(1) Anand,Viswanathan (2800) - Topalov,Veselin (2803) [E08]
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament Nanjing/China (8), 28.10.2010
[Romain Edouard]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 b6 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Ba6
[10...Bb7 is also possible - of course.]

11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Ne5!?N
[12.Nc3 had been played a few times.]

I'm close to putting a second "N" after this move, as this is actually the move showing a new idea! [12...Rc8 13.Nc6! has actually already been played with another move order. White gains the bishop pair, but practice has showed no problem at all for black. So there were probably some new ideas coming in case this position appeared instead!]

13.dxe5 Rc8 14.Nc3 Ng4 15.h3
Maybe this move can be improved upon, though I doubt it.


16.Kxf2 Bc5+ 17.Be3
[17.Ke1 f6! offers Black big compensation. Somehow, it is better to bring White's king to e3 for one move and then remove it, rather than hide it forever on e1. Here Black would probably be much better.]

17...Bxe3+ 18.Kxe3 b5
[Another computer line is: 18...f6 19.Kf2 b5 20.Qd2 b4 21.Nxd5 fxe5+ 22.Ke1 exd5 23.Qxd5+ Qxd5 24.Bxd5+ Kh8 25.Rac1+/= and White enjoys some space advantage.]

19.Qd3 Rc4 20.Nxd5 exd5 21.Bxd5

This simply looks wrong or too optimistic - still, that's why we like Topalov's games! [21...Qb6+ 22.Kf3 Rc5 was probably the best chance, and not far from equalizing, for instance: 23.e4 Qc7 24.Qe3 Bc8! 25.Qf4 Be6 with "drawing counterplay".]

22.Kf2 Qxe5?!
The logical continuation now, but probably not the best.

23.Bxc4 bxc4

[24.Qd4! might give White good winning chances, for example: 24...Qe6!? (24...Qh5 25.h4 doesn't help.; 24...Qf5+ 25.Kg2 Bb7+ (25...Re8 26.Rd2 ) 26.Kh2 and White's queen has control of the f2-square. I believe this kind of position should be technically winning for White, as his king is not exposed to a draft anymore.) 25.g4 (25.h4!? ) 25...c3!? 26.bxc3! Qxe2+ 27.Kg3 Bb7 28.Rd2 Qe7 29.c4+/- Here some engines declare white has a good advantage, while others deem the advantage decisive. I believe the reality is in between. This should be technically winning but White's weak king gives Black some chances to draw.]

24...Qf5+ 25.Ke1 Qxh3!
Now Black draws.

26.Qxa6 Qxg3+ 27.Kd2 Qf4+ 28.Kc2 Qe4+ 29.Kc1 Qe3+ 30.Kb1 Qe4+ 31.Kc1
An exciting game! 1/2-1/2