Posts Tagged ‘Veselin Topalov’

Anand-Topalov Game 4

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Wow, wow, wow! What more can you say? I guess my prediction of a continued exciting match after yesterday’s draw was spot on.

Anand has pulled ahead with a beautiful sacrificial attack. A short game that would have been shorter had Topalov opted to give proper respect by resigning around move 27.

BTW, GM Miguel Illescas’ live commentary of this game was superb!

Anand-Topalov Game 3

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Seems to me Anand equalized easily in this game. Topalov was true to his no draw proclamation, and it took more than the obligatory three-fold repetition at the end before the arbiter stepped in to offer the draw on his behalf. By the way, I was watching the live video feed closely during this final spectacle and didn’t see a handshake. Hmmm… interesting. Clearly, we’re in for a fighting World Chess Championship!

Check out that 14…Rg8 theoretical novelty (TN)!

Anand-Topalov Game 2

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Excellent news. Anand has struck back with aplomb like the champion he is! And tomorrow is a rest day, so things are looking good. :)

Anand-Topalov Game 1

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

After a one-day delay due to Anand’s travel woes caused by the volcano in Iceland, the 2010 World Chess Championship is underway! It was a brutal affair with Veselin Topalov absolutely blasting Viswanathan Anand off the board with the white pieces when the latter misplayed a seemingly risky Gruenfeld line after a succession of quick moves by both sides.

Topalov Defeats Kamsky

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Alas, just three games (and two big blunders) later, the game in my last post remains Kamsky’s sole win over Topalov. The latter, having won the match with a score of 4.5-2.5, now moves on to face Anand for the title of World Chess Champion. As for Kamsky, they were speculating in the live commentary today on the ICC that he may once again leave the Royal Game. I hope not, but time will tell.

Serious chess. Serious fun!