Anand with a Slight Edge at the Half

  • GM dbojkov
  • | May 3, 2010

The match for the World Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov started one day late, to everyone's dissatisfaction due to the thick cloud of volcano dust that covered Europe and blocked the air traffic. However, the first game showed that it was worth the expectations. Topalov detonated a home-made bomb and took the lead:



This striking loss made the “Tiger from Madras” furious, and the period between game two and four saw his clear superiority.  First he leveled the score with the somewhat controversial, but definitely original decision in game two:



Then he easily held the black pieces by frankly borrowing know-how from his previous opponent for WCC- Vladimir Kramnik (with a super-solid Slav Defense).  Finally he restored the balance of home-made wins in game four and took the lead:



Three out of four starting games proved decisive, something extremely rare for modern chess, and a great testimonial for the quality of the match.

The last two games saw the Bulgarian coming back in the match. In the fifth game he missed good chances to press on the whole board after:



While the sixth game saw a full-blooded battle, in which both opponents were searching for their chances.

Anand has a slight edge at the half time, and the chance to start the second half with the white pieces. Topalov finds his rhythm, and as usual starts to show his best towards the end of the match. In any case we are about to see the most thrilling and exciting chess from today on.


  • 7 years ago

    GM dbojkov

    24...Kxf6 [24...Qxf6 looks somewhat more stubborn, but White wins as well after: 25.Rc7+ the best, though there are two more very interesting moves that might also win- (25.e5; 25.Rh3) 25...Ke8 (25...Kg8 26.e5 Qh6 27.Rh3+- loses control over the vital g5 point) 26.Bb5+ Kd8 27.Rfc3 a6 28.Ba4+- the situation is quite similar to the one that appeared in the game. Black's pieces are completely discoordinated, and helpless. The game may conclude: 28...b5 29.R3c5 Nc4 30.Rxc4 bxc4 31.Qa5

    and mate in three follows.] 25.Rh3 Rg8 Or: [25...Rf7 26.Rh6+ Ke7 27.Qxg5+ Ke8 28.Bb5+ Bd7 29.Re6+ Black lacks the time to include more pieces into the defense:; 25...Bd7 26.Rh6+ Ke7 27.Qxg5+ Ke8 28.Be2+-

    ] 26.Rh6+ Kf7 27.Rh7+ Ke8 [27...Rg7 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 (28...Qxg7 29.Rc7+) 29.Qxg5+ Kf8 30.Qd8+ Qe8 31.Qxd4 Bd7 32.Rc7 and White is completely winning; 27...Kf6 28.Rcc7 forces Black to sacrifice his queen in order to prevent immediate mate on f7.] 28.Rcc7 Kd8 Even an average GM like me was already clearly seeing what is about to happen: 29.Bb5! Including the last pieces in the assault. 29...Qxe4 [29...Qxb5 30.Qxd4+ is mate; 29...a6 would have givven White a chance for one more nice shot: 30.Rce7! Qd6

    31.Qxg5!! Rxg5 32.Re8#] 30.Rxc8+ [30.Rce7 was winning similarly like the line above, but Topalov sees a more prosaic win:; 30.Rxc8+ Kxc8 31.Qc1+ Nc6 32.Bxc6 Qe3+ 33.Qxe3 dxe3 34.Bxa8 with a sure extra piece rather than mate.] 1–0

  • 7 years ago


    some one please please explain the background behind the sac Nxf6...The trees dont let me see the forest...crazy berserk!

  • 7 years ago

    GM dbojkov

    Just have a look at my blog- you will find all the games annotated-

  • 7 years ago


    We should expect something novelty moves from these two great woodpusher, may they both exert the best on them.

  • 7 years ago


    Go anand

  • 7 years ago


    I think Topolav is the newest Tal when it comes to sacrificing

  • 7 years ago


    Thanks for the translation. I am amazed at the strengths of these two players. Very entertaining for us hobbyists. 

  • 7 years ago


    Good to know that the top flight players in the world can walk into devastating combinations. Reminds me of some of my games.

  • 7 years ago


    All the sacrifice leading to win are really great.

    The sacrifices for a losing cause is not treated the same way. You need to knwo what is winning and what is losing

  • 7 years ago


    Is that the translation of the "Ананд с лек превес на полувремето" article?

    Anyways in the first game Nxf6 sacrifce was great!

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