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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006), Elista RUS, rd 10, Oct-08
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E00)  ·  1-0
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Oct-10-06  Ulhumbrus: 22...Qe8 answers the threat of Nc6 but allows the Rc1 to occupy the seventh rank. Another way to avoid letting the Black Q and KB get forked by Nc6 is to play 22..Bf6, but that leaves the Ne4 short of squares after 23 f3. If The Black Q is short of squares to go to, to avoid the attack Nc6. All this suggests that Black is in fact in trouble. The White Ns are both active and so either White N is hardly less valuable than a B is valuable.
Oct-10-06  Ulhumbrus: With 23 Rc7 White has won the value of a second pawn, if we consider a Rook on the seventh rank to be worth a pawn in value.
Oct-12-06
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  Peligroso Patzer: <beenthere240: If one goes back and look over the game from the beginning (review the "posts" is instructive, too), it looks pretty clear that Kramnik was miles ahead of Topalov from the start and that black was in major trouble before he even got out of the opening***>

I completely agree. Everyone seems to be talking about 24. ... f6? as if it were a blunder from out of the blue. The truth of the matter is that Black's position was already under enormous pressure. As is so often the case with blunders, I believe that what happened here is that in trying to avoid one problem (an 8th rank pin in a line starting with 24. ... Bxb5), Topalov chose a line (24. ... f6?) that involved him in even more serious difficulties that made his eventual loss of the game all but inevitable.

Oct-31-06
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  chancho: One has to admit that while this game is not a masterpiece, it does show that in a pressure situation Kramnik is up to the task.(yes, he did it at Brissago) Had Kramnik lost this game, he would have been two games behind. (with two left) Topalov would have needed only to draw one of the remaining games to win the match.
Oct-31-06
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  acirce: Indeed, highly impressive to come back like this after two straight losses, the last one being the disaster in game 9 where he was lost right out of the opening. The majority of observers were probably counting Kramnik out after that, assuming that he had finally cracked under the pressure.
Nov-01-06  positionalbrilliancy: Thanks for the notes Mr. Keene.
I still don't understand why Kramnik didn't just pick up a piece with 29. f3, it seems simple enough but maybe thats just the patzer in me...
Nov-01-06  alicefujimori: I think it was even more suprising to see that Topalov played like this after just winning 2 good games in a row.
Nov-01-06
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  chancho: I think Vlad may have been initially worried about 29...Bb6. This was a game he needed to win, so he was being cautious.
Apr-06-07  object16: <positionalbrilliancy>black replies with Bd8-b6, Rd4-d2++ capturing the queen.
Jun-14-07  LIFE Master AJ: The CB story of this game ... it also includes some annotations for this game. http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
Jul-14-07
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  acirce: <To say that we would not like to be in Kramnik's shoes at the start of Game 10 - is an understatement. What did he feel and think at this point? That all his efforts and sacrifices had been in vain? The years he devoted to chess, the years of medical treatment? Could it be that Caissa and her friends had left him? Is it that easy, just to use the Appeals Committee to violate all ethical rules to come and win the Title, which is a Symbol of something more than just defining who plays better chess? Was it possible to think of nothing else except for the coming game? Maybe at best he might recall his match against Lékó, when he found himself in a similar situation - sick, without openings, behind on score - and did the impossible and kept the title? It's not only possible, but it has to be done! To come and play chess and forget about anything else in the world. That is true mastery.>

-- Evgeny Bareev

Jul-14-07  capatal: <A true Master can create some of his best art...when he doesn't feel like it.>
Feb-03-08  talisman: <acirce> great post.this is what brought me to this game today.black's 24th i'm sure has been recorded the BAD move but i'm tempted to go back and see what was said of white's 18th.the word guts comes to mind.
Feb-03-08  slomarko: reading Bareev's comments makes me *yawn*
Feb-03-08  KamikazeAttack: <To say that we would not like to be in Kramnik's shoes at the start of Game 10 - is an understatement. What did he feel and think at this point? That all his efforts and sacrifices had been in vain? The years he devoted to chess, the years of medical treatment? Could it be that Caissa and her friends had left him? Is it that easy, just to use the Appeals Committee to violate all ethical rules to come and win the Title, which is a Symbol of something more than just defining who plays better chess? Was it possible to think of nothing else except for the coming game? Maybe at best he might recall his match against Lékó, when he found himself in a similar situation - sick, without openings, behind on score - and did the impossible and kept the title? It's not only possible, but it has to be done! To come and play chess and forget about anything else in the world. That is true mastery.>

This is one of the reasons that sets Kramnik on the path of true greatness, what he did in macthes is the stuff of which great champions are made of. Over-coming adversity when seemingly there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Feb-03-08  talisman: <slomarko> make sure you cover your mouth. :)
Mar-05-08  dabearsrock1010: didnt vlad say something like he didnt play f3 because he wanted to show his technique or something to this effect
Jul-11-08
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  Petrosianic: Blundering is no way to show off your technique, even if you do still have a won game after the blunder. A critical world championship game is not the right occasion for hotdogging.

Oct-04-08  Cactus: Did Kramnik end up suing FIDE? If so, did he win?
Apr-06-09  AnalyzeThis: The answer would be no. Because he won the match, Kramnik really didn't suffer any damages.
Apr-17-09
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  James Demery: My respect for Kramnik soared after this match. To overcome his health problems and then be accused of cheating and still come back after game 10 and win this match was just tremendous. I thought he might do the same against Anand who seems like a very similar player to Topalov, but Kramnik just couldn`t pull it off. My question is did Topalov REALLY think Kramnik was cheating or was that just payback for a perceived slight?
Mar-30-10  operative: I like this match a lot more than the 2008 WCC. It's a lot more dramtic, more exciting. 2008 is boring compared to this.
Mar-30-10  Buttinsky: Thanks to Silvio 'Dog and Pony' Danailov
Apr-11-13
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  RookFile: This game is one of the greatest clutch wins in chess history.
Sep-21-13
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  JohnJamieson: One thing that gets me about the whole toilet accusations... wouldn't a mobile phone chess engine at the time still be weaker than Kramnik anyway? I know some engines were getting up around 27-2800 at the time but surely a phone wouldn't be powerful enough to achieve that kind of accuracy?

At any rate the chess in this match was pretty phenomenal and exciting.

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