|Jan-11-04|| ||patzer2: Kramnik accepts the Benko Gambit, and in the middle game gives back the extra pawn in the process of exchanging Queens for a difficult rook and pawn ending, which he wins impressively. |
|Jan-11-04|| ||patzer2: For such an innocuous looking move, 10. Rb1 has a huge winning percentage (60% White wins & only 12.5% Black wins in 40 games). |
|Jan-11-04|| ||Benjamin Lau: That's interesting, I guess 10.Rb1 is a good move for mobilizing the q side majority in the 5.bxa6 Benko. |
|Jan-12-04|| ||patzer2: <Benjamin Lau> I think you are right that 10. Rb1 is mean to facilitate mobilizing the queenside to spring a passed pawn. However, to take full advantage of the move the player with the White pieces will also need strong endgame skills. |
|Oct-18-05|| ||Daodejing: I guess at 19... Bb7 Kramnik knew that he had a won endgame and Topalow had to play 36 moves before he recognised that he is lost.|
Kramnik is a very deep player.
|Jun-14-06|| ||Runemaster: Topalov can't afford to play this sort of opening asgainst Kramnik in their September match. |
Top. never really had anything in this game and was just a pawn down for nothing. That allowed K to give the pawn back when and how he chose, leading to the sort of position Kramnik plays very well.
|Jun-27-06|| ||Rocafella: lol I really like the variation name, 'accpeted fully accepted variation' Just made me laugh!|
|Oct-16-06|| ||Runemaster: I've just noticed that at the time of this game, Kramnik was rated 64 points higher than Topalov. |
What was Kramnik doing playing someone rated 60 points lower than himself? He should have just laughed at the very idea.
|Oct-16-06|| ||Lt. Col. Majid: These were the days before Kramnik's illness when he used to beat Topalov like badly behaved step child.|
Boy, he put some bad a$$ beating on Topa prior to 2004 lol.
|Dec-16-06|| ||Karpova: To say that Topalov was simply outplayed by Kramnik in this game is definitely not over-exaggerating.|
|Aug-08-07|| ||Alexin22: Cool game !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Aug-08-07|| ||KamikazeAttack: <Lt. Col. Majid: These were the days before Kramnik's illness when he used to beat Topalov like badly behaved step child.
Boy, he put some bad a$$ beating on Topa prior to 2004 lol.>|
|Jun-26-08|| ||Mateo: I am not sure that the Rook ending is a win for White if Black defends accurately. At least, it seems that Topalov could defend better. The turning point seems to be 53...Rc4? losing an important tempo (as he played Rc1 on the next move). Topalov should have played 53...Ra1. If 54.g6? Rg1 wins the 'g' pawn. So then what? Either 54.Ke4, either 54.Kg4 (what else?).|
1) 54.Ke4 Re1+ 55.Kd4. I didn't analyse it further but I don't believe this variation provides winning prospects, because the King is separated from the pawns by the Black Rook.
2) 54.Kg4 Rg1+ 55.Kh5 Rf1, Black seems to hold. To progress, White has to sac a pawn. For instance, 56.Kh6 (56.Kg6 Rxf4 leads to the same kind of pattern) Rxf4 57.Rb8+ Ke7 58.g6 Rh4+ 59.Kg5 Rh1 60.g7 Rg1+ 61.Kh6 Rh1+ 62.Kg6 Rg1+ 63.Kh7 Rh1+ 64.Kg8 R on the 'h' file, it's a draw.
|Jan-14-11|| ||GilesFarnaby: After 40...f4 may someone tell me where´s the win because I haven´t been able to find it myself, nor with computer:|
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Analysis by Houdini 1.5 w32:
41.Ra3 e6 42.Ra5 Kc7 43.Rxe5 Rxa6 44.Kxf4 Kd7 45.Rc5 Kd6 46.Rb5 Ra7 47.Rb6+ Ke7 48.f3 Rc7 49.Ra6 Rc5 50.Ra7+ Kf8 51.e5 Rb5 52.Rc7 Rb1 53.Rd7 Rb5 54.Rh7 Rb1 55.Rc7 Rb5 56.Rd7 Rb1 57.Rh7 Rb2 58.Rd7 Rb5 59.Rh7
(0.60) Depth: 29/53 00:00:45 85228kN
|Jan-14-11|| ||GilesFarnaby: <patzer2: For such an innocuous looking move, 10. Rb1 has a huge winning percentage (60% White wins & only 12.5% Black wins in 40 games).>|
Yeah, 10.Rb1 is the move: apart from what´s been already pointed out it prevents any a1-h8 diagonal B tactics, and makes b3 possible if needed, because black won´t be able to exploit the hanging N, which would be retired conveniently if ...Ng4 (or something like that) and Bg7 will only hunt air in its (otherwise superb) diagonal.