Amigos[as], Veselin Topalov continua aprontando das suas e mostrando que ainda vai dar muito trabalho aos “top of the top” líderes do xadrez [assim como ele próprio, não?]. Desta vez, a vítima foi Levon Aronian, pela 1ª rodada do 1º turno do super-torneio de Morelia/Linares. Vejam a partida, abaixo [no final, tem link p’ra vê-la em pgn-reader]. Abraços a todos.
Morelia R1: GM Dorian Rogozenko annotates
17.02.2008 – The starting round in Morelia provided three decided games out of four. Topalov and Leko won with the white pieces against Aronian and Radjabov respectively, while Anand scored a win with black against Shirov. “Let’s hope that ‘the return of the Sicilian’ will remain the trend of this extremely strong tournament,” says our GM commentator Dorian Rogozenko, in his analysis of round one.
Round one commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenko
The starting round in Morelia provided three decided games out of four. Topalov and Leko won with the white pieces against Aronian and Radjabov respectively, while Anand scored a win with black against Shirov. Carlsen-Ivanchuk was the only draw. Let’s hope that “the return of the Sicilian” will remain the trend of this extremely strong tournament.
Topalov,V (2780) – Aronian,L (2739) [E20]
XXV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (1), 15.02.2008
Topalov and Aronian met last time in the second round of Wijk aan Zee tournament (January 2008). In that game Topalov achieved advantage with Black, but completely misplayed the position and lost. In the end Aronian shared first place, while Topalov made a minus score, finishing on the 9th place… 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3
This system was prepared by Kasparov and very successfully implemented in his second match versus Karpov (Moscow 1985), which was a surprise at that time, since 4.Nf3 has been considered a harmless move until then. In the past decades the theory of 4.Nf3 developed a lot. Topalov and Aronian have a vaste experience with it with both colours. 4…c5 5.g3: The arising positions are often a sort of mixture between Nimzo, Catalan and English Opening. 5…cxd4 6.Nxd4 Ne4 7.Qd3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Nc5 9.Qf3 d6 10.Bg2
A solid variation for Black, who has a better pawn structure as the compensation for opponent’s bishop pair. White’s task is to exert pressure on Black’s queenside and on the d-file, trying to open the position. 10…e5. The alternative 10…Nbd7 was met in practice of both Topalov and Aronian. They must have come to the conclusion that White’s chances are preferable after that. 11.Qe3! An important novelty in the well-known position. White’s idea is to retreat the knight to b3 with greater effect. 11.Nb3 Nba6 12.Ba3 Qc7 13.Rd1 Be6 14.Bxc5 Nxc5 15.Nxc5 dxc5 (Better looks 15…Qxc5 16.Qxb7 Rc8 and Black must achieve a draw rather easily) 16.0-0 Rb8 17.Qh5 0-0 18.Bd5 Rfe8 19.Bxe6 Rxe6 20.Rd5 Re7 21.Rfd1 and Aronian squized a full point in Aronian,L (2756)-Nielsen,P (2646)/Turin 2006. 11…0-0. In case of 11…Nba6 Black must reckon first of all with 12.f4; 11…Qc7? 12.Nb5 Qb6 13.Ba3 Nba6 (or 13…0-0 14.Nxd6) 14.Rd1 winning. 12.Nb3 Qc7. Possibly this is already inaccurate. Critical is 12…Nba6 13.Ba3 Qc7. 13.Nxc5 dxc5. The endgame after 13…Qxc5 14.Qxc5 dxc5 15.Be3 is unpleasant for Black. 14.0-0 Nd7
15.f4! The right position for Topalov: White has the initiative and enough resources to exert pressure on opponent. Considering that in opposite to Aronian the Bulgarian must have analyzed the position at home, it becomes clear that Levon’s task was exceptionally difficult. 15…exf4. During the next few moves the position will become from good to almost winning for White, so around here Black should look for improvements. 16.Rxf4 a5. Very creative: the rook will enter the game via a6. Unfortunately for Aronian, this does not solve Black’s problems. 17.Qe7 Qe5 18.Qxe5 Nxe5 19.Be3 Nd7
20.Re4! The rook goes to e7 and it becomes clear that White’s advantage should be decisive. 20…Ra6 21.Rb1 Rg6 22.Re7 b6 23.Bf4
A complete domination of white pieces. On top of all Aronian was already experiencing problems with the time on the clock, so the rest was a technical matter for the ex-World Champion. 23…h5 24.Be4 Re6 25.Rxe6 fxe6 26.Bd6 Rf6 27.Rd1 Kf7 28.Bf4 Kg8 29.Bc7 Rf7 30.Bg6 a4 31.Bxh5 Nf6 32.Bxf7+ Kxf7 33.Bxb6 Ba6 34.Bxc5 e5 35.a3 Bxc4 A very “clean” and important win for Topalov. 1-0. [Click to replay]