19 Feb 2010

Topalov versus Vallejo

LINARES 2010 Round 6

Another pythonesque time squeeze from Topalov.
He is going through the players like a dose of salts.
Frighteningly efficient at the Carlsen method.
Only Topalov starts much earlier on in the game.
He has a real talent for it and even these seasoned players fall for it one after another. They topple like nine-pins, poor things.

This English 4 Knights, which threw up a Novelty on Black's move 7...g5, was played tightly and accurately through the opening, with innovative lines from both sides.

Only for Black to come a cropper in Zeitnot on the penultimate move before the first time control.

What a cruel game chess is.

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