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

Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 7, Feb-26
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 6 times; par: 56 [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
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-26-04  pencuse: Both 16. ... Qc8 and Qb8 would have been answered with 17. Bc7. White threatens to take d6 pawn which leads dangerous variants for black to lose the game. Therefore Topalov might have thought to reduce white's pressure with rook sac.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <Kaspablanca, fatbaldguy> 16...♕c8 or 16...♕b8 lose the d♙ after 17 ♗c7 with no compensation. Crystal clear play from Kramnik. Earlier, he may just have been winning after 14 ♕c3, but I would have liked to see the play after 14...♖b8
Feb-26-04  zsystriker: <tamar> 14...Rb8 then 15.Qa5 after which black's Q-side pawns fall like ripe apples.
Feb-26-04  fatbaldguy: <Tamar>,<zsystriker>: Thanks, I hadn't realized how powerful Bc7 was.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <zsystriker>No time to pick apples! If 15 ♕a5 ♘bxd5 and the dobermans are barking.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: After 14...Rb8 what about 15.f4? It looks quite promising for white.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: 14...Rb8 15 f4 Qc8 16 Qc8+ Nc8 was the line I wanted to see. Is white that much better? Black still has hope of organizing pressure on d5, and if white plays 17 fxe5, black's black square bishop becomes better.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: After 14...Rb8 15.f4 Qc8 16.Qxc8+ Nxc8 17.fxe5 dxe5 18.Na5 Ne7 (threatening 19.Nc6 black hardly can ignore) 19.c4 white still looks better.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Thanks for the clear strategy <Honza> I missed the power of 18 Na5.
Feb-27-04  lazarus: Topalovs 12...g6 seems to be a novelty
and I think his problems already started with this move. Interesting would have been 12...Qc7
(more dynamic than g6, control of the
c-file, avoiding the Qc3 manoeuvre)
May-01-04  Tigran Petrosian: Beating a top-level GM never looked so easy.
Jun-04-05  Catfriend: Just for those calling Kramnik a patzer and an unworthy champion, naming Topalov as the next one: Kramnik-Topalov +18 -9 = 33.
Jun-06-05  lopium: <Rubanmar>, no creo que Topavol era cansado, pero que ha simplemente perdido. Se puede! Me parece que te gusta mas Topalov que Kramnik.
Jun-06-05  Catfriend: <lopium> Deystivetlno? Seryozno? A, teper vsyo ponyatno:)
Jun-06-05  Boomie: 16...♕c8 loses miserably.

16... ♕c8 17. ♗c7 ♖a7 18. ♗xd6 ♕xc6 19. dxc6 ♗xd6 20. ♖xd6 ♔e7 21. ♖xd7+ ♘xd7 22. cxd7 ♖xd7 23. ♗d3

18...♘fd7 is also hopeless. However black may be able to survive after 18...O-O

18... O-O 19. ♕b7 ♕xb7 20. ♘xb7 ♖c8 21. ♗e2 ♔f8

Jun-06-05  Boomie: 12...g6 is strange. The usual ♖c8 is much better. The game might proceed:

12... ♖c8 13. g3 ♘b6 14. ♗h3 ♘c4 15. ♕e2 ♖c7 16. f4 ♗e7 17. ♗d2 ♘xd2 18. ♕xd2 O-O 19. ♘a5 exf4 20. gxf4

Sep-09-05  Queens Gambit: A fantastic game.
Oct-22-05  Hesam7: GM Kramnik and GM Illescas, annotate this game:
Oct-22-05  KingG: Great game by Kramnik, but i don't think that 10. ...h5 is a good move. Certainly i don't think it is better than the usual 10. ...Nb6. After all in this variation, black is trying to break through on the Queen side before White does on the King side, so why help him with h5 instead of the constructive Nb6. I know that in the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon black sometimes plays h5, and it's not that easy to break through, but i think that it's a bit misplaced in the Najdorf.
Oct-22-05  KingG: Well, perhaps i spoke too soon. I just checked my database and apparently Black scores 75% in this with h5, but still on general principles(although that doesn't seem to mean much these days) i think Nb6 SHOULD be stronger even if Kramnik's novelty doesn't refute this variation.
Oct-22-05  Hesam7: Here is some analysis from Fruit after 19... Bg5:

20. h4 Bf6 21. g4 hxg4 22. fxg4 Rxh4 23. Bd3 Kf8 24. Rxh4 Bxh4 25. Rh1 Kg8 26. a4 Bg5 27. a5 Qc7 28. c3 Be3 29. Rh2 Bg5 (eval: +1.58)

Depth: 18
1191M nodes
713K nodes/sec

Apr-10-06  DeepBlade: Move 28 is a great one, undermining the Knight and gaining a pawn.
Nov-03-08  dwavechess: 30/37 kramnik moves concur with rybka 3 w32 at 3 minutes per move.
Dec-28-16  kramnov: Nice Exchange Game by Kramnik
Dec-28-16  Clement Fraud: Once again black plays his pawn to e5 for his 6th move (in style of the Opocensky Variation); and once again also, the moment that white plants his Queen Knight on the d5 square... black snaps it off unhesitatingly <11 Nd5 Bxd5?> Am I on my own in wondering why GM's who play this position as black keep on capturing the Knight straight away? It seems to me that the white Knight on d5 is only a benign threat (in the immediate sense), and that it can be left where it is without any hazard while black completes development? There must be other ways for black to consolidate the dark squares on his queen-side.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is 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, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

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, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Power Chess - Kramnik
by Anatoly21
Volodya versus Vesko
by Resignation Trap
Game 26
from Champions -New Millennium (Ftacnik/Kopec/Browne) by Qindarka
Sicillian Defense
by Zhbugnoimt
Game 26 in Champions -New Millennium (Ftacnik/Kopec/Browne)
from Vladi Kramn'd Fredthebear Full of White Russian by fredthebear
Kramnik scores a win against the Najdorf...
from How to fight the Sicilian by Calchexas
Another tactical win
from positionalgenius' favorite games by positionalgenius
Game 26 in Champions -New Millennium (Ftacnik/Kopec/Browne)
from yPublished Game by Year & Unconfirmed Source II by fredthebear
A1 [8. ...Nbd7] [Piece exchange on d5] 11. Nd5!?
from Najdorf, English Attack by AdrianP
A1 [8. ...Nbd7] [Piece exchange on d5] 11. Nd5!?
from Najdorf, English Attack by Retarf
by larrewl
working on 2
by wwm
Vladimir Kramnik
by capybara
Favorite games
by shintaro go
Interesting Nadjorf
from Nice games and Masterpieces by Queens Gambit
AdrianP's Bookmarked Games (2004)
by AdrianP
kramnik 5
from emilio's favorite games, 2 by emilio martinez
Sicillian Defense
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Vladimir Kramnik's Best Games
by JoseTigranTalFischer

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 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC