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World Championship Game 3: Rybka says “Meh”

Yesterday’s third game of the World Chess Championship ended in a draw, but this was no quick “GM draw”. The game lasted forty-six moves in which Topalov as White just couldn’t gain any traction. Anand made it look easy by hoovering the pieces off the board whenever possible, steering the game into a dead-drawn Rook and pawn ending.

Rybka3, in analyzing the game, finds no major improvements for either player. With a “Threshold” setting of “30” (meaning that the program won’t display an alternative variation unless it’s better than the actual move by three tenths of a pawn or better), Rybka finds just three relatively minor improvements, all before move twenty:

Topalov,Veselin (2805) – Anand,Vishvanathan (2787) [D17]
WCHM 2010 Sofia (3), 27.04.2010
[Rybka 3 Dynamic 1-cpu]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.f3 c5 8.e4 Bg6 9.Be3 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Qxd4 11.Bxd4 Nfd7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bxc4 a6 14.Rc1 last book move

14…Rg8 15.h4 h6 16.Ke2 Bd6 17.h5 Bh7 18.a5=

[-0.08 Rybka 3 Dynamic 1-cpu: 18.Nd1 Be5 19.Be3 Ke7 20.Nf2 Rac8 21.Nd3 Bd6 22.Bd4 +/=  0.36/14 ]

18…Ke7=

[0.24 Rybka 3 Dynamic 1-cpu: 18…Bb4 19.Nd1 Bxa5 20.Nf2 Bb6 21.Bxb6 Nxb6 22.Ba2 Rc8 23.Rxc8+ Nxc8 24.Rc1 Nd6 25.e5 Nf5 26.Rc7=  -0.08/15 ]

19.Na4 f6 20.b4=

[0.05 Rybka 3 Dynamic 1-cpu: 20.Bb3 Rac8 21.Rcd1 Rc6 22.Rd3 Rd8 23.Rhd1 f5 24.e5 Bc7 +/=  0.41/13 ]

20…Rgc8 21.Bc5 Bxc5 22.bxc5 Rc7 23.Nb6 Rd8 24.Nxd7 Rdxd7 25.Bd3 Bg8 26.c6 Rd6 27.cxb7 Rxb7 28.Rc3 Bf7 29.Ke3 Be8 30.g4 e5 31.Rhc1 Bd7 32.Rc5 Bb5 33.Bxb5 axb5 34.Rb1 b4 35.Rb3 Ra6 36.Kd3 Rba7 37.Rxb4 Rxa5 38.Rxa5 Rxa5 39.Rb7+ Kf8 40.Ke2 Ra2+ 41.Ke3 Ra3+ 42.Kf2 Ra2+ 43.Ke3 Ra3+ 44.Kf2 Ra2+ 45.Ke3 Ra3+ 46.Kf2 ½-½

I’ve just learned that Anand has won Game Four. More later…

For those of us who just can’t get enough Vishy, there’s a great video biography of Anand available from ChessCentral.

Have fun! — Steve

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