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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
10th Euwe Memorial (1996), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Mar-28
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Oct-20-05  SnoopDogg: Maybe switching from Nf3 to e4 alot has aided to his suffering the past year? In this game he just rolls over Topalov like a boa constrictor.
Oct-20-05  KingG: <SnoopDogg> Well, he's being using 1.e4 for a few years now, but i agree, he should go back to 1.Nf3, i think he plays better with that opening move.
Oct-20-05  strifeknot: He also does quite well with 1.d4, and is one of the more interesting Queen's Gambit players.
Oct-21-05  KingG: <strifeknot>Yes, i agree, but more often than not, he transposes into d4 openings, that's why i didn't mention it. In fact, i think Kramnik rarely plays d4 as the very first move, although as i say, it tends to transpose.

As for being one of the most interesting Queen's gambit players, i also completely agree, that's why i think he should go back to 1.Nf3/1.d4. I find his games with those opening moves far more interesting than his games with 1.e4(of course that's just my opinion, others may disagree).

Apr-26-06  Pawsome: < he just rolls over Topalov like a boa constrictor.>Nope. Kramnik lucked out on this one. Why Topalov didn't try 14... Bxh4 15. gxh4 Qxh4 with the advantage, is a mystery.
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  acirce: Kramnik: <I think that Black should have accepted the challenge - 13..Bxh4 14.gxh4 Qxh4, although White would have gained sufficient compensation: 15.Qd2 Qe7 16.e4 f6 17.Rae1 Ng7 18.Bh3 with the initiative. Now, however, he creates unhindered a strong and mobile pawn centre.>

If you play it on move 14 instead when White has already got e4 in I don't see how it could be any better.

But yes, Black made a couple of subtle mistakes, and Kramnik punished them in masterly fashion. Overall Kramnik did much worse in the tournament though. He finished on 50% while Topalov shared first with Kasparov (6.5/9). Topa's 1996 was great overall with several important tournament wins.

Jun-25-12  LoveThatJoker: Tremendous game from Kramnik!

A memorable line from "Kramnik: My Life and Games" regarding the variation starting with 22...Bxd6,

"22...Bxd6 was certainly bad in view of 23. Re6 Nf6 (after 23...Nb6 the White knight, which for a long time has been sleeping on the edge of the board, would have woken up - 24. Nxg6!) 24. Be5!, and the blockade at d6 collapses - 24...Ne8 25. Nxg6!, or 24...Bxe5 25. fxe5 Nxd5 26. Rd6."



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