Mittwoch, 18. Februar 2009

Topalov-Kamsky (2): Topa wins with black

In the candidates match Topalov won the second game with the black pieces. Kamsky lost a lot of time from the start and never came back. He resigned in move 32 with only 18 seconds left. You can see a critical position in the diagram on the right side. Instead of 20.Qxg6 Kamsky chose to win a piece with 20.Qxd5 cxd5 21.Nd6 (threatening Nxf7 and Nxc8 followed by Rxe6). But then - after 21.- Rc7! - he did not continue the combination because 22.Nxc8 Raxc8 23.Rxe6 Rxc2 is a desaster position. His 22.c4 was not better and also led to a desaster. So, 20.Qxg6 had to be played here.

Kamsky,Gata - Topalov,Veselin [C65]World Chess Challenge - candidates fina Sofia (2), 18.02.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lb5 Sf6 4.0-0 Lc5 5.Sxe5 Sxe4 6.De2 Sxe5 7.d4 De7 8.dxc5 Sxc5 9.Sc3 Sg6 10.Dh5 c6 11.Lg5 f6 12.Tae1 Se6 13.Ld3 0-0 14.Ld2 d5 15.f4 Dc5+ 16.Kh1 d4 17.Lf5 Tf7 18.Se4 Dd5 19.Lxg6 hxg6 20.Dxd5 cxd5 21.Sd6 Tc7 22.c4 dxc3 23.Lxc3 d4 24.Lb4 Ld7 25.Tf2 a5 26.La3 b5 27.b3 b4 28.Lb2 Ta6 29.Se4 Tac6 30.Kg1 Tc2 31.g3 d3 32.Td1 f5 0-1

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