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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"A Knight's Tale" (game of the day Jan-24-2008)
Corus Group A (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik (2008) A Knight's Tale
photograph courtesy of "LostEmperor"

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Jan-22-08  BlackNightmare: topalov wiping the floor with kramnik in a super uber 25th century game. do we have another immortal game?... thank you for making my day...chess is still alive.
Jan-22-08  square dance: i had already realized that there was going to be a flood of stupid comments after this game, but i never expected in my wildest imagination to read "super uber".
Jan-22-08  walker: Well, after 12.Nxf7...what will be the best move?
Jan-22-08  ajile: Not a big fan of Topalov but you gotta love Nxf7 in a tournament of this magnitude. Brilliant win.
Jan-22-08  ajile: This move (12.Nxf7) not in's database.

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Jan-22-08  LPeristy: This, quite simply, is the way that chess should be played. Viva Topalov.
Jan-22-08  Akavall: <This, quite simply, is the way that chess should be played.>

From the white's point of view, of course. But from the black's point of view: "This, quite simply, is the way that chess should NOT be played."

Jan-22-08  jon01: This is Topalov's Immortal. Amazing game, the best game in Corus 2008 so far.
Jan-22-08  Jim Bartle: "This is Topalov's Immortal."

If so it's only fair. He's already on the wrong side of several "immortals."

Jan-22-08  Bobsterman3000: I believe this game will start an internation trend to abandon boring drawnik chess and bring some excitement back to the game.

All hail Silvio the great!

Jan-22-08  square dance: maybe your post will start an "internation" trend to end all idiotic posts on this site. after all, most of your posts are as moronic as chepa's novelty was strong.
Jan-22-08  shach matov: Even that great master of Knight sacs on f7 Tal would not have seen this sac. One of the more amazing f7 sacs ever!
Jan-22-08  skrzypczyk: nice win by topalov..poor carlsen..
Jan-22-08  walker: hey folks. if the sac has to be declined then what? I donn't have fritz....
Jan-22-08  qjuice14: <<Even that great master of Knight sacs on f7 Tal would not have seen this sac. One of the more amazing f7 sacs ever!>>

just b/c a knight sac works doesn't make it amazing. kramnik didn't choose the best lines. 17...Rhg8 18. Qg6 and black has a much better game. true that sac gives a lot of complications - but it is hardly an amazing sac when w/ best play white obtains no advantage.

Jan-22-08  12.Nxf7: qjuice14: you are blinded by hatred or envy.
Jan-22-08  shach matov: <qjuice14: you are blinded by hatred or envy.> no, he would have simply refuted it over the board...dont you see he is teaching kram how to best reply to Nf7:--)
Jan-22-08  square dance: and what are you blinded by?

Jan-22-08  ivan999: topalov and square dance are both on fire today :)
Jan-22-08  square dance: possibly, but i dont borrow all of my lines from chepa. ;-)
Jan-22-08  Jim Bartle: Different fuels, though.
Jan-22-08  ivan999: a good one square dance
Jan-22-08  fischerov: Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav Topalov attack/variation
Jan-22-08  shach matov: A truly enjoyable game, one of the best of the past few years. Pleasure to play through!
Jan-22-08  12.Nxf7: interesting how all these players in the photos below were completely consumed by such an unimpressive sac. look at anand and gelfand analysing topalov-kramnik's game, surrounded by others, including karpov. and why did vasilev call it a "bomb"? and shipov called it "teeth-breaking"?

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