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Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006), Elista RUS, rd 7, Oct-04
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik (2006)

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Oct-04-06  Castle In The Sky: You know you're in bad shape if all your pieces are on their first rank. Fritz gives Kramnik a -1.02
Oct-04-06  Gritty: 42 ... Qd4
That seems to put white under pressure on most of his pawns.
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  tamar: <Zenchess> The trouble with 41...a5 is that 42 Bc3 Ra2 43 Bxb4 wins it right away, and Black is just left with a token advantage.
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  beenthere240: I'm not surprised at Fritz's rating. White is down a clear pawn.
Oct-04-06  RookFile: I think Kramnik played this just fine. He's got a 'can't lose' position, and Topalov is going to have to suffer for a minimum of 20 more moves before he gets a draw.... if in fact it is a draw.
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  Eggman: <<This reminds me of that one K-K game where Kasparov gets all of Karpov's pieces to return to the 1st rank.>>

Do you mean the famous Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985?

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  technical draw: Breaking news: kibitzers win Hindsight of the year award!
Oct-04-06  AdrianP: I haven't agreed with anything Susan Polgar has said, yet, of the 5/6 things that have been relayed. Of course, that probably means I'm wrong... Although Kramnik doesn't seem to agree either.
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  Zenchess: <tamar> 43...Ra4!!
Oct-04-06  lucifershammer: Wouldn't it just drive Toppy mad if Kramnik took a bathroom break now?
Oct-04-06  herby rawley: the way najdorf was "the god's gift" to panno

and tal to korchnoi

so topalov to kramnik.....he drains aggression and forces the tactician to assume unwise risk and then brushes off the harum scarum and mops up

caesar fought such a campaign in spain all ala sun tzu

Oct-04-06  RookFile: I was just wondering if Kramnik was in the bathroom. Isn't ...Kh7 the move? Would you really consider ...Nf8?
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  Honza Cervenka: 44.Rc8+ is for what purpose?
Oct-04-06  Castle In The Sky: In a knight vs bishop endgame, this position favor's Kramnik because his pawns are not scattered, so the bishop's coverage of extra territory doesn't mean very much.
Oct-04-06  RookFile: Maybe he's thinking about 44. Rc8+ Kh7 45. Rc7 rather than Bxa6
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  tamar: <Zenchess: <tamar> 43...Ra4!!>

44 Rc4!!! like in the movies :)

Oct-04-06  boz: "44.Rc8+ is for what purpose?" Top get behind the a-pawn?
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  technical draw: A knight will be pinned what ever black moves.
Oct-04-06  Stevens: <Would you really consider ...Nf8?> he's probably just checking ...Nf8, Bxa6 Rb1 etc
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  Zenchess: <RookFile> ...Nf8 and ...Kh7 are of equal value.
Oct-04-06  lucifershammer: <Rookfile> 44. ... Kh7 45. Rc7 does not look too good for Black.
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  Joshka: <herby rawley> very well put;-)
Oct-04-06  RookFile: <boz: "44.Rc8+ is for what purpose?" Top get behind the a-pawn?>

Why would you get behind the pawn when you can just take it with Bxa6.

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  keypusher: <eggman> probably this game:

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993

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  technical draw: Then again maybe not.
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