe4+
40.
Qxe4 Rxe4 41. Kf3 Re5 42. Be3 Bxe3 43. fxe3 Rxh5 44. Rd2 Ra5 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]

[Site "Monte Carlo"]


[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C13"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2740"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Be7 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Nf3 O-O
8.
Bc4 Nd7 9. Qe2 Be7 10. O-O-O c6 11. h4 b5 12. Bd3 Qc7 13. Kb1 Nf6 14.
Nxf6+
Bxf6 15. Qe4 g6 16. h5 Bb7 17. hxg6 hxg6 18. Ne5 Rfd8 19. Qg4 Bxe5 20. dxe5
Qxe5 21. Bxg6 fxg6 22. Rde1 Qf5 23. Qh4 Kf7 24. Qh7+ Kf6 25. g4 Qxg4 26.
Qxb7
Rh8 27. Rhg1 Qf5 28. Qxc6 Rhe8 29. Qc3+ e5 30. f4 Rac8 31. fxe5+ Kg7 32.
Qd2
Rcd8 33. Qe3 Rc8 34. Rg2 Re7 35. Rf2 Qh5 36. Qf4 Kg8 37. a3 Rce8 38. e6 Rd8
39.
Qf6 Rd1+ 40. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 41. Ka2 Qd8 42. Rh2 Qd5+ 43. b3 Rg7 44. e7 Qf7
45. Rh8+
1-0

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A49"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. Nc3 d5 7. Re1 Bf5 8. Nh4
Bg4 9. Bg5 c6 10. Qd2 Nbd7 11. f3 Be6 12. e4 c5 13. exd5 cxd4 14. dxe6 dxc3
15.
bxc3 Qb6+ 16. Kh1 fxe6 17. Rab1 Qc7 18. Rxe6 Nc5 19. Bf4 Qd8 20. Re2 Qxd2
21.
Bxd2 Nd5 22. f4 Rad8 23. c4 Nc3 24. Bxc3 Bxc3 25. Bxb7 Nxb7 26. Rxb7 e5 27.
Rb3
Rd1+ 28. Kg2 Ba5 29. Rxe5 Rd2+ 30. Kh3 Bc7 31. Re7 Bb6 32. Rd3 Rxd3 33.
cxd3
Rd8 34. Nf3 Rxd3 35. Ng5 h6 36. Ne4 Kf8 37. Rb7 Rd4 38. c5 Rxe4 39. cxb6
axb6
40. Rxb6 Kf7 41. Rb2 Ra4 42. Kg2 Ra3 43. Kf2 Kf6 44. Ke2 Kf5 45. Kd2 g5 46.
fxg5 hxg5 47. Kc2 Kg4 48. Kb1 Ra5 49. Rb8 Ra7 50. Rb5 Rh7 51. Rb2 Ra7 52.
Rf2

Kh3 53. Kb2 g4 54. a3 Rb7+ 55. Ka2 Rb2+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Piket, Jeroen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C92"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2640"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3


O-O 9. h3 Nd7 10. d4 Nb6 11. Nbd2 exd4 12. cxd4 Nb4 13. Nf1 c5 14. a3 Nc6
15.
Be3 a5 16. Rc1 c4 17. Bc2 d5 18. Ne5 Bb7 19. Nxc6 Bxc6 20. e5 Na4 21. Rb1
Ra6
22. Ng3 g6 23. Bh6 Re8 24. e6 Bg5 25. exf7+ Kxf7 26. Qf3+ Bf6 27. Nh5 Re4
28.
Nxf6 Qxf6 29. Bxe4 dxe4 30. Qg3 Ra7 31. d5 Bxd5 32. Rbd1 Qf5 33. Qb8 Rb7
34.
Qf8+ Ke6 35. Qc8+ Rd7 36. g4 Qf7 37. Rxd5 1-0

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A41"]
[WhiteElo "2645"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Nf3 e5 5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Qxd8+ Kxd8 7. Bd2 Be6


8.
O-O-O Nd7 9. e4 f6 10. h3 Bh6 11. Be2 c6 12. a3 Ke7 13. b4 a5 14. Kb2 Nb6
15.
c5 Bxd2 16. Nxd2 axb4 17. axb4 Na4+ 18. Nxa4 Rxa4 19. Ra1 Rxb4+ 20. Kc3
Rd4 21.
Rhb1 Rd7 22. Ra8 Kf7 23. Bc4 Bxc4 24. Nxc4 Kg7 25. Nd6 Ne7 26. Ne8+ Kf7
27.
Nxf6 Rd3+ 28. Kxd3 Rxa8 29. Nxh7 Ra2 30. Ke3 Ra3+ 31. Ke2 Ra2+ 32. Kf3
Rc2 33.
Rxb7 Rxc5 34. Ng5+ Kf6 35. h4 Rc3+ 36. Kg4 Rc2 37. f4 exf4 38. e5+ Kxe5 39.
Rxe7+ 1-0

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]

[Site "Monte Carlo"]


[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Nikolic, Predrag"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2655"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Nge7 7. h4 cxd4 8. cxd4


Qb6 9. Na3 Nf5 10. Nc2 Bb4+ 11. Kf1 h5 12. a3 Be7 13. b4 Rc8 14. g3 f6 15.
Bd3
fxe5 16. Bxf5 exf5 17. dxe5 d4 18. Ncxd4 Nxd4 19. Nxd4 a5 20. Be3 axb4 21.
axb4
Qxb4 22. Kg2 Qc5 23. Qb3 Qb4 24. Rhb1 Qxb3 25. Rxb3 Rc7 26. Ra8+ Rc8 27.
Ra5 b6
28. Ra7 Rd8 29. e6 Bc8 30. Nc6 Bf6 31. Nxd8 Bxd8 32. Bxb6 Bf6 33. Bc5 1-0

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Lautier, Joel"]

[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]


[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A29"]
[WhiteElo "2630"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Bg2 d6 6. d3 h6 7. O-O a6 8. a3 O-O


9. b4 Ba7 10. Bb2 Bg4 11. h3 Be6 12. Rc1 Qd7 13. Kh2 Ne7 14. e3 Ng6 15. Ne2
c6
16. Qc2 Rad8 17. e4 b5 18. cxb5 cxb5 19. Qc6 Qc8 20. Qc7 Qa8 21. Qc6 Qc8
22.
Qc7 Qb8 23. Qxb8 Bxb8 24. Rc6 d5 25. exd5 Bxd5 26. Rxa6 Bxf3 27. Bxf3 Rxd3
28.
Ng1 h5 29. Rd1 Rb3 30. Rd2 h4 31. Bd1 hxg3+ 32. fxg3 Rxg3 33. Rxf6 e4 34.
Rxg6
fxg6 35. Kh1 Rf1 36. Bd4 e3 37. Bb3+ Kh7 38. Rg2 Rxh3+ 0-1

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "C78"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2690"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. a4 Bb7 8. d3


O-O 9. Nc3 Na5 10. axb5 Nxb3 11. cxb3 axb5 12. Rxa8 Bxa8 13. Nxe5 d5 14.
Bg5
dxe4 15. dxe4 Qxd1 16. Rxd1 b4 17. Nd5 Bxf2+ 18. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 19. Kg1 Nxg5
20.
Nd7 Rd8 21. Nxc7 Kh8 22. Nxa8 Rxa8 23. Rd4 Ra1+ 24. Kf2 Rb1 25. Rxb4
Rxb2+ 26.
Ke3 h5 27. h4 Ne6 28. g3 Rg2 29. Kf3 Rb2 30. Ke3 Rg2 31. Kf3 Rb2 32. Ke3
1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Andersson, Ulf"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A49"]
[WhiteElo "2655"]
[BlackElo "2725"]

[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O Bf5 6. Re1 O-O 7. Nbd2 Qc8 8.
e4
Bg4 9. c3 Nc6 10. Qc2 Bh3 11. Nc4 Bxg2 12. Kxg2 e6 13. Bg5 b5 14. Bxf6 Bxf6
15.
Ne3 Bg7 16. a4 a6 17. axb5 axb5 18. d5 exd5 19. Nxd5 Rxa1 20. Rxa1 Re8 21.
Qb3
Qb7 22. Qa2 Qb8 23. Qa6 Nd8 24. Qa7 Qxa7 25. Rxa7 c6 26. Nb4 Rxe4 27. Ra8
Re8
28. Nxc6 Nxc6 29. Rxe8+ 1-0

[Event "Amber-rapid 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E65"]
[WhiteElo "2760"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]

[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O Nc6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 O-O 8.


Nc3 d6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bxc6 Rb8 11. Qa4 Bb7 12. Bxb7 Rxb7 13. Rb1 Qc8 14.
Bd2
Qh3 15. f3 Nh5 16. Rf2 Qe6 17. Kg2 Rc8 18. b3 Bd4 19. e3 Bxc3 20. Bxc3 Qxe3
21.
Qa5 Ng7 22. Re1 Qc5 23. Rd2 Qxa5 24. Bxa5 f6 25. Rd5 Kf7 26. Bd2 a6 27. Ra5
Rc6
28. Be3 Ne6 29. Rd1 Rbc7 30. h4 Nd8 31. g4 Nb7 32. Rad5 Rc8 33. h5 e6 34.
R5d2
g5 35. f4 gxf4 36. Bxf4 e5 37. Be3 Rg8 38. Kh3 Ke6 39. Rf1 Nc5 40. Re2 Rc7
41.
Rf3 Ne4 42. Rf1 d5 43. Bh6 Nc3 44. Ref2 Ne4 45. Re2 Nc3 46. Ref2 Ne4 47. Re2
Nc3 48. Ref2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-rapid 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Ljubojevic, Ljubomir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2570"]
[PlyCount "107"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]

[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3


d5 9. Ne5 Nfd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. O-O b5 13. c5 e5 14. dxe5 Nxc5
15.
a3 Bb7 16. Bb2 a5 17. Rc1 Rc8 18. f4 f5 19. exf6 Bxf6 20. Bxf6 Qxf6 21. Kh1
Qe7
22. Re1 Rcd8 23. Qc2 Nd7 24. e4 Qxa3 25. e5 Qe7 26. Nf3 g6 27. Nd4 Rc8 28.
Qd2
Qb4 29. Qxb4 axb4 30. Nxc6 Kg7 31. Nd4 Rxc1 32. Rxc1 Rc8 33. Rxc8 Bxc8 34.
Bxd5
Nc5 35. Nxb5 g5 36. Kg2 Kg6 37. Kf3 h5 38. Nd4 Bg4+ 39. Ke3 h4 40. Nc6 Bd1
41.
Nxb4 hxg3 42. hxg3 gxf4+ 43. gxf4 Bxb3 44. Kd4 Ne6+ 45. Bxe6 Bxe6 46. Nc2
Kf5
47. Ke3 Bc8 48. Nd4+ Kg6 49. Kd3 Ba6+ 50. Kc3 Kh5 51. Kb4 Kg4 52. f5 Kg5
53.
Kc5 Bc8 54. Kd5 1-0

[Event "Amber-rapid 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C10"]
[WhiteElo "2765"]
[BlackElo "2725"]

[PlyCount "98"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. g3 b6


8.
Bg2 Bb7 9. O-O Be7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Rd1 Re8 12. c4 Qc8 13. Bh3 Be4 14. Ng5
Bf5
15. Bg2 h6 16. Nf3 Be4 17. b3 c5 18. Bb2 cxd4 19. Rxd4 Qb7 20. Re1 Bc6 21.
Nh4
Bxg2 22. Nxg2 Rad8 23. Red1 Rxd4 24. Bxd4 Ne4 25. f3 e5 26. Qxe4 Qxe4 27.
fxe4
exd4 28. Kf2 Bc5 29. Kf3 a5 30. Nf4 g6 31. Nd3 h5 32. e5 f6 33. exf6 Re3+ 34.
Kf2 Kf7 35. Nf4 Rc3 36. Ke2 Re3+ 37. Kf1 g5 38. Nd5 Rf3+ 39. Ke2 g4 40. Rd3
Rf5
41. a3 Bxa3 42. Rxd4 Bc5 43. Rf4 Rxf4 44. Nxf4 Kxf6 45. Nxh5+ Ke5 46. Nf4
Kd4
47. Nd5 b5 48. Ne3 bxc4 49. Nxc4 a4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-rapid 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E65"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]

[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 O-O 8.


O-O d6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bxc6 Rb8 11. Qa4 Bh3 12. Bg2 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Qd7 14.
Rb1
Qxa4 15. Nxa4 Rfc8 16. c5 dxc5 17. Be3 c4 18. Bxa7 Rb4 19. Nc3 e6 20. Bd4
Nd5
21. Bxg7 Kxg7 22. Rfc1 Nxc3 23. Rxc3 Rcb8 24. Rc2 g5 25. a3 Rb3 26. Rxc4
Rxb2
27. Rxb2 Rxb2 28. e3 Ra2 29. Ra4 h5 30. h3 f5 31. Ra7+ Kf6 32. Ra8 g4 33.
hxg4
hxg4 34. a4 Ra1 35. a5 Ke5 36. a6 Ke4 37. a7 Ke5 38. Kh2 Ke4 39. Kg2 Ke5
1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-rapid 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D46"]
[WhiteElo "2725"]
[BlackElo "2740"]

[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O


h6 9. b3 b6 10. Bb2 Bb7 11. Rfd1 Qe7 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. Nb5 Rfc8 14. Qe2 Bb8
15.
Ba3 Qd8 16. Rac1 Rxc1 17. Rxc1 Ne8 18. g3 a6 19. Nc3 Bd6 20. Bxd6 Nxd6 21.
Ne5
Rc8 22. Nxd7 Qxd7 23. Bxa6 Ne4 24. Bxb7 Nxc3 25. Rxc3 Rxc3 26. Ba6 Qc7
27. Qb5
g6 28. a4 Rc2 29. Qd3 Rb2 30. Qd1 Qc3 31. Bb5 Kg7 32. Qf3 Qc7 33. e4 Qc1+
34.
Kg2 Rb1 35. Kh3 Qc2 36. Be8 f6 37. Qf4 Qc8 38. Bxg6 Kxg6 39. Qg4+ Kf7 40.
exd5
Qd7 41. Qh5+ Ke7 42. Qg6 e5+ 43. Kg2 Qxd5+ 0-1

[Event "Amber-rapid 6th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Piket, Jeroen"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A59"]
[WhiteElo "2640"]
[BlackElo "2725"]
[PlyCount "94"]

[EventDate "1997.04.18"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. e4 Bxf1 8.


Kxf1 d6 9. g3 Bg7 10. Kg2 O-O 11. Nf3 Nbd7 12. h3 Qb6 13. Re1 Rfb8 14. Re2
Qa6
15. Qe1 Ne8 16. Bf4 Bxc3 17. bxc3 f6 18. a4 Ne5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Rea2 Qd3
21.
Qe3 Qxe3 22. fxe3 Nd6 23. Nd2 Ra5 24. g4 Kf7 25. Kf3 h5 26. Ke2 c4 27. Kf3
Rba8
28. Kg3 hxg4 29. hxg4 g5 30. Kf3 Ke8 31. Nf1 Kd7 32. Ng3 Rb8 33. Nf5 Nxf5
34.
exf5 Rb3 35. Ra3 Rb8 36. e4 Kd6 37. R3a2 Rb3 38. Ra3 Kc5 39. Ke3 Rb8 40.
Rd1
Rba8 41. Rb1 Rxa4 42. Rxa4 Rxa4 43. Rb7 Ra3 44. Rc7+ Kb5 45. Rb7+ Kc5 46.
Rc7+
Kb5 47. Rb7+ Kc5 1/2-1/2