Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-09
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Classical Variation (D77)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 4 times; par: 31 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 102 more Kramnik/Topalov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you do not want to read posts by a certain member, put them on your ignore list.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  kenilworthian: A beautiful positional win by Kramnik, combining the power of the passed pawn and the power of the pin (on the Bishop at d5). In the final position, there is nothing to be done about 29.Nxe6! -- for instance, if 28...Rc8 29.Nxe6! Bxe6 30.Qxd7 Bxd7 31.Rxd7 and Bb7 is coming and then the pawn at c7 triumphs. Black had to play 27...Qe7 to break the pin and then suffer.
Dec-09-16  blackdranzer: This is a beautiful game by Vlad. The subtle moves that he always comes up with, are unique indeed. He is a beast with white...
Dec-10-16  savagerules: These two always have interesting games when they play. Their WC match was much more interesting chessically than the most recent World Championship. I guess when you each dislike the other a lot you get active games with some errors thrown in.
Dec-10-16  dm1991: Can i call it a bad opening by Vesko? He basically walked into Big Vlad's hands here. There's too much subtlety and tactics hidden deep in the variations for me to understand but i remember the engine having issues with 16. c6 and the reply 16... Nb6 which gave white the c7 monster. Also i think 20... e6 was bad as Qb7 just looks more natural giving space for Rc8.
Dec-10-16  paavoh: I've said it before but Kramnik is 'primus inter pares' when it comes to pushing those center pawns. They seem to have the strength of a piece in his hands.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 8...c3 is to continue to play symmetrically by 8...Na6. The result of the game suggests the possibility that Topalov has chosen the wrong moment to break the symmetry and play something different from White.
Dec-10-16  Beholder: <paavoh: I've said it before but Kramnik is 'primus inter pares' when it comes to pushing those center pawns. They seem to have the strength of a piece in his hands.>

"Kramnik's passed pawns always pass", as they say.

Premium Chessgames Member

click for larger view

Analysis by Fritz 12:

28...Rac8 29.Nxe6 Bxe6 30.Qxd7 Bxd7 31.Rxd7 Bb2 32.Rc2 Be5 33.Bd5+ Kh8 34.axb5 Rxc7 35.Rdxc7 Bxc7 36.Rxc7 Rxe2 37.Rb7 Re5 38.Bc6 (6.74) Depth: 28/60

Dec-10-16  N0B0DY: Of course, <N0B0DY> could have possibly predicted that.
Dec-10-16  mistreaver: I have analyzed this game to some detail on my blog. Game analysis can be found here
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: that wedge pawn was a beast.
Dec-13-16  Clement Fraud: A fine win indeed from a fine ex world champ. My favorite Grand Master played into Kramnik's hands by playing for an entirely symmetrical pawn structure in the opening. Veselin tried to break the symmetry by using roughhouse tactics that were never likely to work against a great like Vladimir; the writing was on the wall when black was all but forced into wasting a move with his queen on move 12. You can't keep a good man down though!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eisenheim: Fascinating how active the Queen was during the game, yet how productive. Generally, one would think touching her so many times would slow development
Jan-14-17  celsochini: Dear Mistreaver Nice site !!
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
abderit's favorite games
by abderit
Vladimir, the Conqueror
by Gottschalk

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC