In round 3 of the Shamkir Chess open played earlier this year, Veselin Topalov had a big chance be the first to score a win in the tournament against Ding Liren. The position in the picture above is one of the rare situations in which Black’s two knights are clearly superior to White’s pair of bishops.
Topalov, playing Black, could have played the simple winning move 42…Ng4! White has no defense. 43.f3?, for instance, loses in view of the nice queen move 43…Qb8!, attacking the pawn on g3. However, Topalov was looking for a forced win and played 42…Nxf2? Unfortunately, this piece sacrifice only leads to a draw after 43.Kxf2 Ne4+ 44.Ke2! c3+ 45.Ke1 Qb1 46.Bg2 Qc2 47.Bxe4+ dxe4 48.Kf1. Black has nothing better than a perpetual check.