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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 5, Oct-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-10-08  randzo: isnt there any win in final position and olso in the game?
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  plang: After 11 Be3 there is logic in repositioning the bishop with 11..Bf5 because Black can respond to a3 with ..Nxc3 and ..Nc2. The complications initiated with 13 c5 had first been played in Defirmian-Schwartzman 1997 USA Ch (Black won). Through 16 Rxa1 they followed the game Defirmian - Marciano 1998 Elista Olymp.; Marciano had played 16..Bf6?! and lost. 16..Qe8 was Kraminik's improvement. Kramnik felt that Topalov had compensation for the sacrificed exchange up until 23 Ne3? recommending instead 23 Rb1..Rd7 24 Rb8..Bd7 25 Ne3..Bc7 26 Bxc7..Rxc7 27 Rb6 with an unclear position. In time pressure Kramnik missed 38..Bc7! which would have given him excellent winning chances; eg. 39 Bd1..f4! 40 g4..f3 41 Bxf3..Bf4 or 39 Re2..Rxe2 40 Bxe2..Rb1 41 Kc2..Ra1 42 Bxa3..Rh1. After 46 Bf3! Topalov had threats involving c4 and Kramnik agreed to a draw.

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