Obviously the title of this article does not refer to the man on the right in the photo above — Garry Kasparov, the former World Champion. Instead, this game-of-the-day feature is about the other man — Silvio Danailov, the manager of Veselin Topalov, another former World Champion. In the following game, Danailov beats a world-class player, and he does it easily.
Silvio Danailov is best known as the manager of Veselin Topalov, the ex-World Champion and former No. 1 ranked player, but as the following game shows, he knows a thing or two about how to play, too. His victim is a player who recently pushed his rating to 2700.
1. Nf3d52. d4c63. c4e64. Qc2Nd75. g3Ngf66. Bg2b67. O-OBb78. b3Rc89. Rd1c510. Nc3So far, the game has followed the path of a typical variation of the Catalan. But the fireworks are about to start. 10... dxc4
( 10... Be7In light of how the game developed, this move would have been better. 11. cxd5Nxd5!12. Nxd5Bxd513. e4Bb714. d5exd515. exd5O-OThe engines like White, but I think that chances are about equal. )
11. d5!energetic and strong. The pawn cannot be taken, at least not comfortably. 11... cxb3
( 11... exd512. Nh4!And Black cannot stop Nxd5, when all the White pieces are poised to attack. 12... g613. Bg5!h614. Bxf6Nxf615. Nxg6!fxg616. Qxg6+Ke717. Bxd5Bxd518. Nxd5+Nxd519. Qe4+Kf720. Rxd5Black is in big trouble. )
( 11... Nxd512. Nxd5exd513. Nh4!Nf614. bxc4!and Black is losing control. )
13. e4!Very accurate; the d-file is forced open. 13... Ba814. Rxa7The rook on a1 has joined the action. All of White's pieces are already poised for the final strike and Black is terribly underdeveloped and a long way away from castling. How often do you see a near-2700 player go down like this in 13 moves? 14... Rc715. Ra2
( 15. Rxa8Would have been my choice, though the text spoils nothing. )
15... Qc816. Bf4Bc6
( 16... Rb717. Rda1Would be deeply embarrassing )
17. Bxc7Qxc718. e5Ng419. Nb5!Bxb520. Nd4!And Black
called it a day.
Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 7 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.
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