The first note in this blog will be about the World Championship match. A nice starting game with a sacrifice, king chasing and, eventually, a deserved win by Veselin Topalov.
For the most part, a real fight didn’t start yet, and the first victory of Bulgarian grandmaster occurred thanks to his great opening preparation….
Vishy made a wrong opening choice like 15 years ago against Garry Kasparov in the well-known game:
Kasparov,G – Anand,V
New York, 1995
17.Qg4! – This great idea helped Kasparov to win the key game in the match.
Topalov,V – Anand,V
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bh6 cxd4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd4 exd4
This is a new move is an interesting line of Grunfeld defence. Of course both GM’s have good analyses in this line, because Veselin has already played it against Gata Kamsky.
16…Qd6 Magnus Carlsen played 16…Bb7 here, but then found himself under strong attack in the game vs Sergey Karjakin (Foros 2008).
17.f4 f6 18.f5 Qe5 19.Nf4 g5 20.Nh5+ Kg8
20…Kh8 21.h4 Rg8 deserves attention, but here White also has interesting attacking ideas like 22.Nxf6!? Qxf6 23.e5 Qxe5 24.f6 with favourable complications.
21.h4 h6 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.Rf3 Kf7?
It is very difficult to defend such type of position, especially when your opponent plays quickly and is obviously well-prepared. Black had to choose between 23…Bb7 and 23…Bd7.
24.Nxf6! After this blow Black’s position breaks down.
24…Kxf6 25.Rh3 Rg8 26.Rh6+ Kf7 27.Rh7+ Ke8 28.Rcc7 Kd8 29.Bb5! Qxe4 30.Rxc8+!
And Black resigned in view of 30…Kxc8 31.Qc1+ Nc6 32.Bxc6 with easy 1-0.