1... Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qb3 GM Naiditsch: finally after tricky move orders in the beginning the game gets into Gruenfeld. Topalov is choosing a rare line Qb3... I guess it is for sure at least a little surprize for Gata, who managed yesterday to make a novelty in Najdorf already on move 7!!
5... Nb6 6. d4 Bg7 7. Bf4 GM Naiditsch: looking like a very interesting idea to me what Veselin is doing! With early development of the queen side Veselin probably trying to avoid typical Gruenfeld idea c5. for ex: if black castles now, white probably can play Rd1
7... Be6 GM Naiditsch: yes, Gata is defenetly surprized by Veselin's opening idea. What to do for gata now? maybe first to caste and to see if Veselin is really going to castle long or choose the more safe Rd1... But he went for Bd6
8. Qa3 GM Naiditsch: principle continuation, now maybe Nc4 9.Qa4 and c6...with the idea b5.. , but to me is looking quite dangerous for black...
8... Nc6 9. O-O-O GM Naiditsch: Wow! Veselin is going for the kill in this game! I bet on the Bulgarian, he seems to know the position well by spending 2 min for the first moves, Gata spended already 22 min and the position is very sharp. Many taktical ideas like for example: now white want to push through with d5... Gata can be in big problems if he is not going to be very carefull now... GM Bauer: Black must act accurately here, otherwise he will be busted by e2-e4 next d4-d5 seems eliminating the Nc3 by ...Nd5 is the 1st step and then Black shall block the enemy e-pawn. GM Naiditsch: Gata is still thinking...which moves comes into an option: Nd5 the most logical one...
9... Nd5 GM Naiditsch: maybe now Nc3 and Qd5? Black really needs to avoid whites move e4...
10. Bg3 GM Bauer: now either 10...Nxc3 or ...Bf5 are candidate-moves
10... Bh6+ 11. e3 FM Jonathan Rosenthal: I think an important point is that 11.Kb1 Bf5+ 12. Ka1?? seems to run into Nb4! so Bh6 is preventing e4 without releasing pressure on d5 or c3 Robert Houdart (Houdini programmer): Bh6 probably makes the h4-h5 push stronger for white
11... a5 GM Feller: now Kb1 and I don't see how to play with black. I think Bh6+ was a mistake.
12. h4 GM Bauer: tough position for Black, h4-h5 and Ng5 are in the air while ...Ncb4 may not threaten Nxc3 bxc3 Nxa2 because after Kb2 the Na2 may end up lost
12... Ncb4 Robert Houdart (programmer of Houdini): Houdini finds an interesting line after 13.Ng5 Bg4, it's 14.f3 Nxe3 15.fxg4 Nxd1 16.Qa4+ c6 17.Qxd1 f6 18.Kb1 fxg5 19.Be5 O-O 20.hxg5 slightly better for white.
13. h5 c6 14. hxg6 GM Bauer: after 14.hxg6 hxg6 Black is threatening ...Bxe3+ next ...Rxh1. It is unclear whether White can use the placement of the Bh6/Rh8 if he opens the h-file, but of course there are some creative options such as 14.hxg6 hxg6 15.Rh4 or maybe even 15.Rxh6 Rxh6 16.e4 which looks a bit too much, but who knows?
14... hxg6 15. Rd2 GM Bauer: I suppose 15...Nxc3 16.bxc3 Nxa2+ 17.Rxa2 Bxe3+ doesn't work ?! Robert Houdart: 15..Nxc3 16.bxc3 Nxa2+ 17.Kd1 or Kb1 with a +1.00 advantage for white
15... f6 GM Bauer: It seems that Topalov's enterprising play has somehow backfired. Kamsky stands a bit better and no more big time advantage for White. But of course, in such a complex position everything can still happen.
16. Ne4 b6 17. Be2 Qc8 Robert Houdart: with Qc8 Kamsky probably wants to play Kf7 without having to deal with Rxh6 and Ng5+ variations
18. Rh4 Kf7 19. Rd1 FM Jonathan Rosenthal: White is not threatening anything, Kamsky can continue improving his position until it is truly ripe for actions. GM Bauer: What if 19...Bf5 20.Rdh1 ? GM Feller: Kamsky has a clear edge now, the queen of Topalov is trapped and his king weak. After Bf5 black's initiative will devaste white position.
19... g5 20. Rh2 g4 21. Nfd2 c5 GM Feller: 22.Kb1 (22.dxc5 f5) cxd4 23.Rc1 Qd7 and if 24.exd4 Bxd2 25.Nxd2 Bf5+ -+ The position is totally hopeless for white. FM Rosenthal: this must have been Kamskys idea when he played 19. ... g5, Note that after 22.dxc5 f5 white doesnt have 23.Ng5 GM Feller: I think the critical position of the game was when topalov played 12.h4, which lead to a better position for black, very difficult to defend on white side, instead of 12.Kb1 first who wouldn't have give black that initiative on white king.
22. dxc5 f5 GM Bauer: 23.Rxh6 Rxh6 24.Ng5+ still looks complicated to me
23. Rxh6 Rxh6 24. Ng5+ Kf8 25. Nxe6+ Qxe6 GM Bauer: 26...Rc8 is strong, White would like to keep the c-file closed, but then 27.Nb3 hits on ...Qe4
26. Bc4 Rc8 27. Bf4 Rf6 28. e4 GM Feller: after 28...Rxc5 29.exd5 Qxd6 white can't avoid 30...b5
28... Rxc5 29. exd5 Qxd5 30. b3 Qd4 31. Be3 Qc3+ And that is the end of the game, fantastic form by Kamsky who held calm after an opening surprise and conducted a solid game to claim a full point with black. Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with us GM Naiditsch, GM Bauer, and GM Feller on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! 0-1