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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Melody Amber Blind 7th (1998), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Mar-14
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  1-0


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Aug-13-03  ksadler: This game is annotated at for anyone who is interested.
Aug-16-06  Grega: Great game, black is positionally busted after the opening. I hope we will see similar high-quality wins in the upcoming match.
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  plang: This is a 5 minute game.
Aug-16-06  sixfeetunder: This shows that Kramnik can beat Topalov in 10 minutes.
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  acirce: Kramnik on 4..e5: <One can play this way, of course, but it is basically rubbish.> ("My Life and Games")
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  Richard Taylor: Yes 4...Nbd7 with c5 or e5 to follow looks a better plan. Topalov perhaps misjudged the ending.
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  Richard Taylor: It looks as though this line is o.k for Black if a bit risky - as Sierawan used to play it quite a lot - Topalov missed couple of opportunities to equalise or even get an advantage - so Kramnik's win is good but not so convincing!

But I am not convinced by S's advocacy of rapid chess - of course both would have seen (or more like - I see the point that fast chess can stimulate the attention to tactics) the required moves with more time.

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  Richard Taylor: 17 ...Nc5 was better and also 18 ...h6!

But in this position:

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Topalov had 25 ... Re8! For if 26 Rxd7+ Kxd7 27 Nf6+ Kd6! 28 Rxe8 Rxe8 29 Nxe8+ Ke7! picks up the knight and wins.

The line I saw was 25 ... Re8 26 Nf6 Rxe5 27 Nxd7 Rd5 28 Rxd5 cxd5 29 Nxb8 Kc7 and wins

But (I thought) not 25 .. Re8 26 Nf6 Re7 27 Rxd7+?! Rxd7 28 Re8+ Kc7 29 Rxb8 Kxb8? 30 Nxd7+ and wins.

But I just noticed - in this position

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29 ... Rf7 which seems to hold for Black

So - not so convincing for Kramnik (but well played by him nevertheless he took advantage of Topalov's error of b6 a few moves later) -

and why am I analysing a Blindfold 5 minute game at 12:15am!!!

Thanks for that link to the analysis by Seirawan

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  Richard Taylor: That is thanks to <ksadler> if that person is still around.
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