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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
"Blast from the Passed" (game of the day Oct-19-2007)
Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (rapid), Elista RUS, rd 14, Oct-13
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Oct-13-06  ACT terrier: Vlad, go you good thing!! (aussies will understand if no one else does!)
Oct-13-06  ACT terrier: Vlad, go you good thing!! (aussies will understand if no one else does!)
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  Eggman: <<great! g l for the next 2 games, or is it only 1 if he winns again?>>

Not sure what you're asking <Octavia>, but this (for now) is a 4-game match (25 minutes for the game with 10 second increments), and Kramnik leads 1.5-0.5.

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  cu8sfan: Go Kramnik! Show him who's the REAL champion! If Kramnik stays champion the Bulgarian mafia probably will shove his head in a toilet bowl. (-:
Oct-13-06  Gritty: <ketchuplover> <Why not play it out???????????????????>

It always seems to be the positions they resign in that leave me realising what a Patzer I really am compared to the top players. I'd have fancied my chances of a draw by insufficient material as black in that one. After all, white does have to promote one of his few remaining pawns to win, and nothing looks clear cut.

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  technical draw: Pulleeezze, Kramnik win the next one,Pullleeezzee..
Oct-13-06  percyblakeney: Maybe 25. ... Ng6 is what Topalov should have played.
Oct-13-06  dehanne: I wonder what Kasparov will have to say about this game...
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  technical draw: The dancing rook only dances for legitimate games.
Oct-13-06  ahmadov: Great game by Kramnik. Congratulations!!!
Oct-13-06  sharfudeen: kramnik is better than topolov in rapid., now he proves that., we will wait just 2 rapid games to wish the world champions
Oct-13-06  KnightLunatic: <Stevens: Kramnik has a piece for 2 pawns but i don't think it's enough it's over, but is it a win?! i can't tell on ICC!?!>

Kramnik had 3 Pawns and 2 Pawns less than Topalov. More than enough to have an easy win....!

If he had 2 Pawns OR he was 3 Pawns down then he would face problems to win and they will continue....

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  blazerdoodle: Did Bronstein and Botvinnik bicker like this? Did Tal throw a piss fit like Toppy's camp? Back in the days when gentleman played chess, when men with honor played (uh, I think there was such a time - lost in my cloudy mind). We're so desperate to change the rules to make everything seem more correct, more honest - and it is just not so. Pick the best of so many games. What's wrong with ten or twelve? Draws don't count. And the result of a tie --- the champion keeps the title. Whoa! What a novelty. No silly playoff games. What was wrong with that? Nothing at all. You have to beat the champion, not tie him - if you want the big cookie. Kramnik is still amazing, and to believe I started this match not caring much for him.
Oct-13-06  Ulhumbrus: Kramnik won by gaining the bishop pair, this by occupying the outpost d5 with a N, thereby inducing Black to part with the bishop pair.
Oct-13-06  euripides: The full-frontal central pawn formation after White's 14th has been seen before: Karpov vs Kramnik, 1996
Oct-13-06  Tactical: <Gritty><ketchuplover>This bishop v. 2 pawns ending is a clear win. White king to d3 and Black runs out of moves and is unable to keep his pawns, whereas white's pawns are easily defended
Oct-15-06  Ulhumbrus: 42 a7 reaches an instructive formation : the two pawns on the seventh rank are immune from the R, as taking either permites the coronation of the other.
Oct-19-06  Runemaster: This was a rapid game, I know, with both players under immense pressure. Still, it was a lovely positional win by Kramnik.

The game also shows some things from Nimzovich's "My System": in positional play, once should not push things; often the opponent will give you what you want. And prophylaxis.

For example, straight after the queens come off, Kramnik plays the awkward-looking 22.Nc2. Clearly, White would love to play Nc2-e3 and plant a knight on d5, but that is not possible at the moment. Patience or prophylaxis?

Topalov is unwilling to immediately play ...c5, his obvious counter-play, so as not to concede the d5 square to White's knights. So he weakens his king-side with 22...g5 and is then prompted to play 23...h6.

Kramnik uses the temporarily weak g5 pawn to switch his bishop to e3, focusing on the key square c5. This provokes Topalov to make the c6-c5 advance anyway, after having weakened his kingside.

After 27.Ne3, seemingly without any great effort, White is ready to invade on d5. Patience or prophylaxis?

A bit later, 32.Ne4 compels Black to capture, which only bolsters for a moment the passed pawn on d5. While Black is eliminating the supporting pawn, the passer advances and White has time to create another passed pawn on the 'a' file.

In the games of the great positional players, the opponent often seems to be helping to carry out the positional plan. Patience or prophylaxis?

Oct-04-07  notyetagm: I have always been struck by the elegant simplicity by which Kramnik won both of his White rapid tiebreak games with the same strategy: create two <ISOLATED> but <PASSED PAWNS> that are well-supported by his active White pieces and force them home.

Since the White pieces are so active in their support of the <PASSED PAWNS>, the fact that they are also <ISOLATED> is -completely- irrelevant. That is the principle that a weakness (<ISOLATED PAWNS>) is not a weakness if it cannot be exploited. With the support of active pieces, the <ISOLATED PASSED PAWNS> are a winning asset, not a losing liability, as Kramnik so ably proves to Topalov not once but twice.

Position after 40 ♔g1x♘f2 in Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 Rapid Tiebreak Game 2:

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Position after 44 ♔f2-e3 in Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 Rapid Tiebreak Game 4:

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Oct-19-07  checkerooni: what's the date of this game exactly?
Oct-19-07  Whitehat1963: Why not the immediate 33...Rxe4?
Oct-19-07  hitman84: <whitehat1963>Black is lost anyway. Black was anticipating the d6 push interfering the f8 B which is guarding c5. The idea of playing Nf6-e4 was to attack the d6 pawn and force d7. If the N remains on d7 then it can be easily chased out after Ba6-b5.

Black cannot save the a6 pawn.

Oct-19-07  kevin86: A nice hit and hold situation for white:the d-pawn is immune because of the promotion of the a-pawn,but at the same time,black is unable to go after the a-pawn because of the d-pawn. The king was finally able to pick up the d-pawn,but alas,the a-pawn then cost the rook.

White,who had given up the exchange to affect such pawn power,ends up a bishop ahead.

A strange paradox:pawns three files apart CAN defend each other.

Oct-19-07  dycotiles: <Why does Kramnik always find the most complicated way to win?>

The point is that he finds wins in positions where other players wouldn't!

Oct-19-07  RookFile: Actually, I thought he was the man who took up Petrosian's mantle as the drawing champion.
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