Veselin Topalov: The Initiative in Chess – GM Romain Edouard

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French Grandmaster Romain Edouard presents us with his work on Former World Champion Veselin Topalov,  who has a flamboyant style and loves to play with the initiative. Discover some of his best games, analyzed by his former second.

 

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1) Topalov vs. Kasparov 1996
Topalov scores an amazing win against World Champion Garry Kasparov’s Najdorf in the 10th Euwe Memorial in Amsterdam.

topa kasp2) Topalov vs. Anand 2005
A knight sac on move 14 is just the start of a great attacking win by Topalov against Vishy Anand in the 2005 MTel Masters in Sofia.

3) Topalov vs. Ponomariov 2005
Veselin sacs a rook, knight and finally bishop against former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in a spectacular king hunt from the 2005 MTel Masters.

4) Topalov vs. Kramnik 2008
Topalov unleashes the devastating novelty 12.Nxf7!? against Vladimir Kramnik, a player he faced in one of the most acrimonious World Championship matches of all time. This game took place in the Corus Group A in Wijk aan Zee.

5) Topalov vs. Kramnik 2014
Six years later Veselin again scores a dramatic victory over Vladimir Kramnik, this time in the World Championship Candidates Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk.


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1 hour 25 minutes

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