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[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o.

"]
[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.04"]
[Round "3.2"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Georgiev, Kiril"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E94"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]
[BlackElo "2661"]
[Annotator "Tsesarsky"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Na6 8. Be3


c6 9. d5 Ng4 10. Bg5 f6 11. Bh4 c5 {
This variation gives to White space advantage +/=.} 12. Ne1 (12. Nd2 {
-another mainline}) 12... h5 (12... Nh6 13. Nd3 Qe8 (13... Nf7 14. Bg4 h5 15.
Bxc8 Rxc8 16. f4 $14 {
1-0 Ostenstad,B-Kozakov,M/Arnold mem, Gausdal NOR 1997 (41)}) 14. f3 {
-see commented game 1-0 Gelfand,B-Sutovskij,E/Tilburg 1996/CBM 56 (61)
[Gelfand,B]}) 13. h3 (13. a3 Qe7 14. Rb1 b6 15. b4 {-see commented game
1/2-1/
2 Gelfand,B-Topalov,V/Dortmund 1997/CBM 60 (43)[Huzman,A]}) (13. Nd3 Nh6
(13...
Bd7 14. h3 Nh6 15. a3 Nf7 (15... g5 16. Bg3 g4 17. hxg4 Nxg4 18. Bh4 $14 {

1-0 Antic,D-Arsovic,Z/It, Jagodina YUG 1998(41)}) 16. Rb1 b6 17. b4 $14 {


1-0 Ostojic,N-Arsovic,Z/It, Jagodina YUG 1998 (60)}) 14. h3 (14. f3 Nf7 15. a3
Bd7 16. b4 b6 $14 {
1-0 Vujic Katanic,B-Todorovic,V/Kragujevac YUG 2000/The Week in Chess 320
(69)}
(16... cxb4 $6 17. axb4 Nxb4 18. Nxb4 Qb6+ 19. Bf2 Qxb4 20. Qc2 $18)) 14...
Qe7
15. f4 g5 16. fxg5 fxg5 17. Rxf8+ Bxf8 18. Be1 $14 {
1-0 Hillarp Persson,T-Bekker Jensen,D/Politiken Cup, Copenhagen DEN 1998
(69)})
13... Nh6 14. a3 Nf7 (14... Bd7 15. Nd3 Rc8 16. Bg3 Nf7 17. f4 exf4 18. Nxf4
Ne5 (18... Kh7 19. Nxg6 $1 $16 {
1-0 Maksimenko,A-Kozakov,M/Werther GER 1999 (43)}) 19. Nb5 $14) 15. Nd3
Bh6 {
Good place for dark-colour B, but c1-h6 diagonal is empty.} (15... Bd7 16. b4
b6 17. Rb1 Qe7 18. Qc2 Bh6 19. Rbe1 Rac8 20. b5 $14 {
0-1 Van Wely,L-Piket,J/FIDE WCh KO, Groningen NED (3.4) 1997 (52)}) 16. b4
(16.
Bg3 Qe7 17. f4 exf4 18. Bxf4 Bxf4 19. Nxf4 Ne5 20. Qe1 $14 {
0-1 Antic,D-Popovic,P/Vrnjacka Banja YUG 1999 (58)}) 16... Kg7 17. Qc2 Qe7
18.
Qb2 ({Or} 18. bxc5 Nxc5 19. Nxc5 dxc5 20. Bg3 Nd6 $14) 18... Bf4 19. Bg3 $5
(
19. Nxf4 $6 exf4 20. f3 Ne5 21. Bf2 g5 $132 {With blockade on black
squares.})
19... Bxg3 20. fxg3 Rb8 21. bxc5 Nxc5 22. Nxc5 dxc5 23. Bd3 $6 $11 {
Too passive! Now Black has enough time to build unapproachable fortress.} ({
Right was} 23. a4 $1 b6 (23... a5 24. Qb6 $16) 24. a5 $14 {
without Black counterplay.}) 23... b6 24. a4 {Too late!} a5 $1 {
Of course. Pb6 weakness can't be attacked by White B or N.} 25. Ra3 Rd8 26.
Rb3
Rd6 27. Qb1 (27. Nb5 Rd8 $11) 27... Ba6 28. Rf2 Qd8 29. Rfb2 Kf8 30. Be2 Nh6
31. Kh2 Kg7 32. Bd3 Nf7 {

Black waiting for White activity, but White can't do nothing.} 33. Be2 Nh6 34.
Bd3 Kh7 35. Kg1 Kg7 36. Kh2 Nf7 1/2-1/2

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.06"]
[Round "4.1"]
[White "Dreev, Alexey"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2676"]
[BlackElo "2707"]
[Annotator "Huebner,R"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. b3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Nbd7 7. Bb2 e6 8. Bd3


Bd6 9. Qc2 Qc7 10. O-O Bh5 11. h3 O-O $6 (11... Bg6 {gefllt mir besser.}) 12.
c5 Be7 13. Ne5 Kh8 (13... Bg6 {
scheint mir auch jetzt noch vorzuziehen zu sein, obwohl Wei nach} 14. Nxg6
hxg6 15. f4 {erklecklichen Vorteil hat.}) 14. f4 Nxe5 {
Schwarz hat kaum noch eine vernnftige andere Wahl.} 15. fxe5 Nd7 16. Bxh7
g6
17. g4 f5 $2 ({Mit} 17... Bxg4 18. Bxg6 Bxh3 ({Nach} 18... fxg6 19. hxg4 {
hat Wei gewaltigen Vorteil.}) 19. Rxf7 ({Die Fortsetzung} 19. Rf3 fxg6 20.

Rxh3+ Kg7 {birgt fr Schwarz auch keine unmittelbaren Gefahren.}) 19... Rxf7
20. Bxf7 Bg5 {htte Schwarz berleben knnen.}) 18. gxh5 Kxh7 19. hxg6+
Kg7 ({
Wahrscheinlich bot} 19... Kxg6 {bessere Aussichten auf Widerstand. Nach} 20.
Kh2 Kh6 {Auf andere Zge folgt e3-e4 mit gewaltiger Kraft.} 21. Rg1 Nf6 22.
Qd1
Rg8 23. Qf3 Ne4 24. Nxe4 dxe4 {hat Wei einen Plusbauern, aber mehr
nicht.})
20. Kh2 Nf6 21. Rf4 Ne4 22. Nxe4 dxe4 23. Rg1 Rh8 {
Dies verliert sofort, aber auch nach} (23... Rad8 24. Qf2 Qd7 (24... Rh8 25.
Rxe4) 25. Bc3 {ist die Stellung auf die Dauer nicht zu halten.}) 24. Qc4 Qa5 ({
Auf} 24... Qd7 {folgt} 25. Rxf5) 25. Rf2 1-0

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.07"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Dreev, Alexey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]
[BlackElo "2676"]
[Annotator "Lutz"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5


9. Be2 Bb7 10. Ne5 $5 {
Dieser Zug ist Topalovs Spezialitt. Allerdings ist Khalifmans 10.h4 populrer.
} Bg7 (10... Nbd7 11. Qc2 (11. h4 Nxe5 12. hxg5 Nfd7 13. dxe5 Qxg5 14. Kf1
h5
15. Rh3 h4 16. f4 Qxg3 17. Rxg3 hxg3 18. Bh5 O-O-O $13 {
1/2-1/2 Dimitrov,V-Yevseev,D/Koszalin 1999/EXT 2000 (53)}) (11. O-O b4 12.
Nxd7
Kxd7 $6 13. e5 bxc3 14. exf6 cxb2 15. Rb1 Ba3 16. Qa4 Qf8 17. Bxc4 Kc8 18.
Ba6
{1-0 Sasikiran,K-Hatanbaatar,B/Istanbul 2000/EXT 2001 (18)}) 11... Bg7 (11...
Rg8 12. Rd1 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Nd7 14. Bg3 Qb6 15. O-O a6 16. d5 O-O-O 17. dxe6
fxe6
18. Bg4 c5 19. e5 Be7 20. Qh7 Rge8 21. Qf7 Qc6 22. Bf3 Qc7 23. Qxe6 $36 {
1-0 Topalov,V-Bareev,E/Frankfurt 2000/CBM 76 ext (49)}) (11... Nxe5 12. Bxe5
Be7 13. O-O Qb6 14. Rad1 Rg8 15. b3 cxb3 16. axb3 a6 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. e5
Be7
19. Qh7 Rf8 20. Bh5 Qc7 21. Ne4 c5 22. dxc5 Qxe5 23. Rfe1 Bxe4 24. Rxe4 Qf6
25.
Re3 Rd8 26. Rde1 $36 {0-1 Van Wely,L-Dreev,A/Neum 2000/EXT 2001 (36)})
12. Rd1
Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Qa5 14. O-O O-O 15. f4 Nh7 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. fxg5 hxg5 18. e5
c5
19. d5 exd5 20. Nxd5 Bxd5 21. Rxd5 Rad8 22. Rd6 Rxd6 23. exd6 Qb6 24.
Qc3+ Kg8
25. Qe5 Rd8 26. Bh5 $18 {
1-0 Topalov,V-Komljenovic,D/Villarrobledo 2000/EXT 2001 (32)}) (10... Bb4 11.
O-O Nbd7 12. f4 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Nxe5 14. fxg5 Nfd7 15. dxe5 Qxg5 16. Rxf7 OO-O
17. Bg4 Qg6 18. Bh5 Qxe4 19. Qd6 Qd5 20. Rd1 Qc5+ 21. Bf2 Qxd6 22. exd6
c5 23.
Bg4 Bd5 24. Bxc5 Rhg8 25. Bh3 a6 26. Bf2 $16 {
1-0 Sasikiran,K-Ramesh,R/Udaipur 2000/EXT 2001 (32)}) 11. h4 Nbd7 (11...
Nfd7

$6 12. Ng4 $1 Qa5 13. hxg5 hxg5 14. Rxh8+ Bxh8 15. Kf1 $16 {
1/2-1/2 Topalov,V-Timman,J/Wijk aan Zee 1998/CBM 63/[Lutz] (42)}) 12. Qc2 c5
13. hxg5 cxd4 $6 {Schwarz beschwrt Komplikationen herauf, die letztlich aber
den Weien in Vorteil bringen.} (13... hxg5 $5 {
sieht wie ein offensichtlicher Verbesserungsversuch aus.}) 14. Nxb5 Nxe4 (14...
Qa5+ $5 {ist interessant:} 15. Kf1 Nxe4 (15... d3 16. Nd6+ Kf8 17. Nxb7 $18) (
15... Qxb5 16. gxf6 Nxf6 17. Nxc4 $16) 16. Nxc4 Qxb5 17. Nd6+ Nxd6 18. Bxb5
Nxb5 19. a4 Rc8 20. Qd2 Nc7 21. gxh6 Bf6 {
Ich denke, dass Wei hier besser steht.}) 15. Nxc4 Nxg3 16. Nbd6+ Kf8 17.
Nxb7
Qc7 18. fxg3 {Der vertrippelte weie g-Bauer sieht nicht beeindruckend aus,
aber viel wichtiger ist, dass nun eiene Angriffslinie gegen den Pf7 geffnet
ist.} Qxb7 (18... Qxg3+ 19. Kf1 hxg5 20. Rxh8+ Bxh8 21. Qd3 $16) 19. O-O
$16 {
Es erscheint mir, dass Dreev diese Stellung nicht richtig bei seinenVorausberec
hnungen eingeschtzt hat.} d3 {Um die Diagonalen b6-g1 und g7-a1 zu
ffnen.}
20. Qxd3 Ne5 (20... Qd5 $5 21. g6 $16) 21. Nxe5 $18 {
Wei steht auf Gewinn, da Schwarz an der offenen f-Linie zugrunde geht.}
Qb6+ (
21... Bxe5 22. Bh5 {, und der Pf7 kann nicht mehr richtig gedeckt werden:} f6 (
22... f5 23. Rxf5+ $1 exf5 24. Qxf5+ $18) (22... Qb6+ 23. Kh1 $1 f5 (23... f6
24. Qd7 Qc7 25. Rxf6+ $18) 24. Rxf5+ $1 exf5 25. Qxf5+ Bf6 26. Qd7 Rh7 27.
Qxh7
$18) 23. gxf6 $18) 22. Rf2 (22. Kh1 $4 {geht jetzt nicht.} hxg5+ $19) 22...
Bxe5 23. Qf3 {Der Rf2 ist nun gefesselt, aber jetzt schlgt das Unheil von der
anderen Seite zu: Der Pf7 und der Ra8 hngen.} f5 (23... Ke7 24. Qxf7+ Kd8 (
24... Kd6 25. Rd1+ $18) 25. g6 $18) 24. Qxa8+ Ke7 25. Qf3 {Mit dem
Mehrturm
steht Wei natrlich auf Gewinn, obwohl er wegen der Fesselung auf der
Diagonalen b6-g1 noch etwas Sorgfalt walten lassen muss.} hxg5 26. Rd1 Kf6
27.

Bc4 g4 28. Qd3 Kg5 29. Re1 Qc5 30. b4 Qd4 31. Rxe5 Qa1+ 32. Rf1 Qxe5 33.
Qd2+
Kg6 34. Re1 1-0

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.08"]
[Round "4.3"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Dreev, Alexey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B19"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]
[BlackElo "2676"]
[Annotator "Lukacs"]
[PlyCount "71"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5


Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Ngf6 12. Bd2 Be7 13. O-O-O O-O 14. Kb1
(14.
Qf3 {Topalov-Dreev, FIDE-Wch k.o. 2000 CBM 81}) 14... c5 {Black has to find
counterplay in the [+] and the <<, otherwise White's attacking chances on the
>> become real.} (14... Qc7 15. Qf3) 15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. Qf3 {
White has to keep the queens for the ->.} Qc7 17. Bc3 Rac8 18. Bd4 Rfd8 ({
missing the "petite combination"} 18... Nce4 $1 19. c3 Nxg3 20. Qxg3 Rfd8 21.

Qf3 b5 $132) 19. c3 Na4 {Black has also attacking prospects on the <<.} (19...
b5 $5 20. Ne2 {/\ g4-g5} Nce4 (20... h5 21. g4 hxg4 22. Nxg4 $14 {
opens up the g <->.}) 21. g4 b4 22. g5 bxc3 23. Bxc3 (23. Nxc3 Nxc3+ 24.
Bxc3
Nd5) 23... Nxc3+ 24. Nxc3 Rxd1+ 25. Qxd1 Rb8 26. Qf3 {
and White comes first in the race of attack.}) 20. Ne2 (20. f5 $6 {
is not that threatening.} Bc5 $1 {
Black has to eliminate White's menacing centralized B.} (20... Bd6 21. Rhe1 b5
(21... Qa5 $5 22. Ng4 $1 {
Attacking the K is more to the point than hunting pawns on the other flank.} (
22. fxe6 fxe6 23. Qxb7 Rb8 24. Qf7+ Kh7 25. Qg6+ Kg8 26. Nc4 Nxc3+ 27.
Bxc3
Qxc3 28. Ne4 Qxc4 29. Nxf6+ Kf8 30. Nh7+ Kg8 31. Nf6+ $11 {
with only perpetual checks.}) 22... Nxg4 23. Qxg4 $16) 22. Nh5 (22. fxe6 fxe6)
22... Nxh5 23. fxe6 fxe6 24. Qxh5 b4 25. c4 $14 {
avoiding the opening of the lines on the <<.}) 21. Bxc5 Qxc5 22. Rxd8+ Rxd8
$17
{and White's -> is beaten back.}) 20... Qa5 $1 (20... b5 $6 {
is again slower, for example:} 21. g4 $1 b4 22. c4 (22. g5 $143 bxc3) 22... Nd7
(22... Bd6 23. b3 $1 (23. g5 $2 {is premature in view of} Bxe5 24. Bxe5 (24.
fxe5 Qxc4 25. gxf6 Qc2+ 26. Ka1 Rc3 $1 $19) 24... Rxd1+ 25. Rxd1 Qxc4 26.
Ka1
Qe4 27. Qxe4 Nxe4 $15) 23... Nc5 (23... Nc3+ 24. Nxc3 bxc3 25. Bxc3 Nd5 26.
Bb2
$16) 24. g5 $40) 23. b3 Nac5 24. g5 $16 {and White's -> becomes rather
dangerous, while Black cannot show anything on the other flank.}) 21. b3 $1
Nc5
22. g4 $1 Ncd7 (22... Nfd7 $6 23. g5 $16) 23. g5 Nxe5 (23... hxg5 24. hxg5
$16)
24. fxe5 Qd5 $1 {Black's defence is on the top.} (24... Nd7 25. gxh6 Nxe5 26.
Qxb7 $18) 25. Qd3 $5 {White wants to continue his -> on the >>.} (25. Qxd5
Nxd5
26. gxh6 gxh6 $14 {is only a little better _|_ for White.}) 25... Ng4 $1 (25...

Nd7 26. Nf4 Qc6 27. gxh6 Nxe5 28. Qg3 $18) 26. Nf4 Qc6 27. Qe2 Ba3 $1 {
Again Black finds the best chance for a counterplay.} (27... hxg5 {
opens up the h <-> against his own K.} 28. hxg5 Bxg5 29. Ng6 $1 (29. Nh3 {
is strongly met by} Be3 $1 30. Qxg4 Rxd4 $1 31. cxd4 Qc2+ 32. Ka1 Qc3+ $11
{
and draw by perpetual.}) 29... Nh6 30. Rhg1 fxg6 31. Rxg5 Nf5 32. Rxg6 Nxd4
33.
cxd4 Rc7 34. Rg4 $14 {with still some pressure on the >>.}) (27... Bc5 $2 {
simply loses to} 28. Bxc5 Rxd1+ 29. Rxd1 Qxc5 30. Qxg4 Qxc3 31. Qe2 $18)
28.
Rh3 (28. Rde1 $2 Rxd4 29. cxd4 Ne3 30. gxh6 Qc3 $1 $19 {/\ Nc2}) (28. Qxg4
Rxd4
$1 29. gxh6 Qe4+ 30. Ka1 Rxd1+ 31. Rxd1 Qxe5 $11) (28. Rhg1 $6 Rxd4 29.
cxd4
Ne3 $1 30. Nd3 Nd5 $15) 28... Bc5 $1 (28... Rxd4 29. Rxd4 $1 (29. cxd4 $4
Qc1+)
) 29. Rhd3 {#} (29. Qxg4 Rxd4 $1 30. gxh6 Rxd1+ 31. Qxd1 gxh6 32. Qg4+
Kh8 33.
Qh5 Qe4+ 34. Nd3 Bf8 35. Qxf7 Bg7) (29. Rg3 Bxd4 30. cxd4 Rxd4 $1 31. Rxg4
h5
32. Nxh5 Rxg4 33. Qxg4 Qc2+ 34. Ka1 Qc3+ $11) 29... Bxd4 $2 {
The B was more important than the R in this special position.} ({
missing the forceful} 29... Rxd4 $3 30. Qxg4 $1 (30. Rxd4 $2 Bxd4 31. cxd4
(31.
Rxd4 Qxc3 $19) 31... Ne3 $19) (30. cxd4 $2 Ba3 {
with nasty mating threats on the c <->.} 31. Qd2 Nf2 $17) 30... Rxd3 31. Nxd3
$1 (31. Rxd3 Qh1+ 32. Kb2 Qh2+ 33. Ng2 h5 34. Qe4 b5 $15) 31... Be3 32. c4
b5
33. Nb4 Qc5 34. Nd3 $11 {with an equal position.}) 30. cxd4 $18 {
Now the N on g4 is trapped.} Qa6 31. Qxg4 Rc2 32. a4 {
This is the cold-blooded answer!} h5 33. Nxh5 Rdc8 34. Nf6+ $1 Kf8 35. Nd7+
Ke7
36. Nc5 1-0

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.08"]
[Round "4.4"]
[White "Dreev, Alexey"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A65"]
[WhiteElo "2676"]
[BlackElo "2707"]
[Annotator "Stohl"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Ng3


exd5 9. cxd5 h5 10. Be2 (10. Bg5 $5) 10... Nh7 (10... h4 11. Nf1 Nh5 $6 12. g4
$1 Nf6 13. Bg5 h3 14. Qd2 Nbd7 15. Ng3 Re8 16. O-O Ne5 17. Kh1 Qa5 18. Bh6
Bh8
19. Rg1 Qb4 20. Rad1 b5 21. g5 Nfd7 22. Nxb5 Ba6 23. Qxb4 cxb4 24. Nxd6
Bxe2
25. Nxe2 Nxf3 26. Rgf1 $18 {Razuvaev,Y-Agrest,E/St Petersburg/1992/}) (10...
a6
11. a4 Nbd7 12. Bg5 $1 Rb8 13. Qd2 Qc7 14. Bh6 c4 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. a5 h4
17.
Nf1 Nc5 18. Bxc4 Ncxe4 19. fxe4 Qxc4 20. Ne3 Qc5 {
Korchnoi,V-Xie Jun/Arnhem/1999/} 21. O-O $1 Ng4 22. Ncd1 $36) 11. Be3 a6
12. a4
h4 13. Nf1 f5 $5 $146 {After winning with White the first playoff game Topalov

even in the second one goes for immense tactical complications. Reckless, but
very courageous! Objectively however he should have probably preferred the
solid} (13... Nd7 {first ending his development:} 14. Nd2 f5 15. exf5 gxf5 16.
f4 ({Here} 16. Bf4 $6 Ne5 {makes no sense.}) 16... Ndf6 (16... h3 $5 17. O-O
hxg2 18. Rf2 Re8 19. Nc4 Nb6 20. Qd2 Nxc4 21. Bxc4 Nf6 22. h3 Ne4 $132 {
Cebalo,M-Mortensen,E/Leningrad/1984/}) (16... Qe7 17. Nc4 Nhf6 18. O-O $14
{/~~
}) 17. h3 Qe7 18. Kf2 {Kortschnoj,V-Xie Jun/Roquebrune/1998/} Bd7 $5 19. a5
Rae8 20. Nc4 Bb5 $13) 14. exf5 gxf5 15. Bf4 $5 Nd7 {
Consistent, otherwise White plays Ne3-c4 and gets control of the posiiton.} (
15... Qe7 16. Ne3 Nd7 17. Nc4 Ne5 18. Nb6 $14) 16. Bxd6 Re8 17. Qd2 (17.
Qb3
Ne5 18. Bxe5 (18. Bxc5 $2 Nd3+ $19) 18... Bxe5 $44 {/\Qg5,Qd6}) 17... Ne5
$1
18. Bxc5 (18. Bxe5 Bxe5 $13) 18... h3 19. Kf2 $8 (19. Rg1 hxg2 20. Ne3 f4 21.
Rxg2 Bh3 $40) 19... hxg2 20. Kxg2 f4 $5 {
Black is generous, otherwise the attack can't succeed.} (20... Ng6 21. Rg1 $1 {
/\Kh1 and White's K will be safe.}) 21. Qxf4 {
Rather greedy, now the K is again chased into the [+].} (21. Rg1 $142 $5 Ng5
22. Kh1 $16 {/\} Nexf3 23. Bxf3 Nxf3 24. Rxg7+ Kxg7 25. Qg2+ Ng5) 21... Ng6
22.
Qg3 $8 (22. Qd2 $2 Bxc3 23. bxc3 Rxe2+ $1 24. Qxe2 Nf4+ $19) (22. Qc4 b5
$1 $40
) 22... Nh4+ 23. Kf2 Nf5 24. Qf4 $6 (24. Qg6 $142 $1 Nf8 (24... Bd7 25. Ng3
$16
) 25. Qb6 Qh4+ 26. Ng3 Nd4 (26... Nd7 27. Qg6) 27. Nce4 $16) 24... b6 $1 25.
Ba3 {><B} Be5 26. Qc4 Ng5 $40 27. h4 (27. Rd1 Nh3+ 28. Ke1 Nf4 $36) 27...
Bd4+
28. Ke1 Nxf3+ 29. Kd1 Ne5 30. Qb3 Kh8 31. Kc2 $2 (31. Rh2 $142 $5 $13 {
/\Bh5,Rd2}) 31... Bc5 (31... Bxc3 $1 32. bxc3 (32. Qxc3 Qxd5 33. Rh2 Nd4+
$19 {
->}) (32. Kxc3 Bb7 $19 {->}) 32... Nc6 $1 {/\Re2,Ncd4-+} 33. Kc1 Rxe2 34.
dxc6

Qd3 {/\Nd4,Be6-+}) (31... Bf2 32. Rd1 Nd4+ 33. Rxd4 {-31...Bc5}) 32. Rd1
Nd4+
33. Rxd4 Bxd4 34. Kb1 Bf5+ 35. Ka1 $36 {The tables have turned, White's K is
finally in relative safety and now the Kh8 is exposed.} Qf6 (35... Bxc3 36. Ng3
$1 (36. Qxc3 Qxd5 $15) (36. bxc3 Be4 $13) 36... Bh7 37. bxc3 $16) 36. Ng3
Bh7
37. Nce4 Bxe4 $6 {
Without the B Black's position will collapse surprisingly fast.} (37... Qf4 38.
Rf1 Qe3 39. Qxe3 Bxe3 40. Nf6 $16) (37... Qg7 38. Ng5 $1 $40 (38. Nd6 Rf8
39.
Rd1 $16)) 38. Nxe4 Qf4 39. Ng5 (39. Nd6 {/\Rf1} Rg8 40. Rf1 Rg1 $16) 39...
Qd2
(39... Rec8 40. Qb4 $5 {/\Qd6+-} Qe3 (40... Rc1+ 41. Rxc1 Qxc1+ 42. Ka2 Bc5
43.
Qe4 $18) 41. Qd6 Ng6 42. Kb1 $18 (42. Qxg6 $4 Qxa3+)) 40. Rd1 (40. Qd1
Qxd1+
41. Rxd1 Bc5 $16 {
probably also wins, but playing for the -> is more attractive.}) 40... Qxe2 41.
Rxd4 Rac8 (41... b5 42. d6 bxa4 43. Qd5 $40) 42. Ka2 b5 43. d6 bxa4 44. Qxa4
Qc2 (44... Rb8 45. d7 Red8 46. Re4 $18) 45. Qxc2 Rxc2 46. Re4 $1 (46. Re4
Kg8 (
46... Rd2 47. Rxe5 Rxe5 48. Nf7+ $18) 47. Nf3 $18) 1-0

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.08"]
[Round "4.5"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Dreev, Alexey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B19"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]

[BlackElo "2676"]
[Annotator "Lukacs"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5


Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Ngf6 12. Bd2 Be7 13. O-O-O O-O {This
variat
ion is very popular these days, although White's space advantage looks rather
frightening at first sight. However after a quick c6-c5 Black can blow up
White's [+].} 14. Qf3 (14. Ne2 {
/\ g4 is a consistant try, but Black comes first.} c5 $1 {
This is the key move here.} {/\} 15. g4 $6 Nxe5 16. fxe5 Nxg4 17. Qf3 h5 $17 {
and the N on g4 is well-protected.}) (14. Qe2 c5 15. f5 {
- Glek-Dautov, Julian Borowski-A Essen 2000 CBM 77} (15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. f5
(16.
Bc3 Qc7 17. f5 Nd5 $1 18. Bd4 Rad8 $132 {Vuckovic-Prelevic, YUG 2000}) 16...
Qb6 17. Be3 Rad8 18. Qc4 Qc7 19. Bf4 Nd5 {
White's time-consuming manoeuvres are not impressive at all.} 20. Ng6 Nxf4
21.
Nxe7+ Kh8 ({or} 21... Kh7 $5 {/\} 22. Kb1 $2 b5 $1 $19) 22. Kb1 b5 $1 23.
Rxd8
$1 Rxd8 (23... bxc4 $2 24. Rxf8+ Kh7 25. Rxf7 $16) 24. Qf1 {
(Sherzer-Al Vajda, Budapest FS GM 2001)} Nfd3 $1 25. cxd3 (25. fxe6 Qxe7 26.
cxd3 Qxe6 $17) 25... Qxe7 $17)) (14. Rhe1 c5 $1 15. Nxd7 Qxd7 16. f5 cxd4
17.
fxe6 fxe6 18. Qb3 Nd5 19. Re4 Bc5 20. Rg4 Kh8 21. Nh5 Qf7 $1 $15 {and it is
not

easy for White to get back the sacrificed P, Feygin-Dautov, Gersenkirchen BL


2000/2001}) 14... Qc7 15. c4 (15. Rhe1 {- Hracek-Dautov, Lippstadt 2000 CBM
78}
) (15. Kb1 c5 {
This looks more straightforward, there is no need for preparation.} (15... Rad8
16. Ne2 h5 $1 {This is the typical defensive reaction in this variation,
otherwise 17.g4 comes.} 17. Bc3 g6 18. Rhg1 Qd6 19. g4 hxg4 20. Qd3 Qd5
21. Ng3
Kg7 22. h5 (22. Ne2 Rh8) 22... Nxe5 (22... gxh5 23. Nxh5+ Nxh5 24. Rxg4+
Kh8
25. Qh3 $16) (22... Nxh5 $2 23. Nxh5+ gxh5 24. Nxg4 $1 hxg4 25. Rxg4+ Kf6
26.
Rg5 $18) 23. h6+ (23. fxe5 Nxh5 24. Ne4 Qb5 25. Qe3) 23... Kh7 24. fxe5 Ng8
25.
Ne4 $14 {Luther-Neulinger, AUT-chT 2000}) 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18.
Bc3
Qe7 19. Rhe1 Rfd8 20. Bxf6 Qxf6 21. Ne4 Qe7 22. Nxc5 Qxc5 23. Qxb7 Qf2 24.
Qf3
Qxh4 25. b3 Rxd1+ 26. Rxd1 Rd8 27. Rxd8+ Qxd8 28. Qe3 $14 {
with only slightly better _|_ for White, Fercer-Neulinger, Finkenstein op 2000.
}) 15... a5 ({Now} 15... c5 {is already strongly met by the standard} 16. d5 $1
Rae8 (16... exd5 17. Nf5 $1 $16) (16... Nxe5 $2 17. fxe5 Qxe5 18. Bf4 $18) 17.
Rhe1 exd5 18. cxd5 (18. Nf5 $5 {deserves attention as well.} dxc4 19. Bc3
$16)
18... Bd6 19. Bc3 Nxe5 $2 (19... Nb6 20. Nf5 $16) 20. fxe5 $18 Rxe5 (20... Bxe5
21. Rxe5 Rxe5 22. d6 $18) 21. Bxe5 Bxe5 22. Nf5 Rd8 (22... Re8 23. Kb1 c4 24.
d6) 23. d6 $1 Bxd6 24. Rxd6 $1 {
1:0 Movsesian-Iordachescu, FIDE Wch KO New Delhi 2000}) 16. Kb1 (16. Ne2
$5 h5
$1 {This is the correct reaction again!} (16... a4 {
gives White free hand on the >> after} 17. g4 $16) (16... c5 $5 17. g4 $1 {
The race begins!} cxd4 18. g5 $1 Nxe5 $1 (18... hxg5 $6 {

opens up the position against his own K.} 19. hxg5 Nxe5 20. fxe5 Qxc4+ 21.
Kb1
Qd5 (21... d3 22. gxf6 $18) 22. Qh3 Qe4+ 23. Ka1 Nh7 24. g6 $1 Qxg6 25.
Rdg1
Qe4 26. Qh6 $18) 19. fxe5 Nd7 $1 (19... Qxc4+ 20. Kb1 d3 21. exf6 Qc2+ 22.
Ka1
dxe2 23. Qxe2 $16) 20. gxh6 $1 (20. Bf4 Nxe5 $1 (20... Qxc4+ 21. Kb1 $44)
21.
Bxe5 (21. Qg3 $2 Qxc4+) 21... Qxe5 22. gxh6 Qf6 $15) 20... Nxe5 21. Qg3 (21.
Qg2 $6 Qxc4+ 22. Bc3 (22. Kb1 g6) 22... Bf6 23. hxg7 (23. Nxd4 Nd3+ $17)
23...
Rfc8 $17) 21... g6 $1 {Black has to avoid the opening of the lines on the >>.}
(21... Qxc4+ 22. Bc3 $1 {This is the surprise move!} (22. Kb1 Qd3+) 22... Bf6 (
22... Ng6 23. hxg7 Rfc8 24. Nxd4) 23. Nxd4 Rfc8 24. Kb1 b5 25. Rhf1 $16 {
with good attacking chances for White.}) 22. Nxd4 (22. h5 $2 Qxc4+) 22...
Qxc4+
23. Bc3 $44) 17. Ng3 g6 18. Rhe1 Rad8 19. f5 $5 (19. Kb1 {
- 16.Kb1 Rad8 17.Ne2 h5}) 19... Nxe5 20. dxe5 Ng4 21. Nxh5 $1 {
This is the precise move order.} ({In case of} 21. f6 Bc5 22. Nxh5 $1 Nxe5 $1 {
will come.}) 21... gxh5 22. f6 Rd4 $1 (22... Bc5 $2 23. Qf4 $18) 23. fxe7 Rxc4+
24. Kb1 Qxe7 25. Bg5 Qb4 $13) 16... Rad8 17. Bc1 (17. Bc3 Bb4 {
exchanges the dangerous B.}) (17. Ne2 $5 {deserved attention here as well.}
h5
$1 {is the cold-blooded answer again.} (17... c5 $5 {
is again met by the aggressive} 18. g4 $1 cxd4 19. g5 Nxe5 20. fxe5 Nd7 $1
21.
gxh6 $1 (21. Bf4 $6 Nxe5 22. Qg3 Qxc4 23. gxh6 (23. Bxe5 Qxe2 24. gxh6 g6)
23... g6 (23... Ng6 $2 24. hxg7 Rfe8 25. h5 Qxe2 26. hxg6 Qe4+ 27. Ka1 fxg6
28.
Be5 $18) 24. h5 Kh7 $1 {- 21.gxh6} (24... Qxe2 25. h7+ Kxh7 26. hxg6+ Kg8
27.
Rh8+ Kxh8 28. Qh3+ Bh4 29. Qxh4+ Kg7 30. Qh6+ Kf6 31. Qg5+ Kg7 $11))
(21. Qg3

$2 h5 $17) 21... Nxe5 22. Qg3 g6 23. h5 Kh7 24. hxg6+ $1 (24. Bf4 Qxc4 25.
Nxd4
Rxd4 26. Bxe5 Rxd1+ 27. Rxd1 Qe4+ 28. Ka1 g5 $19) 24... fxg6 25. Nf4 $1
(25.
Bf4 Qxc4) 25... Qxc4 26. Rhe1 $44) 18. Ng3 g6 19. Rhe1 (19. Bc3 Nxe5 20. fxe5
(
20. dxe5 Ng4) 20... Ng4 $13) 19... Nxe5 (19... c5 20. d5) 20. fxe5 Ng4 21. Bg5
$1 $14) 17... Rfe8 18. Ne2 c5 $5 (18... h5 $1 {
looks attractive again, for example:} 19. Ng3 g6 20. Rhe1 c5 21. d5 exd5 22.
cxd5 Nb6 23. f5 Bd6 $1 24. fxg6 Bxe5 25. Nxh5 Nxh5 26. Qxh5 f6 $1 $13) 19.
g4
$1 cxd4 20. g5 Nxe5 21. fxe5 Nh7 (21... Nd7 22. gxh6 Nxe5 23. Qg3 Bf6 $13)
22.
gxh6 Qxe5 (22... Qxc4 $2 23. Rhf1 $1 f5 (23... Rf8 24. hxg7) 24. Rg1 $18) 23.
hxg7 f5 $5 (23... Bf6 {is the other defensive option.} 24. h5 Bxg7 25. Rhg1 Kf8
26. Rdf1 Nf6 27. Qa3+ (27. Rxg7 $6 Kxg7 28. h6+ Kh8 29. Qxf6+ Qxf6 30.
Rxf6 d3)
27... Qd6 28. Qf3 Qe5 $11) 24. Ng3 (24. h5 $1 {was required, for example:}
Qf6
$1 (24... Kxg7 25. h6+ Kh8 26. Nf4 Qf6 (26... Nf8 27. Rde1 Qf6 28. h7 $1 $18)
27. Nh5 Qg6 28. Bf4 $16) 25. h6 e5 26. Ng3 f4 27. Ne4 Qe6 28. Rh5 (28. Qd3
Rc8
29. b3 a4) 28... Rc8 29. b3 a4 30. Rg1 axb3 31. axb3 Ra8 $14) 24... Qc7 25.
Qe2
Bc5 (25... Bf6 $6 {runs into} 26. Nh5 e5 27. Ng3 {attacking >< f5} Qc8 28.
Qh5
f4 {Now the light squares are weakened.} 29. Nf5 $16) 26. Nh5 e5 27. Ng3 Qf7
(
27... f4 $6 {weakens the important light squares.} 28. Nf5 $16) 28. Qf1 (28. h5
Kxg7 29. Rdf1 f4 30. Ne4 Be7 $13) 28... f4 29. Ne4 {
The N is an excellent blockading piece on e4 now.} Qf5 30. Qd3 Be7 31. Rdg1
Rd6
32. c5 Re6 (32... Rg6 33. Rxg6 Qxg6 34. h5 Qxg7 35. Qb3+ Kh8 36. Qxb7 Nf6
$13 {
exchanging the strong N on e4.}) 33. h5 Bg5 (33... Ng5 $5 34. h6 Qh7 {

deserved serious attention.}) 34. Ka1 Bh6 (34... Nf6 {


is again logical eliminating the blockading N on e4.} 35. Rxg5 Qxe4 36. Qh3
Rc6
37. h6 Kh7 $13) 35. Qf3 Ng5 (35... R6e7 $2 36. Nd6 $18) 36. Nxg5 Bxg5 37.
Qd5 (
37. Qxb7 e4 $132) 37... Bh6 38. Rg6 (38. Qxb7 {allows the push} e4 $132)
38...
Qf7 39. Qe4 Rc8 40. Rhg1 Rxc5 41. Bd2 Rec6 (41... Rxg6 42. Rxg6 Rc6 43.
Qxe5
Rxg6 44. hxg6 Qxg6 $11) 42. a3 Rc8 $4 {
The is a terrible blunder, probably in time trouble.} ({
There was nothing wrong with} 42... Rxg6 43. Rxg6 Rc6 44. Qxe5 Rxg6 45.
hxg6
Qxg6 46. Qxd4 Qxg7 $11) 43. Rxh6 1-0

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.08"]
[Round "4.6"]
[White "Dreev, Alexey"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A65"]
[WhiteElo "2676"]
[BlackElo "2707"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.01.25"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Ng3


exd5 9. cxd5 a6 10. a4 h5 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. Qd2 Re8 13. Be2 Nh7 14. Bh6 Bd4
15.
Be3 Bh8 16. O-O Nd7 17. f4 Ndf6 18. e5 h4 19. Nge4 dxe5 20. d6 Qa5 21.
Nxf6+
Nxf6 22. fxe5 Rxe5 23. Bf4 Re8 24. Bc4 Qb4 25. b3 Be6 26. Qd3 Bf5 27. Qf3
Bg4
28. Qd3 Bf5 29. Qf3 Bg4 30. Nd5 Bxf3 31. Nxb4 Be2 32. Nd3 Ne4 33. d7 Red8
34.
Ne5 Bxe5 35. Bxe5 Bxf1 36. Rxf1 Rxd7 37. h3 Nd2 38. Rf4 Nxc4 39. bxc4 Re8
40.
Bc3 Re3 41. Bf6 Re6 42. a5 b6 43. Bc3 Rd3 44. Bb2 Rb3 45. Bf6 bxa5 0-1

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.09"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B84"]
[WhiteElo "2755"]
[BlackElo "2707"]
[PlyCount "139"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.01.25"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. Be2 Qc7 8. a3

b5 9. Qd2 Bb7 10. f3 Nbd7 11. O-O-O d5 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Nxd5 Bxd5 14. Kb1
Nf6
15. g4 Bc4 16. Bf4 Qb6 17. Be5 Nd5 18. Rhe1 O-O-O 19. Bd3 Bc5 20. Nb3 Bf2
21.
Rf1 Bxd3 22. cxd3 Be3 23. Qc2+ Kb7 24. d4 f6 25. Bg3 Ka7 26. Rfe1 g6 27.
Qd3
Bh6 28. Re2 Rhe8 29. Rc2 Rc8 30. Re1 Rxc2 31. Qxc2 Bf8 32. Rc1 Bd6 33. Qc6
Rd8
34. Bxd6 Rxd6 35. Qe8 Qd8 36. Qxd8 Rxd8 37. Rc6 Nf4 38. Nc5 Rxd4 39.
Rxa6+ Kb8
40. Nxe6 Nxe6 41. Rxe6 Rf4 42. Rb6+ Ka7 43. Rxb5 Rxf3 44. Rc5 Kb6 45. Rc3
Rf4
46. h3 f5 47. gxf5 Rxf5 48. Ka2 Kb5 49. Rb3+ Ka5 50. Rb4 Rf3 51. h4 h5 52.
Re4
Rg3 53. Re5+ Kb6 54. a4 Rh3 55. Re4 Ka5 56. b3 Rh1 57. Kb2 Rg1 58. Re5+
Kb6 59.
Ka3 Rg4 60. Re6+ Kc5 61. Rf6 Rxh4 62. Rxg6 Rh1 63. Rg5+ Kb6 64. a5+ Kc6
65. Ka4
h4 66. Rg6+ Kc7 67. Rh6 h3 68. Kb5 h2 69. b4 Kd7 70. Rh7+ 1-0

[Event "FIDE-Wch k.o."]


[Site "New Delhi/Teheran"]
[Date "2000.12.10"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]
[BlackElo "2755"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2000.11.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]

[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[SourceDate "2001.01.25"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8.


c4
Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Bf5 11. a3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Nc6 13. Re1 dxc4 14. Bxc4
Bd6
15. Ng5 Qd7 16. Qf3 Rae8 17. Rxe8 Rxe8 18. Bd2 Nd8 19. Bd3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3
f5 21.
c4 Be7 22. Nf3 Bf6 23. Rb1 b6 24. c5 Qd5 25. cxb6 cxb6 26. Rb5 Qe4 27. Qc4+
Kh8
28. h3 h6 29. Rb3 Qc6 30. Qd3 Qd5 31. Qb5 Qxb5 32. Rxb5 Ne6 33. Rd5 Kg8
34. Rd7
Rd8 35. Rxa7 Nxd4 36. Nxd4 Bxd4 37. Kf1 Bxf2 38. Bxh6 Bd4 39. Bd2 Re8 40.
Rd7
Re4 41. g3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2001.01.13"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B81"]
[WhiteElo "2718"]
[BlackElo "2718"]
[Annotator "Ftacnik"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2001.01.13"]
[EventType "tourn"]

[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. g4 e5 8. Nf5


g6 9. g5 gxf5 10. exf5 d5 11. Qf3 d4 12. O-O-O Nbd7 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. gxf6
dxc3
15. Bxc3 Qc6 16. Qg3 Bh6+ 17. Kb1 Bf4 18. Qd3 Rg8 19. Bh3 {Shirov is
obviously
enjoying this unclear position with the piece sacrifice. He keeps repeating
this variation with enviable courage.} Kd8 $2 (19... Qxf6 20. Bb4 Qb6 21. Qc4
$13) 20. Bb4 Qxf6 (20... Kc7 21. Bd6+ Kd8 (21... Kb6 22. Qb3+ Ka7 23. Qxf7)
22.
Rhg1 Rg5 (22... Re8 23. Qa3 $2) 23. Rxg5 Bxg5 24. Qg3 h6 25. Bxe5 Ke8 26.
Bd6
$18) 21. Qc4 Rg5 $2 (21... b5 22. Ba5+ (22. Qe4 Ra7) 22... Ke8 23. Qc7 Rg5
24.
Rd6 e4 25. Qxd7+ Bxd7 26. Rxf6 Rh5 (26... Be5 27. Rh6 Bxf5 28. Bd2 $16) 27.
Bg2
Rxf5 (27... Ke7 28. Bxe4 Kxf6 29. Bc3+ $14) 28. Rb6 Bc7 29. Bxe4 Bxb6 30.
Bxb6
Rc8 $14) (21... Qc6 $2 22. Qxf7 $18) (21... a5 22. Rd6 Qg5 23. f6 axb4 24.
Rhd1
Qg1 25. Qd5 Qxd1+ 26. Qxd1 Kc7 27. Rxd7+ Bxd7 28. Qxd7+ Kb6 29. c3 $14)
22. Rd6
$1 {One mistake was sufficient for the abrupt end of the game. Black king is
feeling himself very insecurely on the square d8.} Qg7 (22... Qe7 23. f6 $18)
23. f6 Rg1+ (23... Qg6 24. Rhd1 $1 (24. Ba5+ b6 25. Bxb6+ Ke8 26. Qc7 $18)
24... Rg1 25. Rxd7+ Bxd7 26. Be7+ Ke8 27. Bxd7#) 24. Bf1 $1 (24. Bf1 $1 Qg2
(
24... Qg4 25. Ba5+ Ke8 26. Qc7) 25. Rxg1 Qxg1 26. Ba5+ b6 (26... Ke8 27.
Re6+

$1 fxe6 (27... Kf8 28. Bb4+ Kg8 29. Re8+ $18) 28. Qxe6+ Kf8 29. Bb4+ Nc5
30.
Bxc5#) 27. Bxb6+ Ke8 28. Re6+ fxe6 29. Qxe6+ Kf8 30. Bc5+ Nxc5 31. Qe7+
Kg8 32.
Qe8#) 1-0

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2001.01.14"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Piket, Jeroen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2718"]
[BlackElo "2632"]
[Annotator "Rabinovich,Al"]
[PlyCount "115"]
[EventDate "2001.01.13"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb7 (5... b5 6. cxb5 Bxb5 7. Bg2


Bb4+ 8. Bd2 a5 9. O-O O-O 10. a3 Be7 11. Nc3 Bc6 12. Qc2 d5 13. Ne5 Bb7 14.
Na4
Nfd7 15. Nd3 Bc6 16. Nac5 Nxc5 17. Nxc5 Ra7 18. Rfc1 Bb5 19. e3 Nd7 20. a4
Be2
21. Bxa5 $16 {

1-0 Tkachiev,V-Nisipeanu,L/Naujac-sur-Mer FRA 2000/The Week in Chess 303


(28)})
(5... Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3 d5 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Re1
c5
12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Bb7 14. Nfg5 cxd4 15. Bxd4 Qc7 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Bxb7
Qxb7 18. Qf3 $11 {
1/2-1/2 Gyimesi,Z-Almasi,Z/Budapest HUN 2000/The Week in Chess 310 (37)})
6.
Bg2 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 a5 (7... c5 8. Bxb4 cxb4 9. O-O O-O 10. Nbd2 d6 11. Qc2 Nc6
12.
e4 e5 13. d5 Nb8 14. a3 bxa3 15. b4 a5 16. c5 $36 {
1-0 Shariyazdanov,A-Baklan,V/Neum BIH 2000/The Week in Chess 308 (43)}) 8.
O-O
O-O 9. Qc2 d6 10. Bc3 d5 {A new idea played by black.The popular
continuation
here is 11...Nbd7 12.a3 Bc3 with interesting continuations.White mostly pushes
e4,trying to gain some space advantage in the center,while black has a solid
and hard to break position,playing on queenside.The move played in the game
doesn't let white to play e4,but now the pawn on c7 will be in ganger after
c-file will be opened.} 11. a3 Bd6 (11... Bxc3 12. Nxc3 Nbd7 $14 {With small
t a long range advantage.White can prepare by 13.Rfc1 pressure on c7 pawn or
to exchange on d5 and to play b4,both cases white has a slightly better
position.}) 12. Bb2 Nbd7 13. Nc3 Re8 (13... dxc4 14. bxc4 e5 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16.
Nxe5 Bxg2 17. Nxf7 Rxf7 18. Kxg2 $16) (13... c5 $5 {It should be one of the
ideas in this position,why not to play it now?After white will place the R on
d1 it will be tough to play c5.Here can arise position with two hanging pawns
and black will get good counterplay.} 14. Nb5 Be7 15. dxc5 dxc4 16. bxc4 Nxc5
17. Rad1 $11) 14. Rfd1 {Playing against both c5 and e5.Good profilactic
move.}
Qb8 (14... c6 15. e4 dxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Qxe4 Nf6 18. Qe3 $14) 15. Nb5
$14 {
Now white gets a better position.Black can't avoid exchanging his dark square
B .Black sacrafises a pawn,trying to find some fortune on the queenside.} a4 (

15... Bf8 {Trying to save the B,can be dangerous,because of 16.Bc1. B goes to


f4 from where he will attack already"feeling scared" c7 pawn.} 16. cxd5 (16.
Bc1 $5 $14) 16... exd5 $11) 16. bxa4 dxc4 17. Nd2 (17. Qxc4 Bd5 18. Qc2 Be4
19.
Qd2 Rxa4 20. Nxd6 cxd6 {Black is fine.}) 17... Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Qb7+ 19. f3 {
White is better.In addition to extra pawn,white knights are taking good places
and sometime white will also like to advance the e4.} Rec8 20. Nxc4 Bf8 21.
Rac1 $1 {e4 can wait,important to bring the second R in the game.} Qa6 {
It will be hard for black to win the a4 pawn,since white always will play Ncd6
and win the c7 pawn.} 22. e4 c6 $6 {May be it was better just to play 22...Be7
not to rush.After the move in the game,black prepared to sacrafise an
exchange
,but he doesn't get enough compensation for the sacrafised material.} (22...
Be7 $5 23. Ne5 Nxe5 24. dxe5 Ne8 25. Rd7 Bc5 {
White has to do a lot of work to prove that this extra pawn is enough for win.}
) 23. Ncd6 cxb5 $6 {
Of course 23...Bd6 was better,but black already prepared the sacrafise....} (
23... Bxd6 24. Nxd6 Rd8 25. Rd2 $16 (25. Qxc6 $2 Qe2+)) 24. Nxc8 b4 (24...
bxa4
25. Rd2 $18) 25. Qc4 (25. axb4 {Could give black some surviving chances.}
Rxc8
26. Qxc8 Qe2+ 27. Kh3 Qxb2 (27... Qxf3 $1 28. Qc2 Nxe4 29. Rf1 Ng5+ 30.
Kh4 Qe3
31. Qf2 $6 Nf3+ $3 32. Qxf3 (32. Kh3 Ng5+ 33. Kh4 $11) 32... Qh6+ 33. Kg4
f5+
$19) 28. e5 $18) 25... bxa3 (25... Qxa4 26. axb4 $18) 26. Qxa6 {
Without the queens it easier to bring the N in the game.} Rxa6 27. Ba1 Rxa4
28.
d5 {White must promote the d-pawn as much as possible,so black pieces won't
be
able to concentrate on pushing the pawns on queenside.} Bc5 29. dxe6 (29.
Bxf6

$1 {Was winning immideatly.} Nxf6 (29... gxf6 30. dxe6 fxe6 31. Rxd7 a2 32.
Ra1
b5 33. Ne7+ Kf8 34. Nc6 b4 35. Rb7 $18) 30. Nxb6 Ra5 31. e5 $18) 29... fxe6
30.
Nd6 {White has brought his N to the game,but the position is not simple .Black
has stronge pawn on a2 and white must pay attantion not to let black to push
the b-pawn.} h5 31. Nb7 Ra7 32. Nd8 $6 (32. Nxc5 Nxc5 33. Bxf6 gxf6 34. Rc3
{
Winning the a-pawn.}) 32... Nf8 33. Nc6 Rb7 (33... Rc7 34. Nd4 $16) 34. Rd3
N6d7 35. Rb3 Rc7 36. Nb4 Ra7 37. Nc2 e5 (37... a2 38. Bb2) 38. Bc3 $1 {
Finally white is winning the a-pawn,after what the way to win is easier.} Ne6
39. Ra1 Nd4 40. Bxd4 exd4 41. Nxa3 Ne5 42. f4 Nc4 43. Nc2 {White's position
is
won.The plan is to bring the king to the center,activate the rooks and watch
the black d-pawn and be aware of any tricks.} Rd7 44. Rd1 Ra7 45. Kh3 Nd6
46.
e5 Ne4 47. Rxd4 {White transfers the ending to one without any counter
chances
for black.Pawn on b6 won't influence anything.White king will enter the center
and e and f pawns will win the game.} Nf2+ (47... Bxd4 48. Nxd4 $18) 48. Kg2
Bxd4 49. Nxd4 Ra2 50. Kf3 Ng4 51. h3 Nh2+ {Black is looking for tricks,but
white carefully rids of any complications and brings the K to the center.The
rest is simple,black doesn't want to put passivly the R on a6 to protect the
b-pawn,trying to attack white pawns on kingside.White R+Kplaced good
enough to
protect the pawns and game ends in few moves.} 52. Ke4 Nf1 53. Kf5 Rg2 54.
g4
hxg4 55. hxg4 g6+ 56. Kxg6 Rxg4+ 57. Kf5 Rg7 {The last trick.} 58. e6 (58.
Rxb6
$4 Ng3+ $11 59. Kf6 (59. Ke6 $4 Rg6+ $19) 59... Nh5+ 60. Kf5 Ng3+) 1-0

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]

[Date "2001.01.16"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Timman, Jan H"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A43"]
[WhiteElo "2629"]
[BlackElo "2718"]
[Annotator "Tsesarsky"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2001.01.13"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Bb7 (5... Qb6 {-see commented
game 0-1 Nogueiras,J-Arencibia,W/Capablanca mem-A 1996/CBM 54 (33)
[Kantsler,
B]}) (5... g6 6. Nbd2 Nxd2 (6... Qa5 7. c3 Nxd2 8. Qxd2 d6 9. e4 Bg7 10. Bd3 (
10. Be2 Nd7 11. O-O Bb7 12. a4 $14 {0-1 Stefanova-Peptan/Moscow olw 1994
(36)})
10... b4 (10... Bb7 {-position exactly from our game!}) 11. c4 $14 {1/2-1/2 Mah
erramzade,J-Perez Candelario,M/Linares ESP 2000/The Week in Chess 271
(46)}) 7.
Qxd2 Qb6 8. e4 Bg7 9. c3 Bb7 10. Bd3 (10. O-O-O $5 $14) 10... e6 (10... d6 {
-again position almost from our game!}) 11. dxe6 fxe6 $132 {
1-0 Kharitonov,A-Markus,J/Hoogeveen NED 2000/The Week in Chess 310 (36)})
(5...
d6 6. Nbd2 Qa5 7. c3 Nxd2 8. Nxd2 g6 9. e4 Bg7 10. a4 (10. Bd3 $14 {

we can see this position again in various moves order.}) 10... b4 11. Bb5+ Bd7
12. Nc4 Qc7 13. cxb4 cxb4 14. Rc1 $14 {
1-0 Razuvaev,Y-Horvath/Keszthely 1981 (26)}) 6. e3 (6. Qd3 f5 7. Nbd2 c4 {
-see commented game 0-1 Kramnik,V-Topalov,V/Monaco 2000/CBM 75 (33)
[Alterman,
B] (14)}) (6. a4 Qa5+ $5 (6... a6 7. Qd3 (7. c3 Qb6 8. Na3 Qd6 9. e3 Qxd5 10.
Qxd5 Bxd5 11. axb5 axb5 12. Bxb5 $132 {
1-0 Prakken,G-Sermek,D/Pardubice CZE 2000/The Week in Chess 298 (34)}) 7...
Qa5+ 8. c3 f5 9. Nbd2 e6 10. Nxe4 fxe4 11. Qxe4 Bxd5 $132 {
1-0 Burmakin,V-Avrukh,B/Ubeda ESP 2001/The Week in Chess 325 (34)}) 7. c3
e6 (
7... b4 8. Qd3 bxc3 9. bxc3 f5 10. g4 Qb6 11. Nbd2 $132 {
0-1 Goczo,M-Gara,A/Budapest HUN 2000/The Week in Chess 299 (51)}) 8. dxe6
fxe6
$132 {1-0 Moreno,W-Fuentes,M/Lima PER 1999(38)}) 6... g6 7. c3 Qa5 (7... Qb6
8.
a4 b4 9. a5 Qd6 10. c4 e6 11. a6 Bxa6 12. Nbd2 Nxd2 13. Nxd2 Bg7 14. Ne4
Qe5
15. Bd3 O-O 16. Nxc5 Bc8 17. O-O $132 {
1-0 Gausel,E-Svedenborg,P/Oslo NOR 2000/The Week in Chess 291 (38)}) 8.
Nbd2
Nxd2 9. Qxd2 Bg7 10. e4 $14 {White leaves with space advantge, but position
is
too complicated for exact evaluation.} d6 11. Bd3 Nd7 12. O-O a6 {
Here White must choose plan, what to do.} 13. Rfc1 {
I should admit, I have not understood of this move idea...} ({
Most of chessplayers would prefer standard} 13. Rfe1 $14) 13... Rc8 (13... c4
14. Bc2 Nc5 15. Nd4 $14) 14. h3 (14. b3 Qa3 15. Rab1 $14) 14... Qb6 15. Bf1 (
15. a4 $14) 15... Nf6 16. Re1 {R turned back...} O-O 17. a4 Rfe8 (17... c4 18.
Bg5 $14) 18. a5 $5 {Good decision! White wants to close queenside and to
concentrate Attack in kingside.} ({After} 18. axb5 axb5 {
Black will try to exchange RR via opened a-line.}) 18... Qc7 19. c4 b4 (19...

bxc4 $144 20. Bxc4 $14) 20. e5 $1 dxe5 $5 {


Black wants to play more complicated position.} ({More reliable is} 20... Nd7
21. exd6 ({or} 21. e6 fxe6 22. Rxe6 (22. Ng5 exd5 23. Ne6 Qc6 (23... Qb8 24.
Nxg7 Kxg7 25. cxd5 $14) 24. cxd5 Qxd5 25. Qxd5 Bxd5 26. Nxg7 Kxg7 27.
Bxa6 $14
(27. Bxe7 $2 Rc6 $17)) 22... Nf8 23. Re3 e6 $14) 21... exd6 22. Bg3 $14) 21.
Nxe5 Nh5 22. Ng4 $5 Bd4 $5 ({Worth of attention} 22... Qf4 23. Qxf4 Nxf4 24.
Bg5 Nh5 25. Rab1 (25. Rxe7 Rxe7 26. Bxe7 Bxb2 27. Re1 f5 $132) 25... Kf8
$14)
23. Rad1 $6 $132 {Too passive!} ({Right was} 23. Be2 $142 $1 Qf4 24. Rad1
Qxd2
25. Rxd2 Ng7 26. Nh6+ Kf8 27. Bg4 f5 28. Bd1 $14) 23... e6 {
Next move of White leads to very complicated position} 24. Re4 $6 $15 {
threatening Rxd4! but but overlooking the nxt complications:} (24. Be2 exd5
25.
Nh6+ Kg7 26. Bxh5 dxc4 27. Bg4 c3 28. Qg5 f6 $8 29. Nf5+ Kg8 30. Nh6+ Kg7
(
30... Kf8 31. Qc1 cxb2 32. Qc4 $16) 31. Nf5+ $11) 24... f5 $1 {Very strong
move - refutation of White stratagy. Topalov calculated next complication
exactly!} (24... exd5 $2 {of course, would meet by} 25. Rxd4 $1 cxd4 26.
Qxd4
$16) ({or} 24... Bg7 25. d6 $16 ({Or} 25. Nh6+ Bxh6 (25... Kh8 26. d6 $16)
26.
Qxh6 exd5 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. cxd5 $16)) 25. Nh6+ Kg7 ({Not} 25... Kf8 $2
26.
Rxe6 Rxe6 27. dxe6 $16) 26. Rxe6 $2 $17 (26. Rxd4 $142 cxd4 27. Bg5 exd5
(27...
e5 28. Qxb4 $13) 28. Qxd4+ Qe5 29. cxd5 Qxd4 30. Rxd4 Re4 31. Rxe4 fxe4
32. d6
Nf6 33. Ng4 Nd7 $15) 26... Rxe6 27. dxe6 Nf4 $1 {
Black obstructs c1-h6 diagonal and catches Nh6.} ({Here} 27... Qf4 {is badly:}
28. Bg5 ({or} 28. Qxf4 Nxf4 29. Nf7 $14) 28... Qxd2 29. Rxd2 Re8 30. Nf7 $14)
28. Re1 $6 $19 ({or} 28. Bg3 Nxh3+ $1 29. Kh2 f4 $1 30. Kxh3 (30. gxh3
fxg3+

31. fxg3 Qc6 32. Bg2 Qxg2+ 33. Qxg2 Bxg2 34. Kxg2 Kxh6 $19) 30... fxg3 $17)
(
28. Nxf5+ gxf5 29. Bg3 Nxh3+ 30. Kh2 f4 31. Bh4 Re8 32. Kxh3 Rxe6 $17) 28...
Kxh6 $8 29. Bg3 $8 g5 $8 30. h4 Re8 ({Black wins after} 30... Be4 $1 31.
hxg5+
Kxg5 {and here:} 32. Bh2 (32. Kh1 Re8 33. f3 Bb7 34. Bh2 Be5 $19) 32... Re8
33.
g3 Kf6 $19) 31. e7 Be4 32. hxg5+ Kxg5 33. Kh1 Rxe7 $2 $132 ({Right was}
33...
Be5 34. f3 Bb7 35. Qf2 Rxe7 36. Bh4+ Kg6 37. Bxe7 Qxe7 $19) 34. f3 Re6 35.
Bh2
Rh6 (35... Bd3 $2 36. Rxe6 Bxf1 37. b3 $1 $16) 36. fxe4 Kg6 $2 $16 {
Terrible move probably under sharp time pressure...} ({Right was} 36... Rxh2+
37. Kxh2 Qg7 38. Re3 Kf6 39. e5+ Ke7 40. Rf3 Ne6 $44 {
With at least sufficient compensation}) ({Interesting also} 36... Bf2 $5 37.
Re3 (37. Qxf2 Rxh2+ 38. Kxh2 Nd3+ 39. Qg3+ Qxg3+ 40. Kxg3 f4+ 41. Kf3
Nxe1+ 42.
Kf2 Nc2 $17) 37... Bxe3 (37... Rxh2+ 38. Kxh2 Bxe3 39. Qxe3 Kf6 40. g3 Ng6
41.
exf5 Kxf5 $132) 38. Qxe3 Qe5 39. g3 Qxe4+ 40. Qxe4 fxe4 41. gxf4+ Kg4 42.
Kg2
Rd6 43. Be2+ Kf5 44. Kg3 b3 $44) 37. g3 Nh5 $2 $18 {the last mistake...} ({
Much better was} 37... Nh3 38. exf5+ Kf7 $1 39. Re2 $16 (39. Qxh6 $4 Nf2+
40.
Kg1 (40. Kg2 Qb7+ $19) 40... Ng4+ $19)) 38. exf5+ 1-0

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2001.01.17"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "D39"]
[WhiteElo "2718"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Ribli"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2001.01.13"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 dxc4 {


Der hollndische GM spielt gerne diese Variante - und zwar mit beiden Farben.}
5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxc3+ {
Das ist die prinzipielle Fortsetzung, aber 8...Qa5 ist auch spielbar.} 9. bxc3
Qa5 10. Bb5+ {Es gibt so viele Partien in dieser Variante, doch es scheint,
dass dieses Luferschach die beste Fortsetzung fr Wei darstellt. Die
Alternativen 10.Bxf6 und 10.Nb5 werden seltener gespielt.} Nbd7 (10... Bd7)
11.
Bxf6 Qxc3+ 12. Kf1 gxf6 13. h4 {Das ist noch eine bekannte theoretische
Stellung. Wei bringt seinen Turm ber h3 ins Spiel.} a6 14. Rh3 Qa5 (14... Qb4
) 15. Be2 Nc5 (15... O-O 16. Rc1) (15... Ke7 16. Nb3 Qb6 17. Qc1 Rd8 18. Rd3
Nf8 19. Qa3+ Ke8 20. Rxd8+ Qxd8 21. Na5 $40 {
Hier bekommt Wei mehr als ausreichende Kompensation fr den Bauern.}) 16.
Nb3
{Wei tauscht den guten schwarzen Springer ab. Die zugrundeliegende
positionelle Regel ist auch in dieser konkreten Stellung gltig .} Nxb3 17.
Qxb3 (17. Rxb3 Ke7 18. Qc1 Rd8 19. Rab1 Qd2 20. Qc7+ Rd7 21. Qg3 b5 22.
Qg7 Rc7
23. Rd3 Rc1+ 24. Rxc1 Qxc1+ 25. Rd1 Qc5 26. Qxh7 Bb7 27. f3 Qe5 {

1/2-1/2 Pogorelov,R-Kolev,A/Villarrobledo 2000/EXT 2001 (57)}) 17... b6 $1 {


Das ist bei weitem die beste Verteidigung fr Schwarz. Anschlieend kann er
mit dem Entwicklungszug Bb7 den Pe4attackieren.} (17... Qc7 18. Rd1 Bd7 19.
Qb2
$1 O-O-O $8 20. Rc1 Bc6 21. Bxa6 $1 {
1-0 Akopian,V-Horvath,C/Niksic 1991/Inf 51/[Akopian,V] (34)}) (17... e5 18. Rf3
Qd8 19. Rc1 $1 $16 {
1-0 Kramnik,V-Kaidanov,G/Groningen 1993/Inf 59/[Kramnik,V] (31)}) 18. Rd1
(18.
Rb1 Bb7 19. Qxb6 Qxb6 20. Rxb6 Bxe4 21. Bxa6 f5 22. Rc3 Ke7 23. f3 Bd5 24.
Rc7+
Kf6 25. a4 Rhb8 26. Rxb8 Rxb8 {
1/2-1/2 Van Wely,L-Movsesian,S/Polanica Zdroj 2000/CBM 79 no vc (46)}) (18.
Rc1
$6 Bb7 19. Qb2 (19. Rc7 Bxe4 20. Re3 Bd5 21. Qb2 b5 22. Rec3 Rd8 23. Rc1 e5
24.
a3 O-O 25. R7c3 Kh8 26. Rg3 Rg8 27. Rcc3 Rxg3 28. Rxg3 Be6 {
0-1 Schmidt,W-Khenkin,I/Lubniewice 1998/EXT 2000 (28)}) 19... Qe5 20. Qxb6
Bxe4
21. Rg3 f5 22. Rd1 Rb8 23. Qa7 Rb7 24. Qxa6 Ke7 25. Qa3+ Kf6 26. Qc1 h6 27.
Bd3
Rc7 28. Qa1 Qxa1 29. Rxa1 f4 {
0-1 Nielsen,P-Khenkin,I/Germany 1999/EXT 2000 (57)}) 18... Bb7 19. Qb2 (19.
Rf3
O-O (19... Qe5 $5) 20. Rg3+ Kh8 21. Qe3 Rg8 22. Qh6 Rxg3 23. Qxf6+ Rg7 24.
Rd8+
{1/2-1/2 Solozhenkin,E-Khenkin,I/Reggio Emilia 2000}) (19. Rd6) 19... Qe5 (
19... Rg8 $5) 20. Qxb6 Bxe4 {Dieser Tausch ist nicht schlecht fr Schwarz - er
bekommt den Zentrumsbauern auf e4 fr den schwachen Pb6.} 21. Rg3 (21.
Re3 $2
O-O 22. f3 Rfb8 $17) 21... f5 22. Kg1 $146 {Das ist die - natrlich
vorbereitete - Neuerung. Die Idee des Zugs ist, dass Wei seinen Rg3 befreit,
denn in vielen Varianten besteht das schwarze Gegenspiel - nach einem
Turmzug

- im Eindrignen der Dame nach h2. Das frher gespielte 22.Bxa6 verschafft
Wei
keinen Erffnungsvorteil. Insgesamt jedoch bleibt die Stellung - wie die ganze
Variante - unklar, mit vielen taktischen Mglichkeiten.} (22. Bxa6 Ke7 $1 23.
Qb4+ Kf6 24. Qd2 f4 $1 (24... h6 $2 25. f4 Qc5 $6 26. Qb2+ Ke7 27. Rg6 $3 {
1-0 Dautov,R-Schlosser,P/Lippstadt 2000/CBM 78/[Dautov] (43)}) 25. Rg4 Rxa6
26.
Rxf4+ Bf5 27. g4 Rg8 28. gxf5 Qb5+ 29. Qd3 Qxd3+ 30. Rxd3 e5 31. Rff3 Rg4
$15 {
Dautov}) 22... h6 {Ein prophylaktischer Zug - Schwarz verteidigt das Feld g5,
um nach f5-f4 nicht mit Rg5 rechnen zu mssen.} (22... Ke7 23. Qb4+ Kf6 24.
Rd7
Rae8 25. Bxa6) 23. Qb4 (23. Bxa6 Ke7 $13) 23... f4 $13 {Der Rg3 muss sich
entscheiden - entweder fr die g-Linie oder fr die 3.Reihe. Schwarz hat einen
Mehrbauern, aber sein Knig steht unsicher in der Mitte.} 24. Rg4 Rb8 25. Qa3
(
25. Qa4+ Ke7 $13) 25... a5 {Schwarz bereitet 27...Rb4 vor, er mchte seinen
Knig endlich in Sicherheit bringen.} 26. Bf3 Rb4 $5 $15 (26... Bxf3 27. Qxf3
Rb4 28. Qc6+ Ke7 29. Rd7+ Kf6 30. Rxf7+ Kxf7 31. Qd7+ Kf8 32. Qd8+ Kf7
$11) 27.
Qc1 Ke7 28. Rxf4 Bxf3 29. Rxf3 (29. Rxb4 $2 axb4 30. gxf3 Rg8+ $19) 29...
Rxh4
{Schwarz hat einen Mehrbauern, aber die Realisierung des Materialvorteils ist
keineswegs leicht, da Schwarz prinzipiell Probleme bei der Platzierung seines
Knigs behlt.} 30. g3 Re4 31. Rc3 $44 Rg8 {Schwarz kmmert sich nicht um
die
Verteidigung des Ph6, sondern aktiviert den Turm.} 32. Rc7+ Kf6 33. Qxh6+
Rg6
$11 {Nach groen Komplikationen haben wir nun eine ausgeglichene Stellung
erreicht. Die weie Stellung scheint minimal aktiver, Schwarz kann sich leicht
verteidigen.} 34. Qh8+ Rg7 35. Rcc1 (35. Qh6+ Rg6 $11) 35... Kg6 36. Kg2
Rh7
37. Qg8+ (37. Qxe5 Rxe5 $11) 37... Rg7 38. Qd8 (38. Qh8 $11) 38... Re2 39.
Rc4

$1 f5 (39... Rxa2 $2 40. Rg4+ Kf5 41. Rxg7 Qxg7 42. Rd4 $18) (39... Re4 40.
Qd3
f5 41. Rxe4 Qxe4+ 42. Qxe4 fxe4 43. Rd4 (43. Rd6 Kf6 44. Ra6 Rg5 $11) 43...
Kf5
44. Ra4 Ra7 45. Kf1 $16) 40. Rh4 {Der Turm steht gut auf h4, er verteidigt die
weie Knigsstellung gegen Qe4+ und droht auf der h-Linie.} Qb2 (40... Qe3)
41.
Kg1 Qc3 42. a4 Qf3 (42... Re1+ 43. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 44. Kg2 Qc3 45. Qe8+ $18)
43. Rf4
Qc6 44. Qd3 (44. Rh4 Qf3 $11) 44... Rh7 45. Rg4+ Kf7 46. Qd7+ {Wei hat
nichts
besseres als den Damentausch. Nun ist die Stellung sofort remis.} (46. Rh4
Rxh4
47. gxh4 Re4 $17) 46... Qxd7 47. Rxd7+ Kf6 48. Rxh7 fxg4 49. Ra7 (49. Ra7
Re5
$11) 1/2-1/2

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2001.01.18"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B51"]
[WhiteElo "2746"]
[BlackElo "2718"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2001.01.13"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]

[EventCategory "19"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.20"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. h3 Ne5 7. a4 Nxf3+ 8.


Qxf3 a6 9. Bxd7+ Nxd7 10. b3 g6 11. Bb2 e5 12. Qd3 Be7 13. Nc3 O-O 14. a5
Nf6
15. Rf1 Rc8 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. Qxd5 Qc7 18. f4 Bf6 19. d3 Kg7 20. Qc4 Qd8 21.
f5
Bg5 22. Rf3 Bd2 23. Bc3 1/2-1/2