Thursday, February 26, 2009

Topalov Wins Match 4.5-2.5

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Re1 Be7 9.Nb3 Nc6 10.Nbxd4 Nxd4 11.Nxd4 0-0 12.c3 Bd7 13.Qf3 Qb6N (13...Qc7) 14.Bb3 a5 15.Be3 Bc5 16.Rad1 a4 17.Bc2 Qxb2 18.Bg5 Nd5 19.c4 Bxd4 20.Qd3 f5 21.Qxd4 Qxc2 22.cxd5 Qxa2 23.Qb6 a3 24.Be7 (24.dxe6 Bc6) Rfe8 25.Qd6 Ba4 (25...Kf7!? 26.Rxe6) 26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.Ra1 Qc4 28.Rec1!? (28.Rxa3 Bb3 29.Rxa8 Rxa8 30.Qxf5 Qxd5=) Bc2! 29.Qd7 a2 30.d6 b5 31.Qb7 Reb8? (31...b4! 32.d7 Reb8! 33.d8Q+ Rxd8 34.Bxd8 Rxd8) 32.Qc7! Rc8?! (32...Bd3!! 33.Rxc4 bxc4 34.Qxb8+ Rxb8 35.h4 Rb1+ 36.Kh2 Rxa1 37.d7 Rh1+ 38.Kg3! h5 39.d8Q+ Kh7 40.Bf6! gxf6 41.Qe7+=) 33.Qxc4 Rxc4 34.d7 Bb1 (34...b4 35.Rxa2!) 35.Rd1 Kg8 36.d8Q+ Rxd8 37.Bxd8 Bc2 38.Rdc1 b4 39.Rxa2 b3 40.Ra8 Kf7 41.Rb8 Ke6 42.Re1+ Kd5 43.Be7 Ra4 44.Bf8 Ra7 45.h4 1-0

So we've had Kramnik-Topalov and Anand-Kramnik matches. A match between Anand and Topalov will round things out. And if Anand wins, perhaps we can get away from all the silly special privileges that FIDE has vested upon Topalov since 2006.

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