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[Event "Hoogovens"]

[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]


[Date "1999.01.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Piket, Jeroen"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A58"]
[WhiteElo "2609"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Stohl"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "1999.01.16"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.04.01"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. g3


d6 9. Bg2 Nbd7 10. Rb1 $5 {An interesting new idea. White removes his R from
the long diagonal as soon as possible to play b3 and consolidate his <<. Black
still hasn't found a setup, whic guarantees active counterplay. The heavily
played} (10. O-O Nb6 $1 {doesn't allow Rb1 anymore, theory and practice
show
Black has sufficient compensation for the pawn.}) 10... O-O (10... Nb6 11. b3 (
11. O-O $6 Bc4 $36 {wins the pawn back advantageously.}) 11... O-O (11...
Bb7
12. Nh4 Ra5 13. O-O Qa8 14. Bd2 O-O 15. a4 Ra6 16. e4 e6 17. dxe6 fxe6 18.
Re1
Nbd7 19. b4 cxb4 20. Rxb4 Nc5 21. e5 dxe5 22. Bxb7 Nxb7 23. Rxe5 $16 {

Manor,I-Hansen,L/EU-chJ Groningen/1986/}) 12. O-O {-10...0-0}) (10... Qa5 $6


11. O-O (11. Bd2 Nb6 12. O-O O-O 13. a4 Nfd7 14. Qc2 Nc4 15. Be1 Qc7 16.
Nd2
Ncb6 17. Nde4 c4 18. a5 Nc8 19. Nd1 Nc5 20. Nxc5 Qxc5 21. Bd2 Rb8 22. Ne3
Na7
23. Rfc1 Rfc8 24. h4 $14 {Ilincic,Z-Marinkovic,I/Kladovo/1994/}) 11... O-O 12.
Qc2 Nb6 13. Rd1 Bb7 14. e4 Nfd7 15. a3 $1 Nc4 16. b4 cxb4 17. axb4 Qb6 18.
Qb3
Rfc8 19. Ne2 Qa6 20. Ned4 Qa2 21. Qxa2 Rxa2 22. Bh3 Ncb6 23. Be3 Re8 24.
Nc6
Kf8 25. Rdc1 $18 {Baburin,A-Fedorowicz,J/San Francisco/1997/}) 11. O-O Nb6 (
11... Qc7 12. b3 Rfb8 13. h3 (13. Re1 Ra7 14. Bd2 Rab7 15. Rc1 Ng4 16. h3
Nge5
17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Nb1 Qb6 19. Na3 Ra7 20. Nb1 Bb5 21. Rc2 Rba8 22. a3 Ba6
23.
b4 Bb5 24. Qc1 Ba4 25. Rc4 Qa6 $36 {Heim,S-Plachetka,J/Thessaloniki
olm/1984/})
13... Qa5 14. Bd2 Nb6 15. Qc2 Qa3 16. Bc1 Qa5 17. Rd1 Bb7 18. Nh2 Ng4 19.
Nxg4
Qxc3 20. Qe4 e5 $2 21. Nh6+ Kf8 22. Bd2 Qd4 23. Qc2 $1 e4 24. Ng4 h5 25.
Be1
$18 {Sulava,N-Bauer,R/Berlin op/1990/}) 12. b3 (12. Nh4 Qc7 13. b3 Rae8 $5
14.
Bb2 e6 15. dxe6 fxe6 16. Qd2 d5 17. Rfd1 Rd8 18. Qc2 e5 $44 19. Nf3 Qe7 20.
Nxe5 Qxe5 21. Nxd5 Qxe2 22. Qxe2 Bxe2 23. Bxf6 Nxd5 24. Bxg7 Bxd1 25.
Rxd1 Ne3
$1 $17 {Kiss,A-Paehtz,T/Leipzig/1988/}) (12. a3 Nfd7 13. Nd2 Ra7 14. Qc2 e6
15.
dxe6 fxe6 16. Nf3 d5 17. h4 Ne5 (17... Nf6 $5 $132) 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. Bh6 Re8
20. Rfd1 Rf7 21. Ne4 Bd4 22. e3 dxe4 23. Bxe4 Qf6 24. exd4 cxd4 25. Bg5 $16
{
Lazarev,V-Verdier,P/FRA-chT/1998/}) (12. Re1 $2 Bc4) 12... Ra7 (12... Ne8 13.
Bb2 Nc7 14. Nh4 Qd7 15. Qd2 Ra7 16. Rfe1 Nb5 17. Nxb5 Qxb5 18. Bxg7 Kxg7
19. a4
Qe8 20. e4 f6 21. f4 e5 22. dxe6 Qxe6 23. a5 Nc8 24. b4 $16 {

Pytel,K-Bielczyk,J/Augustow/1975/}) (12... Qc7 $5 13. Re1 Qb7 ({


The abovementioned plan of central counterplay is now ineffective:} 13... Rae8
14. e4 e6 15. dxe6 fxe6 16. Bf4) 14. e4 Ng4 15. Qc2 Nd7 16. Rd1 Rfb8 17. h3
Nge5 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. a4 Qc8 20. Bd2 Ra7 21. Bf1 Bxf1 22. Rxf1 Nf6 23. Kg2
Ne8
24. Nb5 Rab7 25. f4 Bg7 26. Ba5 Ra8 27. Bc3 Bxc3 28. Qxc3 Nc7 29. Na3 Rb4
30.
Nc4 Qb7 $132 {/\Raa4,f5<=>,Skomorokhin,R-Mayr,K/Berlin op/ 1994/}) 13. a4
(13.
Re1 Qa8 (13... Bb7 $5 14. e4 Ng4 $132) 14. e4 Ng4 (14... Rb8 $142 {/\Ne8c7})
15. Bb2 Nd7 16. a4 Rb8 17. Bf1 $1 Bxf1 18. Rxf1 Nge5 19. Nxe5 Nxe5 20. Nb5
Rab7
21. Bxe5 Bxe5 22. h4 $16 {Antic,D-Perunovic,M/Nis/1995/}) 13... Qa8 14. Nh4
Rb8
15. Bb2 (15. Re1 $5 $14 {/\} c4 $2 16. b4 Bb7 17. Be3) 15... Nbd7 $146 ({
The thematic move, but also very committal move is} 15... c4 $5 16. b4 Bb7
17.
a5 Nbxd5 18. Nb5 Ne3 19. Qd4 Bxg2 $1 (19... Nxf1 $6 20. Qxa7 Bxg2 21. Nxg2
Qxa7
22. Nxa7 Nd2 23. Nc6 Nd7 24. Nxb8 Nxb8 25. Rd1 c3 26. Bc1 $18 {
Baburin,A-Riemersma,L/Cappelle la Grande op/ 1996/}) 20. Qxa7 Bxf1 21. Qxa8
Rxa8 22. Nc7 $5 ({Piket had most probably analysed this position and found
something more convincing than} 22. fxe3 Bxe2 23. Nc7 Rc8 $13) 22... Ra7
$142 (
{Baburin's suggestion} 22... Rc8 23. b5 {
is dangerous, the pawns are very strong.}) 23. Bd4 $5 Rxc7 24. b5 c3 25. b6 c2
26. Rc1 $36 {
If the complications don't work for Black, Topalov's move deserves attention.})
16. Ba1 Ne5 (16... Rb4 $5 {/\c4} 17. Na2 Rb8 18. Re1 $14) 17. Qc2 Rab7 18.
Rfd1
{From now on for a couple of moves Black has the possibility to play c4, but
it never fully solves his problems. Finally after Black misses all the chances,

Piket takes a firm control of c4 and his well thought out strategy triumphs.}
Qa7 (18... c4 19. bxc4 Bxc4 (19... Nxc4 20. Rxb7 Rxb7 21. Ne4 $36) 20. Rxb7
Rxb7 21. Nb5 $5 $36 {/\} Bxb5 22. axb5 Rxb5 $6 23. Bxe5 dxe5 24. d6 $40)
19.
Bf1 Ne8 $6 ({This was probably the best moment, as after} 19... c4 $5 20.
bxc4
Bxc4 {the threat is Bb3 and it's not so easy to retain the extra pawn.} (20...
Nxc4 21. Rxb7 Rxb7 22. Nb5 $16) 21. Rxb7 Rxb7) 20. Ne4 $1 Rb6 (20... c4 21.
Bd4
(21. bxc4 Rxb1 (21... Nxc4 22. Rxb7 Rxb7 23. Bxg7 Nxg7 24. e3 $16) (21...
Bxc4
$2 22. Bxe5 Rxb1 23. Rxb1 Rxb1 24. Bxg7 $16) 22. Rxb1 Rxb1 23. Qxb1 Bxc4
$132)
21... Qa8 22. bxc4 Rxb1 23. Rxb1 Rxb1 24. Qxb1 Bxc4 25. Nc3 $36 {o^a}) 21.
Nd2
$1 Nd7 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Nhf3 Nef6 24. e4 {[+],><c4} Rb4 25. Bxa6 Qxa6
26. Nc4
Nb6 27. Nfd2 Nfd7 (27... Nxc4 28. Nxc4 Nd7 29. a5 $5 $36 {
A very similar position could arise later in the game.}) 28. Na3 $1 Nf6 29. Qc3
Nbd7 (29... Kg8 $2 30. Nc2 Rxe4 31. Nxe4 Nxe4 32. Qf3 $16) 30. Nc2 R4b7 31.
Nc4
Kg8 32. f3 Ra8 (32... Nb6 33. Na5 $1 Nxa4 (33... Rd7 34. Nc6 $18) 34. Qe1 Rb6
35. Nc6 $16) 33. Rb2 Nb6 34. N2e3 Nxc4 (34... Nfd7 $5) 35. Nxc4 Rb4 $6 {
A mistake in the looming time-trouble, which finally allows White a switch
from prophylactic to active strategy. (a strong central break.)} (35... Nd7
$142 36. a5 $14 {
/+/- White is undoubtedly better, but he still must crack Black's position.})
36. e5 $1 dxe5 (36... Nd7 37. f4 $5 $40) 37. Qxe5 Qb7 38. d6 Qxf3 $6 $138 (
38... Nd7 $142 39. Qe4 $5 $16 (39. Qxe7 Rxb3 40. Re2 Rxf3 41. Ne5 Qb3
$132))
39. Rf1 Qe4 (39... Qd5 40. dxe7 {-39...Qe4}) 40. dxe7 Qxe5 41. Nxe5 $18 Re4
42.
Rd2 Re8 (42... Rxe5 43. Rd8+ Kg7 44. Rxa8 Rxe7 45. a5 $18) 43. Nc4 Re6
(43...

Kg7 44. Nd6 $18) 44. Rxf6 $1 (44. Rxf6 Rxf6 45. Rd8 $18) 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.28"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2726"]
[PlyCount "116"]
[EventDate "1999.01.16"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.04.01"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 b5


9. Be2 Bb7 10. a3 Rc8 11. Nd1 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Bc5 13. c3 Na5 14. Qc2 Nc6 15.
Qd3
g5 16. Nxc6 Rxc6 17. Nf2 Bxe3 18. Qxe3 Qb6 19. Qxb6 Rxb6 20. Nd3 gxf4 21.
O-O
Rg8 22. Rf2 Rg5 23. h4 Rg3 24. Bf3 Rc6 25. Rc1 Ke7 26. Kh2 Rg8 27. Rcf1 Rc4
28.
Bh5 f6 29. exf6+ Nxf6 30. Bd1 f3 31. Bxf3 Rxh4+ 32. Kg1 Kd6 33. Bd1 Ne4 34.
Rf8
Ng3 35. Rxg8 Rh1+ 36. Kf2 Rxf1+ 37. Ke3 Nf5+ 38. Kd2 Rg1 39. Bf3 Nh4 40.
Rd8+

Kc7 41. Rh8 Nxf3+ 42. gxf3 Rh1 43. Ke3 a5 44. f4 Bc6 45. Ne5 b4 46. axb4
axb4
47. cxb4 Ba4 48. Ra8 Bc2 49. Ra6 Bf5 50. b5 Rc1 51. Nf3 Rd1 52. Rc6+ Kb7 53.
Ne5 d4+ 54. Ke2 Rh1 55. b4 h5 56. Nc4 d3+ 57. Kf3 Kb8 58. Nd6 d2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.29"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B53"]
[WhiteElo "2595"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "1999.01.16"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.04.01"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7. Nc3 Nf6
8.
Bg5 e6 9. O-O-O Be7 10. Qd3 Qa5 11. Bd2 Qc7 12. Nd4 a6 13. f4 b5 14. e5
dxe5
15. fxe5 Nd7 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. Qg3 g6 18. Bg5 Bxg5+ 19. Qxg5 b4 20. Ne2
Rc8 21.
Nd4 Qc4 22. Kb1 O-O 23. h4 f6 24. exf6 e5 25. Nf3 Nxf6 26. Rc1 e4 27. Nd2
Qe6
1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.30"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C67"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2610"]
[Annotator "Wedberg"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "1999.01.16"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.04.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Ke8 10. h3 a5 11. Re1 Bb4 $146 {An obvious
improvement on
11. - Ne7 and the reason why 11.Re1 does not promise White much.} (11... Ne7
$6
12. Ne4 Ng6 13. Nd4 a4 14. Bd2 h6 15. Rad1 Bd7 16. c4 $16 {
1-0 Nisipeanu,L-Kosashvili,Y/Elista 1998/CBM 66 ext (66)}) 12. Bd2 Be6 13.
Rad1
Rd8 14. a3 Bxc3 {Playing with opposite coloured B:s is one of Black's main
strategical ideas in this line.} 15. Bxc3 Rxd1 16. Rxd1 Bd5 17. Nd4 (17. Bxa5
b6 18. Bc3 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Ke7 $44 {The N is better than the B here.}) 17... Nxd4

18. Rxd4 b6 19. f4 f5 20. exf6 gxf6 21. f5 Rg8 22. g4 h5 23. Kf2 hxg4 24. hxg4
Kf7 25. Bd2 Re8 26. Bf4 Re4 $11 27. Rxe4 Bxe4 28. Bxc7 (28. Bxc7 Bxc2 29.
Bxb6
a4 $11) 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.31"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2784"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Atlas,V"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "1999.01.16"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.04.01"]

1. e4 {Ftacnik} c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 b5 {


'!?' Ftacnik. Ftacnik: 'Black is trying to take advantage of the fact, that 6.
f3 in order to avoid 6.Be3 Ng4 is a bit commiting.'} 7. a4 $5 {
The principal continuation.} b4 8. Nd5 $1 (8. Na2 {
yields Black a good counterplay:} a5 9. c3 e5 10. Nb5 bxc3 11. Naxc3 Bb7 12.

Be3 Be7 13. Qd2 O-O 14. Rd1 Ne8 15. Nd5 Bxd5 16. Qxd5 Na6 17. Rc1 Nb4 18.
Qd2
d5 {1/2-1/2 Huberty,M-Alho,D/Singapore 1990/EXT 97 (18) The text move is an
important improvement over the passive 8.Na2.}) 8... Nxd5 (8... e6 $5 {
was an interesting option here.} {If} 9. Nxb4 (9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Be3 Be7)
{then
} 9... d5 10. Nbc6 Nxc6 11. Nxc6 Qb6 12. exd5 Nxd5 {followed by 13...Bb4+})
9.
exd5 g6 10. Be3 Bb7 11. Bc4 Qc7 12. Bb3 (12. Qe2 {Ftacnik} Nd7 13. a5 Bg7
$13)
12... Nd7 13. Qd2 Nf6 (13... Nc5 {
, leading to interesting tactical comlications, is insufficient for Black:} 14.
Qxb4 Nxb3 15. Qxb3 Qa5+ 16. Kf2 Bxd5 17. c4 Bg7 $1 18. Rad1 Be6 19. Qb7
O-O 20.
Nxe6 fxe6 21. Qxe7) 14. Ne2 (14. Qxb4 $6 Nxd5 15. Bxd5 Bxd5 {
'=/+' Ftacnik. is clearly in Black's favor.}) 14... a5 15. O-O-O Rc8 16. Nd4
$1 Bg7 (16... Nxd5 $5 {could lead to a sharp play:} 17. Nb5 (17. Bxd5 Bxd5 18.
Nb5 Qc4)) (16... Bxd5 17. Nb5 (17. Bxd5 $2 Nxd5 18. Nb5 Qxc2+ 19. Qxc2
Rxc2+
20. Kxc2 Nxe3+ $19) 17... Bxb3 18. Nxc7+ Rxc7) 17. Nb5 Qd8 18. g4 Nd7 19.
Kb1
Nc5 20. h4 h5 {'!' Ftacnik. Ftacnik: 'Important idea to slow down white
attack on the kingside. Topalov takes advantage from the fact, that his king
is still sitting in the center.'} 21. Bd4 Kf8 22. Rhg1 Qd7 23. Bxg7+ Kxg7 24.
Nd4 Nxb3 25. cxb3 Kf8 (25... Bxd5 $2 {fails to} 26. Nf5+ gxf5 27. Qg5+ Kf8
28.
gxf5 e5 (28... Ke8 $4 29. Qg8+ Rxg8 30. Rxg8#) 29. Rxd5 $16 (29. f6 Qe6
$132))
26. Nc2 {'!' Ftacnik. Ftacnik: 'Anand understands perfectly, that his knight
needs a good square. From e3 he will protect both d5 and g4, while the loss of
an h4 pawn is rather less important.'} (26. Qg5 {is strongly met by} Rc5) 26...
hxg4 27. fxg4 Rxh4 28. Ne3 e5 29. Qf2 Qe7 30. Rh1 ({
This move could lead to draw if Black would not blunder.} 30. Nc4 $5 {

threatening both 31.Na5 and 31.Nd6, was a plausible alternative to the text
move and would allow White to keep winning chances.}) 30... Rxh1 31. Rxh1
Qg5 (
{White's attacking chances should not be underestimated:} 31... Kg7 $2 {
is elegantly refuted by} 32. Qh2 Qg5 33. Qh7+ Kf8 34. Rf1 Rc7 35. Qh8+ Ke7
36.
Qg8 f6 37. Rh1 {, winning.}) 32. Rh7 Rc7 (32... Qf4 {Ftacnik} 33. Qh4 Qxe3 34.
Rh8+ (34. Qf6 $2 Rc1+ 35. Ka2 Qxb3+ $3 36. Kxb3 Bxd5#) 34... Kg7 35. Rh7+
$11)
33. Ka2 Ba6 (33... Kg8 {Ftacnik} 34. Rh1 (34. Qh2 $2 Qxe3 35. Rh8+ Kg7 36.
Rh7+
Kf8 37. Rh8+ Ke7 38. Qh4+ g5 39. Qh6 Qxb3+ $1 $19) 34... Rc8 35. Qf3 $13)
34.
Qh2 Bd3 $4 ({A blunder caused presumsbly by a time-trouble. Obviously,}
34...
Qxe3 {is bad in view of} 35. Rh8+ Ke7 36. Qh4+ g5 37. Qh6 Rc8 38. Rh7 $18)
({
However, after} 34... Ke7 $1 {
White has nothing better than forcing a draw by perpetual:} 35. Rxf7+ Kxf7 36.
Qh7+ Ke8 (36... Kf6 37. Qxc7 Qxe3 38. Qxd6+) 37. Qg8+ Kd7 38. Qe6+ Kd8
39. Qg8+
) 35. Rh8+ {It is amaizing, but starting from this move, White's attack
develops without any obstacle.} Ke7 36. Ra8 Qf6 (36... Qxe3 {loses after} 37.
Qh8 {/\Qd8#} Rd7 38. Re8#) 37. g5 $1 Qg7 ({If} 37... Qxg5 {then} 38. Qh8 {
, with inevtiable mate.}) 38. Qd2 (38. Ng4 $2 {
would be a terrible mistake, as after} Rc1 {
Black always has a draw by perpetual.}) 38... e4 ({After} 38... Bf5 {
the white knight chooses a queenside direction:} 39. Nc4 {
, and Black is defenceless against 40.Na5, threatening 41.Nc6+ and 41.Qb4.})
{
But now the white knight turns to the right, penetrating into the f6-square
via g4.} 39. Ng4 Rd7 40. Nf6 {Capitalizing upon the tragicomical position of
the black king and queen, entirely locked by the white knight.} Rd8 {

There was no other meaningful way to prevent mate on e8.} 41. Qc1 $1 ({
The final strike! Anand crowns the game with the impressive mate final:} 41.
Qc1 Rxa8 42. Qc7+ Kf8 43. Qxd6#) 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A30"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2751"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 b6 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8.


Nc3
d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qh4 Rc8 12. Rac1 a6 13. b3 Rc7 14. Bh6 Qa8
15.
Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Qd4 b5 17. cxb5 axb5 18. Nxb5 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Qxa2 20. Nc3
Qa3 21.
Rb1 Rc8 22. Nd2 e5 23. Qa4 Qxa4 24. Nxa4 Bxg2 25. Kxg2 d5 26. Nf3 d4 27.
b4 Nd5
28. Rb2 f6 29. h4 Kf7 30. Rd2 Nxb4 31. Nxd4 Nc5 32. Nb5 Ke7 33. Nd6 Rc6 34.

Nxc5 Rxc5 35. Ne4 Rc4 36. f3 Nc6 37. Ra2 f5 38. Ng5 h6 39. Nh3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B07"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nge2 e5 7. h3 Nc6 8. Be3


a6 9. O-O exd4 10. Nxd4 Bd7 11. Re1 Re8 12. Kh2 Ne5 13. f4 Nc4 14. Bc1 c5
15.
Nde2 Bc6 16. Qd3 Nb6 17. Be3 c4 18. Qd4 Ng4+ 19. hxg4 Bxd4 20. Nxd4 Bd7
21. g5
Bg4 22. a4 Rc8 23. Bf2 Nd7 24. Nd5 f6 25. Be3 fxg5 26. fxg5 Rc5 27. Bf4 Rxd5
28. exd5 Ne5 29. Re4 Qb6 30. Rae1 Bd7 31. Bxe5 Rxe5 32. Rxe5 dxe5 33. Nf3
Qxb2
34. Nxe5 Bf5 35. Nxc4 Qc3 36. Re8+ Kg7 37. Nd6 Bxc2 38. Re7+ Kg8 39. Ne8
Kf8
40. d6 Bxa4 41. Nf6 Qc5 42. Nxh7+ Kg8 43. Bd5+ Kh8 44. Nf6 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Bosboom, Manuel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E91"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2490"]
[PlyCount "93"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. e4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. Be2 Bg4 7. Be3 Nfd7 8.


Rc1
Bxf3 9. Bxf3 e5 10. d5 f5 11. b4 a5 12. a3 Na6 13. Qb3 Qh4 14. c5 Nf6 15. h3
f4
16. Bd2 g5 17. Ke2 Qh6 18. Nb5 Qg6 19. Qd3 h5 20. cxd6 cxd6 21. Nxd6 g4 22.
hxg4 hxg4 23. Nf5 Rfe8 24. b5 Nb8 25. d6 Qf7 26. Kf1 Nbd7 27. Bd1 a4 28. Rc7
Qa2 29. Rh4 Qa1 30. Rc1 Qa2 31. Bxg4 Qb3 32. Be2 Kf7 33. Qxb3+ axb3 34.
Bc4+
Kg6 35. Ne7+ Kg5 36. Rh3 Nxe4 37. Bb4 b2 38. Rb1 Nb6 39. Bf7 Rh8 40. Rxb2
Rxh3
41. gxh3 f3 42. Rb3 Rd8 43. Rxf3 Nxd6 44. Bb3 Bf6 45. Rg3+ Kf4 46. Rg4+ Kf3
47.
Bd1# 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Yermolinsky, Alex"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D59"]
[WhiteElo "2597"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. Rc1


Bb7 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Be2 Rd8 13. Qc2 Qb4+ 14.
Qd2
Qxd2+ 15. Kxd2 c5 16. Rhd1 cxd4 17. exd4 Bxa2 18. Ne5 Bd5 19. Rc7 f6 20.
Ng6
Be4 21. Nf4 Bf5 22. g4 Rxd4+ 23. Ke3 Re4+ 24. Kf3 e5 25. Nh5 Na6 26. Bxa6
Rxg4
27. Bc4+ Kh8 28. Ng3 Rf4+ 29. Ke3 Bg4 30. Rd6 Rf3+ 31. Ke4 Rxf2 32. b3 Re8
33.
Ke3 Rf3+ 34. Kd2 h5 35. Rxa7 h4 36. Ne2 Rf2 37. Ke3 Rxh2 38. Rxb6 Rh3+ 39.
Kf2
Rf3+ 40. Kg1 Rd8 41. Rbb7 Rd1+ 42. Kg2 h3+ 43. Kh2 Rf2+ 44. Kg3 Rg2+ 45.
Kh4

g5# 0-1

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A30"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2812"]
[PlyCount "108"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 c5 5. O-O g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8.


Nc3
d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qh4 Rc8 12. Bh3 Bxf3 13. exf3 Ne5 14. Kg2
Rxc4
15. Rd4 Rxc3 16. bxc3 Qa8 17. Kf1 Nxf3 18. Bg2 Nxh4 19. Bxa8 Nf5 20. Bb7
Nxd4
21. cxd4 Rb8 22. Ba6 Nd5 23. Rc1 h5 24. Ke2 e6 25. a3 b5 26. Rc8+ Rxc8 27.
Bxc8
Nxe3 28. fxe3 d5 29. Ba6 Bf8 30. Bxb5 Bxa3 31. h3 f5 32. Ba6 g5 33. Kf3 g4+
34.
hxg4 hxg4+ 35. Kf2 Kf7 36. Ke2 Bd6 37. Kf2 Bb4 38. Kf1 Bd2 39. Ke2 Bb4 40.
Kf1

Ke7 41. Kf2 Ba5 42. Kf1 Bb6 43. Kf2 Kf6 44. Ke2 e5 45. dxe5+ Kxe5 46. Kd3
Bc7
47. Ke2 Kf6 48. Kf2 Be5 49. Kg2 d4 50. exd4 Bxd4 51. Kf1 Kg5 52. Kg2 f4 53.
gxf4+ Kxf4 54. Kf1 Ke3 0-1

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E14"]
[WhiteElo "2636"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 b6 4. e3 e6 5. d4 a6 6. Bd3 d6 7. O-O Nbd7 8. a3 g6


9. b4 Bg7 10. Bb2 O-O 11. Qe2 Bb7 12. Rfd1 Rc8 13. Rac1 Re8 14. Bb1 cxd4
15.
Rxd4 d5 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Rd3 Nxc3 18. Bxc3 Be4 19. Rdd1 Bxf3 20. Qxf3
Bxc3 21.
Qb7 Rc7 22. Qxa6 Qe7 23. Bd3 Rb8 24. Bb5 Nf6 25. g3 Be5 26. Be2 Ra7 27.
Qd3 h5
28. Qb3 Rc7 29. Bf3 Kg7 30. a4 h4 31. Kg2 hxg3 32. hxg3 Rbc8 33. Rxc7 Rxc7
34.

a5 bxa5 35. bxa5 Rc3 36. Qb6 Qc5 37. Rd8 g5 38. g4 Rc2 39. Qb1 Rb2 40. Qh1
Nh7
41. Be4 Nf8 42. Qe1 Ng6 43. Bxg6 Kxg6 44. Qd1 Qxe3 45. Qd3+ Qxd3 46.
Rxd3 Ra2
0-1

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E97"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2595"]
[PlyCount "44"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 e5 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5


Ne7 9. b4 a5 10. Ba3 Nd7 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Bb4 Ra8 13. a4 Bh6 14. a5 f5 15.
Nd2
Nf6 16. c5 Bxd2 17. Qxd2 fxe4 18. cxd6 cxd6 19. Rfe1 Nf5 20. Nb5 e3 21. fxe3
Ne4 22. Qd3 Qh4 {...} 0-1

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]

[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]


[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B06"]
[WhiteElo "2610"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "159"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. d4 g6 2. e4 d6 3. c3 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Qc2 O-O 6. Be2 b6 7. Bg5 c5 8. O-O


Bb7 9. d5 h6 10. Bh4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Re8 12. Nc4 Qc7 13. a4 e6 14. Bg3 Nxe4
15.
Qxe4 exd5 16. Qc2 dxc4 17. Bxc4 Be4 18. Qb3 Ne5 19. Nxe5 Bxe5 20. f4 Bg7
21.
Rae1 Bf5 22. Bd5 Rad8 23. Bh4 Rb8 24. h3 h5 25. Qb5 Kf8 26. Qc4 Rxe1 27.
Rxe1
Re8 28. Rxe8+ Kxe8 29. Qe2+ Kf8 30. g4 hxg4 31. hxg4 Bc8 32. Kf2 Bb7 33.
Qe4
Bxd5 34. Qxd5 Kg8 35. f5 gxf5 36. gxf5 Qd7 37. f6 Qg4 38. Qg5 Qxg5 39. Bxg5
Bh8
40. Kf3 Kh7 41. Ke4 Kg6 42. Bf4 Kxf6 43. Bxd6 Ke6 44. Bb8 f5+ 45. Kd3 a6 46.
Ba7 Kd5 47. Bxb6 c4+ 48. Ke3 Bg7 49. Kf4 Ke6 50. Kg5 Bf6+ 51. Kf4 Bg7 52.
Kg5

Bf8 53. Bd4 Bd6 54. Be3 Bg3 55. Bd4 Be1 56. Kf4 Bd2+ 57. Kf3 Bc1 58. Ke2
Bxb2
59. Kd2 Ba3 60. Ke3 Kd5 61. Kf4 Ke6 62. Kf3 Bd6 63. Ke3 Kd5 64. Kf3 Ke6 65.
Ke3
Bh2 66. Kf3 Kd5 67. Bg7 Be5 68. Bh6 Bxc3 69. Bc1 Be5 70. Ba3 c3 71. Bc1 Kc4
72.
Ba3 c2 73. Bc1 Kd3 74. Ba3 f4 75. Bc1 Bd6 76. Bb2 Kd2 77. Ke4 Bc5 78. Kxf4
Bd4
79. Ba3 Kd1 80. Ke4 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Piket, Jeroen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E91"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2609"]
[PlyCount "69"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. e4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 Bg4 7. Be3 Nfd7 8.


Rc1
a6 9. d5 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 b5 11. Be2 b4 12. Na4 c5 13. h4 Nb6 14. Nxb6 Qxb6 15.

Qd2 Nd7 16. h5 Rae8 17. hxg6 fxg6 18. Bg4 Nf6 19. Be6+ Rf7 20. f3 Ref8 21.
Ke2
Ne8 22. Rh3 Nc7 23. Rch1 h5 24. g4 hxg4 25. Bxg4 b3 26. a3 Qb8 27. Bh6 Bd4
28.
Qg5 Qe8 29. Qxg6+ Rg7 30. Qxe8 Rxe8 31. Bxg7 Bxg7 32. Bh5 Rf8 33. Rg1
Kh7 34.
Bf7+ Bh6 35. Rg6 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C07"]
[WhiteElo "2784"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 a6 3. Nd2 d5 4. Ngf3 c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Nge7 8.


exd5 exd5 9. Nb3 Bb6 10. Re1 O-O 11. Be3 Bc7 12. h3 h6 13. c3 Re8 14. Qc2
Qd6
15. Rad1 Qf6 16. Nbd4 Bd7 17. Qd2 Ng6 18. Nxc6 bxc6 19. Bd4 Qd6 20. b4 a5
21.

a3 axb4 22. axb4 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Re8 24. Rxe8+ Bxe8 25. Qe3 Bd7 26. Bf1 f6
27.
g3 Kf7 28. Bg2 Ne5 29. Nd2 Bf5 30. Nb3 Nc4 31. Qc1 Qe7 32. Bc5 Qd7 33. h4
Be4
34. Nd4 Bxg2 35. Kxg2 Be5 36. Nf3 Qg4 37. Qd1 Qe4 38. Bd4 g5 39. hxg5 hxg5
40.
Kg1 Bd6 41. Nd2 Nxd2 42. Qxd2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Timman, Jan H"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E17"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2649"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 e6 5. O-O Be7 6. d4 O-O 7. b3 d5 8. cxd5


exd5 9. Nc3 Ne4 10. Bb2 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Nd7 12. b4 Bd6 13. Qb3 Qe7 14. e3
Rab8
15. a4 c5 16. b5 a5 17. Rfe1 Rfe8 18. Nh4 Qe6 19. Rad1 c4 20. Qc2 Nf6 21. f3
Bb4 22. Bf1 Rbd8 23. Ng2 Qd6 24. Rb1 Re7 25. Qd2 Bxc3 26. Qxc3 Rde8 27.
Rb2 Bc8

28. Nf4 g5 29. Ng2 g4 30. Be2 gxf3 31. Bxf3 Bg4 32. Rf2 Ne4 33. Bxe4 Rxe4
34.
Ref1 Bh5 35. Rf6 R8e6 36. Rxe6 fxe6 37. Qe1 e5 38. Qf2 exd4 39. exd4 Re8 40.
Nh4 Bg6 41. Qf3 Rf8 42. Qxf8+ Qxf8 43. Rxf8+ Kxf8 44. Nxg6+ hxg6 45. Kf2
Kf7
46. g4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Reinderman, Dimitri"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A81"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2542"]
[PlyCount "107"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 g6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2 Qe8 8. Nbd2


Nc6 9. Re1 e5 10. e4 f4 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Nc4 Bg4 13. a4 Rd8 14. Qe2 Nd4 15.
Bxd4 exd4 16. Rad1 c5 17. Qd3 Kh8 18. Rd2 Bh6 19. Rde2 Qe7 20. h3 Bxf3 21.
Bxf3
fxg3 22. fxg3 Nh5 23. Bxh5 gxh5 24. e5 h4 25. g4 Bf4 26. Rf2 Bg3 27. Rxf8+
Rxf8

28. Rf1 Rxf1+ 29. Kxf1 Bxe5 30. Qe4 Qf7+ 31. Qf5 Qxf5+ 32. gxf5 Bd6 33. Ke2
Bc7
34. Kf3 Kg7 35. Ke4 Kf6 36. Nb2 b6 37. Nd3 a6 38. a5 Kg5 39. axb6 c4 40. bxc4
Bxb6 41. Nb2 a5 42. Na4 Kf6 43. c5 Bc7 44. c6 h5 45. Nb2 Kg5 46. Na4 Kf6 47.
Nc5 Bd6 48. Na6 a4 49. c7 Bxc7 50. Nxc7 a3 51. Nd5+ Kf7 52. Nb4 Kf6 53. Na2
Kg5
54. Ke5 1-0

[Event "Hoogovens 5'"]


[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1999.01.18"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Svidler, Peter"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C63"]
[WhiteElo "2713"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "1999.01.18"]
[EventType "tourn (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "17"]
[SourceDate "1999.03.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. exf5 Bc5 6. O-O O-O 7. Bxc6 dxc6 8.
Nxe5 Bxf5 9. d3 Qe8 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. f4 Nd7 12. Nc4 Qg6 13. Nxd6 cxd6 14.
Bd2
Nf6 15. Rae1 d5 16. Qf2 b6 17. Ne2 c5 18. Ng3 Bd7 19. f5 Qf7 20. Qf3 h6 21.
h3

Rfe8 22. Bf4 Rxe1 23. Rxe1 Re8 24. Be5 d4 25. b3 Nd5 26. Nh5 Nb4 27. Nxg7
Rxe5
28. Rxe5 Kxg7 29. Qg3+ Kh7 30. Re2 Bxf5 31. Qd6 Nd5 32. Re5 Bxh3 33. Qxd5
Qxd5
34. Rxd5 Bg4 35. Kf2 Kg6 36. Rd6+ Kg5 37. b4 cxb4 38. Rxd4 Bd1 39. Rxb4
Bxc2
40. Ke3 h5 41. Rc4 Bb1 42. a3 Ba2 43. Rc7 a5 44. Rb7 1-0

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.02.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D41"]
[WhiteElo "2751"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. d4 e6 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Bg2 Ndb4 8.


e3
cxd4 9. exd4 Nxd4 10. O-O Nxf3+ 11. Qxf3 Be7 12. Rd1 Qa5 13. a3 O-O 14.
Bf4 Nc6
15. b4 Qf5 16. b5 Na5 17. Bc7 Qxf3 18. Bxf3 Nb3 19. Rab1 Nc5 20. a4 a5 21.
b6

f6 22. Bd6 Bxd6 23. Rxd6 e5 24. Bd5+ Kh8 25. Rb5 Nd3 26. Be4 Nb4 27. Nd5
Nc6
28. Nc7 Rb8 29. Kg2 f5 30. Bxc6 bxc6 31. Rxe5 f4 32. gxf4 Rxb6 33. Ne6 1/21/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.02.22"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C88"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2716"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3
Bb7 9. d3 h6 10. Nbd2 Re8 11. c3 Bf8 12. a3 d6 13. Ba2 Nb8 14. Nh4 d5 15.
Qf3
c6 16. b4 Nbd7 17. Nb3 Rc8 18. Nf5 Ba8 19. Be3 Kh7 20. Nc5 Nxc5 21. Bxc5 g6
22.
Ng3 Bxc5 23. bxc5 Kg7 24. d4 Qc7 25. Re3 exd4 26. cxd4 Nxe4 27. Nxe4 Rxe4
28.
Rxe4 dxe4 29. Qxe4 Bb7 30. Re1 Rd8 31. Qf3 Bc8 32. Qc3 f6 33. Re3 h5 34.
Bb1

Qf7 35. h4 Re8 36. Be4 Bd7 37. Qd3 f5 38. Bf3 Qf6 39. Rxe8 Bxe8 40. g3 f4 41.
Kg2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.02.23"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Leko, Peter"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B80"]
[WhiteElo "2694"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "106"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. g4 h6


9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. O-O-O Bb7 11. h4 b4 12. Nb1 d5 13. Bh3 g5 14. hxg5 hxg5 15.
exd5 Nxd5 16. Bxg5 Qa5 17. Bg2 Rxh1 18. Rxh1 Qxa2 19. Rh8 Rc8 20. Nf5 Nc5
21.
Rxf8+ Kxf8 22. Bh6+ Ke8 23. Nd6+ Kd7 24. Nxc8 Kxc8 25. Qd4 Qa5 26. Bf8
Nd7 27.
Bd6 Bc6 28. Bf1 Kb7 29. Nd2 Qa1+ 30. Nb1 Qa5 31. Bd3 Qd8 32. Nd2 e5 33.
Qc4 Qb6
34. Kb1 a5 35. Ne4 Nf4 36. Nc5+ Nxc5 37. Bxc5 Bd5 38. Bxb6 Bxc4 39. Bxc4
Kxb6

40. Bxf7 Nh3 41. c3 Ng5 42. Bd5 bxc3 43. bxc3 Kc5 44. Bb7 Kd6 45. Kb2 Ne6
46.
Ka3 Nc5 47. Be4 Ke7 48. g5 Ne6 49. g6 Nc5 50. Bd5 Kf6 51. Bf7 Kg7 52. Kb2
Kf6
53. Kc2 Kg7 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.02.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B85"]
[WhiteElo "2781"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Ftacnik"]
[PlyCount "130"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. a4


Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. f4 Qc7 11. Kh1 Re8 12. Bf3 Bd7 13. Nb3 b6 14. Qd2 Rab8
15.
Bf2 Bc8 16. Bg3 Nd7 17. e5 (17. Rae1 b5 (17... Bb7 18. e5 Rbd8 19. Qf2 Rf8 20.
Be4 dxe5 21. fxe5 Nc5 22. Nxc5 bxc5 23. Bf4 {

1/2-1/2 Karpov,A-Kasparov,G/Moscow 1985/MainBase (23)}) 18. axb5 axb5 19.


e5
dxe5 20. fxe5 Ncxe5 21. Qe2 f6 22. Nd4 Qc4 23. Qxc4 bxc4 24. Nxe6 Nxf3 25.
gxf3
Ne5 {1/2-1/2 Asrian,K-Akopian,V/Erevan 1995/ (46)}) 17... dxe5 (17... d5 18. f5
Ndxe5 19. fxe6 Bxe6 20. Nxd5 Bxd5 21. Qxd5 Rbc8 22. Nd4 Red8 23. Qxc6
Qxc6 24.
Nxc6 Nxc6 25. Bg4 {1-0 Emunds,H-Schuetz,T/NRW-I 1987/ (75)}) 18. Rae1 Bb7
(
18... Bb4 19. fxe5 Ncxe5 20. Bh5 g6 21. Rxe5 Nxe5 22. Qe2 f5 23. Bxe5 Bd6
24.
Nd5 exd5 25. Bxd6 Qc6 26. Nd4 Qd7 27. Bxb8 Rxe2 28. Bxe2 {
1-0 Asrian,K-Xu Jun/Linares 1998/ (47)}) 19. fxe5 Ncxe5 (19... Rf8 20. Qe2 Nc5
21. Nxc5 bxc5 22. Be4 Nd4 {1/2-1/2 Cuijpers,F-Vanheste,J/Hilversum 1989/
(47)})
20. Bxb7 Rxb7 21. Qe2 f6 22. Qxa6 Bb4 23. Nb5 {White must believe, that the
queenside majority will be weightier than the black's pawn mass in the center.}
(23. Bxe5 Nxe5 24. Qb5 Qe7 25. Re3 Rc8 26. Nd4 Bxc3 27. Rxc3 Rxc3 28. bxc3
h6 {
1/2-1/2 Poulsen,A-Jansa,V/Copenhagen 1987/ (53)}) 23... Qc8 24. c3 Bf8 25.
N5d4
Nb8 26. Qb5 Nf7 (26... Nc4 $2 27. Bxb8 Rxb8 28. Nxe6 $1 (28. Nc6 $2 Nd6
$19)
28... Nxb2 29. Nbd4 $16) 27. Nd2 e5 28. Nf5 (28. Ne4 Rd8 (28... exd4 $2 29.
Nxf6+ gxf6 30. Rxe8 $18) 29. Nf5 Qe6) 28... Rd8 29. Ne4 Qe6 30. Bh4 (30. b3
$14
) 30... Qc6 (30... g6 $2 31. Nd4 $18) 31. b3 Qxb5 (31... Nd6 $5 32. Qxc6 Nxc6
33. Nfxd6 Bxd6 34. Rd1 Be7 35. Rxd8+ Nxd8 36. g4 Ne6 $11) 32. axb5 h6 33.
g4 (
33. Ra1 Ng5 34. Bxg5 hxg5 $11) 33... Ng5 34. Bxg5 {
Anand sidesteps the chance to eat many pawns for the single sacrificed piece.}
(34. Nxh6+ $5 gxh6 35. Nxf6+ Kh8 36. Bxg5 hxg5 37. Rxe5 Nd7 38. Rd5 Be7
39. Ne4
Re8 $13) 34... hxg5 35. Ra1 Rbd7 36. Ne3 Rd3 37. Nc4 Nd7 38. b4 (38. Rfd1
Nc5

39. Rxd3 Rxd3 40. Nxc5 Bxc5 41. b4 Be3 42. Re1 Bf2 43. Re2 Rxc3 44. Nxe5
fxe5
45. Rxf2 $15) 38... Rc8 39. Ncd2 Be7 (39... Rc7 40. Ra8 Kh7 41. Kg2 Kg6 $13)
40. Ra7 Kf8 41. Kg2 Ke8 42. Kf2 (42. Rf3 Rxf3 (42... Rd5 43. Nf1 Rxb5 44. Rd3
$16) 43. Kxf3 g6 $132) 42... g6 43. Ke2 Rh3 44. Nc4 $6 Rxh2+ (44... Rxc4 45.
Ra8+ Nb8 $1 (45... Bd8 46. Nd6+ Ke7 47. Nxc4 $16) (45... Kf7 46. Nxg5+ Kg7
47.
Nxh3 Rxc3 48. Nf2 $16) 46. Rxb8+ Kd7 47. Nxf6+ Bxf6 48. Rxf6 Rcxc3 49.
Rb7+ Kc8
50. Rbxb6 $11) 45. Kd3 Rd8 $1 {Topalov has defended accurately and it looks
like white has tried for too much with his smart tactics.} 46. Ncd6+ (46. Ke3
Rh3+ 47. Ke2 Rh4 48. Ne3 f5 $17) 46... Bxd6 47. Nxd6+ Ke7 48. Ne4 f5 $6
(48...
Ke6 $1 49. Ke3 Rdh8 50. c4 R8h3+ 51. Rf3 Rxf3+ 52. Kxf3 Rb2 $17) 49. gxf5
gxf5
50. Rxf5 Ke6 51. Rf2 (51. Rxg5 Nc5+ 52. Kc4 (52. Ke3 $2 Rd3#) 52... Nxe4
$19)
51... Nf6+ 52. Ke2 $8 (52. Kc4 Rc8+ 53. Kb3 Rxc3+ $1 54. Nxc3 Rxf2 $19) (52.
Ke3 $2 Ng4+ $19) 52... Rxf2+ 53. Nxf2 g4 54. Rg7 $6 (54. Rb7 $1 Nd5 55.
Nxg4
Nxc3+ 56. Ke1 $15) 54... Kf5 55. c4 Rd4 56. Nd1 $2 (56. c5 Rxb4 57. cxb6
Rxb5
58. b7 Rb2+ $17) 56... Re4+ $2 {
Black overlooks the chance to punish his great opponent for many
inaccuracies.}
(56... Nh5 $1 57. Ne3+ (57. Rf7+ Kg6 58. Rb7 Nf4+ 59. Ke1 g3 60. Ne3 Rd3
$19)
57... Ke4 58. Rxg4+ Nf4+ 59. Kf2 Rd2+ $19) 57. Ne3+ Kf4 (57... Ke6 58. Rb7
$11)
58. Rf7 $1 Rxe3+ 59. Kd2 Ke4 60. Rxf6 Rd3+ 61. Ke2 (61. Kc2 Rd4 62. Kc3 g3
63.
Rxb6 g2 64. Rg6 Kf3 65. b6 Rd6 66. Rg8 Rxb6 $11) 61... Rd4 62. c5 Rxb4 63.
Rxb6
g3 64. Rg6 Rb2+ 65. Kf1 Kd4 (65... Kf3 66. Rf6+ Ke3 67. c6) 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.02.26"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Svidler, Peter"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C88"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2713"]
[PlyCount "70"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3
Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. a3 Qd7 11. Nbd2 Rae8 12. c3 d5 13. Ba2 dxe4 14. dxe4 Nh5
15.
Nb3 Qxd1 16. Rxd1 Nf6 17. Re1 Nb8 18. Nxe5 Bd6 19. Nd3 Bxe4 20. Nbc5 Bd5
21.
Rxe8 Rxe8 22. Bxd5 Nxd5 23. Kf1 f6 24. a4 Kf7 25. Bd2 g5 26. a5 Ne7 27. Rc1
Nec6 28. c4 b4 29. Ra1 Bxc5 30. Nxc5 Re5 31. Nb3 Nd7 32. Be3 Ke7 33. g3 Re4
34.
Nd2 Re5 35. Nb3 Re4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.02.27"]

[Round "6"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "119"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8.


e3 d6 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Qc2 c5 11. Nc3 cxd4 12. exd4 Qc7 13. Bd3 Rac8 14. O-O
Ba6
15. Qa4 Bxc4 16. Nb5 Bxb5 17. Bxb5 h6 18. Bf4 Nb8 19. Rac1 Qe7 20. Qb4
Rxc1 21.
Rxc1 Rd8 22. Qa4 Nd5 23. Bg3 Qg5 24. Rc2 a5 25. Qc4 Qe7 26. Re2 Qf8 27.
Rc2 Nd7
28. Qc6 N7f6 29. f3 Qe7 30. Ba6 Nh5 31. Bf2 Nhf4 32. Kh1 Qg5 33. Bf1 Qf5 34.
Rd2 Ng6 35. Qc1 Nge7 36. Rc2 Qg5 37. g3 Qf6 38. Kg2 Nf5 39. Qd2 Qg5 40. f4
Qe7
41. Kg1 Nf6 42. d5 Ne4 43. Qd3 Nxf2 44. Rxf2 Qf6 45. dxe6 fxe6 46. Bh3 Rc8
47.
Bxf5 Qxf5 48. Qxd6 Rc1+ 49. Kg2 Qe4+ 50. Kh3 Rg1 51. Rd2 Qf5+ 52. Kh4
Qf6+ 53.
Kg4 Qf5+ 54. Kf3 Qh5+ 55. Ke3 Qh3 56. Qxb6 Re1+ 57. Re2 Rxe2+ 58. Kxe2
Qxh2+
59. Kf3 Qh1+ 60. Kf2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.03.01"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B80"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2812"]
[Annotator "Stohl"]
[PlyCount "122"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 {Hecht} c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 $5 {


Topalov obviously wants to play the English attack, this time for the white
side. (see his game with Leko from round 3)} ({
His move order aims to avoid the complications of} 6. Be3 Ng4 $5 {
which already gave Gary a full point in round 2.} 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3
Bg7 10. Be2 (10. Qd2 Nc6 11. Nb3 Nge5 12. f3 b5 13. Bf2 Rb8 14. Nd4 b4 15.
Nd1
Nxd4 16. Bxd4 d5 17. exd5 Qxd5 18. c3 O-O 19. Be2 Rd8 20. Qe3 Bb7 21. Nf2
bxc3
22. Bxc3 Qe6 23. Kf1 Bd5 24. b3 Rbc8 25. Rd1 Rxc3 26. Qxc3 Ng4 27. Qa5
Ne3+ 28.

Kg1 Rc8 29. Qxa6 Nxd1 30. Qxe6 Bxe6 31. Bxd1 Rc1 {
0-1,Ivanchuk,V-Kasparov,G/Linares/1999/}) 10... h5 11. Bxg4 hxg4 12. O-O (12.
Nd5 $5 Nc6 (12... e6 $142 $5 13. Ne3 Qb6 $13) 13. Nf5 Bxb2 14. Rb1 Be5 $2
15.
Bxe5 dxe5 16. Nfxe7 $1 Be6 17. Rxb7 Nxe7 18. Rxe7+ Kf8 19. Rb7 Rc8 20. O-O
Rc4
21. Nc7 Qe7 22. Nxe6+ Qxe6 23. Qd8+ Kg7 24. Qxg5+ Qg6 25. Qxe5+ Qf6 26.
Qxf6+
Kxf6 27. Rb6+ Ke5 28. Rxa6 Rxc2 29. Re1 $18 {Borriss,M-Stangl,M/BL
9899/1999/})
12... e6 $5 {Kasparov's novelty from Wijk 99, but there have already been
dangerous attempts to improve Shirov's play:} 13. Re1 $5 (13. Nb3 Bxc3 $1 14.
bxc3 e5 $13) (13. Qd2 $6 Nd7 $1 14. Bxd6 Ne5 15. Ncb5 axb5 16. Nxb5 f6 17.
Rfd1
Kf7 18. Qe2 Bd7 19. Bxe5 fxe5 20. Nd6+ Kg6 21. Rd3 Qf6 22. Qxg4 Qf4 23. h3
Qxg4
24. hxg4 Bc6 25. c4 Rhd8 26. f3 Bf8 27. c5 b6 28. b4 bxc5 29. bxc5 Ra5 $17 {
Shirov,A-Kasparov,G/Wijk aan Zee/1999/}) 13... Be5 (13... Nd7 $6 14. Bxd6 Be5
(
14... Ne5 15. Ndb5 $1 $40 {
In this line Black doesn't have a Nc4 fork at his disposal.}) 15. Nf5 $1 exf5
16. exf5 f6 17. Nd5 Kf7 18. Nc7 Nb6 19. Bxe5 $5 (19. Rxe5 $143 fxe5 20. Nxa8
Rh6 21. Nxb6 Rxd6 22. Qxg4 Rxb6 23. Rd1 Qh8 24. Qxg5 Rf6 25. g4 Qh6 26.
Qxh6
Rxh6 27. Kg2 $16 {Vallejo Pons,F-Ortega,L/Valle d'Aosta/1999/}) 19... fxe5 20.
Nxa8 $18) 14. Re3 Nd7 15. Nb3 Bxg3 16. Rxg3 Ne5 17. Qd4 f6 18. Rd1 Ke7 19.
Nc1
Qc7 20. Nd3 Bd7 21. Nxe5 dxe5 22. Qb4+ Kf7 23. Rxg4 Bc6 24. Rg3 $14 {
Jenni,F-Naumann,A/Mitropa Cup Baden/1999/}) 6... e6 {
Kasparov takes up the gauntlet and shows a piece of his famed preparation.}
({
Not in the champion's style is defending a somewhat unpleasant endgame
after}

6... Nc6 7. Be3 d5 $5 8. Nxd5 Nxd5 9. exd5 Qxd5 10. c3 $1 e5 11. Nb3 Qxd1+
12.
Rxd1 Be6 13. Bb6 Be7 14. Bd3 Rc8 15. O-O Nb8 16. Rfe1 Nd7 17. Bf2 f6 18. f4
Kf7
19. f5 Bxb3 20. axb3 Rhd8 21. b4 $36 {Fedorov,A-Wojtkiewicz,A/Calcutta
op/1999/
}) 7. Be3 b5 8. g4 h6 {Just as in the Keres attack here also slowing down
White's >> expansion is more important than a possible weakening of the
>>.} 9.
Qd2 ({Attempts do delay castling have brought White only trouble, e.g.} 9. h4
b4 10. Nce2 e5 $1 11. Nb3 Be6 12. Ng3 d5 13. Bd3 Nbd7 14. Qe2 a5 15. Rg1
a4 16.
Nd2 Qc7 17. g5 hxg5 18. hxg5 dxe4 $1 19. gxf6 $6 exd3 20. fxg7 Bxg7 21.
Qxd3 a3
22. b3 e4 23. Qxe4 Ra5 24. Rd1 Bc3 $44 {->,Anand,VGelfand,B/Linares/1994/})
9... Nbd7 10. O-O-O ({Premature is} 10. h4 $6 b4 11. Nce2 d5 $15) 10... Bb7
11.
h4 {After some 10-15 years of practice this has become the main line.} ({
The older move} 11. Bd3 Ne5 12. Rhe1 b4 $132 {or even} (12... Nfd7 $5 $13 {
promises Black sufficient counterplay.})) 11... b4 12. Na4 {
Kasparov practically archives this move.} ({Another try is} 12. Nb1 d5 13. Bh3
Ne5 $5 (13... g5 14. hxg5 hxg5 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Bxg5 Qb6 $5 (16... Qa5 17.
Bg2
Rxh1 18. Rxh1 Qxa2 19. Rh8 Rc8 20. Nf5 Nc5 21. Rxf8+ Kxf8 22. Bh6+ Ke8 23.
Nd6+
Kd7 24. Nxc8 Kxc8 25. Qd4 Qa5 26. Bf8 Nd7 27. Bd6 $16 {
^^,Leko,P-Topalov,V/Linares/1999/}) 17. Bg2 Rxh1 18. Bxh1 Rc8 19. Re1 Qa5
20.
f4 Qxa2 21. f5 Nc5 22. fxe6 Bg7 23. exf7+ Kxf7 24. Qf2+ (24. Bxd5+ Qxd5 25.
Re7+ Kg8 26. Rxg7+ Kxg7 $17 {Anand,V-Kasparov,G/Linares/1999/}) 24... Kg8
25.
Qf5 $1 $11) 14. g5 Nfd7 15. Qe2 dxe4 (15... Qa5 $5 16. f4 Nc4 17. b3 Nxe3 18.
Qxe3 dxe4 19. g6 Nc5 20. gxf7+ Kxf7 21. Rhg1 Rc8 22. Nxe6 Nxe6 23. Rd7+
Be7 24.

Bxe6+ Kxe6 25. Qh3+ Kf7 26. Rxb7 Qc5 $15 {


Ivanchuk,V-Van Wely,L/Wijk aan Zee/1996/}) 16. f4 Nd3+ $1 17. cxd3 exd3 18.
Qxd3 Rc8+ $5 (18... Nc5 19. Qc2 (19. Qf1 Rc8 $5 $36) 19... Be4 20. Nxe6 fxe6
21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Bxc5 Bxc2 23. Bxf8 Kxf8 24. Kxc2 hxg5 25. fxg5 Rxh4 26.
Nd2
Ke7 27. Nf3 Rc4+ 28. Kb1 Re4 $15 {Anand,V-Topalov,V/Tilburg/1998/}) 19. Nc2
Bxh1 20. Rxh1 hxg5 21. hxg5 Nc5 $40) ({The once popular} 12. Nce2 d5 13.
Bh3 {
lost it's sting already 5 years ago:} (13. Ng3 dxe4 14. g5 hxg5 15. hxg5 Rxh1
16. Nxh1 Nd5 17. g6 Qf6 $1 18. fxe4 Nxe3 19. gxf7+ Qxf7 20. Qxe3 O-O-O 21.
Bh3
Bc5 22. Qg3 Nf8 23. Rf1 Qe7 24. Nb3 Bxe4 25. Nf2 Bd6 26. Qe3 Bd5 27. Ne4
Bc7
$13 {Arnold,L-Stohl,I/BL 9697/1997/}) 13... dxe4 14. g5 hxg5 15. hxg5 exf3 16.
Nf4 Ne4 17. Qe1 Rxh3 $1 18. Nxh3 e5 19. Nb3 a5 20. Nd2 Qc7 21. Bb6 Nxb6
22.
Nxe4 Rc8 23. Rh2 Qc6 24. Ng3 Qe6 25. Kb1 Nc4 $17 {
Anand,V-Ljubojevic,L/Buenos Aires/1994/}) 12... Qa5 (12... d5 $6 {is not so eff
ective now, as Black doesn't have a possible exf3 follow-up, attacking White's
N.} 13. Bh3 $1 Qa5 (13... dxe4 14. g5 hxg5 15. hxg5 Nd5 16. g6 $16 {->}) 14.
b3
g5 $142 $5 (14... e5 15. g5 $1 exd4 16. Bxd4 $44 {->}) (14... Nc5 15. g5 Nxa4
16. bxa4 hxg5 (16... Nd7 17. g6 Nc5 18. gxf7+ Kxf7 19. Nb3 $1 Nxb3+ 20.
axb3
Qc7 21. Qg2 $16 {Gunawan,R-Paschall,W/New York/1994/}) 17. hxg5 Rxh3 18.
Rxh3
Nd7 19. g6 Qxa4 20. gxf7+ Kxf7 21. Kb1 e5 22. Nb3 Rc8 23. Rh5 d4 24. Rf5+
Ke8
25. Qh2 Qc6 26. Na5 Qe6 27. Bxd4 g6 28. Rxf8+ Kxf8 29. Nxb7 exd4 30. Qh8+
{
1-0,Tiviakov,S-Rashkovsky,N/Linares op/1999/}) 15. hxg5 hxg5 16. e5 (16.
Bxg5
dxe4 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. g5 exf3 $5 $13) 16... Nxe5 17. Bxg5 Be7 18. Bxf6 Bxf6

19. g5 Bg7 20. f4 Nc6 21. Nf3 Ne7 22. Ne5 Bxe5 23. fxe5 Bc6 24. Qf2 Rc8 $132
{
Korneev,O-Van Wely,L/Villarrobledo act/1998/}) 13. b3 Nc5 $1 {Consistent.} (
13... d5 $143 $2 14. e5 $1 (14. Bh3 {-12...d5?!}) 14... Nxe5 15. Nxe6 $1 $16 {
/\Bb6}) (13... Be7 14. Kb1 $1 {doesn't solve Black's main problem-his K.} (14.
Bh3 $143 $6 g5 $1 $13) (14. Bd3 Nc5 15. g5 Nfd7 16. g6 Ne5 17. gxf7+ Kxf7
18.
Be2 Nxa4 19. bxa4 Rac8 20. Rhg1 Bf6 21. f4 Nc4 22. Bxc4 Rxc4 23. e5 dxe5
24.
Nb3 Qd5 25. Qf2 Qe4 26. Nc5 Rxc2+ 27. Qxc2 Qxe3+ 28. Kb1 Bd5 $44 {
Korneev,O-Galkin,A/Novgorod/1997/}) 14... Nc5 $142 $5 (14... d5 15. e5 $1
$16 (
15. Bh3 $5 dxe4 16. g5 hxg5 17. hxg5 Nd5 18. g6 O-O-O 19. fxe4 Nc3+ 20.
Nxc3
bxc3 21. Qe2 Nc5 22. gxf7 Rxh3 23. Rxh3 Bxe4 24. Bc1 e5 25. Ne6 Rxd1 26.
Rh8+
Kd7 27. f8=N+ {1-0,Korneev,O-Herrera,I/Malaga op/1999/})) 15. Nxc5 (15. a3
$6
Nxa4 16. axb4 Qc7 17. bxa4 d5 18. e5 Nd7 19. f4 Nb6 20. a5 Na4 $1 $36) 15...
dxc5 16. Ne2 Rd8 17. Qe1 $14 {><Rh8}) 14. a3 $8 (14. Nxc5 $2 dxc5 $17
{/\Qa2})
(14. Bh3 $143 $6 Nxa4 15. bxa4 Qxa4 16. g5 Nd7 $1 17. g6 Nc5 18. gxf7+
Kxf7 19.
Kb1 Qa3 20. Nc6 Na4 21. Bxe6+ Ke8 22. Bf7+ Kd7 23. Ne5+ Kc7 24. Bd4 {
0-1,Blodstein,A-Har Zvi,R/Tel Aviv act/1996/}) 14... Nxa4 15. axb4 Qc7 16. bxa4
d5 (16... Nd7 17. Nb3 $5 Be7 (17... d5 18. Na5 $36) 18. Bd4 O-O 19. g5 h5 20.
Bd3 Rfc8 21. f4 g6 22. Rhg1 Bc6 23. b5 axb5 24. axb5 Bb7 25. Qf2 $14 {
Murawski,G-Stypka,M/Lubniewice/1994/}) 17. e5 Nd7 (17... Qxe5 $2 18. Bf4
$18)
18. f4 (18. Bf4 Nxe5 19. Re1 Bd6 $17 {/\Nd3}) 18... Nb6 $146 {After a series
of forced moves the first novelty. However, Kasparov's move is natural and
Topalov also analyzed it at home.} ({Also possible is} 18... a5 19. Nb5 Qc8 20.
Bd4 (20. bxa5 $2 d4 21. Nxd4 Bxh1 22. Bb5 Bd5 23. Nb3 Ba3+ 24. Kb1 O-O
$19 {

Paragua,M-Leroy,A/Linares op/1995/}) 20... axb4 21. Nd6+ Bxd6 22. exd6 $13)
19.
a5 Nc4 (19... Na4 20. c4 $5 {[]} dxc4 (20... Rc8 $6 21. Qc2 Qd7 22. f5 $1 $40)
21. Qc2 $142 $1 (21. Bg2 c3 (21... Rc8 $5) 22. Qc2 Bxg2 23. Qxa4+ (23. Qxg2
$6
Rc8 24. Qa2 Nb2 25. Nxe6 Qb7 $5 26. Nxf8 c2 $40) 23... Qd7 24. Nxe6 Bc6 25.
Rxd7 $1 (25. Nxf8 $2 Qd2+ $3 26. Bxd2 cxd2+ 27. Rxd2 Bxa4 $19 {><Nf8})
25...
Bxa4 26. Nxf8 Bxd7 27. Nxd7 Kxd7 $15) 21... Bxh1 (21... Nc3 22. Nxe6 $1 fxe6
23. Qg6+ Ke7 24. Bc5+ Qxc5 25. bxc5 $32 {/\Bc4->}) 22. Qxa4+ Qd7 (22...
Ke7 $2
23. Nf5+ $1 exf5 24. Bc5+ $18) 23. Qxd7+ (23. Nxe6 $6 Bc6 $1 $15) 23...
Kxd7
24. Nxe6+ $1 (24. Bxc4 Bd5 $15) 24... Kxe6 25. Bxc4+ Ke7 26. Rxh1 Ke8 27.
Kc2
$5 Bxb4 28. Rb1 $44 {White has a strong and dangerous initiative, we must
realize Black can't castle anymore.}) 20. Qc3 $8 (20. Bxc4 $6 dxc4 $40 (20...
Qxc4 $5 $17)) 20... Qe7 $1 {
This is the finesse White missed, now his << falls apart.} (20... Rc8 $6 21.
Bd2 $5 Qe7 (21... Nxd2 22. Qxd2 Qe7 23. Rh3 $1 $16 {keeps his << intact.})
22.
Bxc4 Rxc4 23. Qb2 $14) 21. Bxc4 dxc4 (21... Rc8 $2 22. Bb5+ $16) 22. Bd2 $5
{
Kasparov praised this decision, but playing on with equal material after} (22.
Rh3 Qxb4 23. Qxb4 Bxb4 24. Bd2 Bc5 $15 {^^,/-/+ certainly also deserved
attention. Black is surely better, but is his advantage larger, than in the
game?}) (22. b5 $2 Bxh1 23. Rxh1 axb5 24. Nxb5 Qb7 $19) 22... Bxh1 23.
Rxh1 Qb7
24. Rd1 (24. Re1 Rb8 $17) 24... Be7 (24... Rb8 25. Qxc4 {/\} Bxb4 $2 26. Bxb4
Qxb4 27. Qxb4 Rxb4 28. Nc6 $18) (24... Qd5 $5) 25. Qf3 $1 {Overcoming the
disappointment of his failed preparation, Topalov concentrates fully and
realizes his chances lie in simplification.} (25. Qxc4 $143 Rc8 {/\0-0->,><Kc1}
) 25... O-O-O (25... Qxf3 $142 $5 26. Nxf3 Rb8 $5 (26... c3 $2 27. Bxc3 Rc8 28.

Bd2 Rc4 29. Kb2 $1 Bxb4 30. Kb3) (26... O-O-O 27. Re1 {and although there
remain more pieces on the board, Black has due to the existence of White's N
problems with his ><c4.}) (26... Rc8 $5 27. c3 Rd8) 27. c3 Rd8 {/\Rd3} 28.
Be3
$8 Rxd1+ 29. Kxd1 Kd7 30. h5 g6 $17 {
It seems Black has more chances to win this _|_, than he will have later on.})
26. Qc6+ $5 (26. Qxb7+ $6 Kxb7 {gives Black some extra tempi.}) (26. Nc6 $2
Rd5
$17 (26... Kc7 $5 27. b5 Qxb5 28. Nxd8 Rxd8 $17 {->})) 26... Qxc6 ({
The last try to avoid the _|_ certainly deserved attention-} 26... Kb8 $5 27.
Qxc4 Rc8 28. Qb3 Rhd8 $36 (28... Bxh4 $5 $15)) 27. Nxc6 Rd7 28. Nxe7+ Rxe7
29.
Re1 {Hecht: '# A) TLB vs TT bei weitgehend geschlossener Position.'} h5 $6 {
Now White sets up a strong fortress.} ({More flexible was the immediate.} 29...
Kb7) (29... Kb7 {Hecht}) 30. g5 Kb7 31. Be3 Rd7 $8 (31... Kc6 $6 32. Bd4 {
/\c3 gives Black no chances to break through.}) 32. Bc5 Kc6 33. Bd6 f6 34. gxf6
$6 {This probably doesn't lose, but it's definitely a step in the wrong
direction. White opens the g-file and although he manages to occupy it with
his R, Black has 2 major pieces and with Topalov's help gets the file back.
'?' Hecht.} ({Sounder was to keep the position closed with} 34. g6 $1 Rh6 35.
Rg1 $11 {Hecht: 'Festung?'} {as the winning attempt is very double-edged:}
c3
$6 36. Rg3 Kd5 37. Rxc3 Rxg6 38. Rc5+ Ke4 39. Rc6 $36) 34... gxf6 35. Rg1 f5
(
35... fxe5 $6 36. Bxe5 $11 {White has an active B and Black too many ><P.})
36.
Kd2 Kd5 37. Ke3 ({Also possible was the more active} 37. Kc3 $5 Rhh7 ({
Too impatient is} 37... Ke4 38. Rg6 $1 Re8 39. Kxc4 Kxf4 40. Kd4 $36 {o^c})
38.
Bf8 (38. Rd1+ $6 Kc6 39. Rd4 Rhg7 40. Rxc4+ Kb7 $17 {><h4}) 38... Ke4 39.
Rg6 {
and Black probably can't strengthen his position.}) 37... Rhh7 38. Bf8 $1 ({

White avoids the game position} 38. c3 $2 Rhg7 39. Rg5 Rdf7 $19) 38... Rhf7
39.
Bh6 Rh7 $138 40. Rg6 $2 {The decisive mistake, now Black wins the _|_ in
great
tactical style. White shouldn't avoid repetition.} (40. Bf8 $142 Rhf7 (40...
Rdf7 $2 41. Rd1+ Kc6 42. Rd6+ Kc7 43. Rxa6 $1 $18) 41. Bh6 Kc6 42. Rg6
Rfe7 ({
Black's pieces are too passive after} 42... Rde7 43. Kd4 $1 Kb5 44. Kc3 $44)
43. Bf8 $132 (43. Bg5 Re8 44. Rh6 Rb7 45. Rxh5 Rxb4 46. Kd4 {
o^h also isn't too promising for Black.})) ({
Better than the text was even the tactical} 40. Rg8 $6 Rb7 $1 (40... Rxh6 $4
41. Rc8 $18) 41. Rc8 (41. c3 $2 Rxh6 42. Rc8 Rb5 $19) 41... Rhc7 42. Ra8
Rxb4
43. Rxa6 Rd7 $15) 40... Rb7 $1 41. Bf8 $8 (41. c3 Rb8 $1 {
/\Re8,Rd7,Kc6 traps White's Bh6.}) 41... Rhf7 42. Bd6 (42. Rf6 $6 Rbd7 $1 43.
c3 Rxf6 44. exf6 e5 45. Be7 exf4+ 46. Kxf4 Ke6 $19 {only hastens the end.})
42... Rg7 43. Rg5 Rbf7 $1 {/\Rg5,o^f} 44. c3 {
A necessary concession. Hecht: '#'} (44. Rxh5 $2 Rg3+ $19 {->}) (44. Kf3 Kd4
45. Rxh5 Rh7 $5 $19) (44. Bc5 Rxg5 45. hxg5 h4 $19) 44... Kc6 45. Kf3 Kb5 46.
Bc5 {Returning the B to the defence.} ({Equalizing material with} 46. Rxh5 {
doesn't help:} Rh7 (46... Rg1 47. Bc5 $1 $15) 47. Rxh7 (47. Rg5 Rxh4 $19 {>})
47... Rxh7 48. Kg3 {Even simpler is} Ka4 (48... Rg7+ 49. Kh2 $5 (49. Kh3 Rg1
50. Bc5 Rc1 51. Bd4 Rd1 52. h5 Rxd4 $1 $19) (49. Kf3 Rg1 50. Bc5 Rd1 51. Bd4
Rd3+ {/\Rh3-+}) 49... Ka4 $1 (49... Rg4 $2 50. Be7 Rxf4 51. h5 $36 {o^h})
50.
Bc5 Kb3 51. b5 (51. Bd4 Rg4 $1 (51... Rd7 $2 {/\Rd4} 52. b5 $1 axb5 53. a6 b4
54. a7 Rd8 55. cxb4 Kxb4 56. h5 c3 57. h6 c2 58. Be3 Kb5 59. Kg3 $1 $11 Rd3
$2
60. a8=Q Rxe3+ 61. Kf2 c1=Q 62. Qb7+ $18) 52. Kh3 Rxf4 53. b5 axb5 54. a6
Rg4
55. a7 Rg8 56. h5 b4 $19) 51... axb5 52. Bb4 Kc2 53. Kh3 Kd3 $22 54. a6 (54.
h5

Ke4 55. h6 Rg8 $1 56. Be7 Rh8 57. Bg5 b4 $19) 54... Ra7 55. h5 Rxa6 56. Kh4
Ra1
$19) 49. Bc5 Kb3 50. Bd4 Rh8 $1 {(.)} 51. Kh3 (51. b5 axb5 52. a6 Ra8 53. h5 (
53. a7 b4 54. cxb4 c3 55. b5 c2 56. Be3 Rxa7 $19) 53... Rxa6 54. h6 Kc2 55.
Kh4
Ra1 56. Kg5 Rh1 57. Kg6 Kd3 {/\b4-+}) 51... Rd8 52. h5 (52. b5 axb5 53. a6 b4
$19) 52... Rxd4 $1 53. cxd4 c3 54. h6 c2 55. h7 c1=Q 56. h8=Q Qh1+ $19)
46...
Ka4 47. Bd4 (47. Rxh5 Rh7 $19 {-46.Rh5}) 47... Rd7 $1 {
Prepares the removal of White's key defensive piece.} 48. Ke3 (48. Rxh5 Rxd4
$1
49. cxd4 c3 50. Ke2 (50. Rh8 Rc7) 50... c2 51. Kd2 Kb3 52. Rg5 Rxg5 53. fxg5
Kb2 $19) (48. Ke2 Kb3 49. Ke3 Kb2 $5 {only delays the prepared
breakthrough.})
48... Kb3 49. Ke2 Rxg5 {
'!' Hecht. Preparations are over, Black can't improve his position any more.}
(49... Kc2 $6 50. Ke3 Rxg5 (50... Kd1 $5 {Hecht}) 51. fxg5 f4+ 52. Ke4 $1 $11
(
52. Kxf4 $2 Rxd4+ 53. cxd4 Kd3 54. g6 c3 55. g7 c2 56. g8=Q (56. Kg5 c1=Q+
57.
Kf6 Qc8 58. Kf7 Kxd4 59. g8=Q Qxg8+ 60. Kxg8 Kxe5 61. b5 Kd6 62. bxa6 Kc7
$19)
56... c1=Q+ 57. Kf3 Qf1+ $19 (57... Qf1+ {Hecht} 58. Kg3 Qg1+ $19))) (49...
Rxd4 $5 50. cxd4 (50. Rxg7 Kxc3 $19) 50... Rc7 {was also probably
sufficient.})
50. fxg5 (50. hxg5 $6 h4 51. Kf3 h3 52. g6 (52. Kg3 Rxd4 $1 $19) 52... Rg7 53.
Kg3 Rxg6+ 54. Kxh3 Kc2 {loses even faster.}) 50... Rxd4 $5 {
Black wins the arising Q_|_ in a study-like manner.} ({
Kasparov allegedly wanted to avoid complications after} 50... f4 51. b5 $5 (51.
Kf2 $6 Rxd4 $1 52. cxd4 c3 53. g6 c2 54. g7 c1=Q 55. g8=Q Qe3+ 56. Kf1 f3
57.
Qg3 (57. Qxe6+ Kb2 58. Qc4 Qd2 $1 $19) 57... Qe2+ 58. Kg1 Kxb4 $19 {
leads to an even worse version of the Q_|_.}) 51... axb5 52. a6 {

But White's <=> is seemingly insufficient:} b4 53. a7 Rd8 54. cxb4 Kxb4 (54...
c3 $2 55. Bxc3 Kxc3 56. b5 $18) 55. Bb6 (55. Kf3 c3 56. Bb6 c2 $1 57. Bxd8
c1=Q
58. a8=Q Qh1+ $19) (55. g6 c3 56. Kf3 Kc4 $1 57. Bxc3 Kxc3 58. Kxf4 Kd4 59.
g7
Rg8 $22) 55... Ra8 56. Kf3 (56. Kd2 Kb3 57. g6 c3+ 58. Kc1 c2 59. g7 f3 {
/\Rd8-+}) 56... c3 57. Kxf4 c2 58. Be3 Rxa7 59. g6 Kc4 60. Kg5 Ra3 61. Bf4 Rf3
62. Bc1 (62. g7 Rxf4 $1 $19) 62... Rf1 63. Be3 Kd3 $19) 51. cxd4 {
Hecht: '# B) Bauernendspiel'} c3 {
Hecht: 'einziges Thema:einfaches Bauernrennen '} 52. g6 c2 53. g7 c1=Q 54.
g8=Q
{Hecht: '# C) Damenendspiel mit aktiven schwarzen und schlecht postierten
weien Figuren.'} Qc4+ 55. Ke3 $8 (55. Kf3 $143 $2 Qd3+) (55. Ke1 $143 $2
Qxb4+
) 55... Kc3 $1 $19 {A beautiful example proving positional factors and piece
coordination can outweigh material even in a Q_|_.} 56. Qd8 {
White's Q is misplaced.} (56. Kf3 Qd5+ $5 (56... Kxd4 57. Qd8+ Qd5+ $2 58.
Qxd5+ Kxd5 59. Kf4 $16 {/\b5,Kg5}) 57. Kg3 Kxd4 $19) (56. b5 $5 Qxd4+
(56...
axb5 $5) 57. Kf3 Qd5+ 58. Kf2 axb5 59. Qc8+ {
was probably the last desperate chance to create some confusion.}) 56... Qd3+
57. Kf4 (57. Kf2 $142 f4 $1 58. Qg5 Qxd4+ 59. Ke2 Qd2+ 60. Kf1 Qe3 $22 {+})
57... Qd2+ (57... Kd2 58. Kg5 f4 $1 $19 {o^f is even more convincing.}) 58.
Kf3
Qd1+ 59. Ke3 $6 {'?' Hecht. Enables the final mating attack.} (59. Kf2 f4 $1
60. Qc8+ (60. Qg5 Qxd4+ {-57.Kf2}) 60... Kd2 61. Qxa6 (61. Qxe6 Qe2+ 62.
Kg1 f3
63. Qa2+ Ke3 64. Qb3+ Kxd4 $19) 61... Qe1+ 62. Kg2 Qg3+ 63. Kh1 f3 64. Qf1
Qxh4+ 65. Kg1 Qg3+ 66. Kh1 Qe1 $1 67. Kg1 h4 {'-+!' Hecht.} 68. a6 f2+ 69.
Kg2
h3+ $19) 59... Qg1+ 60. Ke2 (60. Kf3 Qf1+ 61. Ke3 f4+ 62. Ke4 Kd2 $1 {/\Qd3e3#

}) 60... Qg2+ 61. Ke3 {Hecht: '#'} (61. Ke1 Kd3) 61... f4+ $1 {'!!' Hecht.
Hecht: 'und wegen 62.Kxf4 Kd3 nebst 63...Dg4 matt bzw. 63...Df2 matt nach
63.
Dg5.'} (61... f4+ 62. Kxf4 Kd3 {/\Qg4#} 63. Qg5 Qf2#) 0-1

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.03.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2751"]
[Annotator "Blatny,P"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 $5 {Obwohl diese Opfer vieleicht nicht


hundertprozentig korrekt ist, kann man Topalov's Mut nur loben. Im heutigen
Spitzenschach mit sehr exzessiven Hausvorbereitungen spielt das
berraschungsmoment eine immer grssere Rolle. Mir persnlich ist diese Art
von "wirklichem" spielerischen Schach viel sympathischer als die Wiederholung
von langen huslichen Analysen. Psychologisch gesehen hat Weiss durch diese

"Provokation" im 4. Zug einen kleinen Vorteil (und das sogar gegen Kramnik,
den wahrscheinlich besten Kenner von Russisch!).} Kxf7 5. Nc3 {Ein Blick in
die Datenbank zeigt, dass ein paar schlechtere Zge Schwarz sehr schnell eine
Katastrophe bringen knnen, auch nach "originellen" Fortsetzung von "Erfinder"
Cochrane:} (5. Bc4+ Ke8 (5... Be6 6. Bxe6+ Kxe6 7. d4 Kf7 8. Qf3 Nc6 9. c3
Be7
10. Bf4 Re8 11. Nd2 Kg8 {Schwarz hat zwar hier die Entwicklung des
"Problemturms h8" optimal gelst und seinen Knig in relative Sicherheit durch
die knstliche Rochade gebracht, aber im weiteren Verlauf nutzt Weiss sein
starkes Bauernzentrum und einige gegnerische Fehler zur langsamen
"Erstickung"
der schwarzen Stellung.} 12. O-O-O Nd7 $6 (12... a5 $5) (12... Qd7 {/\b5}) 13.
h4 $1 Nf8 14. Qg3 Ng6 $2 (14... Ne6 $142) 15. Bg5 Qd7 16. f4 d5 $6 (16... Nh8
$5) 17. f5 Bxg5 18. Qxg5 Nf8 19. e5 h6 20. Qf4 Nd8 21. g4 Qa4 22. Kb1 c5 23.
g5
hxg5 $6 24. hxg5 $18 {
Majdanics,I-Duzs,J/Aggtelek 1993/EXT 97 und Weiss gewann einige Zuege
spaeter.
}) 6. O-O Nc6 (6... c5 7. h3 Qc7 $6 (7... Nc6) 8. f4 Nc6 9. Nc3 a6 10. a4 Qe7
$6 11. Nd5 $5 Qd8 $2 (11... Nxd5 $142 12. exd5 $140 Qf7 $1) 12. d4 $6 {
Damalige Befehl lautete: Zeit ist wichtiger als Material...} cxd4 (12... Nxd4
$142) 13. e5 $6 Nxd5 (13... dxe5 14. Nxf6+ gxf6 15. Qh5+ Kd7 16. fxe5 Nxe5 {
gefolgt von Kc7, Ld6 und Ld7 sollte Schwarzen zum Gewinn reichen.}) 14. Bxd5
dxe5 15. Bxc6+ bxc6 16. Qh5+ Kd7 17. fxe5 Kc7 18. Rf7+ Kb8 19. e6 Bd6 20.
Bg5
Qb6 21. a5 Qc5 $4 (21... Qb5 $1) 22. b4 $4 (22. Bf4 $3 Qb4 23. c3 $1 dxc3 24.
bxc3 $18) 22... Qe5 $4 (22... Qc3 $1 $19) 23. Bf4 $1 Qxe6 $4 (23... Qxf4 $8 24.
Rxf4 Bxf4 25. Re1 {und wegen der schlecht koordinierten schwarzen Figuren
behaelt Weiss einige Gewinnchancen.}) 24. Qc5 $1 {
Endlich ist diese Komdie der Irrtmer zu Ende!} Qxf7 25. Bxd6+ {
1-0 Cochrane,J-Mohishunder/Calcutta 1848/EXT 99 (25)}) 7. d4 Bg4 8. f3 Bh5 9.

Bg5 Be7 10. Re1 Bf7 11. Qd3 Na5 $6 (11... Bxc4 12. Qxc4 d5 $17) 12. Bb3 $6
(12.
Bxf7+ Kxf7 13. b4 Nc6 14. b5 $44) 12... Nxb3 13. axb3 h6 (13... c6) 14. Bxf6
Bxf6 15. e5 dxe5 16. Qb5+ Kf8 $6 (16... Qd7 $17) 17. dxe5 Bh4 18. g3 Qd4+
$6
19. Kg2 Be7 20. Nc3 Bc5 (20... Qb4) 21. Re2 Kg8 $2 22. Qxb7 Kh7 23. Rd1 $16
{
Hornetz,B-Eske,A/Polch 1993/GER, nach beideseitigen Fehlern Remis im 34.
Zug.})
5... c5 {Ein prophylaktischer Zug, Kramnik versucht den Aufbau eines starken
weissen Bauernzentrums zu verhindern. Die Alternativen geben ihm Recht:}
(5...
Be7 6. Bc4+ Be6 7. Bxe6+ Kxe6 8. f4 Nc6 (8... Re8 $5 9. d4 Kf7 10. e5 $140
dxe5
11. fxe5 Kg8 $1 12. O-O $1 (12. exf6 Bb4+ 13. Kf2 Qxf6+ $40) 12... Nd5 13.
Ne4
$44 (13. Qg4 Nxc3 14. bxc3 (14. Bh6 $4 Qxd4+ $19) 14... Qd5 $15)) 9. d4 d5
$6
10. f5+ Kd7 $2 (10... Kf7 11. e5 Ne4 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. Be3 $44) 11. e5 Bb4
12.
O-O $1 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ne4 14. Qg4 $1 Kc8 (14... h5 15. Qxg7+ Kc8 16. f6 $18)
15.
f6+ Qd7 $2 (15... Kb8 16. Qxg7 b5 (16... Rg8 17. Qxg8 $1 Qxg8 18. f7 Qf8 19.
Bh6 $18) 17. f7 Kb7 18. Ba3 $18) 16. fxg7 $18 {
Montavon,G-Pichl,U/Leipzig 1998/EXT 99}) (5... c6 6. d4 Be7 7. Bc4+ Be6 (7...
d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. Nxd5 Be6 10. Ne3 Bxc4 11. Nxc4 Nc6 12. c3 $13) 8. Bxe6+
Kxe6
9. O-O Kd7 $6 (9... Rf8 $142) 10. e5 Ne8 11. Bf4 Kc7 12. Ne4 (12. d5 $1 $44)
12... Qd7 (12... d5 $1) 13. exd6+ Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Nxd6 15. d5 c5 $6 (15... Rf8
16. Bg3 $44) 16. Re1 Re8 $6 17. Qd2 $36 Na6 $4 18. Qa5+ $18 {
Jepson,C-Muller,P/Hallsberg 1991/EXT 97}) 6. Bc4+ Be6 {Fast erzwungen,}
({nach
} 6... Ke8 $6 {ist die weitere schwarze Entwicklung sehr erschwert und der
Knig bleibt im Zentrum, was ziemlich gefhrlich sein kann.}) 7. Bxe6+ Kxe6 8.

d4 Kf7 $5 (8... cxd4 9. Qxd4 Nc6 10. Qc4+ $44) 9. dxc5 Nc6 10. Qe2 $5 (10.
cxd6
Bxd6 {
gefolgt von Te8 und Schwarz hat seine Figuren schneller mobilisiert als Weiss.}
) 10... Qd7 11. Be3 {
Meiner Meinung nach ist hier der Bauer wichtiger als eine Tempo, also} (11.
cxd6 $142 Bxd6 12. Qc4+ $13) 11... dxc5 12. f4 Re8 13. e5 Ng4 14. Rd1 Qf5
15.
O-O h5 $1 ({Interessant, aber auch ein bichen riskant war} 15... Nb4 16. Bc1
$1 Be7 (16... Nxc2 $2 17. Ne4 $1 ({Staerker als} 17. h3 h5) 17... Nd4 18. Qc4+
Kg6 (18... Ne6 19. Ng3 $18) 19. Ng3 b5 $8 20. Qd5 Nf6 $8 21. Qb7 (21. Qxd4
cxd4
22. Nxf5 Kxf5 23. exf6 gxf6 $11) 21... Re7 (21... Qd7 $4 22. f5+ $18) 22. Qa8
Qg4 (22... Re8 23. Qxa7 Re7 24. Qxc5 $18) 23. f5+ Kf7 24. exf6 gxf6 25. Qd5+
$18) 17. Ne4 h5 18. h3 Nh6 19. a3 Na6 (19... Nc6 20. Qc4+ Kg6 (20... Qe6 $4
21.
Ng5+ Bxg5 22. fxg5+ $18) 21. Ng3 Qf7 (21... Qc8 22. f5+ Kh7 23. Bxh6 $18)
22.
e6 Qf6 (22... Qf8 23. Qe4+ Nf5 24. Rd5 Ncd4 25. Nxf5 Nxf5 26. g4 $18) 23.
Qe4+
Nf5 24. Rd5 Ncd4 25. Nxf5 Nxf5 26. g4 hxg4 27. hxg4 Rh4 28. Qxf5+ Qxf5 29.
gxf5+ Kh6 (29... Kf6 $2 30. b4 $18) 30. Rd7 $18 {_|_}) 20. Qc4+ Kf8 21. Ng3
Qg6
22. Rd3 {mit unangenehmen Drohung f5.}) ({Auch} 15... Nxe3 16. Qxe3 Qxc2
{
geht nicht} (16... Nd4 17. Ne4 Kg8 18. c3 $16) {wegen} 17. Rd7+ (17. Ne4
Rd8)
17... Re7 (17... Kg8 18. f5 $3 Nxe5 (18... Rxe5 19. Qf4 $1 Be7 20. Rd2 $18) 19.
Rd5 $16) 18. f5 $3 Qxb2 (18... Rxd7 19. e6+ Ke7 20. exd7+ Kxd7 21. Rf2 $18)
19.
Rd2 Qa3 (19... Qb6 $2 20. e6+ Kg8 (20... Ke8 21. Nd5 Qd8 22. f6 $18) 21. Nd5
Qa5 22. f6 $18) (19... Qb4 20. e6+ Kg8 (20... Ke8 21. Nd5 Qg4 22. f6 $18)) 20.
f6 gxf6 (20... Re6 21. Qh3 $1 Nd4 22. Rxd4 cxd4 23. fxg7+ Kxg7 24. Qxe6 $18)

21. Qg5 $1 Nxe5 22. Qxf6+ Ke8 23. Qxh8 Ng6 24. Qf6 Bh6 (24... Bg7 25. Qd6
$18)
25. Qf5 $1 {mit entscheidendem Mattangriff.}) 16. Bc1 Nd4 17. Qc4+ Kg6
(17...
Qe6 $5 18. Qa4 (18. Qd3 Be7 19. Ne4 Rd8 $17) 18... Kg8 19. h3 Nh6 (19... b5
20.
Nxb5 Ne2+ 21. Kh1 Ng3+ 22. Kg1 Ne2+ 23. Kh1 Rb8 (23... Ng3+ $11) 24. Rf3
$13)
20. Qxa7 b5 21. a4 $13 (21. Rd2 Nhf5)) 18. h3 Nh6 19. Nb5 a6 (19... Qxc2 $4
20.
Rxd4) (19... Nxc2 $5 20. Nxa7 (20. Nd6 Bxd6 21. Rxd6+ Kh7 22. Qxc5 Qe4
$17)
20... Be7 21. Nb5 $15) 20. Nxd4 cxd4 21. Qxd4 Rc8 $6 (21... Qxc2 $142 22. Rf2
(
22. Qb6+ Qc6) 22... Qc6 (22... Qf5 23. Be3 $15) 23. Qd3+ (23. f5+ Nxf5 24.
Qf4
Nh6 $17) 23... Nf5 24. Be3 h4 $17 {_|_}) 22. Qb6+ Kh7 23. Qxb7 Rxc2 24. Be3
(
24. Qxa6 $2 Bc5+ $1 (24... Qe4 25. Qd3 Rxg2+ 26. Kh1 Qxd3 27. Rxd3 Re2 28.
Rd2
(28. Bd2 Nf5) 28... Re3 $13) 25. Kh2 Qe4 26. Rd2 (26. Qd3 $4 Rxg2+ 27. Kh1
Rg1+
28. Kh2 Qxd3 $19) (26. Bd2 Rd8 $19) 26... Rxc1 27. Rxc1 Qxf4+ 28. Kh1 Qxd2
29.
Rxc5 Qe1+ 30. Kh2 Rd8 $1 31. Qa4 Rd2 $19) 24... Qg6 (24... Re2 $5 25. Bd4
Qe4 (
25... Re4 26. Qxa6 Rxf4 $13) 26. Qxe4+ Rxe4 $15) 25. Rc1 $1 Rxc1 (25... Nf5
$5
26. Bf2 $1 (26. Rxc2 Nxe3) 26... Rxc1 {-- Partie}) 26. Rxc1 Nf5 27. Bf2 h4 28.
Rc7 (28. Rc6 Qh5 $132) 28... Ng3 29. Kh2 Nf1+ 30. Kg1 Qb1 31. Bxh4 Bc5+ $1
(
31... Bc5+ 32. Rxc5 Ng3+ 33. Kh2 (33. Kf2 $4 Ne4+ $19) 33... Nf1+ $11) 1/21/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]

[Date "1999.03.03"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2716"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bg5 h6 8.


Bh4
g5 9. Bg3 Bg7 10. Be2 h5 11. Bxg4 Bxg4 12. f3 Bd7 13. Bf2 Nc6 14. Qd2 Qa5
15.
O-O-O Rc8 16. Kb1 Be6 17. Nxc6 bxc6 18. Bd4 f6 19. b3 g4 20. Rhe1 c5 21. Bf2
Bh6 22. Be3 Bg7 23. Bf2 Bh6 24. Be3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.03.05"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Leko, Peter"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2694"]
[Annotator "Wedberg"]
[PlyCount "43"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. d4 Bb6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4
d6 9. Bxc6 (9. a4 a5 10. Re1 {is main line.}) 9... bxc6 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qa4 {
This is hardly dangerous for Black. The Q is better on c2.} (11. Nbd2 {
is the main alternative} Re8 12. Qc2 g5 13. Bg3 Nh5 14. c4 Nxg3 15. hxg3 Qe7
16. Nb3 Bc5 17. Qc3 Rb8 18. a3 Bg4 19. Nxc5 Qxc5 20. b4 $14 {
1-0 Almasi,Z-Gulko,B/Pamplona 1996/CBM 57 (95)}) 11... Qd6 12. Rd1 (12. Na3
Qe6
(12... Nd7 13. Nc4 Qe6 14. Nxb6 cxb6 $10 {
0-1 Rachels,S-Torre,E/Manila 1990/CBM 19/[Ernst] (60)}) 13. Rfd1 Nd7 14. Qc4
Nc5 15. Qxe6 Bxe6 16. Nxe5 g5 17. Bg3 Nxe4 $132 {
0-1 Petrushin,A-Gulko,B/Tallinn 1983/MCL (35)}) 12... Qe6 13. Nbd2 Nd7 14. b4
a5 15. Qb3 Re8 (15... Qe8 16. Qc4 Nb8 17. bxa5 Rxa5 18. Qd3 g5 19. Bg3 f6
$13 {
1/2-1/2 Ilincic,Z-Basagic,Z/JUG-chT 1989/TD (74)}) 16. Qxe6 Rxe6 17. Nc4 f6
18.
a3 Ba6 19. Nfd2 axb4 20. axb4 Ree8 21. Nxb6 Nxb6 22. f3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]

[Date "1999.03.06"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2781"]
[Annotator "Anand"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

{The previous day, I had lost a drawn ending against Kasparov in an incredibly
embarrassing way, but on the bright side, it was impossible to imagine doing
anything worse than that.} 1. e4 {Lukacs} c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 {
4.Nf3 has been the main line for some time now, but Black has been doing OK
there. Inevitably, White players were going to return to 4.Nc3.

Shirov

played 4.Nc3 to great effect in his match against Hracek, though funnily
enough, he combined it with 4.Nf3 instead of with the usual g4.} e6 {Hracek
pre
ferred 4...Qb6, but Shirov showed that 4.Nf3 was quite effective against this.}
5. g4 {Obviously, 4.Nf3 would be off the mark here.} Bg6 6. Nge2 Ne7 {
The old move 6...c5 has been superseded recently by this move.} 7. Nf4 (7. h4
$6 {Lukacs} h5 8. Nf4 hxg4 {see Sveshnikov-Dreev, Alushta 1994 CBM 42})
7... c5

{Lukacs: 'This is a really sharp line in the 3.e5 system. Black has to react
immediately in the [+] against White's agression on the >>.'} (7... h5 $2 {
Lukacs: was beautifully crushed in the following game:} 8. Nxg6 Nxg6 9. gxh5
Nh4 10. Qg4 Nf5 11. Bd3 Nh6 12. Bxh6 Rxh6 13. f4 Qb6 14. O-O-O Qxd4 15.
Bg6 $1
Qe3+ 16. Kb1 {/\ Qxe6} Ke7 17. Rhe1 Qb6 18. f5 $1 {
White has an irresistable -> against the K in the middle.} fxg6 19. hxg6 Na6
20. fxe6 {lines has to be opened against the K.} Ke8 21. Qf5 Qc7 22. Rxd5 $3 {
pretty, isn't it?} cxd5 23. Nxd5 $18 {Czebe-Nguyen Thi, Budapest 1998}) (7...
Nd7 {Lukacs: allows White to push his opponent to the wall on the >>.} 8. h4
h6
9. Nxg6 Nxg6 10. h5 Ne7 11. Ne2 {in order to answer} c5 {by} 12. c3 {
holding the [+].} Nc6 13. f4 Qb6 14. a3 Na5 15. b4 cxb4 16. axb4 Nc4 17. Qa4
Be7 18. f5 Bg5 19. Nf4 $16 {Kotronias-Papaioannou, GRE-ch Athens 1996}) 8.
h4
cxd4 {'!' Lukacs. Lukacs: 'Black is playing in the [+] balancing White's >>
threats.'} 9. Nb5 Nec6 10. h5 {Lukacs: 'White has to continue his strategy.'} (
10. Nxd4 $6 {Lukacs leads nowhere after} Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Nc6 12. Qa4 a6 13.
Nxg6
hxg6 14. Bg5 Be7 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 $15 {Neukirch-Fette, BL 1998}) 10... Be4 11.
f3
{All this is well known theory. Black used to play 11...Bxf3 and get a whole
mass of pawns for the piece. However, White got a strong attack with g5 and
h6
and we wondered if Black could get these moves in himself.} a6 $1 {Lukacs: 'If
your strong piece is attacked, try to attack your opponent's threatening
piece!'} (11... Bxf3 {Lukacs} 12. Qxf3 Nxe5 {
gets a lot of pawns for the piece, but White's attack can be continued.} 13.
Qg3 Nbc6 14. Nd3 f6 (14... Nxd3+ 15. Bxd3 e5 16. O-O Bc5 17. h6 (17. Rf5 $5
{
comes into consideration.}) 17... g6 18. Qf2 Qd7 19. Kh1 a6 20. Nc3 Rf8 21.
Na4
Ba7 $13 {Lautier-Karpov, Amber rapid 1997}) 15. Nf4 Kf7 16. g5 $1 {

This is the strong improvement on} (16. c3 dxc3 17. bxc3 d4 {


see Fedorov-Asrian, RUS Cup Chigorin mem 1998 CBM 62} (17... Rc8 $6 {
allows White's dangerous -> after} 18. Bh3 Qa5 19. g5 $1 Nd8 20. Nxe6 $1
Nxe6
21. Bxe6+ Kxe6 22. Qh3+ f5 23. Nd4+ $16 {
Sutovsky-Podgaets, Cafe op Koszalin 1998})) 16... Qd7 17. Bh3 Re8 18. g6+
Kg8
19. c3 dxc3 20. Nxc3 Bb4 21. Bd2 d4 22. O-O-O $1 $16 {
R.Leyva-Llaudy, Holguin 1998}) 12. Nd6+ (12. Nxd4 $2 {Lukacs: loses to}
Nxd4
13. fxe4 dxe4 $19) (12. fxe4 $2 {Lukacs: is also dubious because of} axb5 13.
exd5 exd5 14. Bg2 ({both} 14. e6 $2 Bb4+ {/\ 0-0}) ({and} 14. Kf2 $2 {
are inferior:} Be7 15. Bxb5 O-O 16. Qe2 Nd7 17. h6 (17. Nxd5 Ndxe5) 17... g6
18. Nxd5 Bh4+ 19. Kg2 Ndxe5 20. Nf4 Bg5 21. Bd2 Qd6 $19 {
Ady-Ashley, Manhattan 1999}) 14... Bb4+ 15. Kf2 (15. Bd2 Bxd2+ 16. Qxd2 OO)
15... O-O {and the white K is all but safe.}) 12... Bxd6 13. exd6 g5 $1 {
This allows Black to set up a strong pawn front on the kingside and also
misplaces the knight. Lukacs: 'This is Anand's novelty, another intermediate
move attacking the opponent'spiece!'} (13... e5 14. Ng2 $1 (14. fxe4 {Lukacs}
exf4 15. exd5 Qa5+ 16. Kf2 Qxd5 17. Bg2 Qxd6 18. Re1+ Kf8 (18... Ne7 19.
Qf3
$44) 19. Qf3 $44) 14... Qxd6 15. fxe4 dxe4 16. Ne3 {Here the knight is very
much in the game and Black doesn't have enough ~/= for the piece.}) ({
Other tries fail to equalize:} 13... Qxd6 {Lukacs} 14. fxe4 dxe4 15. Bg2 f5 16.
O-O) 14. Nh3 {Obviously with the pawn on g5, Ng2 makes no sense.} (14.
hxg6 {
Lukacs} Bxg6 {and the B is out of danger} 15. Nxg6 fxg6 16. Bd3 O-O) (14.
fxe4
$2 {Lukacs} gxf4 15. exd5 Qa5+ $1 (15... exd5 16. Bxf4) 16. Kf2 Qxd5 $19 {
winning all the pawns.}) 14... h6 15. fxe4 dxe4 16. Bg2 f5 {
Lukacs: 'Black has an admirable phalanx.'} 17. O-O O-O $1 (17... Rf8 {

It looks safer not to castle "into" it, but after...} 18. gxf5 exf5 19. Bxe4
fxe4 20. Rxf8+ Kxf8 21. Bxg5 hxg5 22. Qg4 {White's attack looks quite
dangerous. By castling, Black is able to recapture on f8 with his rook.}) 18.
c3 $2 (18. gxf5 {White may need to take drastic measures and force a draw
already, since the game continuation looks quite convincing for black.} exf5
19. Bxe4 (19. Bxg5 hxg5 20. Bxe4 Qxd6 $1) 19... fxe4 20. Bxg5 $1 (20. Rxf8+
Qxf8 $1) 20... Rxf1+ (20... hxg5 21. Qg4 $40) 21. Qxf1 hxg5 22. Qf5 Qd7 (22...
Qf8 $11) 23. Qxe4 (23. Qg6+ Qg7 24. Qe8+ Qf8 $11) 23... Qxh3 24. Qg6+ Kh8
$11)
18... Qxd6 {'!' Lukacs.} (18... d3 $6 {
Lukacs can be punished in a nice tactical way:} 19. gxf5 exf5 20. Qb3+ Kh8 21.
Bxe4 $1 fxe4 22. Bxg5 $1 hxg5 23. Qe6 $16) 19. gxf5 exf5 20. Qb3+ (20. Be3
Nd7
$1 21. cxd4 Nb6 $17) 20... Kh8 21. Bxe4 {White finally sacrifices the piece,
but here it isn't sufficient. Lukacs: 'White cannot bear Black's mighty [+].'}
(21. Qxb7 Nd7 22. Qb3 Nde5 $17) (21. cxd4 Nxd4 22. Qc3 Nbc6 $17) (21. Qa3
$5 {
Lukacs}) 21... fxe4 22. Rxf8+ Qxf8 23. Qe6 $1 {Despite his two pawn
advantage
- Black still has to find a way to develop his queenside. White just threatens
Bxg5 and Rf1} Nd7 $1 {Funnily enough - Black just has to toss the piece that
he recovered. Honestly speaking, this was a fairly intuitive sacrifice, but I
felt that Black was better and didn't see any other way to get more than a
draw. Lukacs: 'Development first!'} (23... e3 $2 24. cxd4 (24. Bxe3 $1 {
Lukacs Development first!} dxe3 25. Rf1 $18) 24... Nxd4 25. Qe5+ Qg7 26.
Qe8+
Qg8 $11 (26... Kh7 27. Bxe3 $1 Nf3+ 28. Kh1 $16)) 24. Qxd7 {'[]' Lukacs.} (24.
Bxg5 hxg5 25. Qxd7 (25. Rf1 {Lukacs} Qg7 26. Rf7 Nc5 $1 27. Qf5 Ne7 $19)
25...
Rd8 $1 26. Qe6 Re8 27. Qg6 Ne5 $19) 24... Rd8 (24... Qf3 $5 {Lukacs}) 25.
Qg4 (
25. Qxb7 $2 {In a practical game, it is difficult for a player to enter a line

like this where Black has a sure draw and a chance to try for more.} Qd6 {
I noticed this and when I realized that Black had at least a forced draw with
25...Qf3, I decided to play 23...Nd7.} (25... Qf3 26. Nxg5 hxg5 27. Qxc6 Qg4+
28. Kh2 Qxh5+ 29. Kg2 Qg4+ 30. Kh2 Qh4+ 31. Kg1 (31. Kg2 Rf8 $1 $19) 31...
Rf8
(31... Qg3+ 32. Kh1 Qh3+ 33. Kg1 Rf8 34. Bd2 $1 e3 35. Qe4 Qg3+ 36. Kh1)
32.
Bd2 Qg4+ 33. Kh1 Qh3+ 34. Kg1 e3 35. Qe4 $1 Qg3+ 36. Kh1 Rf6 $1 (36...
exd2 37.
Qxd4+ Kh7 38. Qd7+ (38. Qxd2 Rh8 $1 $19) 38... Kg6 39. Qe6+ Kg7 40. Qd7+
Rf7)
37. Qxd4 (37. Qe8+ Kg7 38. Qd7+ Kh6 39. Qxd4 Qf3+ 40. Kh2 exd2 $1) 37...
Qf3+
38. Kh2 Qf2+ 39. Kh1 exd2 40. Qxf2 Rxf2 41. Kg1 $1 $11) 26. Kg2 e3 $1 27.
cxd4
(27. Qxa6 g4 $1) 27... g4 $1 (27... Qd5+ 28. Kh2 Qf3 $5 29. Qc7 $1 (29. Bxe3
Rb8 30. Qxa6 Qxe3 (30... g4 $1)) 29... Rxd4 30. Qc8+ Rd8 31. Qe6 Qe2+ 32.
Kg3
Qe1+ $11) 28. Ng5 $1 (28. Bxe3 gxh3+ {Seems to just lose on the spot. e.g}
29.
Kxh3 Qe6+ 30. Kh2 Qxe3 31. Qxc6 Qf4+ 32. Kh1 Rg8) 28... hxg5 29. Bxe3
Qd5+ (
29... Rb8 30. Qf7 Rxb2+ 31. Kf1 g3) 30. Kg1 Qf3 31. Re1 (31. Bxg5 Nxd4 $1
$19)
31... Qg3+ 32. Kf1 Qh3+ 33. Ke2 (33. Kg1 g3 $1 $19) 33... Qf3+ $1 34. Kd2
Nxd4
$19) 25... e3 {'!' Lukacs.} 26. b3 {
'?!' Lukacs. Lukacs: 'This is a serious mistake.'} (26. cxd4 Rxd4 ({and not}
26... Nxd4 27. Bxe3 Nc2 28. Bxg5) 27. Qe2 {'!' Lukacs.} (27. Qe6 $1 {Lukacs}
Rd1+ 28. Kh2 Nd4 (28... Re1 29. Kg3) 29. Qe5+ Kg8 30. Qd5+ Qf7 31. Qxf7+
Kxf7
32. Bxe3 $1 Rxa1 33. Bxd4 Rxa2 {and White has reasonable chances of
survival.})
27... Qf5 (27... Rh4 28. Nxg5 $1 hxg5 (28... Nd4 29. Qxe3 hxg5 30. Kg2 Qf5 31.

Qe8+ Kh7 32. Qg6+ Qxg6 33. hxg6+ Kxg6 $17) 29. Bxe3 {Not completely
clear.}) (
27... Rh4 $5) 28. Qxe3 {A tough nut to crack.} (28. Bxe3 Rg4+ 29. Kh2 (29.
Kh1
Rh4) 29... Qe5+ 30. Kh1 Rg3 $1 {'-+' Lukacs.} (30... Rh4 $19) 31. Qf1 Qe6 $3
{
Fritz} (31... Rxe3 32. Qf8+ Kh7 33. Qf7+ Qg7 34. Qf5+ Kh8 $17) 32. Ng1 Rxe3
$19
) 28... Rg4+ (28... Rd1+ 29. Kg2 (29. Kh2 Ne5 $1 $19) 29... Qd5+ 30. Qf3 $1 (
30. Kf2 Ne5 31. Qc3 Rd3 32. Qc8+ Kg7 33. Qc7+ Kf6 $1 34. Qb6+ Kf5) 30... g4
31.
Qxd5 gxh3+ 32. Kxh3 Rxd5 33. Bf4) (28... Re4 29. Qc3+ (29. Qf2 Qg4+ 30.
Qg2
Re1+ 31. Kh2 Re2 32. Nf2 Qh4+ $19) 29... Nd4 $1 30. Nf2 $8 Re1+ $1 31.
Qxe1 (
31. Kg2 Qd5+ 32. Kh3) 31... Nf3+ 32. Kf1 Nxe1 33. Kxe1 g4 $1) 29. Kh2 Ne5 {
I turned on Fritz to see whether it could defend.} (29... Re4 30. Qf2 Qe5+ 31.
Kh1) 30. Qb6 $1 (30. Ng1 Re4 $1 31. Qc3 Rh4+ 32. Kg2 Rg4+ 33. Kh1 Qe4+
$19)
30... Nf3+ 31. Kh1 Qd5 $1 {The key - Black sets up a mating battery.} 32.
Qxh6+
Kg8 33. Qg6+ Kf8 34. Qf6+ Ke8 35. Qh8+ Kd7 36. Qh7+ Kc8 37. Qc2+ Kb8 38.
Qb3
Rc4 $1 39. Bf4+ gxf4 40. Nxf4 Qe4 $19) 26... Ne5 27. Qe4 Qf6 $1 28. Kg2 {
I was a bit confused when I saw this move, but then I saw what to do.} (28.
cxd4 {Lukacs} Rxd4 $1) (28. Ba3 {Lukacs} dxc3 $5 29. Rf1 (29. Qxe3 Rd3 30.
Qc5
Rg3+ 31. Kh2 Rxh3+ $1) 29... Qe6 30. Rf5 (30. Bb4 c2 31. Bc3 Rd1 32. Bxe5+
Kg8)
30... Rd5 {/\ Nf3}) 28... e2 $1 29. Bxg5 $1 {The best chance.} (29. Qxe2 d3 $1
(29... Qc6+ {Lukacs} 30. Kg1 Nf3+) 30. Qf2 Qc6+ {
Lukacs: 'This is a really nasty check!'} 31. Kg3 (31. Kg1 d2 $19) (31. Kf1 Ng4)
31... Qe6 $1 32. Ng1 Qg4+ 33. Kh2 Qxh5+ 34. Kg2 Ng4 $1) (29. Bd2 Rf8 $1
(29...

d3 30. c4 Nf3 31. Qxf3 Qxa1 32. Nf2) 30. Qxd4 (30. cxd4 Qf1+ 31. Kh2 Nf3+
32.
Kg3 Qxa1 $19) (30. Qxe2 Qc6+ $19) 30... Rd8 $1 31. Qe3 Rxd2 $1 $19) (29.
Bb2 {
Lukacs} Rf8 30. Qxe2 Qc6+ {again this check on the long /^ finishes the
game.}
31. Kg1 Nf3+ 32. Kh1 dxc3 33. Ba3 Re8 34. Qg2 Re4 $1 35. Qg3 (35. Rd1 Nh4
36.
Rd8+ Kg7 37. Rd7+ Qxd7 38. Qxe4 Qxh3+ $19) 35... Nd4 36. Qg2 Nc2 $1 $19)
29...
hxg5 30. cxd4 Qc6 {'-+' Lukacs. Lukacs: 'liquidating for a winning _|_.'} 31.
d5 (31. Qxc6 {Lukacs} Nxc6 32. Re1 (32. Nxg5 $2 Rg8) 32... Nxd4) 31... Qxd5 (
31... Rxd5 32. Re1 {Doesn't lead anywhere.}) 32. Qxd5 Rxd5 33. Re1 Rd2 34.
Kf2
$1 Rxa2 35. Rxe2 $2 (35. Ke3 $1 Nf7 36. Rxe2 (36. Nf2 Kg7 37. Rxe2 Rxe2+
38.
Kxe2 Kh6 $17) 36... Rxe2+ 37. Kxe2 Kg7 38. Kf3 Kh6 39. Kg4 a5 40. Nf2 b5 41.
Ne4 a4 42. bxa4 bxa4 43. Nc3 a3 $17) 35... Nd3+ 36. Ke3 Rxe2+ 37. Kxe2 g4
$1 {
A nice intermezzo} (37... Nf4+ $4 38. Nxf4 gxf4 39. Kf3 $11) 38. Ng5 Nc1+ 39.
Ke3 Nxb3 40. h6 a5 41. Kf4 (41. Ke4 g3 $1) 41... Nd4 $1 {
Taking away the f5 square.} 42. Kxg4 a4 43. Kh5 (43. Ne4 a3 44. Nc3 b5 $19)
43... Nc6 {It's still not too late to be careless.} (43... Nc6 44. Kg6 Ne5+ 45.
Kf5 a3 $1 46. Kxe5 a2 $19) (43... a3 $4 44. Kg6 $1 $18) 0-1

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.03.07"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Svidler, Peter"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B35"]

[WhiteElo "2713"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Alterman,B"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8.
Bb3 a5 9. O-O (9. h4 a4 10. Bd5 a3 11. b3 Ng4 12. Bxc6 dxc6 13. Nde2 Nxe3
14.
fxe3 Qa5 $19) (9. h3 d5 10. Bxd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 Nb4 12. Nde2 Bf5 13. Rc1 Rc8
14.
O-O b5 15. Nd4 Bxd4 16. Qxd4 Nxc2 17. Rxc2 Bxc2 18. Bh6 e5 19. Qxe5 f6 20.
Qd4
$44 {1/2-1/2 Romero Holmes,A-Frois,A/La Coruna TH op 1995 (29)}) 9... a4 (9...
Ng4 10. Qxg4 Nxd4 11. Qh4 Nxb3 12. axb3 Ra6 13. Bh6 Re6 $11 {
1-0 Luecke,N-Heinatz,T/BL 1993 (41)}) 10. Nxa4 (10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Nxa4 Nxe4
12.
f3 Nf6 13. Bb6 Qe8 14. Re1 d6 15. Bf2 c5 16. Nb6 Ra7 17. a4 Bb7 18. c3 Qd8
19.
a5 Bc6 20. Qe2 Re8 21. Ra3 e5 22. Ba4 Bxa4 23. Rxa4 e4 24. fxe4 d5 25. Qd1
d4
26. e5 Nd7 27. cxd4 Nxb6 28. axb6 Rd7 29. Ra7 cxd4 30. Rxd7 Qxd7 31. Qxd4
{
1-0 Shchekachev,A-Pigusov,E/Open, Bourbon Lancy FRA 1997 (58)}) (10. Bxa4
Nxe4
11. Nxe4 Rxa4 12. c3 Ra8 (12... Ra5 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Qb3 Rb5 15. Qc2 d5
$15 {

1/2-1/2 Gallinnis,N-Guempges,x/corr 1981 (53)}) 13. Ng3 d5 14. f4 e6 15. Re1


f6
16. Nf3 e5 17. Qb3 Na5 18. Qb5 Nc4 19. Bc5 Ra5 20. Qb4 Rf7 21. Rad1 Qc7 22.
Rxd5 Be6 23. Bb6 Bf8 24. Bxc7 Bxb4 25. Rd8+ {
1-0 Baranyai,A-Toth,S/Providencia Open, Debrecen HUN 1997}) 10... Nxe4 11.
Nb5
(11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Nb6 (12. Bb6 Qe8 13. f3 Ng5 (13... Nf6 14. Bf2 Ba6 15. Re1
d6 16. c4 c5 17. Nc3 Qd8 18. Qe2 Ra7 19. a4 Qb8 20. Nb5 Rd7 21. Rad1 Rc8
22.
Kh1 Nh5 23. Bc2 Nf4 24. Qd2 Ne6 25. Be4 Nd4 26. b4 e5 27. Nxd4 cxd4 28. b5
Bb7
29. a5 $16 {1-0 David,A-Abolianin,A/Lost Boys Open, Antwerp BEL 1998 (39)})
14.
c3 d6 15. Be3 Ne6 16. Nb6 Rb8 17. a4 Nc7 18. a5 Be6 19. Ba4 Na8 20. Re1
Nxb6
21. Bxb6 Rxb6 22. axb6 Qb8 23. Kh1 Qxb6 24. Qd2 $14 {
1-0 David,A-Taleb,M/Montpellier 1998 (35)}) 12... Rb8 13. Nxc8 Qxc8 14. f3 (14.
c3 d5 15. f3 Nd6 16. Re1 Re8 17. Ba7 Rb7 18. Bc5 Rd7 19. a4 Qb8 20. a5 Qb5
21.
Bf2 Ra8 22. Ba4 Qa6 23. Bc2 Qb7 24. Ra2 e5 25. Bd3 Nb5 26. Qa1 Rdd8 27. a6
Qd7
28. Bxb5 cxb5 29. a7 d4 30. Rd1 Qc6 31. Ra6 Qc4 32. cxd4 $13 {
0-1 Nykopp,J-Keskisarja,T/FIN-chT 1994/EXT 97 (39)}) 14... Nf6 15. Re1 (15.
Qe2
Qc7 16. Rad1 Rfe8 17. Rfe1 d6 18. Kh1 e5 19. Bg5 d5 20. Qf2 Nd7 21. c3 f5 22.
Bc1 Kh8 23. Qh4 Nc5 24. Bc2 Ne6 25. g4 Qf7 26. gxf5 gxf5 27. Rg1 Rg8 28.
Qh3
Rbf8 29. a4 e4 30. fxe4 fxe4 31. Rdf1 $14 {
1-0 Mokry,K-Antunes,A/EUCup Gr2 Strasbourg 1994/EXP 43 (44)}) 15... d6 16.
a4
c5 17. a5 c4 18. Ba4 Qa6 19. Bb6 Rxb6 20. axb6 Qxb6+ 21. Kh1 Qxb2 22. Rb1
Qa3
23. Bb5 d5 24. Qd4 Qd6 25. Rbd1 Rb8 26. Rb1 Ne4 27. Qa7 Nc3 28. Rxe7 Nxb5
29.
Qe3 Bf8 30. Re5 Na3 31. Rxb8 Qxb8 32. Rxd5 $17 {

0-1 Garcia,G-Turner,M/Lloyds Bank op 1994/EXP 43 (47)}) 11... Ra6 (11... d6 12.


Qe2 (12. Bb6 Qd7 13. Nc7 Rb8 14. Re1 Nf6 15. Qd2 Ne8 16. Nd5 e6 17. Ne3 d5
18.
Rad1 Nc7 19. Nc5 Qd6 20. Ne4 Qf4 21. Nc5 Na8 22. Nd3 Qh6 23. Bc5 Rd8 24.
c3 b6
25. Bb4 $17 {
Voicu,C-Andreeva,N/EU-chJW U16 Rimavska Sobota 1996/EXT 96ch2/0-1 (53)})
12...
Nf6 13. Rad1 Bf5 14. c4 Ng4 15. Bc1 Qb8 16. h3 Nf6 17. Be3 Nd7 18. f4 Na5
19.
g4 Nxb3 20. axb3 Be4 21. Ba7 Rxa7 22. Qxe4 Ra6 23. Qxe7 Nc5 24. Nxc5 dxc5
25.
Qxc5 Bxb2 26. Rd2 Bg7 27. Rd7 Ra2 28. Qd5 Qe8 29. Qd3 Re2 30. Nc7 $16 {
1-0 Theissen,H-Fabisch,C/Dortmund op-A 1993/TD 93\06 (58)}) (11... Rxa4 12.
Bxa4 Bxb2 13. Rb1 Bg7 14. f3 Qa5 15. Bb3 Nc3 16. Nxc3 Qxc3 17. Qe1 d6 18.
Qxc3
Bxc3 19. Rfd1 Bd7 20. Ba4 Ra8 21. Rxb7 Rxa4 22. Rxd7 Rxa2 23. Rc7 Ra6 24.
Rb1
Bf6 25. Bh6 $16 {1-0 Bologan,V-Katz,F/Corsican Open, Bastia FRA 1998 (42)})
12.
Qe2 (12. Re1 d6 $11) (12. Qd3 d5 13. f3 Nf6 14. Nc5 Ra8 15. Rfd1 e6 $11) 12...
d6 13. c4 (13. Rad1 Bd7 $132) 13... Nf6 $1 (13... f5 $2 $16 14. Bb6 $1 Qd7 (
14... Rxb6 $2 15. Nxb6 Qxb6 16. c5+ $18) 15. f3 (15. c5+ Kh8 16. Rad1 $16)
(15.
Rad1 Na5 16. Bc2 $14) 15... Nf6 $2 (15... Ng5 16. Rad1 Ne6 $1 17. c5 Kh8 18.
cxd6 exd6 19. Rf2 d5 20. Nc5 Nxc5 21. Bxc5 Re8 22. Qf1 Ne7 23. Rc2 $16) 16.
Rad1 $22 $18 {1-0 Rogic,D-Sale,S/CRO-ch06 Pula 1998/CBM 64/[Tsesarsky]
(20)})
14. Rfd1 (14. Rad1 Bg4 15. f3 Bd7 16. c5 Na5 17. Bc2 d5 $11) 14... Bd7 15.
Nac3
Qb8 16. h3 {Position not so easy to play for black.Topalov first of all need
to find some plan to open the center , but in such position it's very
difficalt.} Rc8 17. a3 Ne5 18. Rac1 Bxb5 {Probably black should to exchange

some peaces because space problem, but now white has two bishops and
clear
plan to attack on the Qeen side.} 19. cxb5 (19. Nxb5 $14) 19... Ra8 20. b6 (20.
Bd4 e6 21. a4 Ned7 $14) 20... Rc6 21. Nb5 Qd8 22. Nc7 Rb8 23. Qb5 Rxc1 24.
Rxc1
$6 (24. Bxc1 $1 Qd7 25. Qxd7 Nfxd7 26. Be3 {Still better for white}) 24... e6
$1 25. a4 d5 26. a5 Ne4 $1 {Finally black gets strong contrplay.} 27. Rd1 (27.
Bc2 Nd6 28. Qc5 Ndc4 $36) 27... Nd6 28. Qc5 Nf5 29. Bc1 Bf8 30. Qc2 Nc6
(30...
Qh4 $1 31. Qe2 Nc6 32. Bd2 Bc5 $17) 31. Bd2 Bd6 32. Ba4 Nb4 33. Qb3 Nd4
34. Qe3
Nf5 35. Qb3 Qh4 36. Rc1 $4 (36. Re1 Bc5 $17) 36... Nd4 0-1

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.03.09"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A30"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2714"]
[Annotator "Stohl"]
[PlyCount "50"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. Nf3 {Ftacnik} c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. g3 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 $6 {


Surprisingly after this natural move Black has only few problems and achieves
equality rather easily.} (6. Bd2 $142 Qb6 7. Nb3 Ne5 8. Qc2 (8. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 9.
Qd2 Qxc4 10. Bg2 Ne7 11. Na3 Qa6 12. O-O O-O 13. Rac1 d5 14. Rfd1 Qb6 15.
Nc5
Nc4 16. Nxc4 Qxc5 17. Ne5 Qb6 18. Qc2 f6 19. Nd3 Bd7 20. Nc5 Rad8 21. Rd3
Bc8
22. Rb3 Qc6 23. Qd2 b6 24. Na6 Qd6 25. Nc7 Bd7 26. Nb5 Bxb5 27. Rxb5 Rc8
$17 {
Langeweg,K-Wedberg,T/Buenos Aires olm/1978/}) 8... a5 (8... d6 9. Bg2 Bd7 10.
Bxb4 Qxb4+ 11. Qd2 Qxd2+ 12. N1xd2 Bc6 13. Bxc6+ bxc6 14. c5 d5 15. Na5
Ne7 16.
b4 Kd7 17. f4 N5g6 18. e4 h5 19. Kf2 h4 20. exd5 Nxd5 21. a3 Rh6 22. Nf3
Rah8
23. Rhd1 hxg3+ 24. hxg3 Kc7 25. Rac1 Nge7 26. Nc4 Rh3 27. Nd6 f6 28. b5
$36 {
Tiller,B-Wedberg,T/Randers zt/1982/}) 9. Bg2 a4 10. Nc1 Nf6 11. O-O Bxd2 12.
Nxd2 O-O 13. c5 Qb5 14. Qc3 d6 15. cxd6 Ra6 16. Nf3 Nxf3+ 17. Bxf3 Rxd6 18.
Nd3
Bd7 19. Qc7 Qb6 20. Rac1 Bb5 21. Qxb6 Rxb6 22. Ne5 Nd7 23. Nxd7 Bxd7 24.
Rfd1
Bc6 25. Bxc6 bxc6 26. Rc2 Rfb8 27. a3 Kf8 $11 {
Polugaevsky,L-Ornstein,A/Buenos Aires olm/ 1978/}) 6... Qa5 $1 ({
With the interpolated moves} 6... Nf6 7. Bg2 Qa5 $6 {is very dubious due to}
8.
O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O (9... Qxc3 10. Nxc6 $1 dxc6 (10... Qxa1 11. Qd6 $18) 11.
Qd6 Bd7 12. Rb1 {1-0,Meins,G-Schumacher,O/Bremen GER-ch/1998/}) 10. Qb3
d5 11.
cxd5 exd5 12. Be3 Ne5 13. Rfd1 Bd7 14. a4 Rac8 15. Qb4 Qa6 16. Nb5 $36 {
Taimanov,M-Zakharov/URS-ch/1965/}) 7. Ndb5 (7. Nxc6 dxc6 (7... bxc6 8. Bd2
Qc7
9. Bg2 Rb8 10. O-O Nf6 11. Nb5 Qa5 12. Bxb4 Qxb4 13. a3 Qc5 14. b4 Qe5 15.
Nd6+

Ke7 16. c5 Ba6 17. Qa4 Bxe2 18. Rfe1 $40 {King,D-Arnason,J/Reykjavik/1984/})
8.
Bd2 Qc7 9. Ne4 Qa5 10. Bg2 e5 11. Bc3 Bxc3+ 12. bxc3 Nf6 $132 {
1/2,Adorjan,A-Wedberg,T/Oslo/1984/}) 7... d5 {'!' Ftacnik.} (7... a6 $6 8. Nd6+
Ke7 (8... Kf8 9. Bg2 $1 $44) 9. Nxc8+ Rxc8 10. Bd2 Nf6 11. Bg2 Rhd8 12. a3
Bxc3
13. Bxc3 Qg5 14. O-O d5 15. Qb3 $16 {^^,><Ke7,Mlynek,PNovak,J/Brno/1996/}) (
7... Nf6 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. Nd6 Qc7 11. Nce4 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 f5 13. a3
Be7
14. Nc3 Bf6 15. Bf4 Ne5 16. Rc1 d6 17. b3 Bd7 18. Qd2 Rad8 19. e4 g6 20.
Rfd1
Bc8 21. exf5 gxf5 22. Bg5 Bxg5 23. Qxg5+ Qg7 24. Qxg7+ Kxg7 25. f4 Nf7 26.
Na4
$36 {Horvath,J-Schlosser,P/Budapest/1991/}) 8. a3 (8. Bd2 a6 $142 $1 (8...
dxc4
9. a3 Bxc3 10. Nd6+ $1 Kf8 11. Bxc3 Qc5 12. Rc1 Nge7 13. Nxc4 Qd5 14. Qxd5
Nxd5
15. Bg2 Nxc3 16. Rxc3 Bd7 17. O-O Ke7 18. Bxc6 Bxc6 19. Ne5 Rac8 20. Rfc1
Rhd8
21. Nxc6+ bxc6 22. Rxc6 Rd1+ 23. Rxd1 Rxc6 24. Rd2 a5 25. Kg2 $14 {
Jansson,B-Wedberg,T/SWE-ch/1977/}) 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Na3 Bxa3 (10... Nf6 11.
Nc2
Bf5 $132) 11. bxa3 d4 12. Ne4 Qxa3 $13) ({More promising is} 8. Bf4 $142 $5
e5
(8... d4 9. a3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 $16) 9. Bd2 dxc4 (9... d4 10. Nd5 Bxd2+ 11.
Qxd2
Qxd2+ 12. Kxd2 Rb8 13. Bg2 $36 (13. Bg2 {Ftacnik} Nge7 $14)) 10. a3 Bxc3
11.
Nd6+ Kf8 12. Bxc3 Qc5 13. Bg2 $44) 8... Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 $146 {'?!' Ftacnik.} (9.
Nxc3 d4 $5 (9... dxc4 {is also quite playable.}) (9... dxc4 $5 $10 {Ftacnik})
10. b4 Nxb4 11. axb4 (11. Bd2 $2 Nd3+ $1 $17 (11... Nd3+ $1 {Ftacnik} 12.
exd3
dxc3 13. Be3 Bd7 14. Bg2 Ne7 $15) (11... Nc6 12. Nb5 Qd8 13. c5 $36)) 11...

Qxa1 12. Nb5 Nf6 $5 (12... Kf8 $5 {Ftacnik} 13. Bg2 Bd7 14. O-O $13) 13.
Nc7+
Ke7 14. Nxa8 Bd7 15. Bg2 (15. Nc7 Ba4 16. Qd2 Rc8 $40 {'-/+' Ftacnik.}) 15...
Rxa8 16. O-O Qc3 {'?' Ftacnik.} (16... Rc8 $5 $15 {Ftacnik}) 17. b5 {
'?' Ftacnik.} (17. Bxb7 $1 {Ftacnik} Rb8 18. Ba6 $1 Rb6 19. Bd2 Qa3 20. b5
Ne4
21. Qa1 $16) 17... Qxc4 18. Ba3+ Ke8 19. Bxb7 Rb8 20. Bc6 Nd5 21. Bxd5
Qxd5 22.
Qa4 Rxb5 23. Qxa7 f6 24. Rc1 Rb7 25. Qa8+ Kf7 26. f3 Kg6 $17 {
Lerner,K-Huzman,A/Kujbyshev/1986/}) 9... Nf6 10. Bg2 (10. Bf4 $6 e5 11. Bg5 (
11. Bd2 {Ftacnik} dxc4 $17) 11... Ne4 $40) (10. Nd6+ {Ftacnik} Ke7 11.
Nxc8+
Raxc8 12. Bd2 dxc4 $17) 10... O-O 11. Qb3 {'?' Ftacnik. Ftacnik: 'Topalov had
no idea, how dangerous is his position with unfinished development and
exposed
knight b5.'} (11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Qb3 a6 13. e4 $5 $15) (11. O-O dxc4 $17) 11...
dxc4 12. Qxc4 e5 $32 {'!' Ftacnik.} 13. Nd6 $8 (13. O-O Be6 14. Qd3 Rad8 15.
Qb1 Bc4 $17) (13. Bg5 $2 {Ftacnik} Be6 14. Qd3 Rfd8 15. Qb1 a6 $19) 13...
Be6
14. Qd3 (14. Nxb7 {Ftacnik} Bxc4 15. Nxa5 Nxa5 16. Bxa8 Rxa8 $17) 14... e4
$1 {
Black starts of a series of sacrifices to keep White's K in the [+]. Ftacnik:
'The key move of black's attack, for white an unpleasant wake up call. All
black reserves will be called to service in a very short time.'} (14... Rad8 $2
15. Nxb7 $16) (14... Qc7 15. Nb5 Qe7 16. Qd6 $132 {'=' Ftacnik.}) 15. Nxe4
(15.
Bxe4 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 Rad8 $17 (16... Rad8 {Ftacnik} 17. Qe3 Nd4 $19)) 15...
Nxe4
16. Bxe4 Rad8 17. Qc2 (17. Qe3 Rfe8 {/\Bd5-/+} (17... Rfe8 $1 {Ftacnik} 18. f3
f5 19. Bxc6 bxc6 $19)) 17... Nd4 18. Qb2 $8 (18. Qb1 Qxc3+ 19. Bd2 (19. Kf1
Bh3+ 20. Bg2 Nxe2 21. Bxh3 Qf3 $19) 19... Nc2+ 20. Bxc2 Qxd2+ 21. Kf1
Bh3+ 22.
Kg1 Qxe2 $19) 18... Nxe2 $1 {Black must prevent castling at any cost. Now

White's K gets caught in a crossfire. Ftacnik: 'Spectacular but also the best
move, black needs to stop white king in the center at all cost.'} 19. Kxe2 (19.
Qxe2 Qxc3+ $19) 19... Rfe8 $40 20. Qb4 (20. f3 f5 21. Bxb7 Bc4+ 22. Kf2
Qc5+
23. Kg2 Re2+ $19) (20. Be3 Bg4+ 21. f3 (21. Bf3 Qa6+ $19) 21... Rxe4 22.
fxg4
Qc5 23. Qc1 Rde8 $19) 20... Qh5+ 21. f3 f5 {'!' Ftacnik. Ftacnik: 'It is a
harvest time for black. All his investment can be recouped, with white king
still sitting in the center.'} 22. g4 $8 (22. Qxb7 fxe4 $19) (22. Bxb7 $2 Bc4+
23. Kf2 Re2+ 24. Kg1 Rd1#) 22... Qh3 23. gxf5 (23. Kf2 fxe4 24. Qxe4 Bd5 25.
Qf4 Rf8 $19) 23... Bxf5 24. Qc4+ (24. Kf2 Bxe4 25. fxe4 Rf8+ 26. Ke1 (26. Ke2
Qg2+) 26... Qh4+ {/\Qh4#}) 24... Kh8 25. Re1 Rxe4+ $1 (25... Rxe4+ 26. fxe4
Bg4+ 27. Kf2 Qxh2+ 28. Kf1 (28. Ke3 Qg3#) 28... Bh3#) 0-1

[Event "Linares 16th"]


[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1999.03.10"]
[Round "14"]
[White "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E68"]
[WhiteElo "2812"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Stohl"]
[PlyCount "136"]
[EventDate "1999.02.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "14"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]

[EventCategory "20"]
[SourceDate "1999.06.08"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. Nc3 e5 7. d4 Nbd7 8. h3


exd4 9. Nxd4 Re8 10. e4 a6 11. Re1 (11. Bg5 $5) 11... Rb8 12. a4 {Topalov's
cho
ice couldn't have been too much of a surprise for Kasparov, as they played the
same line already last year:} (12. Bg5 h6 13. Be3 Ne5 14. b3 c5 15. Nf3 Nxf3+
16. Qxf3 b5 17. Rad1 bxc4 18. Bf4 Re6 19. bxc4 Rb4 20. e5 Qe8 21. Nd5 Nxd5
22.
cxd5 Rxe5 23. Bxe5 Bxe5 $44 {Kasparov,G-Topalov,V/Leon m/1998/}) 12... c6
$146
{This typical move hasn't been played earlier.} ({Somewhat passive is} 12...
a5
13. Ndb5 Nc5 14. Bf4 $5 (14. Be3 b6 $5 (14... Bd7 15. Qc2 b6 16. Rad1 Qc8 17.
g4 Qd8 18. f3 Rc8 19. Bc1 Qe7 20. f4 Qf8 21. Bf3 h6 22. Be3 Be6 23. b3 Nh7
24.
h4 g5 25. hxg5 hxg5 26. f5 Bd7 27. Kg2 Be5 28. Rh1 c6 29. Nd4 f6 30. Rh5 Re7
31. Rdh1 $36 {Bareev,E-Khalifman,A/Pardubice/1994/}) 15. Qc2 Bb7 16. Bd4
Ne6
17. Be3 Nc5 18. Bd2 $6 c6 19. Nd4 Nfd7 20. Be3 Ne5 21. b3 Ned3 22. Re2 Nb4
23.
Qd1 d5 $15 {Vukic,M-Itkis,B/Cetinje YUG-chT/1993/}) 14... Ne6 15. Be3 Bf8 16.
Nd5 (16. f4 $5 c6 17. Nd4 Nc5 18. Qc2 $14 {()[+]}) 16... Nd7 17. Nf4 Ndc5 18.
Qc2 c6 19. Nc3 Qb6 20. Rad1 Qb4 21. Nfd5 cxd5 22. Nxd5 Qxa4 23. Qxa4 Nxa4
24.
Nf6+ Kh8 25. Nxe8 Nxb2 26. Rb1 Nxc4 $44 {|^,Baburin,A-Van
Wely,L/Skei/1993/}) (
12... Nc5 13. b4 (13. a5 $6 Nfd7 14. Be3 Ne5 15. Bf1 Nc6 $1 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17.
Qc2 Nb3 18. Rad1 c5 19. Nd5 Nxa5 20. Qa4 c6 21. Nf4 Rb4 22. Qc2 Rxb2 23.
Qd3
Nb3 24. Qxd6 Qxd6 25. Rxd6 Nd4 $17 {Rustemov,A-Golubev,M/Minsk/1993/})
13...

Ne6 14. Be3 c5 15. bxc5 dxc5 16. Nde2 (16. Nxe6 $5 Bxe6 17. Qb3 $36) 16...
Nd7
17. Qd6 (17. Rc1 $5 {/\Nd5}) 17... Qb6 18. Qd2 Qa5 19. Bh6 Bh8 20. Rac1 Ne5
21.
Qd6 Nc6 22. Qd2 Ncd4 23. Nxd4 Nxd4 24. e5 Bxh3 25. Qf4 Bxg2 26. Kxg2 Re6
27.
Nd5 Rbe8 28. g4 Qxa4 29. Rb1 Qxc4 30. Nc7 b5 $17 {
Arnett,D-Brenninkmeijer,J/New York/1993/}) (12... Ne5 13. b3 c5 (13... Bd7 14.
Ra2 Qc8 15. Kh2 h5 16. Bg5 Nh7 17. Be3 h4 18. gxh4 Qd8 19. f4 Qxh4 20. fxe5
Bxe5+ 21. Kg1 Qg3 22. Nd5 c6 23. Nb6 Bxh3 24. Kf1 Nf6 25. Qf3 Bxg2+ 26.
Rxg2
Qh4 27. Bg5 Qh8 28. Nf5 Rbd8 29. Nh6+ Kg7 30. Rf2 Re6 31. Nd5 {
1-0,Bischoff,K-Knaak,R/BL9192/1992/}) 14. Nc2 (14. Nde2 $5 Bxh3 15. Bxh3
Nf3+
16. Kg2 Nxe1+ 17. Qxe1 Nxe4 18. Be3 Bd4 19. Nxd4 cxd4 20. Bxd4 Nxg3 21.
Qd2 Nh5
22. Bg4 Qh4 23. Bxh5 Qxh5 24. Qf4 g5 25. Nd5 $1 $18 {
Cosma,I-Nisipeanu,L/ROM-ch/1992/}) 14... Be6 15. Rb1 (15. Bb2 Qd7 16. Kh2
h5
17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 Qf5 19. Bxe5 Rxe5 20. Rxe5 Qxe5 21. Qd3 h4 $36 {
Danilov,V-Nisipeanu,L/ROM-chT/1992/}) 15... h5 16. f4 Nc6 17. Nd5 Nh7 18. h4
b5
19. axb5 axb5 20. cxb5 Rxb5 21. Qd3 Qb8 22. Nc7 Rxb3 23. Rxb3 Qxc7 24.
Rb1 Ba2
25. Rb5 Na7 26. Rb2 Bxb2 27. Bxb2 Qb6 28. Qc3 f6 29. e5 $1 $40 {
Kirov,N-Bauer,C/Besancon/1998/}) 13. Nc2 (13. a5 Ne5 14. Bf1 $5 (14. b3 c5 {
/\Nc6,><a5}) 14... c5 15. Nb3 Be6 16. f4 Nc6 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. cxd5 Nb4
$132) ({
More logical seems} 13. Be3 $5 {with chances for an advantage.}) 13... Ne5
14.
Ne3 Be6 15. b3 Nfd7 16. Bd2 (16. Bb2 $6 Nc5 $36) (16. Qxd6 $2 Nxc4 $17)
16...
Nc5 17. Rf1 Ned3 {White played the opening rather tamely and perhaps it was
time for a more active approach:} (17... b5 $5 18. axb5 axb5 19. f4 (19. b4

Nxc4 (19... Ncd3 20. cxb5 cxb5 21. Ncd5 $14) 20. bxc5 Nxe3 21. fxe3 b4 22.
Na4
Bxa1 23. Qxa1 dxc5 $17) 19... Ned3 (19... b4 $5 $132) 20. f5 Bc8 $132 (20...
gxf5 21. exf5 Bd7 $13)) 18. Rb1 a5 19. f4 f5 20. exf5 gxf5 (20... Bxf5 $142 $5
21. Kh2 $13 (21. Nxf5 gxf5 22. Kh2 Qf6 $36 {<->e})) 21. Kh2 Bd7 22. Nc2 $1
Ne6
23. Na2 Ndc5 24. Bc3 $14 {
><>>,d6 White has chased away the annoying N and is slightly better.} Bxc3
25.
Nxc3 Qf6 26. Qd2 Ra8 27. Rfe1 Nc7 (27... Ng7 $5 28. Rxe8+ Bxe8 $14) 28.
Rxe8+
Rxe8 29. b4 {White is tied down to defending Pb3, but after this move his Pa4,
c4 will still be weak.} (29. Nd1 $5 Ra8 (29... b6 30. Nc3 {/\b4,><b6,c6}) 30.
Nde3 $14) 29... axb4 30. Nxb4 Rd8 (30... Ra8 $5 31. Nc2 Bc8 32. a5 $1 $14)
31.
Nc2 Be6 32. Ne3 Bf7 (32... Bc8 $5 $14) 33. g4 Bg6 (33... fxg4 $142 $5 34.
Nxg4
Qh4 $14) 34. g5 (34. Rg1 $36) 34... Qg7 35. Ne2 (35. h4 $5 N7e6 36. h5 Nxf4
$5
37. hxg6 hxg6 $13) 35... N7e6 36. a5 Qc7 37. Rd1 Ra8 38. Ng3 (38. Qxd6 Qxd6
39.
Rxd6 Rxa5 $132) 38... Qxa5 (38... Nxf4 39. Nexf5 $40) 39. Qf2 Ng7 {The Pf5
pawn
is very important for the safety of Black's K. We will see later in the game
how much trouble Black will get into after it's loss.} 40. Rxd6 Re8 41. h4 Re6
$6 (41... Qc7 $5 42. Nexf5 Nxf5 43. Nxf5 Ne4 $1 44. Bxe4 (44. Nh6+ Kf8 45.
Bxe4
Qxd6 $15) 44... Bxf5 45. Rxc6 bxc6 46. Bxf5 Qe7 $132) (41... Nce6 {/\Qc7} 42.
Rd7 Nc5 $11) 42. Rd1 $16 {->><f5,/\Bf3,h5,Bh3} Qc7 (42... Qa3 $5 43. Rd8+
Kf7
44. Nc2 Qa5 45. Qd4 $16) 43. Nexf5 Nxf5 44. Qxc5 b6 $1 {[]} (44... Qxf4 $2
45.
Rd8+ $18) (44... Nxg3 $2 45. Kxg3 $18) (44... Nxh4 $2 45. Bd5 $1 $18) 45. Qf2
Nxh4 46. Bh3 Rd6 47. Rxd6 Qxd6 48. Bg4 (48. f5 $143 Bh5 $5 49. Bg2 Nxg2
50.

Kxg2 Bf7 $132) 48... Bd3 49. f5 (49. Nh5 $5 Ng6 $8 (49... Nf5 50. Qxb6 $18)
50.
Qb2 Qe7 (50... Kf8 51. Qg7+ Ke8 52. Qxh7 $18 {/\} Nxf4 53. Nf6+ $1 Kd8
(53...
Qxf6 54. Qd7+ $18) 54. Qg8+ Kc7 (54... Ke7 55. Qe8#) 55. Qc8#) 51. Qd4 $40
(51.
Qxb6 $16)) 49... h6 (49... h5 50. Kh3 $1 hxg4+ 51. Kxh4 $16 {/+-}) 50. g6 $6 (
50. Qa2 $142 $1 hxg5 (50... Qd4 51. f6 $1 Qxg4 52. Qa8+ $18) 51. c5+ Qd5
52.
Qxd5+ cxd5 53. cxb6 Ba6 54. Kh3 Kf7 55. Be2 Bc8 56. Kg4 Kf6 57. Bd3 Ke5
(57...
d4 58. Be4) 58. Kxg5 Nf3+ 59. Kh6 $5 $18) 50... h5 51. c5 (51. Bxh5 $2 Nxf5
$15
) 51... bxc5 52. Qa2+ c4 (52... Qd5 $2 53. Qa8+ Kg7 54. Nxh5+ Kh6 55. Qf8+
Kg5
56. Qe7+ Kh6 (56... Kxg4 57. Nf6+) 57. Qxh4 $18) 53. Qa8+ Qf8 54. Qa7 Nxg6
$1
55. fxg6 Bxg6 $11 56. Be6+ Bf7 57. Bf5 (57. Bxf7+ Qxf7 58. Qa8+ Kg7 59.
Qxc6 h4
$11) 57... Qd6 58. Kh3 Bg6 59. Qa8+ Kg7 60. Qb7+ Kg8 61. Qc8+ Kg7 62.
Qb7+ (62.
Be6 c3 $5 $11 {<=>}) (62. Bxg6 Qxg6 63. Nf5+ Kf6 64. Qf8+ Ke5 $11) 62...
Kg8
63. Qa8+ Kg7 64. Qa5 Qf4 65. Qa7+ Kh6 66. Qc5 Bxf5+ 67. Nxf5+ Kg6 68.
Nh4+ Kf7
$1 {Black's K finally escapes from the danger zone.} (68... Kf7 69. Qxh5+ Ke6
70. Qe8+ Kd5 $11) 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 8th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1999.03.16"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D58"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2751"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "1999.03.16"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1999.05.10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. Be2


Bb7 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. b4 c6 12. Qb3 a5 13. bxa5 Rxa5 14. Rb1
Nd7
15. O-O Be7 16. a4 Bd6 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Bc7 19. Rfe1 Nf6 20. Bd3 c5 21.
dxc5 Nxe4 22. Bxe4 Bxe4 23. Rxe4 Rxc5 24. g3 Qf6 25. Kg2 Rc3 26. Qd1 Qc6
27.
Qe2 Rc2 28. Qe3 Rc3 29. Qe2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Amber-blind 8th"]


[Site "Monte Carlo"]
[Date "1999.03.17"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A70"]
[WhiteElo "2632"]
[BlackElo "2700"]

[PlyCount "158"]
[EventDate "1999.03.16"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "MNC"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[SourceDate "1999.05.10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. h3 Bg7 8. e4


O-O 9. Bd3 b5 10. Nxb5 Re8 11. O-O Nxe4 12. Bxe4 Rxe4 13. Ng5 Rb4 14. Qf3
Bf5
15. g4 Bf6 16. gxf5 Bxg5 17. fxg6 hxg6 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. Bxg5 Nd7 20. Rfe1
Rd4
21. Re7 Qxd5 22. Qxd5 Rxd5 23. Be3 a5 24. Rc1 a4 25. Re4 Ra5 26. Re8+ Kg7
27.
Rd8 Kf6 28. h4 Ke7 29. Rc8 Rb5 30. Re1 Kf6 31. Rc7 Rxb2 32. Bf4 Rxa2 33. Re3
Kf5 34. Bg3 f6 35. Kg2 Ne5 36. Bxe5 fxe5 37. Rc6 Rd4 38. Rxc5 Rg4+ 39. Kf3
Rf4+
40. Kg3 Rg4+ 41. Kf3 Rxh4 42. Rcxe5+ Kf6 43. Re6+ Kg5 44. R3e5+ Kh6 45.
Ra5
Ra3+ 46. Kg2 Rg4+ 47. Kf1 Ra1+ 48. Ke2 Rf4 49. Raa6 Ra2+ 50. Ke3 Rg4 51.
f3
Ra3+ 52. Kf2 Ra2+ 53. Ke3 Rg1 54. Kf4 Rh2 55. Re4 Rh4+ 56. Ke5 Rxe4+ 57.
Kxe4
Ra1 58. Kf4 a3 59. Kg3 Kg5 60. Kg2 Kf5 61. Kg3 Ke5 62. Kg2 g5 63. Ra5+ Kf4
64.
Ra4+ Ke3 65. Ra5 Kd3 66. Rxg5 Kc3 67. Rg8 Rb1 68. Rc8+ Kb2 69. Rb8+ Ka1
70. Ra8
a2 71. Kg3 Kb2 72. Kf4 a1=Q 73. Rxa1 Rxa1 74. Ke5 Re1+ 75. Kd5 Rf1 76. Ke4
Kc3
77. f4 Kc4 78. Ke5 Kc5 79. f5 Re1+ 0-1