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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
14th Amber Tournament: Blindfold (2005), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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  aragorn69: Impressive game by Kramnik. 30.Kh1, 32.Nf5, 40.f6, 48.Rg5 look like Karpov moves from the best years !! ;-))
Oct-22-05  jamesmaskell: Did Topalov make a mistake with his last move? That looked really bad...
Oct-22-05  ughaibu: How can he defend against Rg1?
Nov-19-05  blingice: Someone explain what a blindfolded tournament entails...
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  paulalbert: At the Monte Carlo Melody Amber tournament both rapid and blindfold games are played. The blindfold is conducted by the players on computers. Each has a separate screen with just a chessboard shown and the players enter there moves based on their analysis and memory of the position. In this respect it's different from the simultaneous type blidfold exhibitions by masters vs. weaker players with which you may be familiar. I don't know the precise rules at Amber, but I assume the computer warns the player if an illegal move is attempted, but I don't know whether there are any penalties. The games are played under a time control. The top level GMs who play at Amber play amazingly good chess blindfolded, although there are sometimes gross oversights. As far as I know,the annual Melody Amber Tournament at Monte Carlo is the only competition where high level GMs play blindfold against each other.
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  alexandrovm: nice game here, impressive display of Kramnik in this blindfold game. White's passed pawns build a mate net against the black king.
Apr-17-06  ryanpd: A very bad game in my opinion, both players make multiple strategic errors.

In particular, Topalov's 38...Qg7?? throws away an easily equal position. Kudos to Kramnik for having the better tactical vision while blind, I suppose. But this is a sub-par game for the level of player.

Apr-18-06  ryanpd: Analysis using Rybka in PGN format:

[Event "Blitz:4'+2""]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.03.21"]
[Round "3"]
[White "V Kramnik"]
[Black "V Topalov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C88"]
[WhiteElo "2754"]
[BlackElo "2757"]
[Annotator "Rybka 1.1 32-bit (90s)"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[TimeControl "240+2"]

C88: Closed ♖uy Lopez: Anti-Marshall Systems 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. a3 Nb8 11. Nbd2 Nbd7 12. Nf1 Re8 13. Ne3 Nc5 14. Ba2 h6 15. Nh2 Bc8 16. b4 Ne6 17. Nf5 Bf8 18. Ng4 last book move c6 19. Bd2 Kh7 20. Qf3 Nxg4 21. hxg4 Qf6 22. Qh3 Nf4 23. Qh2 g6 24. Ne3 (24. g5 $5 Qxg5 25. Bxf7) 24... Be6 $11 25. Bb1 d5 26. g3 dxe4 27. dxe4 (27. gxf4 $2 exf4 $17) 27... Rad8 $6 (27... Bd7 $5 $11 making room for the knight 28. Ba2 Ne6 $11) 28. Bc3 $14 Qg5 29. f3 Bd6 $2 ( 29... h5 30. gxf4 exf4 31. Ng2 Bc5+ 32. Kh1 $11 (32. bxc5 Qxc5+ 33. Kh1 Qxc3)) 30. Kh1 $16 c5 31. gxf4 exf4 32. Nf5 $1 Bf8 (32... gxf5 $2 33. gxf5 Bc4 34. Ba2 (34. Rg1 Qxg1+ 35. Qxg1 Rg8 36. Qf2 Rg5 $132) 34... Rg8 35. Rg1 Qe7 36. Bxc4 bxc4 37. Qh5 $16) 33. Rg1 Rc8 $2 (33... Bc4 34. Ba2 $16) 34. Bd2 (34. Be5 $142 $1 $18 ♖ybka 1.1 32-bit: Bc4 35. Bxf4 Qf6 36. e5 Qc6 2.33/19) 34... Qf6 $16 35. c3 gxf5 (35... Rcd8 $142 $16) 36. gxf5 $18 Bc4 37. Bxf4 Qxc3 $2 (37... Bd6 $142 38. Bxd6 Qxc3 $18) 38. Qg3 (38. Qh5 $142 $1 Be2 39. Bd3 Bxf3+ 40. Qxf3 Qf6 $18) 38... Qg7 $4 a transit from better to worse (38... Bd6 $1 39. f6 (39. Bxd6 Qxa1 40. f6 Rg8 41. e5+ Kh8 42. Qg7+ Rxg7 43. fxg7+ Kg8 44. Bh7+ Kxh7 45. Rxa1 $15) 39... Rg8 40. e5+ Kh8 $11) 39. Qxg7+ $5
A neat tactical trick, but white has an even better move (39. Qh4 $142 Qc3 ( 39... Qxa1 40. f6) 40. Qh5 $18) 39... Bxg7 40. f6 Bf8 41. e5+ Kh8 42. Bf5 Be6 43. Bxe6 Rxe6 $4 (43... fxe6 44. Rg4 $14) 44. Rg4 $4 ♗oth players missed the best plan for white. (44. Ra2 $142 $18 and white's attack is irresistible, for example: Kh7 45. Rh2 cxb4 46. Bxh6 Bxh6 47. Rg7+ Kh8 48. Rxh6#) 44... cxb4 $14 45. axb4 Rc4 $2 (45... Rec6 $142 $14 would keep ♗lack in the game) 46. Rd1 $18 Re8 47. Rd7 h5 48. Rg5 $18 Rxf4 (48... Kh7 there is nothing better in the position 49. Rxf7+ Kh6 50. Rxf8 Rxf8 51. Rg8+ Rxf4 52. Rxf8 Rxf3 $18) 49. Rxh5+ Kg8 50. Rd1 Rg4 51. fxg4 (51. fxg4 Bxb4 52. Kg2 Rc8 53. Rdh1 Rc2+ 54. Kf3 Rc3+ 55. Ke4 Rc4+ 56. Kf5 Rf4+ 57. Kxf4 Bd2+ 58. Ke4 Bh6 59. Rxh6 Kf8 60. Rh8#) 1-0

Note that it gives multiple ? and ??s in this game, but mostly to Topalov.

Apr-18-06  Confuse: well done! : 0
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