7. Nf3 GM Naiditsch: Gata is choosing the main line 7.Nf3, the position is quite safe for white. We had almost the same position in the first game between Memedyarov-Gelfand, but with the Bishop on e3 instead of the pawn on a4, as we saw later in the game, white played anyway Bg5, so maybe the pawn on a4 is even a little plus for white...
7... Be7 GM Naiditsch: Gata is thinking, so strange for him...normally he is very practical player and not trying to pay that much attention on nounces in the opening. Bg5 or Bc4 would be standart continuations for white... GM Naiditsch: This is really slowly, getting strange. Why is Gata not making any moves? maybe some connetion problems...hard to believe he is thinking for more than 20 min in this position...
8. Bg5 Be6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 GM Naiditsch: seems that Gata is choosing to play very safe this game... now Gata will put a knight on d5, then followed by moves like: c3, Be2, O-O... The position is maybe 51-49% for white, but super save... maybe exactly what Gata wants?
10. Nd5 Nd7 11. Bc4 Rc8 GM Naiditsch: safer than a chinese wall, Gata seems not to want to give any chances to himself and Veselin in this game... Bc4 is a clear sign that this game going to end soon in a draw... Veselin has now few moves, Nc5, maybe Rc8 to take a look first what Gata wants to do... probably after 11...Rc8 Gata would play 12.Qe2, but then after Nb6 position is looking very equal to me...
12. b3 Qa5+ GM Naiditsch: Veselin is doing tricky move 12...Qa5... after 13.b4 Qd8 the bishope remains hanging and blacks next move would be Nb6... The idea is to make the whites pawn c2 a week pawn... I would say Gata blundered check on a5, the game is getting unclear and this is what Gata tried to avoid...
13. Qd2 Qxd2+ GM Naiditsch: Gata is trying to continue playing with minimal risk, but it is looking already not good what he is doing... the endgame should be already better for black! This after 14.Kd2 is comming of course Bd8! and after 14.Nd2 just an easy Bxd5... in both cases black has clearly better chances, what a present from Gata!
14. Nxd2 IM Gozzoli: very strange game from Kamsky for the moment.. He is very late on time and it seems to me that Black is already fine..
14... Bg5 GM Naiditsch: 14...Bg5?? I really can't understand that. 14...Bd5 15.Bd5 (only move) 15...Rc2 16.Bb7 and Nc5! was better.
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15... h5 IM Gozzoli: Maybe Kamsky is planning to bring his Nd2 to the c4 square. For it he needs to remove the Bc4, but where ? if he goes to d3, in order to protect c2, then ...Nc5 ! would be annoying. So we can suppose that with Kd1 he plans to remove the bishop to e2 in order to keep the c2 pawn protected.
16. Re1 h4 17. h3 Nf6 18. Nxf6+ gxf6 19. Bxe6 fxe6 IM Gozzoli: lots of things happened in this game! And Black seems to doing fine! They have two pawns break ( ..d5, ..f5), two open files for their rooks ( c and g) and the Kd1 is in a very bad place, cuting the rooks connection. Kamsky will suffer a lot I think
20. Nf3 Rg8 21. c4 f5 22. exf5 exf5 23. Ke2 Be7 24. Kf1 Kf7 25. Rad1 IM Gozzoli: Topalov got a very pleasant position. His pawn center limits Nf3 activity and he can consider to break the queenside by pushing ...b5, distroying the white structure.
25... Rc5 IM Gozzoli: now the ...b5 threat is concrete
26. b4 IM Gozzoli: [16:38:29] Chess Evolution: what a tactical ressource from Kamsky ! I was thinking about destroying his queenside pawn structure and with this b4 it's him who will destroy my center and a very messy position will arrive after 26...Rxc4 27.Rxe5 ! Rxb4 28.Rxf5+ Kg6 where the black pawn structure will be totally dismantled but they still have a queenside majority which is good when you have a bishop against a knight. i really don't know how to asses this position!
26... Rxc4 27. Rxe5 dxe5 28. Nxe5+ Ke6 29. Nxc4 Bxb4 30. Rb1 a5 31. Rd1 IM Gozzoli: now the position is balanced, White's structure is clearly better, but Black will be more active.
31... Rc8 32. Rd4 Bc3 IM Gozzoli: Topalov is playing with fire ! 32..Be7 followed by Rc1 was probably enough for a "dynamic" draw but this 32...Bc3 forces 33.Rh4 Bf6 34.Rf4 Bg5 and now maybe 35.Rxf5 ! Kxf5 36.Nd6 K somewhere and 37.Nxc8 but maybe Blacks got the point 37...b5 !?
33. Rxh4 Bf6 34. Rf4 Bg5 35. Rd4 Bf6 36. Rf4 Bg5 37. Rd4 Bf6 And a draw was agreed. Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with us GM Naiditsch and IM Gozzoli on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! ½-½
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