(1) Polgar, Judit – Sokolov, Ivan
Essent chess tournament

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.c3 0–0 11.Bc2 f5 12.Nb3 Qd7 13.Nfd4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 c5 15.Nxe6 Qxe6 16.f3 Ng5 17.a4 Rad8 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra7 Rd7 20.Rxd7 Qxd7 21.Kh1 f4 22.b4 c4 23.Qd2 Ne6 24.Rd1 Nc7 25.Qf2 Qe6 26.Qd4 Qc6 27.Kg1 g6 28.Kf1 Bg5 29.Bb2 Ra8 30.Qd2 Ne6 31.Bb1 Rd8 32.Qe1 Qc7 33.h4 Be7 34.Bc1 Qc6 35.Qf2 Rf8 36.Bc2 Bd8 37.Qd2 Bxh4 38.Qxd5 Qb6 39.Qd2 Bg3 40.Qe2 Qa7 41.Be4 Kh8 42.Bd5 Ng7 43.e6 Qe7 [43…Rf5] 44.Qe5 Qh4 45.Ke2 h5?? 46.Be4 Rg8 47.Rd7 Qh1 48.Bd2 1–0

Judit played a nice game. She is a figher and she kept on pushing and pushing. Eventually, Sokolov’s defense cracked and he blundered under pressure.

(2) Mamedyarov, Shakhryar – Topalov, Veselin
Essent chess tournament

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5 12.Nxc5 Nxc5 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.0–0 h6 15.Nd2 0–0 16.Ne4 Bd4 17.Nd6 Bc6 18.Bh7+ Kxh7 19.Qxd4 f6 20.Bd2 Qd7 21.Rac1 a5 22.Qd3+ f5 23.Rc5 Ne7 24.Rfc1 Ra7 25.Be3 Rfa8 26.Qe2 Ra6 27.h4 Qd8 28.Bg5 hxg5 29.Qh5+ Kg8 30.Qf7+ Kh7 31.Qh5+ Kg8 32.Qf7+ Kh7 33.hxg5 Ng6 34.Rxc6 Qxg5 35.Rc8 Nf4 36.g3 Rxc8 37.Rxc8 Qg4 38.Qg8+ Kg6 39.Qe8+ Kh7 40.Qh8+ Kg6 41.Rc7 Qd1+ 42.Kh2 Qh5+ 43.Qxh5+ Nxh5 44.Re7 Rc6 45.Rxe6+ Kh7 46.Nf7 Rxe6 47.Ng5+ 1–0

Topalov needs to have a new repertoire. No matter how good any player is, if he / she keeps playing the similar things over and over again, others will find a way to beat it. Mamedyarov shows today that he is the real thing.
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