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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Las Palmas (1996), Las Palmas, Canary Islands ESP, rd 7, Dec-17
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Good example of how to beat the Kings Indian positionally. Topalov actually never attacks on the queenside. After ...27 g4 he just just overwhwlms the white squares on the kingside.
Apr-25-06  euripides: If told the names of the two players, but not which colour they played, I wonder how many people would guess Topalov was playing White.
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  plang: Yes, I don't remember Kramnik playing the Kings Indian very much. You can tell why from this game.
Apr-26-06  Jim Bartle: Good point. Just checked the db here, he's only played the KID 5 times with black, with three losses and two draws.
Aug-16-06  ikipemiko: Great game played by Topalov. 1996 was very successful year for him.
Aug-16-06  Rocafella: So close to the Gruenfeld, why did Kramnik play the King's Indian, to mix things up?
Aug-30-06  acirce: From Khalifman's <Opening for White according to Kramnik> vol. 1:


The last move of White is very accurate. For the time being White, preparing his play on the queenside, keeps his knight on the e1-square, just in case Black starts active play on the kingside by means of g6-g5 and f6-f5. The underlying idea is, following the preliminary exchange exf5, to dispatch the knight by the route Nc2-e3 to take part in the battle of the light squares.>

<18.Nc2! Having secured the key e4-square for his knight, White embarks upon the dispute for the light squares.>

<20.Ne3 >

Sep-22-06  aw1988: Very nice technical win here.

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