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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Vesko's play was for long time very difficult here and he had worse position but 41.e5 was a suicide. Kramnik's ability to squeeze his opponent reminds me Karpov in his best years.
May-13-06  alphastrike20: 49.Qxc4 Qb2+ 50.Kg3 gxf4+ 51.Kxf4 Bg5+ 52.Kg3 Qe5+ 53.Kf2 Qe3+ 54.Kf1 Qxf3+ 55.Ke1 Qe2#
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  plang: 11..c6 was a specialty of Kramniks; Kasparov preferred 11..c5 which tended to be more drawish. 16 g3 was new; 16 Bf1 had been played previously. By 26..Ng7 Kramnik had taken over the initiative; Topalov had no active plan. 40 e4?! led to a poor position. Topalov may have lost patience after a long, difficult defense; 40 Na2 was an alternative. 41 Qxc3..dxe 42 fxe..Bb7 43 Bf3..g4! would have been very strong for Black but after the game continuation Kramnik won quickly.
Mar-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-move Final Score:

Topalov vs Kramnik, 1998.
Your score: 85 (par = 66)


Mar-15-12  LoveThatJoker: <alphastrike20: 49.Qxc4 Qb2+ 50.Kg3 gxf4+ 51.Kxf4>

According to Stockfish is incorrect as 51. Qxf4 and the game is even money.

The correct procedure is 49. Qxc4 Qb2+ 50. Kg3 Bxf3 51. Kxf3 Qe2+


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