Veselin Topalov: The Initiative in Chess – GM Romain Edouard

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romain edouardFrench 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.
  2. 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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Running Time

1 hour 25 minutes