Nothing beats the cruelty of being ground down in a chess endgame. French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave went for an endgame lesson for Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov in the third round at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012. Pick up the game from Move 53 (black has just played 52…Ke7) as shown on the left and you would know what we mean!


Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2686) – Topalov, Veselin (2752)

Result: 1-0
Site: 0:07.15-0:00.03
Date: 2012.08.30
[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 ¥g7 4.¥g2 O-O 5.¤f3 d6 6.O-O ¤bd7 7.¤c3 e5 8.e4 exd4 9.¤xd4 ¦e8 10.h3 ¤c5 11.¦e1 ¥d7 12.¦b1 h6 13.f3 ¤e6 14.¤de2 a6 15.¥e3 b5 16.b3 h5 17.£d2 £c8 18.¤d5 ¦b8 19.¦ed1 c5 20.g4 hxg4 21.hxg4 ¥c6 22.¤dc3 ¦d8 23.¤d5 ¦b7 24.¥h3 ¦e8 25.g5 ¤d7 26.¥xe6 ¦xe6 27.¤ef4 ¦e5 28.¢f2 £d8 29.cxb5 axb5 30.¦h1 ¦a7 31.¦h2 £a5 32.£xa5 ¦xa5 33.¢f1 b4 34.¦g2 ¦e8 35.¦d1 ¤e5 36.¦f2 ¢f8 37.¤f6 ¦d8 38.¢g2 ¢e7 39.¤4d5+ ¥xd5 40.¤xd5+ ¢f8 41.¢g3 ¤c6 42.¦h2 ¤e7 43.¤b6 ¦b5 44.¤c4 d5 45.¢g4 ¥c3 46.¥f4 ¦b7 47.¤e5 ¥xe5 48.¥xe5 ¢e8 49.¦h8+ ¢d7 50.¦xd8+ ¢xd8 51.¥d6 ¦b5 52.¥xe7+ ¢xe7 53.¦xd5 ¦a5 54.¦d2 ¢e6 55.f4 ¦a8 56.f5+ ¢e5 57.¦d7 ¢xe4 58.¦xf7 gxf5+ 59.¦xf5 ¦xa2 60.¦xc5 ¦g2+ 61.¢h5 ¦g3 62.g6 ¢f4 63.¢h6 ¦xb3 64.g7 ¦g3 65.¦b5 b3 66.¢h7 ¦h3+ 67.¢g6 ¦g3+ 68.¢f7 ¢e4