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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006), Elista RUS, rd 1, Sep-23
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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Jan-01-07  mack: <davef89: Topalov please make sure u dont blunder, in this match again!>

O ho!

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  ketchuplover: null-null-null?????????????????????
Apr-10-07  Bob726: In the notes on the move 12.Ba6 it says if Qxa5 Bb7 Qxd8 rxa1 Qb6 Rxb1+ Kd2 looks good for white. What is the refutaion?
Apr-10-07  Bob726: And on the last move, can't topalov play rxe2, if kxe2 then nc3+
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  square dance: if ...Rxe2 then white plays Rxd1 with a winning ending.
Apr-10-07  Oniyate: Bob726, just from glancing at the position, it seems after kd2, black plays 16..c3+. If 17. Kxc3, black follows w/ Nd5+, winning the queen. So white is forced to play 17. Kc2, or Kd3, black responds with either 17...Rxb2, or Be4+
Apr-11-07  Davolni: One thing for sure!!!!
All these allegations, conversations, talks and everything is reminding me of a "mexican soap opera". Common people...... this is chess....
Chess is "either or" game. It's either black or white, there are no other colors in chess.... Kramnik has +11 score against Topalov,
that says it all ( and I am not talking about current Topalovs performance). To me all those "cable of Elista" articles in are just waste of time meaningless, useless allegations against world champion.
Jun-14-07  LIFE Master AJ: This game was the subject of one of my lessons on the WCA website. ( Its not a real heavy job of annotation, but there are some good links there, so you may want to check it out.
Aug-10-07  acm3dibbx: what if... 48.Kh2 Ng5. what will happen? will black gain an advantage? please help me.
Mar-30-09  WhiteRook48: how to trap a knight
48...Ng5 does not seem clear, but it does not seem crushing.
Jul-30-09  WhiteRook48: what the...?
May-28-10  LIFE Master AJ: I take back what I said - above. (expanded notes) Please take a look at this web page ... and tell me what you think.
Jun-19-10  timothee3331: Davoni, if you take the score now without rapid and blindfold, it's + 7, which is not so huge after all. And if you compare their last encounters, Topalov clearly has the upper hand. And I'm not even talking about their results in tournament !
Jun-19-10  Marmot PFL: Topalov frequently self-destructs.
Jun-23-10  timothee3331: <Marmot PFL>, i perfectly agree ! Of course as a Topalov fan, i'm happy when Vesko plays brilliantly but it's a part of his game. You can't take such outstanding risks without sometimes paying. But it's much interesting to self-destruct sometimes and play interesting chess rather than never destroy yourself and, which is more kind of a problem, your opponent, like Kramnik does with his endless draw series. But what is more natural from a man who stole a world championship and whose title is therefore invalid to try to look more WC-like !
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  Petrosianic: <But what is more natural from a man who stole a world championship and whose title is therefore invalid to try to look more WC-like !>

He also caused the Challenger disaster. See the Kramnik page for other atrocities that you might like to know about.

Nov-10-10  sevenseaman: Very labored.
Nov-15-10  talisman: <AJ> surfing late at night ..i really enjoyed your posts. thanks!
Jan-19-11  picard: here is actual footage of Kramnik cheating.
Nov-10-11  master of defence: What´s wrong after 33...Rxc5?
If 34. dxc5 Rc8 35. Nxa5 Rxc5 and black is ok.
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  HeMateMe: Playing through this endgame, WC match game 1, I kept wondering how Kramnik would win this, up a pawn, but having to baby sit the weak pawn on f2. Then, I remembered this was the game that Topalov blew, the one he could have drawn by repetition, but he tried to force a win.

Vesco, we hardly knew ya....

Apr-06-14  LIFE Master AJ: Some one (recently) asked me if I annotated this game. (yes)

Since the link is posted above ... I won't repeat it.

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  RookFile: What a fantastic game. I understand Topalov's active play, but Kramnik seems otherworldly with his maneuvers in this game.
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  HeMateMe: Do the late, great AJ's game notes live on, in cyber space?
May-26-17  Sally Simpson: He still pops on from time to time.

User: LIFE Master AJ

last visit was a few weeks ago

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