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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"The Quiet Variation" (game of the day May-12-12)
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006)  ·  Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0
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Oct-13-06
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  keypusher: <Hate to say it but a great game from Topalov in a must win situation.> Yup, it sure was.
Oct-13-06
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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.

Oct-13-06
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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.
Oct-13-06
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  tamar: Is that Danailov dancing up there?
Oct-13-06
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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...
Oct-13-06
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  Richard Taylor: So is the match decided by the next game?
Oct-13-06
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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
Oct-14-06
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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. :-)

Oct-14-06
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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.

Oct-14-06
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  refutor: as much as i like kramnik, this was my favorite game of the match
Oct-14-06
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  offramp: 33.g4 is a quite fantastic conception, but I think 34...Nc4 might have saved the game.
Oct-14-06
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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".

Oct-14-06
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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.
Oct-14-06
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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 Qg6+??, 24 ... f6??, 44 ... Rxc5??).

Oct-14-06
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  notyetagm: <acirce: Yes, a great game by the little worm.>

LOL

Oct-17-06
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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!!

May-12-12  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!
May-12-12
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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"
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