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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006), Elista RUS, rd 2, Sep-24
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1


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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik (2006)
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Feb-09-09  notyetagm: 32 ?

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Monokroussos @

<32.Qg6+?? [As even Fritz 1 running on an abacus will point out, <<<32.Rxg4+ wins immediately: 32...Bg7 >>>(32...Kf7 33.Qh7+ Bg7 34.Qxg7# ; 32...Kh8 33.Rh4+ Bh6 34.Rxh6+ Kg7 35.Qh7+ Kf8 36.Rf6# ) <<<33.Qc7 Qf1+ 34.Ng1 and the match is 1-1.]>>>>

32 ♖g1xg4+ ♗f8-g7 33 ♕c2-c7

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So the winning idea was to create a <PIN AGAINST THE KING> with 32 ♖g1xg4+ ♗f8-g7 and then <REINFORCE THE PIN> with 33 ♕c2-c7.

Feb-09-09  notyetagm: <SetNoEscapeOn: <Jim Bartle>

From Mihail Marin's analysis on chessbase:

<32.Qg6+? Both players must have had their eyes focused on the king side, which made them overlook that after 32.Rxg4+ Bg7 <<<White can attack the g7-bishop from the other side with 33.Qc7 preventing ...Re7 (which could follow after 33.Qg6)>>> and leaving Black with the possibility of giving just one last check with 33...Qf1+ when 34.Ng1 ends the day.>>

A great example for the need of <FLExIBILITY IN THINKING> in chess.

Mar-11-09  Raginmund: ahhahahahhahahahahhahahahh
beautiful... it's not only beautiful just to see Kramnik winning brillantly, it's beautiful 'cause the player that "smells attack" failed like a patzer...


what did the attacker do after this?? everyone knows... went to the bathroom...

Nice psychological win by Kramnik, the incredible master of defense.

Kramnik always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May-01-09  Andrijadj: Topalov missed a quick win when he played 32.Qg6(Qc7 was winning in instant),and every chess program in the world will give you Qc7 as a winning move within seconds...And jet Topalov claims that Kramnik cheated with computer,and that computer "loves black"... That speaks enough about soundness of his accusations.I mean,he is a great player,but his credibility was badly shaken in 2006...
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  Ulhumbrus: 17...f5 disturbs the King side pawns without necessity. An alternative is 17...Nf8.
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  Lil Swine: people should be well aware of the allegations that kramnik used a computer by calling bathroom breaks, supported by the fact that kramnik used the bathroom 50 times on average and the bathroom is the only place without surveillance ( which is understandable), and 78% of moves from all games would be computer recommended, hey, we cant blame the guy if he is really that good but even fischer didnt play nearly as good as a computer and kramnik certainly is no fischer
May-07-11  Tigranny: I think Topalov got a little too overconfident with his extra pawns.
Oct-27-11  Rareswow: Superb game from topalov till move 32 . What a pity :( . Brilliant atack , nevertehless.
Feb-15-12  donehung: I find it slightly amusing this game is in Kramnicks gems list when he was so thouroughly crushed save for a spaz by Topalov.
Jul-19-12  vardeep: ok.. enough has been said abt the 32nd move blunder.. but what abt 36.Rc1.. i felt topalov wud be still winning if he had instead played 36.Bh6.. i'm not sure if black has a good response to this..
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  Check It Out: Incredible missed opportunity for Topalov.
Sep-17-13  devere: "people should be well aware of the allegations that Kramnik used a computer by calling bathroom breaks"

The moisture in the bathroom must have ruined Kramnik's "computer". He got smashed and was losing a brilliancy until Topalov blundered.

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  KingV93: 'Master of defense'?
Master of boring his opponent into a mistake.
Admirable in an insipid way I suppose.
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  keypusher: <KingV93>

Your post would be stupid anywhere, but on this page it's downright cretinous.

Do you really think Topalov was bored during this game?

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  KingV93: <keypusher>
No, of course not.
I'm sorry you find an offhand remark characterizing a contrast in style cretinous. I appreciate attacking play and detest Kramnik and Leko types. It's personal taste, nothing more. Have a great day.
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  keypusher: <kingV93>

<I'm sorry you find an offhand remark characterizing a contrast in style cretinous>

What is this "find it cretinous" horseshit? It <is> cretinous.

Saying that Kramnik wins by boring his opponents into making an error isn't an aesthetic judgment or a comment on style. It is wrong and it is almost painfully stupid.

Sorry you made a rankly stupid, cretinous post. Try to make your posts less stupid going forward.

Jun-01-14  cplyakap: If he didn't overlook 32.Rxg4!,I think he is still world champion.
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  perfidious: Carlsen would probably have snatched the crown from Topalov by now.
Sep-11-14  Boris Schipkov: This interesting game with my notes
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  chancho: <"I think he's just the most favoured player in history. He played several matches for the world title but in fact he never really deserved this because he didn't qualify, there were just some political decisions. He never qualified like for example Magnus did or now Vishy Anand."

"Several years ago [the ethics commission of FIDE] tried to investigate his behaviour and then it suddenly turned out that many hours of his behaviour were missing because organisers they destroyed it.... It even becomes more suspicious... The reason they were destroyed because everyone would see that the members of my delegation were right and this is what I believe." ~ Veselin Topalov ~>

It's been eight long years since Elista, and Topa still clinging to this nonsense?

Topa missed a mate in three moves in one of those games!

This one!

If Vlad was cheating with an engine, (as Topa claimed) then surely Kramnik would not have fallen into a losing position like mate in three?!

Topalov lost this game AND the match because he let Danailov, and his own raw emotions get the better of him.

May-17-15  RookFile: What a game. Topalov had winning and drawing chances all along the way, and ends up losing it.
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  offramp: <notyetagm:...A great example for the need of <FLExIBILITY IN THINKING> in chess.>


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  maxi: <RookFile: What a game. Topalov had winning and drawing chances all along the way, and ends up losing it.> That's what happens when you let Kramnik take a pee.
May-09-16  Mr. Bojangles: It is amazing that it has been 10 years since this match 🙄🙄

Gosh we had a blast on this site. It was a great party in hell during and after the match here.

Great times 🍺🍺

Nov-28-16  RookFile: Toiletgate aside, this is an amazing game, warts and all, showing great imagination by both players.
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