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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
"Blast from the Passed" (game of the day Oct-19-2007)
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (rapid), Elista RUS, rd 14, Oct-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


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  Mateo: <acirce: Yeah, winning.> Completely deserved and brilliant!
Oct-13-06  Stevens: Brilliant game by Kramnik. Can he keep it up?
Oct-13-06  Octavia: great! g l for the next 2 games, or is it only 1 if he winns again?
Oct-13-06  Luciano Baldauf: Hahahaha....Great Kramnik!!! Just 2 more!!
Oct-13-06  azaris: Why does Kramnik always find the most complicated way to win?
Oct-13-06  ketchuplover: Why not play it out???????????????????
Oct-13-06  cjrubiks: Super game by Kramnik. After move 25, I would've happily taken Topa's position, and then it just disintegrated.
Oct-13-06  Archives: Surprised Topalov didnt play it out for longer.


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  Mateo: <Zabooti: Is this still a winnable endgame?> the white king goes to d3, easy win.
Oct-13-06  technical draw: <Why does Kramnik always find the most complicated way to win?> I agree.
Oct-13-06  amuralid: Where is the dancing rook ? :)
Oct-13-06  ACT terrier: Vlad, go you good thing!! (aussies will understand if no one else does!)
Oct-13-06  ACT terrier: Vlad, go you good thing!! (aussies will understand if no one else does!)
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  Eggman: <<great! g l for the next 2 games, or is it only 1 if he winns again?>>

Not sure what you're asking <Octavia>, but this (for now) is a 4-game match (25 minutes for the game with 10 second increments), and Kramnik leads 1.5-0.5.

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  cu8sfan: Go Kramnik! Show him who's the REAL champion! If Kramnik stays champion the Bulgarian mafia probably will shove his head in a toilet bowl. (-:
Oct-13-06  Gritty: <ketchuplover> <Why not play it out???????????????????>

It always seems to be the positions they resign in that leave me realising what a Patzer I really am compared to the top players. I'd have fancied my chances of a draw by insufficient material as black in that one. After all, white does have to promote one of his few remaining pawns to win, and nothing looks clear cut.

Oct-13-06  technical draw: Pulleeezze, Kramnik win the next one,Pullleeezzee..
Oct-13-06  percyblakeney: Maybe 25. ... Ng6 is what Topalov should have played.
Oct-13-06  dehanne: I wonder what Kasparov will have to say about this game...
Oct-13-06  technical draw: The dancing rook only dances for legitimate games.
Oct-13-06  ahmadov: Great game by Kramnik. Congratulations!!!
Oct-13-06  sharfudeen: kramnik is better than topolov in rapid., now he proves that., we will wait just 2 rapid games to wish the world champions
Oct-13-06  KnightLunatic: <Stevens: Kramnik has a piece for 2 pawns but i don't think it's enough it's over, but is it a win?! i can't tell on ICC!?!>

Kramnik had 3 Pawns and 2 Pawns less than Topalov. More than enough to have an easy win....!

If he had 2 Pawns OR he was 3 Pawns down then he would face problems to win and they will continue....

Oct-13-06  blazerdoodle: Did Bronstein and Botvinnik bicker like this? Did Tal throw a piss fit like Toppy's camp? Back in the days when gentleman played chess, when men with honor played (uh, I think there was such a time - lost in my cloudy mind). We're so desperate to change the rules to make everything seem more correct, more honest - and it is just not so. Pick the best of so many games. What's wrong with ten or twelve? Draws don't count. And the result of a tie --- the champion keeps the title. Whoa! What a novelty. No silly playoff games. What was wrong with that? Nothing at all. You have to beat the champion, not tie him - if you want the big cookie. Kramnik is still amazing, and to believe I started this match not caring much for him.
Oct-13-06  Ulhumbrus: Kramnik won by gaining the bishop pair, this by occupying the outpost d5 with a N, thereby inducing Black to part with the bishop pair.
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