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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006), Elista RUS, rd 9, Oct-07
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-06  Ziggurat: Although, after 10...0-0 there could be a case for 11 c5, locking up the board almost completely.
Oct-08-06  Ulhumbrus: <Ziggurat: Although, after 10...0-0 there could be a case for 11 c5, locking up the board almost completely.> There is indeed a case. White has both prevented...e5 by f4, and played a3 to support b4, and on 10...0-0 11c5 b6 12 b4 a5 13 Bb2 or 13 Bd2 maintains the pawn chain. This suggests 10...c5 at once eg 10...c5 11 cd ed 12 Bg2 Nb6 and White has a backward e3 pawn. The consequences of this seem worth comparing with the consequences of 15...c5 in place of 15...Qb6.
Oct-08-06  Fast Gun: Why did Kramnik resign when he did? Or have missed something?
Oct-09-06  Ulhumbrus: <Fast Gun: Why did Kramnik resign when he did? Or have missed something?> Topalov has won a pawn with an overwhelming positional advantage.
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  blazerdoodle: what is Kramnik thinking?

Just because Topalov and Danailov have no class doesn't mean they don't know how to play great chess. If Topalov holds up that Trophy end, he won't be able to say he won it like a gentlemen, but in todays world, that doesn't matter a hoot anyway. He won it like a cry baby who had to treat his opponant like @#$% in the public forum to knock him out of rhythm. I've read this elsewhere and dismissed it earlier on, but it seems true. There is no class in the world championship. But, I'm still reading Topalov's games. I prefer his style, although I believe Kramnik should have walked out like Korchnoi suggested. I thought that was absurd when I read it, but the more I piece it together, the more disheartened I am. Kramnik played on, so I guess he's up to it, and they won't let him have game five back. What is he thinking?

Oct-12-06  Sularus: <blazerdoodle> just my two cents: kramnik has just poisoned Topas's victory (if ever) or simply showed he was a man. Depending on the personality of Topalov, i wonder if he will feel that his victory is COMPLETE.

I sure hope it will be FULLY satisfying for Topa in the end.

btw, i'm a topalov fan.

Oct-13-06  acirce: Who in here did <not> think the match was effectively over after this game? What a disaster. Mistake after mistake. It had all the looks of a psychological breakdown to me. But I guess it was just the occasional rubbish game that even a 2800-strength player in good form inevitably plays once in a while.
Oct-13-06  euripides: I think Topalov's play deserves a lot of credit here; the idea of Kh1, Be3-g1, h4-5 and e5 sets up play with advanced pawns and two active bishops that is very characeristic of him. I don't think this regrouping is obvious and it proves to be very powerful. And 10 f4, very much in Topalov's style, certainly posed Kramnik some tricky problems. It was interesting that Topalov's two subsequent efforts with this Nh4 line - in game 11 and the first tie-break - didn't produce ay more victories.
Oct-13-06  acirce: Topalov's fascinating new concept in the opening (perhaps the best of the match in this regard) deserves a lot of praise, and it did confuse Black, but frankly, after move 18 I think any GM would have been able to beat Kramnik. It's not hard to play well in an overwhelming position.

By <the occasional rubbish game that even a 2800-strength player in good form inevitably plays once in a while> I hope everyone understands that I was referring to Kramnik. His worst game since his comeback by far.

Oct-13-06  euripides: <airce> It looks overwheming ex post, but I think it might have been different against a weaker player - though Kramnik said much what you are saying.

Even then, of course, it would be in the same category as Fischer-Spassky game 6: a tremendous position after about move 20, perfectly executed.

Aug-03-07  alexandrovm: <...after move 18 I think any GM would have been able to beat Kramnik...> shure, but to get a dream position like that from Kramnik, not any GM can achive :)
Aug-04-07  s4life: <alexandrovm: shure, but to get a dream position like that from Kramnik, not any GM can achive :)>

Yup, and to say it was due to <the occasional rubbish game that even a 2800-strength player in good form inevitably plays once in a while> is a ridiculously biased interpretation of what really happen in the first 20 moves of the game.

Aug-05-07  smarterthanbobby: to me the true power of whites push
on the h file was closing down the chance
that black could use it... due to the pawns that jammed blacks options for the entire mid game... and setting up the rook, queen, bisop sqeeze that black had
no OPTIONS to defend due to a general lack of spaces compared to white... i.e bishop-active rook file, and right
half of dead carrying a useless horse
for black and pawns i.e postions that
just sat there.
Feb-09-09  notyetagm: 30 ... ?

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30 ... ♗b4x♘c3

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<Keene: <<<"This amounts to strategic capitulation. Now White's bishops and central pawns quickly become overwhelming.">>>>


38 ♖f3xf7!

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Mar-30-09  WhiteRook48: 30...Bxc3 is puzzling. Two strong bishops are better than none!
Feb-15-10  notyetagm: What a *beautiful* position Topalov builds up in this game.

37 ♗g1-e3

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Stupendous game by Topa.

Feb-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: *ALIGNMENT*:CHESS IS *NOT* JUST COUNTING

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 38 Rf3xf7! wins a pawn as White g4-bishop prepares pin on e6-sq

Feb-21-10  crwynn: 12...b5 and 13...b4 was a very strange idea. There are several normal moves he could have played, but I like 12...Nb6 because if 13.Be2 c5 14.Be3 Rc8 15.0-0 cd 16.Bxd4 (16.Qxd4 Bc5 wins the Queen; for this reason the computer likes 15.Kf2?! to allow capturing with the Queen but then 15...Nc4! is strong) 16... Nc4

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Black seems to be at least equal because of his active pieces. If instead 13.Ba2?! (to keep an eye on d5) c5 14.d5 ed 15.e5 (the point) d4! (the other point) 16.ef Bxf6

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A nice piece sacrifice which seems the appropriate answer to White's pawn avalanche in the opening. I think not many would want to play White in this position.

Jan-23-11  notyetagm: Beautiful game by Topa.
Jan-23-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: PINS: FORCING ENEMY PIECES TO LINE UP

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 38 Rf3xf7! will force alignment f7-queen,g8-king for pin Bg4-e6

Aug-31-12  goldenbear: <znsprdx> If 37. Nd5?, 38.Bg5 wins...
Aug-31-12  znsprdx: OK I see it now: the real point was that ...37.Nd5 was not playable due to 38.Bg5 this explains the bizarre ....Nh7
Apr-13-14  kia0708: This is one of the most beautiful chess games EVER.

Simply pure beauty.

Apr-13-14  Petrosianic: In what way?
Dec-19-14  Conrad93: Ray Keene's commentary should be taken with a grain of salt.
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