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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Toppling Topalov" (game of the day Aug-22-2018)
Belgrade Investbank (1995), Belgrade SRB, rd 6, Nov-20
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Anti-Fischer-Sozin Variation (B57)  ·  0-1



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  gawain: Oh, a nice deflection. First the White queen will be lured into the vulnerable spot with Bc3+. She must capture. Then a5+ deflects the King away. The queen falls.
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  playground player: Won't the trap work equally well if Black plays a5 first? Or is that too bloody obvious?
Oct-13-09  Riverbeast: <Won't the trap work equally well if Black plays a5 first?>

If ..a5 first, white plays Kxb5, and the king is dancing, bobbing, and weaving.....

And black would end up in last place

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  beenthere240: If black plays 38....a5+ first, white's king simply takes the b pawn and the fork evaporates. That's why the move order is critical.
Oct-13-09  Marmot PFL: A Sicilian classic. Black (Kramnik) rejects the easy draw on move 26 and wins a brilliant game. A shame that he now plays mainly the Petroff.
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  Check It Out: This one took me awhile. I noticed first the possibility of 38...Bc3+ but the square is double protected. Then I saw 38...a5+ but that seemed to fail to 39.Kxb5. Then I looked at 38...Rxc5 39.Kxc5 but couldn't spot any forcing continuations. Just before I gave up I thought, one more looksy. Then I saw it: Give the 38...Bc3+ then 39.Qxc3 a5+! and the queen is toast.
Oct-13-09  muralman: My son got this one first rather quickly, after I discovered the bishop move. Pawns are powerful agents. I tend to forget that.
Oct-13-09  sataranj: I cant believe topalov actually waited till kramnik made 39.a5+
Oct-13-09  lost in space: <<YouRang:> I feel a little dumb about taking so long to see it. I mean, the first moves I looked at were the check moves: (1) a5+ and (2) Bc3+. So why did it take me so long to consider using them BOTH?!

You are not alone :-)

Oct-13-09  Riverbeast: <I cant believe topalov actually waited till kramnik made 39.a5+ >

That was move 39, near the time control.....Maybe time was low, and the final moves were blitzed out?

Or maybe Topalov was hoping Kramnik would touch the wrong piece :-)

Oct-13-09  WhiteRook48: 38...Rxc5?!?!
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  Jimfromprovidence: It would have been good, as kibitzers from earlier days have pointed out, if white had played 38 Bxb5+ instead.

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Now after 38...axb5 39 Qxg3 Qc3+ 40 Qxc3 Bxc3+ 41 Kxb5 Bxa1 42 Nxa1 it's more or less an even game.

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Oct-13-09  SamAtoms1980: 38 ... Bc3+ 39 Qxc3 a5+ 40 Kxb5 Qxc3.

White now has two bishops for a queen and a pawn ---- a pawn which is ready to run down the board.

"Drawnik" takes the black pieces and gets more than a draw.

Oct-13-09  newzild: This took me longer than it should have for a Tuesday - about three minutes. Like many other posters, I saw the idea 38...a5+ 39.Kxa5 Bc3+ winning the queen, but couldn't find anything decent after 39.Kxb5. Once again, it came down to move order.

By the way, this game is regarded as something of a classic.

Oct-13-09  Eisenheim: This one came right away to me and I was amused and mused that VT's pre-rybka program must've been very bugged.
Oct-13-09  tivrfoa: <Patriot: For those wondering why you considered 38...Bc3+ and dismissed it quickly because of 39.Qxc3: This is what my coach calls a "quiescence error"...> Nice. Here's a link about this:
Oct-16-09  Formula7: I considered 38...Bc3+ right away but it took me a while to see that after 39...a5+ 40.Kxb5 the queen is hanging.
Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: EXCHANGE ON THE LOOSE SQUARE: THEN NA++,ND--

Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 38 - Bg7-c3+! creates loose c3-queen, 39 - a6-a5+ removes guard

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  HeMateMe: ok, so why didn't anyone do this to Fischer?
Aug-22-18  Ironmanth: Wow! Really intense firefight. Surely will repay deeper study. Thanks, chessgames!
Aug-22-18  thegoodanarchist: Based on today's GOTD pun, I think we should not be surprised in the future to see a positional squeeze of Kramnik with the title

"Cramping Kramnik"

Now we just need a game befitting of that title!

Aug-23-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 21 done

1. = (0.09): 19...Kd7 20.hxg3 Qxg3+ 21.Kd1 Nf2+ 22.Kc1 Rb8 23.Rf1 Nxd3+ 24.cxd3 b6 25.Be1 Qh3 26.Rf2 h5 27.Qc2 Bb7 28.Kd1 Rhc8 29.Rc1 Qg4+ 30.Re2 Ke7 31.Bf2 h4 32.Be3 h3 33.Kd2 Kf8 34.Rf2 Kg8 35.Nd4 d5 36.e5 Bf8 37.Qa4 Bc5 38.Qd7 a5 39.a3

2. + / = (0.32): 19...Kf8 20.hxg3 Qxg3+ 21.Kd1 Nf2+ 22.Kc1 Nxh1 23.Nxa8 Bh6 24.a3 Bxf4+ 25.Kb1 Qf2 26.Nc1 Kg7 27.Ka2 Bxc1 28.Rxc1 Qxe2 29.Bxe2 Nf2 30.Bf3 e5 31.Nc7 Bg4 32.Bxg4 Nxg4 33.Bb4 h5 34.Bxd6 Rd8 35.c3 Kh6 36.Be7 Rd2 37.Rf1 Rf2 38.Rxf2 Nxf2 39.Bf6 g5

Aug-23-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<1. = (0.16): 13...Ne5> 14.Be3 Qd8 15.0-0 Bg7 16.f4 Nxd3 17.cxd3 0-0 18.Rac1 b5 19.h3 Bb7 20.Bd4 Rc8 21.Qe3 Qd7 22.a3 e6 23.Na5 Ba8 24.Ne2 Qe7 25.Bc3 Nd7

2. = (0.18): 13...Bg7 14.f4 Nh5 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.0-0 0-0 17.f5 Nhf6 18.Nxf6+ Nxf6 19.c3 Qc7 20.Nd4 Bd7 21.Be3 d5 22.Bf4 Qc5 23.e5 Ne4 24.Bxe4 dxe4 25.fxg6 fxg6 26.Qxe4 Bc6 27.Qe3 Bd5 28.Rad1 Bc4 29.b4 Qd5 30.Nf5

Jun-20-20  paradoxicalenigma: Although the engine up till 37 shows the position is a -1.2 the central king is devastating for Topalov. Essentially missing the idea on move 23 is all that led up to it although the move suggested by the engine is by no means easy to calculate (white continues with advantage). On move 35...Qxb2 Kramnik really gives up on a valuable idea which would have been either way winning for him he could have played Nxe4 and waited for white to blunder and then gone for the move. Even if that was not the case, he could've played on a more complicated idea albeit not for a GM(super GMs in fact) and won a piece. The move 38.Bc5 by white is one of the worst blunders. such a open position along with the bishop pair is no place to waste a tempo and play a passive move but also accomplishes nothing( infact the next move should be all about preventing Kramnik's idea). It gives black a really wonderful winning combination which one would obviously expect Kramnik to spot. P.S - I don't know if the players missed the moves under time pressure or something.
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  kingscrusher: Amazing game but also a total tactical mess. It is games like this which make me appreciate more boring strategic games which have some logic to them, rather than random chaos.

23.Nxa8 is apparently a key mistake. 23.Rxh1 seems to give white the advantage in theory - less King dangers.

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One thing about the tactical mess though is training on forcing moves and tactics generally. Bc3+ is sweet later.

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