Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Chess Video: World Chess Championship 2010: Topalov vs. Anand - Game 1

[Event "World Championship"]
[Date "2010.04.24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Topalov"]
[Black "Anand"]
[ECO "D87"]
[WhiteElo "2812"]
[BlackElo "2791"]

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 O-O 10. O-O Na5 11. Bd3 b6 12. Qd2 e5 13. Bh6 cxd4 14. Bxg7 Kxg7
15. cxd4 exd4 16. Rac1 Qd6 17. f4 f6 18. f5 Qe5 19. Nf4 g5 20. Nh5+ Kg8 21. h4
h6 22. hxg5 hxg5 23. Rf3 Kf7 24. Nxf6 Kxf6 25. Rh3 Rg8 26. Rh6+ Kf7 27. Rh7+ Ke8
28. Rcc7 Kd8 29. Bb5 QxE4 30.RxC8+ 1-0

(Note: Unfortunately the live viewer I was watching have the last 2 moves incorrect. The PGN here shows the actual moves - either way it was totally lost for Anand at that point.)

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John said...

@jrobichess, forgive me, pretty much just starting to try and play chess seriously, not even a USCF member and have no official rating anywhere, but you are one of the few people who speak well enough about chess that I understand what you're saying. So game 1, last few moves... I guess there was some confusion on what they actually were, but it sounds like 29. Bb5 Qxe4 30. Rxc8+

I must be retarded because I don't see why that is the end. Why not just Rook a8 takes c8? where is the mate from there? I feel like the next move would be 31. Rd7 in which case Ke8 steps out of the mate. I know I'm not the best player, but would you mind breaking it down for a newbie?

Thanks in advance,

John said...

Maybe then I go 32. Qb4? cause then afterwards, I don't think there's much black can do to stop white from Qe7#? Sorry to think out loud, I'm just still looking at it, and not sure that's right.