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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Dortmund Sparkassen (1999), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Jul-15
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation. Advance System (D15)  ·  1-0



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Aug-09-05  stijn: Instructive piece sacrifice by Kramnik.
Oct-05-06  aw1988: Wouldn't it be a better idea to play the strange looking 28...Kh8 in preparation for kingside activity? Black will have to return the piece, but he might be better than in the game...
Dec-24-07  babakova: This is a nice little game.
Jun-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kramnik vs Topalov, 1999.
Your score: 60 (par = 54)


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  plang: The 4..a6 system was just starting to get popular when this game was played. The game followed Illescas win over Magem at Madrid 1994 through 7 e3 where Magem played 7..g6!?; the logical 7..e6 was new. 9 Nd2 has become a very popular idea in this line; this game was the first where the idea was tried. Kramnik's aggressive sacrifice 16 f5!? led to interesting complications.

Kramnik after 23..f6?:
"A serious mistake, in my opinion. This move is too passive. During the game it seemed to me (and this was later confirmed) that Black should have decided on a counter pawn sacrifice - 23..f4!, in order to gain counterplay. A possible variation is 24 Rxf4..Nf5 25 Qd3..Qg5 26 Rcf1..Rfe8 (26..Nfg3!?) 27 Bd1, and the position is hard to assess. This idea did not appeal to Topalov, and he preferred passive defense while retaining his extra material. After 23..f6 White has the advantage: for the moment there are no specific threats (at some point the threat of the knight sacrifice is 'hanging'), but Black has difficulty in gaining any counterplay, and the (apparently) well-placed knight at e4 is effectively unemployed. I set about preparing the sacrifice at b7, While Topalov did not make any use of all his defensive possibilities, although it was not at all easy to oppose it."

25..g5!? probably was a tougher defense than Topalov's 25..g6. Topalov resigned due to 40..Rfc7 41 Rb7..Kf7 42 Rza7..Rxa7 43 c6. Voted the second best game in Informant #76.

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