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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Chess Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 5, Aug-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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Aug-06-14  Marmot PFL: I would say both were trying to win, especially white. After 28. Qxc3 Nd5 29. Qc2 Bf6 30. e4 Bxa1 31. exd5 Qf6 white's passed pawns are well worth the exchange. Maybe more cautious play with 28...Qc7 and Rfd8 would hold the position.
Aug-06-14  fgh: Kramnik analysing this game:

Aug-06-14  condition: I love the way Kramnik mentions, its just winning, or he is lost about 25 times - really rubbing it in .. however gracefully he mentions his name: veselin, whereas if you listen to Topalov he always refer to Kramnik as my opponent .. mind games eh !
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  chancho: Sorry Vesko, no long walks in Moscow, or drinks in the nightclub with Vlad.

Stop dreaming.

Aug-07-14  Ke2: <fgh> Good vid
Aug-07-14  SirRuthless: I love this match-up. I love this result. The seething hatred and disgust these two have for each other raise the stakes and they expend every effort to try to not only kill but also embarrass one another on the board. The REAL best rivalry in top chess.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Yeah, I don't think I'd ever let these two meet each other in an open carry state.
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  Sokrates: What an entertaining battle! 30. e4 is a pistol on black's chest and forces Topalov to go for the "sacrifice". The manoeuvre with Qf6/c3 just excludes Ba1 from the events and suddenly defending of the crucial Pc6 becomes very difficult. - As for their personal animosity, it certainly increases the drama every time they meet. But even when they give me such wild and entertaining games I can't help thinking how small they are in their personal calibre - both of them!
Aug-07-14  capafischer1: Sokrates, personal calibre??? What are you talking about???? Is English your second language??????
Aug-07-14  shintaro go: How did topa resign? He just left the board?
Aug-07-14  Mudphudder: Loved this game. Kramnik ALWAYS manages to go for the pass pawn at all costs AND somehow always seems to milk it all the way to promotion!
Aug-07-14  Karpova: <shintaro go: How did topa resign? He just left the board?>

If you don't want to shake hands, a better way is to simply stop the clock.

Here is a video - - go to 1:44 min for Topalov's resignation. He writes down something on his score sheet and gives Kramnik a sign. Kramnik hands his score sheet to Topalov and takes Topalov's score sheet, both signing them.

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  MissScarlett: Four games, four wins with white, honours even, since the resumption of hostilities this year.

Nice to see Kasparov interacting with the Russian team, especially Kramnik. I don't pretend to know anything about the state of their personal relations, but Silvio Danailov's presence on Garry's team probably hasn't done anything to inspire Vlad's sympathy. Mending fences with Anand and Gelfand could be next on Garry's diplomatic agenda.

Aug-07-14  Petrosianic: Said it before, I'll say it again. I want another Kramnik-Topalov Match.
Aug-08-14  positionalgenius: <Petrosianic> Agreed. What an entertaining game
Aug-08-14  OneArmedScissor: A Kramnik, Topalov, Anand, and Carlsen 4-way tournament with 20 rounds would be pretty awesome :)
Aug-08-14  Chris321: <OneArmedScissor: A Kramnik, Topalov, Anand, and Carlsen 4- way tournament with 20 rounds would be pretty awesome :)>well i think there will be matches on the board and on the floor too@wrestling Topalov v Kramnik;)
Aug-08-14  1d410: <Chris321> Yes there would be a bunch of disrespect for Kramnik and Topalov on the board and I would not like it. Their chess would be only *almost* worth it.
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  Sokrates: <capafischer1: Sokrates, personal calibre??? What are you talking about???? Is English your second language??????>

Yes it is, obviously. Next to Danish, German, Swedish, Norwegian. Please educate me instead of making question marks to what should be fairly easy to comprehend.

Aug-10-14  mrsaturdaypants: I understood what you meant, Sokrates. (I might have said "character" instead of "calibre.") Please forgive us native English speakers. We forget sometimes that the rest of the world has done us the favor of speaking our language.
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  HeMateMe: Great game! Of all the painful things that you feel at the chessboard, nothing hurts worse than to have your Rooks overwhelmed by connected passers.

Anand won a world championship game against Kasparov with this theme, sacking the exchange to get connected passed pawns.

Aug-13-14  Lil Swine: Topalovs probably just gonna go home and raise hell over how so many of Kramniks moves are also suggested by Fritz and allege cheating. lol
Aug-19-14  badest: <MissScarlett: Four games, four wins with white, honours even, since the resumption of hostilities this year.> Indeed. All highly entertaining games. Lol ... every time these guys meet it's like gunfight at the O.K. Corral ;)
Aug-22-14  waustad: It's a little like a good season for OSU but losing to Michigan. It's cost coaches a job before this.
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  offramp: I looked at the video given in the link by Karpova earlier. Kramnik really is a walker, isn't he? No wonder it got on Topalov's nerves.
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