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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Toppling Topalov" (game of the day Aug-22-2018)
Belgrade Investbank (1995), Belgrade SRB, rd 6, Nov-20
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Anti-Fischer-Sozin Variation (B57)  ·  0-1


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Feb-13-07  Lt. Col. Majid: Another of the many classical games were Kramnik demonstrated his being Topalov's daddy.

Boy the Bulgarian did suffer over the years lol.

A decade is a loooooooooooog time to keep getting a whopping.

Feb-13-07  Whitehat1963: <being Topalov's daddy>

I guess this might be termed adolescent rebellion?

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005

Aug-10-07  Raginmund: hahhahahahhahahhahahhahaha
ihihihihihihihihihihihiho hohohohohohohohohohohohoh .... nice!!!!!!!!!
Jul-26-08  CharlesSullivan: As Kramnik himself pointed out, 35...♘xe4! 36.♗xe4 ♕xb2! wins [the threat is 37...Kc6 and mate-in-7]. Others give 35...dxe4 as winning, but 36.♖d1!! ♔e7 37.♗f1 equalizes! The move played by Kramnik allows this remarkable sequence: 36.♗xb5+! axb5 37.♕xg3 ♖c8 38.♖f1 ♖c4+ 39.♔xb5 ♕a3 40.♖xf7+ ♔e8 41.♖a7 ♖b4+ and it looks as if White's king MUST get mated...

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But White completely equalizes with 42.♔c6 ♖xb6+ 43.♔xb6 ♗d4+ 44.♔b5 ♗xa7 45.♕e5!

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and White's active queen compensates for the pawn-minus.

Jun-06-09  Bryce101: this game should be in kramniks 'Notable Games'
Jul-10-09  VaselineTopLove: Not the first time Topalov's king was forced out onto the flanks...
Oct-13-09  smalldreams: Wheee. I finally got one right.
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  johnlspouge: Tuesday (Easy):

Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 (38...?)

Black to play and win.

Material: Down 2P for B. The White Kb4 has 1 legal move, a5. The Black battery Bg7 and Qb2 controls the dark squares near Kb4, and White Kb4 and Qe1 are ominously placed on the dark a5-e1 diagonal. The White Kb4 and Qe1 both guard against 38.Bc3#, suggesting a deflection. The Black Ke8 is vulnerable to 39.exf7++, suggesting a forcing candidate.

Candidates (38…): Bc3+

38…Bc3+ 39.Qxc3 a5+

Black plays 40…Qxc3, leaving him with Q+2P for 2B.

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  dzechiel: Black to move (38...?). Black has two pawns for the bishop. "Easy."

This is a rather busy position with a lot going on. At first I was looking at moves like 38...Rxc5, but white's threat of 39 exf7+ followed by the queen invasion means that black's move must be much more forcing in nature. That's when I started looking for other checks and noticed


forking the king and queen. If white wants to continue playing he must play

39 Qxc3

(nothing else is legal), but black will then play


and the white king must abandon protection of the queen.

Easy enough once you see it, but you can understand why a player as great as Topalov might fall into this trap (especially considering that it's move 38 and he's probably in time trouble).

Time to check, but I think white resigned immediately.

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  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, Kramnik's 38...Bc3+! 39. Qxc3 a5+! combines the decoy, pin and deflection tactics to trap and win Topalov's Queen.
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  lost in space: After 38...Bc3+ 39. Qxc3 (only move) a5+ White can not avoid to lose the Queen:

40. Kxa5 or Kxb5 Qxc3

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  zenpharaohs: After solving the puzzle, I looked, and saw that there wasn't an immediate resignation.

It took me a few seconds to realize that Topalov probably made Kramnik get to a time control (move 40) and then there was no point in continuing. Anyone know if Kramnik's flag was close to falling? It wouldn't actually surprise me if Kramnik let time run down in this case.

Oct-13-09  Athamas: White has a bishop to black's 2 pawns. White's bishops, queen and pawn are very menacing around black's king. However white's king is very exposed and black's queen, rook, bishop and 2 pawns are nicely surrounding it. My first thought was Bc3+, but for some reason I missed the very obvious follow-up. Instead I looked at many, many other moves. Such as Ne2, Ne4, Rxc4, a5+... I really liked Ne2 or Ne4, but I just couldn't quite get it to work, although I really liked the idea behind forcing the bishop to intervene between the black king and white queen, while exposing the king just a little more. After a few minutes, I finally came back to the obvious.

38...Bc3+ 39. Qxc3 a5+ 40. Kxb5 Qxc3

And black is clearly winning, although white has some interesting tries with dual bishops that are unopposed.

Oct-13-09  areknames: This took me longer than usual for a Tuesday. At first I considered 38..a5+ which leads nowhere, after a minute or so it became clear that 38..Bc3+ is the only winning move. Nice little combination of the themes of forking and a double(!) royal deflection. First the queen is forced to a vulnerable square, then white's king is deflected away from defending his spouse.
Oct-13-09  Whitehat1963: Is it me, or are this week's puzzles not as easy as the typical Monday and Tuesday offerings?
Oct-13-09  zooter: 38...Bc3+ 39.Qxc3 (forced) a5+ picks up the white queen for a piece and pawn. Though black is already down a piece, this should win easily as 2P vs Q is advantage for black

time to check

Oct-13-09  Summerfruit: White has B for 2P.

38...Bc3+! 39.Qxc3 a5+ wins, as the white king must now abandon the queen.

Oct-13-09  vodkaboris: Like many people, this took me a few minutes to solve, as there's a lot going on in this position. It's clear black must give check to avoid white playing exf7; once you see black has no immediate mating net on the a and b files, the answer becomes clear. I like to think I'd have got it OTB in a normal time control, but in a blitz or when running short on time, no chance.
Oct-13-09  TheBish: Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995

Black to play (38...?) "Easy"

Material: Black is down a piece for two pawns. I assume he sacrificed for this position.

38...Bc3+! 39. Qxc3 a5+ 40. Kxa5 Qxc3+ wins the queen for a bishop.

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  agb2002: Black has a bishop and two pawns for the bishop pair. White threatens 39.exf7+ Kd7 (39... Kxf7 40.Qe7+ Kg8 41.Qe6+ Kh8 42.Qxc8+ Bf8 43.Qxf8#; 39... Kd8 40.Qe7#) 40.Qe7+ Kc6 41.Qd6+ Kb7 42.Qb6+ Ka8 43.Qa7#. However, his king lacks mobility which suggests a forcing move like 38... Bc3+:

39.Qxc3 a5+ 40.Kxb5 (40.Kxa5 Qxc3+ 41.Kb6 Rxc5 42.Nxc5 Qxa1) Qxc3 41.exf7+ Kxf7 42.Bc4+ Ke8 (42... Kf6 43.Bd4+) 43.Rd1 (to avoid ... Rb8+ followed by ... Rxb3) Rb8+ 44.Bb6 Rxb6+ 45.Kxb6 Qxc4 - +.

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  offramp: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, Kramnik's 38...Bc3+ is a Stoke-Adams Attack infiltrated by a Wide-Berth Curve Job/Block Party.
Oct-13-09  David2009: Tuesday's puzzle Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 White to play 38? Easy

38 ...Bc3+ 39 Qxc3 a5+ 40 Kxa5 Qxc3+ 41 Bb4 Qc7+ followed by fxe6 wins comfortably. Time to check.

Oct-13-09  A Karpov Fan: got it.

Topalov is a great tactician and a hard worker in the opening, but Kramnik understands chess better then him. Simple as that.

Oct-13-09  TheaN: Tuesday 13 October 2009


Target: 1:25;000
Taken: 1:49;984

Material: White up, ♗ / 2♙

Candidates: Rxc5, Bc3†, a5†, Ne4, Ne2... oh <[Bc3†]>

How terrible that I took this long to combine a few moves in the correct. After having the idea that sacrificing moves do not work (Rxc5, Ne2, Ne4 AND Bc3†), I was looking for at least a minute at a5 as first move, but couldn't make it work after Kxb5. Only then, the combination hit me. And that's pretty, seeing that the two moves in question are simple to find.

<38....Bc3†> is a pretty easy move to find, completely forced and bring the White King into a more closed hole than before. White loses after:

<39.Qxc3 a5†> because now the White King has to leave that same hole and whether he captures a5 or b5 (b5 will lead to a Black capture without check), White loses Queen for Bishop. After being an initial Bishop up, White has the terrible task to defend a Queen and a pawn with two Bishops.

<30.Kxb5 Qxc3 > I think White resigned. Especially when it's Topalov - Kramnik. Time to check.

Oct-13-09  zb2cr: Took me quite some time get this--I was examining a lot moves such as 38. ... Rxc5.
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