Tuesday, April 27, 2010

World Championship Game 3, draw by repetition

True to his words, Topalov did not offer a draw. Instead in a sterile rook ending, he called the arbiter over and both  players repeated moves. The arbiter called the draw ....



John Wong said...

The idea of swinging the Rooks into the 4th rank to attack the King was also used back in 1971 (and in many other games I'm sure)by Leonid Stein in his game against Uvo Tarve:

[Event "Parnu (Estonia)"]
[Site "Parnu (Estonia)"]
[Date "1971.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Leonid Stein"]
[Black "Udo Tarve"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D34"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "1971.??.??"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. d4 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8. Nc3
O-O 9. Bg5 cxd4 10. Nxd4 h6 11. Be3 Re8 12. Rc1 Bf8 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Bd4 Bd7
15. Re1 Nh7 16. Na4 Ng5 17. Bc5 Ne6 18. Bxf8 Rxf8 19. e4 Qa5 20. exd5 cxd5 21.
Nc3 Rab8 22. Nxd5 Rfd8 23. b4 Qxa2 24. Ra1 Qc4 25. Re4 Qb5 26. Ra5 Qb7 27. Nf6+
Kh8 28. Rh4 Bc6 29. Qc1 g5 30. Rxg5 Nxg5 31. Rxh6+ Kg7 32. Qxg5+ Kf8 33. Rh8+

See the the moves after 23 b4! Many similar themes in the way this game is conducted with what Anand did.

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