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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Topalov-Kamsky match analysis,past history

The big match is only days away. From a historical perspective, according to the official match website, Topalov and Kamsky have played eight games against each other in their professional chess careers with Topalov scoring 4 wins to none for Kamsky (four games have been drawn). Obviously, the fact that their game history is so lobsided in favor of Topalov, gives the Bulgarian quite an advantage entering the match. However, pressure will also be on Topalov, because as favorite to win the match, he will be expected to do so without having any serious difficulties with Kamsky. Two of these losses which Topalov inflicted upon Kamsky were when Kamsky played white. Here is a summary of these games:

Game 1:White:Kamsky Black:Topalov result:draw Opening:Symmetrical English ECO:A34 Number of Moves:61 Year of Game:1994 Tournament:Linares

Game 2:White:Topalov Black:Kamsky result:draw Opening:Queen's Indian Defense:Nimzowitch variation ECO:E12 Number of Moves:34 Year of Game:1994 Tournament:Las Palmas

Game 3:White:Kamsky Black:Topalov result:Topalov won Opening:Modern Benoni Defense, fianchetto variation ECO:A62 Number of Moves:49 Year of Game:1996 Dos Hermanos

Game 4:White:Topalov Black:Kamsky result:Topalov won Opening:Scandinavian (Center-Counter) Defense ECO:B01 Number of Moves:25 Year of Game:2006 Tournament:Corus

Game 5:White:Topalov Black:Kamsky result:Topalov won Opening: Slav Defense ECO:B15 Number of Moves:42 Year of game: 2006 Tournament:Sofia MTel Masters 2nd

Game 6:White:Kamsky Black:Topalov result:Topalov won Opening:Sicilian Defense,Najdorf variation:poisoned pawn ECO:B97 Number of Moves:29 Year of Game:2006 Tournament:Sofia MTel Masters 2nd

Game 7:White:Topalov Black:Kamsky result:draw Opening:Queen's Indian Defense:Nimzowitch variation ECO:B15 Number of Moves: 43 Year of Game:2007 Tournament:Sofia MTel Masters 3rd

Game 8:White:Kamsky Black:Topalov result:draw Opening:London system ECO:A46 Number of Moves:51 Sofia MTel Masters 3rd

Good luck to both players, lets hope the games are well-played.

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