Can You Win This Pawn Roll? Topalov-Dominguez 1-0

We’re back to talking about the virtues of understanding endgames. Here’s one from Veselin Topalov-Leinier Dominguez at the London Chess Grand Prix Round 6 (Report on Chess Blog). Can you win the pawn roll for White? Black has just played 40….Bh5 Hint: Remember the White King has to be activated so you need to find the right route for him as well.

Topalov Veselin – Dominguez Perez Leinier

Result: 1-0
Site: FIDE Grand Prix
Date: 2012.09.27

[…] 1.¤f3 d5 2.d4 ¤f6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 a6 5.¤c3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.¤e5 ¥g7 8.f4 £c7 9.¥e2 h5 10.O-O a5 11.a3 ¥f5 12.h3 ¤bd7 13.¥f3 ¤e4 14.¥xe4 dxe4 15.¥d2 ¤f6 16.£e2 ¥e6 17.b4 axb4 18.axb4 O-O 19.¦fc1 ¦fb8 20.¥e1 £c8 21.¢h2 ¦a6 22.¥h4 ¦ba8 23.¦xa6 £xa6 24.£e1 £b7 25.¦a1 ¦xa1 26.£xa1 ¤d5 27.¤xd5 ¥xd5 28.£a5 £c8 29.¥xe7 £e8 30.£c7 f6 31.£d7 ¥f7 32.¥xf6 ¥xf6 33.£xc6 ¥xe5 34.£xe8+ ¥xe8 35.fxe5 h4 36.d5 ¢f7 37.¢g1 ¢e7 38.¢f2 g5 39.¢e1 ¥f7 40.e6 ¥h5 41.¢d2 ¢d8 42.d6 g4 43.hxg4 ¥xg4 44.e7+ ¢e8 45.c6 ¥e6 46.¢c3 ¥d5 47.c7 ¥b7 48.¢d4 ¢d7 49.¢c5

3 Responses to “Can You Win This Pawn Roll? Topalov-Dominguez 1-0”

  • sandra, rome says:

    sometimes i find it very strange all that gm analysis and strategy and tactics in chess it all boils down to the same old school boy chess basics. cool huh. know your basics. i need to congratulate chess king. my chess has been doing pretty well lately. am enjoying the puzzles and the new chess software. thanks a lot.

  • Keith Larkins, Manchester says:

    not all that easy as it sounds or looks but should win

  • Morten says:

    The White pawns on d5 and e6 are weak. Bd1 and then Bb3 exposes said weakness but also weak are the pawns on g2 and h3. Black first forces a pawn exchange on g4. After capturing on g4 the Bishop retreats to h5 (interpolation) and White cannot thereafter defend both weaknesses. The White king on f2 allows Bd1 and on d2 it allows for a Bishop sacrifice on f3. To Accept the sacrifice allows the Black pawn on h4 to queen. Otherwise and g2 falls and in time so too d5 and e6.
    Conclusion, pawn roll just a mirage.

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