Topalov, Veselin – Sokolov, Ivan
Essent Chess Tournament
Hoogeveen (5), 2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Bg4 10.Rd1 Qa5 11.e4 Qh5 12.Rd3 e5 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Rxf3 exd4 15.g4 Qc5 16.Na2 0-0 17.Rf5 Qe7 18.e5 d3 19.Bxd3 Nd5 20.Bg5 Qe6 21.Nxb4 Nxb4 22.Bc4 Nd5 23.Rd1 Rae8 24.Bxd5 cxd5 25.Qb5 Nxe5 26.Qxd5 Qxd5 27.Rxd5 f6 28.Be3 b6 29.g5 Kf7 30.gxf6 gxf6 31.Rd6 Re6 32.Rd1 Nc4 33.Rd7+ Re7 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.Rh5 Rg8+ 36.Kf1 Nxe3+ 37.fxe3 Rg7 (This is a drawn Rook and Pawn endgame.)

38.Kf2 Ke6 39.Kf3 Rc7 40.h4 f5 41.Rh6+ Ke5 42.b5 Rf7 43.b4 Kd5 44.Kf4 Kc4 45.b5 Kb4 46.Re6 Kxa4 47.Re5 a5 48.bxa6 (Topalov continues to push hard. With proper play, Black should be able to hold.)

49.Rxf5 Ra7 50.Rf6 b4 (I still believe this is a draw with correct play. 51.e4 b3 52.Rb6 Ka3 53.Rb7 Rxa6 54.Rxh7 Rb6 55.Ra7+ Kb4 56.Ra1 Kc3 57.Ra3 Kc2 58.e5 b2 59.Ra2 Rb4+ 60.Kf5 Kc1 61.Rxb2 Rxb2 62.h6 Kd1 63.h7 Rf2+ 64.Kg6 Rg2+ 65.Kf7 Rf2+ 66.Kg7 Rg2+ 67.Kf7 1/2)

51.e4 b3 52.Rb6 Ka3 53.e5 b2 54.e6 Ka2 (This is still a draw.)

55.Ke5 b1(Q) 56.Rxb1 Kxb1 57.Kf6 Rxa6 58.Kf7 Ra2 59.e7 Rf2+ 60.Kg7 Re2 (This is 100% draw.) 1/2

Vincent Vleeming just sent me the following video from Essent. You can click here to view it. Enjoy! Thanks Vincent!
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