(1) Anand,V (2817) - Topalov,V (2775) [C67]
20th Amber Blindfold Monaco MNC (1), 12.03.2011
[Karsten Mueller]



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.h3 Ng6 11.Bg5+ Ke8 12.Rad1 Bd7 13.Rd2 Be7 14.Rfd1 Be6 15.Bxe7 Kxe7 16.Kh2 h5 17.Ne4 Rad8 18.Nc5 Rxd2 19.Rxd2 Bc8 20.b4 h4 21.Rd3 Rd8 22.Rxd8 Kxd8 23.g4 hxg3+ 24.Kxg3 b6 25.Nd3 Be6 26.a3 Bd5 27.Nd4 Ke7 28.Nf5+ Kf8 29.f4 Be4 30.Kg4 f6 31.exf6 gxf6 32.h4 Nh8 33.Ng3 Bh7 34.f5 Nf7 35.Kf4 Nd6 36.Nf2 Bg8 37.Nfe4 Ne8 38.h5 Kg7 39.Nf2 Ba2 40.Ng4 Bb1 41.h6+ Kh7 42.c3 Nd6 43.Nxf6+ Kxh6 44.Ng4+ Kg7 45.Ne5 Kf6 46.Nh5+ Ke7 47.Nxc6+ Kf8 48.Ng3 Nb5 49.Ne2 Bd3 50.a4 Bxe2 51.axb5 Bxb5 52.Nxa7 Bd7 53.c4 Ke7 54.Ke5 Be8 55.Nb5 c6 56.f6+ Kd7 57.Nd6 Bg6 58.c5 bxc5 59.bxc5 Bb1 60.Nc4 Ba2 61.Nb6+ Ke8 62.Kd6 Kf7
The Domination Game Anand's job is not easy despite the reduced material as the bishop is superior to the knight in open positions:

63.Kxc6?
Anand gives his passed f-pawn too early and frees the bishop from the duty to defend the pawn c6. He should first bring his knight to the kingside. As he has full control he has time for the long manovers: [63.Nd7 Bd5 (63...Be6 64.Kxc6+- ) 64.Ke5 Ke8 65.Nb8 Bg2 66.Na6 Kf7 67.Nb4 Bh1 68.Nc2 Bd5 69.Nd4 and Black will be overrun sooner or later, e.g. 69...Ke8 70.Ne6 Bc4 71.Ng5 Kd7 (71...Kf8 72.Kd6 Bd5 73.f7 Bg2 74.Ke6+- ) 72.Kf5 Bd3+ 73.Ne4 Ke8 74.Ke5 Kd7 (74...Kf7 75.Ng5+ Kf8 76.Kd6 Bb5 77.f7+- ) 75.Ng3 Bc4 76.Nf5 Bd5 77.Nd6 Bb3 78.Kf5 Bc2+ 79.Kg5 Ke6 80.Nb7 Be4 81.Nd8+ Kd7 82.Kh6 Kxd8 83.f7+- ]

63...Kxf6 64.Kd6 Bb1!
The right way to stop the pawn. [64...Be6? runs into 65.Nd7+ Kf7 66.c6 Bc4 67.Ne5++- ; 64...Kf7? 65.c6 Be6 66.c7 Bf5 67.Nd7+- ]

65.c6 Bd3?
runs into a beautiful refutation. [65...Be4! was the only defense as given by Golubev in Chess Today 3777: 66.Nd5+ (66.c7 Bb7 67.Kd7 (67.Nd7+ Kf7 68.Nc5 Bc8= ) 67...Ke5! 68.Nc4+ Kd5 69.Nd6 Ba6= ) 66...Kf7 67.c7 Bf5 68.Nb6 Ke8!= ]

66.Nd7+!
and Black's forces are dominated:

66...Kg7
[66...Kf7 67.Ne5++- ; 66...Kf5 67.Nc5+- ]

67.Nc5
[67.Nc5 Bf5 68.Ke7 Bc8 69.Kd8 Bf5 70.c7 Kf7 71.Nd7+- ] 1-0