White: Veselin Topalov
Black: Garry Kasparov
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 0-0 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bc4 Rb8 16.b3 Kh8 17.0-0 g6 18.Qd3 Bd7 19.Ra2 f5 20.f3 Bh6 21.Rd1 Qh4 22.Nce3
Until here both players had been following the computer-assisted first game of the match, which Topalov won after 22.Nde3.
22...Be6 23.Nf1 fxe4 24.Qxe4 Qxe4 25.fxe4 Rf7 26.Rf2 Kg7 27.Rxf7+ Bxf7
An interesting endgame has been reached: the question is whether the pawns on d6 and a5 are weaker than those on e4 and b3.
28.Kf2 Nd8 29.Ra1 Ne6!
Now we can see why Black chose to recapture with the bishop at move 27.
Either b3 or e4 must fall.
31.Ng3 Nxb3 32.Ra7 Nd2 33.Ba2 Rb2
Thanks to Black's little combination at move 29, he has seized the initiative.
34.Ke1 Kf8 35.Nb4 Nb3!! (See diagram.)
Brilliantly walking into White's trap.
36.Nd3 Rxg2 37.Rxf7+ Kxf7 38.Bxb3+ Kg7
White has gained two pieces for rook and pawn - normally a good bargain, but he has problems of coordination.
39.Nf1 Bf4 40.h3 Bg3+ 41.Kd1 h5 42.Be6 Bf4 43.Ne1 Rf2 44.Bc4 g5
Suddenly White realises that his pieces cannot reach as far as the h- file.
45.Be2 g4! 46.Nd3 Rg2 47.hxg4 h4! 48.Bf3 h3! 49.Ke1 Rc2 50.Nxf4 exf4 51.Nd2 h2 52.Nb1 and White resigned.
52...Rc1+ wins everything, but 52.Kd1 Rxc3 would not have helped much.Reuse content