well this must be a match to remeber for Topalov... in his nightmare....
1. Nf3 Are we going to see game 2 again? Will there be improvement? Fire on the board ceartainly awaits!
1... Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qc2 GM Naiditsch: another Gruenfeld! Seems to be a very popular opening till now on the cadidate matches. Veselin needs to win his game! All in situation! Going to be for sure a fighting game untill the last piece on the board! 5.Qc2, not the main move in the position... Kamsky again starts to play from early moves out of preparation and as we remeber, in the second game he managed that very well by overcalculating Veselin in a very complicated position.
5... Bg7 6. e4 IM Gozzoli: I really don't understand Topalov's strategy in his match. Usually he is super preparated, playing all the principal lines and unleashed strong novelty in all the situation. But in this match he is avoiding all theorical preparation from Kamsky... Very strange to me... Anyway interesting idea from Topalov, his 5.Qc2 was heading to play e4 and giving the posibility to take with the d pawn in case of ...Nxc3. After this exchange we will have a symmetrical pawn structure were the Bg7 is locked by the b2-c3 pawn, and not easy to develop black pieces... GM Naiditsch: Gata is taking a deep thought again on very early moves, but he is standing in front of a difficult dicision: to take on c3 or to play maybe 6...Nb4 followed by Nc6 and trying to cover the field d4..., after 6...Nc3 7.dc O-O the blacks position is looking very solid to me... But after 6..Nb4 7.Qa4 N4c6 and now maybe 8.d4!? Bd4 9.Bh6 game is getting very sharp. Today's games are reaching you thanks to Chess friends games server and Chess Evolution. Note: For those of you who want to have an access to infinite powerful engine analysis take a look at our premium offers. Premium analysis starts at only 3,99 eur.
6... Nb6 7. d4 O-O 8. Be3 IM Gozzoli: finally we have a classical Grunfeld center that appear mostly in the 4.cd5 Nd5 5.Bd2 line with the difference that white's queen is on c2.The big diffence is that the Bg4 pin is not existing anymore, Ra1 can reach the important d1 square quickly to support the d4 pawn, and the Queen is not exposed as it used to be on b3 square... Not easy for Kamsky to find good squares for his pieces, maybe he can try to push f7-f5 in order to put pressure on the center...
8... Bg4 9. Ne5 IM Gozzoli: Here is the point ! Usually with the Queen on d1, white has to waste some tempo with h3 in order to avoid the annoying pin along the d1-h5 diagonal. Here we can see the point of Qc2, no more pin and White can simply move the knight ahead. Here Be6 and Be5 giving two different position are to be considered...
9... Bxe5 10. dxe5 Nc6 IM Gozzoli: So Kamsky took the hard decision to give his back squares bishop but destroying White center... but now he has to be very active, because Topalov's plan is quite simple ! he threats h3 followed by Rd1 b3( in order to prevent some black pieces to go to c4 square) Be2 and White stans clearly better I think. For those interested, for an updated 2700+ live rating list is here with Kazan Candidates players struggling in top 10.
11. h3 Be6 12. Rd1 Qc8 13. f4 Im Gozzoli: Topalov has obtained a very comfortable game with a strong control over the center and strong bishops pair ! Kamsky will have to show his steel nerves in order to control the Bulgarian furia!
13... Rd8 IM Gozzoli: now b3 has to be considered in order to control the c4 square. The problem would be that it maybe permits Black to create counterplay on the queenside by pushung a5-a4..
14. b3 Nb4 15. Rxd8+ Qxd8 16. Qb1 f5 IM Gozzoli: Kamsky wants to eliminate the e4 pawn in order to secure a good outpost for his kinghts. But after 17.ef6 ef6 18.Be2 the bishops pair secure white a very good advantage.
17. exf6 exf6 18. Be2 Qe7 19. O-O Bf7 20. Bf2 IM Gozzoli: The openning phase is over and we can see that white has, as expected, a good advantage. Topalov will probably try to push e5 in good situation in order to use the weakness of the black squares around the black king. For it Bf2 seem to be a good candidate move in order to put pressure on the f6 pawn
20... Rd8 21. Rd1 Rxd1+ 22. Qxd1 IM Gozzoli: Rooks have been trade and we are in a simple position where white advantage is obvious. The pair of bishop is very strong when pawn structure is asymetrical and Blacks are still looking for good outpost for their knights.
22... c5 IM Gozzoli: Kamsky's ..c5 is interesting. he wants to limitate the Bf2 scope and maybe planning to reorganize his pieces around the d4 square. On the other hand it weakened seriously the d5 square and black queenside...
23. Bf1 Nc6 24. g3 Kg7 25. Bg2 h5 IM Gozzoli: So the last game and the mostcomplicated ! A tense positional battle is having rage here. White is of course slightly better here because of pawn structure and bishop pair. But this state was already "on air" almost 20 moves ago ! What did Topalov achieved since he obtained this positionnal advantage? It looks nothing special ! Black position is well organized over the center, they put a slight pressure over white queenside structure and i don't see any how Topalov can put some fire in this position.
26. Nb5 Nc8 27. Qd2 IM Gozzoli: We will have maybe another demonstration of "IronGata", 14 moves to play in 10 minutes in uncomfortable position.
27... c4 IM Gozzoli: Gata is playing strong ! He can defend calmly (Nc8) and immediatly going ahead with this ..c4, destroying the white pawn structure and liberating the Bf7 scope.. It looks like black is fine now.
28. bxc4 Bxc4 29. Nd4 Qb4 IM Gozzoli: It's amazing ! Kamsky is putting a lot of pressure on Topalov by playing everything "a tempo" ! White still have positonnal advantage but Black is creating strong counter play !
30. Qc1 N8e7 31. a3 Qa4 32. Qb2 b6 33. Kh2 Kf7 34. Qc3 IM Gozzoli: Topalov improved his Queen position along the long diagnol in order to put pressure on the f6 pawn but now the question is how to improve the other pieces position ? Maybe he is eyeing for some tactics by playing e4-e5 at one point but when?
34... Ba2 IM Gozzoli: 6 moves to reach the time control it's "money time" ! If Kamsky can reach it without any concession so I think he will be able to hold the position, but Topalov will probably try to push during those 6 moves!
35. f5 IM Gozzoli: That's it ! Topalov is going for concrete operation but his f5 weakened terribly his pawn structure, especially the e5 square
35... Qc4 36. Qb2 Ne5 IM Gozzoli: Gata has only a few seconds to reach the time control and is playing normal positional move.. But Ne5 doesn't look to be the best because it permits the tricky Nb5!
37. Qd2 g5 38. Ne6 N7c6 IM Gozzoli: blunder from Gata! Such a blunder from Kamsky, but it was very hard to find the good moves in this horrible zeitnot...Very sad for Kamsky who held perfectly a very hard position since the beginning but an "experience" play from Topalov who waits for time trouble before entering complications.
39. Qd6 Ke8 40. Nc7+ Kf7 41. Nd5 IM Gozzoli: Topalov took his time to calm down and play the obvious Nd5 which seems to win all the king side pawn by force.
41... Qe2 42. Qxf6+ Ke8 IM Gozzoli: 2-3 forced lines starting with Qh8+ are winning for white, but only a good series of moves give the win. That's why Topalov, after a huge time trouble so a big adrenaline moment, is calming and searching for THE right way to conclude the game and equalize the match. Mustn't be that easy for him because you know you have your chance now and you shouldn't let it go!
43. Qe6+ Kf8 Im Gozzoli: Topalov avoided all the straight win and played a safest way to convert his material advantage, but it shows that Topalov is not as cool-blooded as he used to be, his lack of confidence looks obvious... Maybe Gata will still have a chance...
44. Kg1 Im Gozzoli: Topalov avoided all the straight win and played a safest way to convert his material advantage, but it shows that Topalov is not as cool-blooded as he used to be, his lack of confidence looks obvious... Maybe Gata will still have a chance...
44... Qd1+ 45. Bf1 Bxd5 IM Gozzoli: Kamsky is back ! Topalov didn't recover psychologicaly and didn't find the right way to convert immediatly, He is still better but not clearly winning anymore. Two possibilities for Topalov : playing an ending after 48.Qxd5 Qxd5 49.ed5 Ne7 50.Be2 Nxf5 51.Bxh5 but it looks that after Ke7-d6 Black can hold or he can keep the queen on the board with 48.ed5 but after Nd4 the Q+N duo against the white king seems to secure a very strong counterplay... So Gata is back in the game definitely !
46. exd5 Nd4 47. Qf6+ Kg8 48. Qxg5+ IM Gozzoli: Qxg5 ?! it's Kamsky's turn to take his chance ! What a tense game we are viewing!
48... Kf7 49. Qd8 Note: Note: First video of the day ready, the "What if..." video by GM Danielsen with Grischuk - Aronian match. IM Gozzoli: now 49...Qc2 seems to be the only candidate move, threatening perpetual check on f3-e1. Since the beginning of the game the question is to know whom of the Bishops and the Knights will be stronger and it finally looks like the Knights are decisive in the outcome of this great match! Then after 49..Qc2 50.Bg2 Black can simply give a check somewhere on the first rank and after 51.Kh2 just going back to c2 attacking the f2 bishop, who cannot go Bxd4 because Nf3+ and check on the first rank is giving mate. So white of course has some checks but for what ?
49... Qc2 50. Bg2 Qc1+ 51. Kh2 IM Gozzoli: Kamsky has succeeded where Topalov failed .. he found the right path to draw and did not miss his chance. Topalov failed to calm his emotions after the time control and has missed his chance. Too bad because he had led the game with a lot of experience and has led Kamsky to the mistake
51... Qc2 52. Bg1 Ndf3+ 53. Kh1 Ne1 54. Bf2 IM Gozzoli: Topalov is forced to take the draw.. Kamsky will qualify for the semi-final and we will have a huge experience battle between Kamsky and Gelfand, two contenders for the World Crown since the 90's !
54... Qxf2 55. Qc7+ Kf6 56. Qd6+ Kf7 57. Qc7+ Kf6 58. Qd6+ Kf7 A draw was reached and Kamsky continues to the semi finals! 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