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Vladimir Kramnik vs Veselin Topalov
Amber Blindfold (2003) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Mar-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-07  crwynn: Schwartz played horribly in that game, and while the Alekhine administered a fine coup de grace, it was not especially complicated as all the moves were forced. Here Topalov played well and fought hard for the initiative til the very end - first sacrificing a piece, then an exchange, but Kramnik preferred keeping up the pressure to grabbing pieces.
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  Peligroso Patzer: This game is annotated at the following site: as the "Best Game of His Career" within the official site for the Rapid Match with Leko currently in progress.
Apr-01-08  KamikazeAttack: tut tut
Aug-26-08  arsen387: blacks were just slowly pushed out of the board. In the end a forced mate in any variation with Ra7 and Ra8#. and this was in a blinfold game! Bravo Kramnik!
Aug-26-08  sallom89: wow, what an amazing "blindfold" game.
Sep-15-08  southeuro: what's wrong with 23. Nc6 ? The line I can see is 23.. Rc6 24. Ba7 Qb7 25. Kc2 but now it seems 25..a5 is the only try but not enough compensation... any ideas?
Jan-16-09  WhiteRook48: wow. A highly entertaining game by Kramnik.
Mar-20-09  WhiteRook48: this is a game where Topalov goes berserk!
Sep-01-09  WhiteRook48: where is the win?
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  tamar: 40 Ra7 looks pretty deadly.
Jan-27-10  ughaibu: I think there was a blindfold simul game in which Blackburne announced mate in 16, does anyone know which game that was?
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  Benzol: <ughaibu> Have a look at Joseph Henry Blackburne
Jan-27-10  ughaibu: Thanks Benzol. Hopefully someone can dig up the whole game.
Oct-06-10  sevenseaman: A game of courage, thought and conviction by Kramnik. Being no Houdini, Black cannot escape his baseline jail.

chessgames, where could I find 'Blindfold' rules. I cant imagine folks going the whole game w/o having a look.

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  Penguincw: My pun for the game:"It's a Blindfold Miracle!".
Mar-13-11  riverunner: awesome sequence. how can you see this blind?

If 28 ...axN then 29. BxP+ Bc6 30. Rc1 BxB 31. RxR+ Kd7 32. Rd8++

Mar-20-11  Mr. Bojangles: "No player can boast a better Amber record than Vladimir Kramnik, who over the years won the event an amazing six times. His total score of 219½ from 352 (62,36%) is astounding and practically equal to Anand's. Kramnik is exceptionally strong in the blindfold part. Some years ago he even considered asking the arbiter if he could also play the rapid games without sight of the board. His blindfold win against Topalov in the 2003 edition ranks as one of the most brilliant achievements in Amber history." -- ChessBase
Mar-08-12  Eduardo Bermudez: BLINDFOLD !!!
Mar-12-12  LoveThatJoker: <Chessbase analysis 2003>

"Topalov had missed a few opportunities to increase his survival chances and was struggling to stay alive. Expected moves like 28.a4 or 28.h4 by Kramnik would have left grovelling possibilities.

Kramnik instead decided on the flashy route with <28.Nxb5!>

If Topalov captures the knight the pathetic nature of the black king's position is made clear. 28..axb5 29.Bxb5+ Nd7 30.Rc1 Rc5 31.Rxc5! dxc5 32.Nc6! (keeping the a8 bishop out of d5) 32...Nxb6 33.Ne5+ Kd8 34.Nxf7+.

Topalov was up to the task and the complications were played with remarkable accuracy on both sides:

<28...Kd7 29.Bd4 Bd5+ 30.Ka4 axb5+ 31.Bxb5+ Bc6 32.Bxe5 Bxb5+ 33.Kxb5 Rc5+ 34.Kb6>

The white king is the hero of the tale.

<34...Rxe5 35.Rc1 Rxa5 36.Rc7+ Kd8 37.Rfc1!>

Kramnik ignores the rook to threaten mate in two. 37...Ra8 loses to 38.Kb7 and the rook has nowhere to go.

But Topalov had seen the saving block with <37...Rc5>, forcing the exchange of rooks.

But what he hadn't seen is that Kramnik only needed one rook to do the job, <38.R1xc5 dxc5 39.Kc6> 1-0 and Black has no reasonable defense against 40.Ra7 and mate on a8. Spectacular. Blindfold."

Mar-12-12  LoveThatJoker: "37. ?" would make an excellent Thursday/Friday puzzle.


Jun-25-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, WC Kramnik!

Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003.
Your score: 62 (par = 58)


Mar-09-14  goggi: 35...RXA5??????????????? What's the matter? 36.Kxa5!?
Mar-09-14  goggi: A second mystery. Blindfold 2001:
Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexey Shirov 1-0
What about 13...Qxg5?
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  Clement Fraud: From where I am sitting - and without any computer aid - Topalov missed a rather obvious try on his move number seven: 7... Qb6 (!?)
Aug-01-22  jimmiececil: According to Carsten Hensel's book "Vladimir Kramnik: The Inside Story of a Chess Genius," the game did not end with move 39. Kc6, but continued 39... Bd6 40. Kxd6 e5 41. Ra7 Kc8 42. Ra8+ Kb7 43. Rxh8 1-0
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