MTel Masters, 2005 Round 1

It was a Super GM Chess Tournament in Sofia with the world’s top six players at the M-Tel Masters in 2005. The category 20 tournament event boasted of an average elo of 2744. The time controls were classic (up to seven hours per game) and the tournament was a double round robin. This game was the most exciting of the first round. The then World Chess Champion, Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik, spoke very highly of it even calling it ’23rd Century Chess’. The game was played between Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov. You’ll get an adrenaline rush just watching.

Viswanathan Anand (2785) – Veselin Topalov (2778)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Sofia BUL
Date: 2005.05.12
[…] 1.e4 c5 2.¤f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.¤xd4 ¤f6 5.¤c3 a6 6.¥e3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6 9.£d2 b4 10.¤a4 ¤bd7 11.O-O-O ¤e5 12.b3? -0.26 (12.£xb4 +0.15) 12…¥d7 13.¤b2 d5 14.¥f4 ¤xf3? +0.56 (14…¤g6 -0.26) 15.¤xf3 ¤xe4 16.£d4 f6 17.¥d3? -0.93 (17.¤d3 +0.56) 17…¥c5 18.¥xe4 ¥xd4 19.¥g6+ ¢f8 20.¦xd4 a5 21.¦e1 ¥e8 22.¤h4 e5 23.¦d2 a4 24.bxa4 ¢g8 25.¥g3 d4 26.¦d3 h5 27.¥xe8 £xe8 28.g5 ¦c8? -0.64 (28…£f7 29.gxf6 gxf6 30.¦b3 -1.45) 29.g6? -2.38 (29.¦xd4 £f7 30.¤f5 ¢h7 -0.64) 29…¦h6? -0.48 (29…£c6 30.¦d2 -2.38) (29…£d7 30.¢b1 -2.38) 30.¦xd4 ¦xg6? +0.07 (30…¦b8 -0.48) 31.¤xg6 £xg6 32.¦d2 ¦c3 33.¦ed1 ¢h7 34.¢b1 £f5 35.¥e1 ¦a3 36.¦d6? -0.29 (36.¦d7 ¦h3 +0.04) 36…¦h3 37.a5 ¦xh2 38.¦c1 £e4 39.a6 £a8 40.¥xb4 h4 41.¥c5? -0.60 (41.¤c4 -0.11) 41…h3 42.¤d3 ¦d2 43.¦b6 h2 44.¤f2 £d5 45.¥e3 ¦e2 46.¦b3 f5? +0.11
(46…¢g6 47.a7 ¦xe3 48.¦xe3 £b7+ 49.¦b3 £xa7 50.¤e4 f5 51.¦g3+ -0.80)
47.a7 ¦xe3? +0.41 (47…f4 48.¥c5 +0.11) 48.¦xe3 £b7+ 49.¦b3 £xa7 50.¤h1? -1.02 (50.¦h3+ ¢g6 51.¦xh2 £b6+ 52.¢a1 e4 +0.22) 50…f4? -0.15
(50…¢g6 51.c4 £d4 52.c5 £e4+ 53.¢b2 -1.02)
51.c4? -1.02 (51.¦h3+ ¢g6 -0.15) 51…e4? -0.26 (51…¢g6 52.c5 £a4 -1.02) 52.c5 e3 53.c6? -1.06
(53.¦b2 g5 54.¦xh2+ ¢g6 55.c6 £c7 56.¦e2 ¢f5 -0.29)
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