Andrew Martin: Two from Topalov

5/15/2007 – There can be little doubt that former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov is a crowd-pleaser. His games invariably contain fireworks and are full of points of interest. With such a sharp style he is bound to encounter fluctuations, but this adds to the pleasure. Our Playchess trainer takes a look at two games from Sofia, and one of his own efforts a few days ago. Enjoy.

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There can be little doubt that Veselin Topalov is a crowd-pleaser. His games invariably contain fireworks and are full of points of interest. With such a sharp style he is bound to encounter certain fluctuations, but in a way this adds to the pleasure (for us).

We take two games to start the show off this week. First Topalov's win against Sasikiran in the King's Indian, where 15...e4! DIAG sets the scene for some typical dynamics.

Sasikiran,K (2690) - Topalov,V (2772) [E92]
MTel Sofia BUL (4), 13.05.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh6 11.d5 Nd7 12.h3 f5 13.exf5 Nc5 14.Nd2 Bxf5 15.0-0 e4!

The second example is Topalov's loss versus Mamedyarov where 10...e5!? is very risky. But I suppose he could not bring himself to play the passive 10...Be7.

Mamedyarov,S (2757) - Topalov,V (2772) [D43]
MTel Sofia BUL (3), 12.05.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Qb3 Nd7 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Qf4 10.Bd3 e5!?

Then I will show one of my own games, an interesting Modern Benoni against IM Nigel Povah

Martin,A - Povah ,N [A65]
Guildford, 14.05.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f3 Bg7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Be3 0-0 10.Qd2 a6 11.a4 Kh7 12.g4!

The last move, 12 g4!, made life difficult for Black.

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Andrew Martin is 47 years old and lives in Sandhurst, England, with his wife and four children. His book King‘s Indian Battle Plans for Thinkers Press was an international best-seller.

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