Friday, October 14, 2005

"Beautiful, beautiful"

So said IM Bill Paschall on ICC at seeing Anand's drawing queen sac against Morozevich this morning. It was a gorgeous line. For one kibitzer, the line was special as he'd predicted the move long before anyone else, masters included, spotted it.

After 24...Rb7

When the pieces finally remain still in San Luis, Anand - Morozevich will likely be long remembered. Borrowing from Short, the game was an hecatomb of pieces. It's no wonder that Vishy spent so much time - quite unusual for him.

At the time of this writing, Kasimdhanov - Topalov is an interesting endgame. ICC is abuzz with the world's famous masters kibitzing. Just a moment ago, this position appeared -

After 40...Bxg2+

Shirov now suggests, "41. Kg1 Bd5 42. R1xd5 cxd5 43. Rg8 Kf6 44. Rxg3 Rxb2 and Black is better." Topalov now needs just one more draw to win the event.

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