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Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"The Quiet Variation" (game of the day May-12-2012)
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006), Elista RUS, rd 15, Oct-13
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0


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  acirce: Yes, a great game by the little worm.

35.f5 was the winning move (and then 34..Ke7 the losing if 34..Qe6 holds), 37..Qc7 would just have lost in a different way.

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  Richard Taylor: That was good win for Tapalov although Karmnik had a better position for lotof the game. Topalov is a force.

<boz> at move 50 K had Re7

Oct-13-06  JustAFish: This will definitely be an interesting one to analyze later.
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  tamar: Is that Danailov dancing up there?
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  Richard Taylor: I don't mind if Topalov wins - I'm not in the Moral Amament Brigade. I empathise with Topalov's play as I am not a subtle postional player...I like acttck andactics andsoon -but Topalov is sometimes more than that...
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  Richard Taylor: So is the match decided by the next game?
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  Eyal: 37...Qd6 seems a decisive mistake, since it blocks the bishop's access to e7. maybe 37...Qc7 can still hold the position, though in that case 38.Rxg4 is strong.
Oct-13-06  mang00neg: As usual topa wins the flashy melees and kramnik wins the grinds.
Oct-13-06  Tactical: 50...Re7 51.Rxf6+, gxf6 52. Qxf6+, Kg8 53.Qxe7
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  notyetagm: <strifeknot: Anyone note the striking difference in Spolgar's commentary on the two decisive games so far on her blog? During the game Kramnik won, she sounded like she was off to a funeral. During this game, she sounded near an orgasm.>

Sounds like my kind of chess. :-)

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  notyetagm: <strifeknot: ... During this game, she sounded near an orgasm.>

If Topalov had actually delivered MATE, it would have been a fitting CLIMAX to this encounter.

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  refutor: as much as i like kramnik, this was my favorite game of the match
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  offramp: 33.g4 is a quite fantastic conception, but I think 34...Nc4 might have saved the game.
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  notyetagm: <refutor: as much as i like kramnik, this was my favorite game of the match>

Topalov is an unbelievably strong player, he just made too many mistakes to become World Champion.

My favorite game in the match, too. The British Chess Magazine website called it a "withering attack".

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  notyetagm: <refutor> If Topalov had played his attack in Game 2 as accurately as he did this one, maybe the match would have had a different outcome.
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  notyetagm: <refutor: as much as i like kramnik, this was my favorite game of the match>

I -love- how Topalov plays chess, that is, when he's not playing ??-howlers (57 ... f5??, 32 ♕g6+??, 24 ... f6??, 44 ... ♖xc5??).

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  notyetagm: <acirce: Yes, a great game by the little worm.>


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  beenthere240: Here's something: Look through the kibitzes from page 1 to 9 while following the game. You'll see what collective chess geniuses we all are.
Oct-18-06  s4life: <beenthere240: Here's something: Look through the kibitzes from page 1 to 9 while following the game. You'll see what collective chess geniuses we all are.>

LOL. 1 out of 10 people thought white was gonna lose even until move 35 or so...

Apr-29-07  s4life: <acirce: 34..Ke7, what a move! Does it work!?>

Yup Topalov got an extra tempo.. it worked really well for him.

Nov-12-10  Gremio: what a nice game from topa!!!!

the way he demolish kramnik defense is awesome!!

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  piltdown man: A magnificent game. Despite his character flaws (or, maybe, because of them), I'd love to see Veselin as World Champion one day. I love his chess!
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  kevin86: Black's trip pawns didn't help.
May-12-12  drpoundsign: as an amateur I would have taken the Black Rook but "when you see a good move take the better one"
Sep-26-15  Esauwept: Listen, I am a beginner and my questions might seem idiotic to you. But I am having trouble understanding the logic of the rook move on 23 to e1 instead of d1. Then why does he park us bishop on move 25 at c1? Finally, why the Queen move on 26 to e2? What is the defensive oe offensive logic here? Many thanks.
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