Topalov vs. Karpov at Hoogovens Super-Grandmaster Tournament

After 9 rounds at Hoogovens, Anand remains in first place with 6.0, followed by Kramnik, Timman, Shirov and Judit Polgar all with 5.5. Karpov is next to last with only 3.5, ahead of only Van Wely. This says something about the validity of the "FIDE World Blitz Championship" won by Karpov only two weeks ago.

Complete standings are Anand 6.0, followed by Kramnik, Timman, Shirov and Judit Polgar with 5.5, Topalov and Gelfand with 5.0, Adams with 4.5, Salov, Piket, Nijboer, Van Der Sterren and Karpov with 3.5 and Van Wely with 3.0.

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In spite of his poor result in Hoogovens thus far, Karpov has played some exciting chess, completely out of the normal style of Karpov. In his just completed game against Topalov, Karpov played wild and aggressively. However, Karpov got a lost position and finally blundered into a simple four move mate. A great performance by Topalov.

[Position after 49. Ng5]

The key position in Forsythe notation was as follows:


Topalov has just played 49. Ng5.

I believed that Karpov simply wins with 49. ... Nxg5 50. fxg5 Be5+ followed soon by ...Rxb2.

However, it was pointed out to me that if 49. ... Nxg5, White wins by playing 50.Qd5+ Nf7 (if 50...Qf7, so 51.Qd8+ Qf8 52.Rh8+, winning the queen) 51.e6, with 52.exf7+ Qxf7 53.Rh8+ Bxh8 54.Qd8+! Qf8 (54...Kg7 55.Qxh8 mate) 55.Rxh8+ to follow.

Instead, Karpov blundered with 49. ... Ra6 and Topalov delivered a simple mate in five starting with 50. ... Rh8+. Karpov resigned rather than play this out.

Before this surprising finish, there seem to have been many other tactical possibilities in this game as well. This would be a good game to analyze with a computer.

Sam Sloan

[Event "Hoogovens"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "1998.26.01"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Topalov,V"]
[Black "Karpov,A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]
[BlackElo "2735"]
[WhiteCountry "BUL"]
[BlackCountry "RUS"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. Qc2 g6 7. e3 Bf5 8. Qd2 Nf6 9. f3 h5 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 Na6 12. Nge2 Nc7 13. O-O Ne6 14. Be5 h4 15. Rae1 O-O 16. g4 hxg3 17. hxg3 Nd7 18. Kg2 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Qd7 20. f4 f5 21. g4 Rf7 22. Rh1 Bf8 23. gxf5 Nc5 24. Qd1 Qxf5 25. Nd4 Qd7 26. Reg1 Re8 27. Rh3 Ne6 28. Rgh1 Bg7 29. Qc2 Nf8 30. Nce2 Qe7 31. Nf3 Qb4 32. Rg3 c5 33. Nh4 Re6 34. Nc3 d4 35. Nd5 Qb5 36. e4 c4 37. Nf3 d3 38. Qc3 Ra6 39. Nd4 Qc5 40. Rxd3 Rxa2 41. Rdh3 b5 42. Nf3 Ne6 43. Kg3 b4 44. Qd2 Rf8 45. Nf6 Rxf6 46. exf6 Bxf6 47. e5 Bg7 48. Rh7 Qf8 49. Ng5 Ra6 {If 49. ... Nxg5 White plays 50.Qd5+ Nf7 (if 50...Qf7, so 51.Qd8+ Qf8 52.Rh8+, winning the queen) 51.e6, with 52.exf7+ Qxf7 53.Rh8+ Bxh8 54.Qd8+! Qf8 (54...Kg7 55.Qxh8 mate) 55.Rxh8+ to follow.} 50. Rh8 1-0

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