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Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 4, May-15
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-15-05  ahmadov: Topalov narrowly escapes a loss
May-15-05  Kangaroo: Historical traces related to this opening can be found in < Kupreichik vs Yusupov, 1980 >
May-15-05  Hesam7: From the official site:

<Topalov-Kramnik: A new solid setup in Russian defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0–0 9.0–0–0 Ne5 10.h4 Bg4 11.Be2 Qc8 TN 12.b3?! 12..Re8 13.Kb1?!

"I could not find a plan" - Topalov

13..Bf8 14.h5 a6 15.Rde1 b5 16.Rh4 Be7 17.Rhh1 Bf8 18.Bf4 Nd7 19.Ng5 Bxe2 20.Rxe2 Nf6 21.Rxe8 Qxe8 22.h6

"A blunder. I simply did not see the next move!"

22..gxh6 23.Nf3 Ne4 24.Qe3 Bg7 25.Nd4 c5 26.Ne2 Nxc3+ 27.Nxc3 Qxe3 28.fxe3 Bxc3 29.Bxd6 Rc8 30.Kc1 Rc6 31.Bf4 Kg7 32.Kd1 c4 33.Ke2 Bf6 34.Bxh6+ Kg6 35.Kf3 cxb3 36.cxb3 Rc2 37.a4 bxa4 38.bxa4 Ra2 39.Bf8 Bg5 40.Rb1 Rxa4

Time: 00:05:00 - 00:04:01

41.Rb6+ f6 42.Rb7 Bh6 43.Bxh6 Kxh6 44.e4 Kg6 45.g4 Ra1 46.Kf4 a5 47.Rb6 a4 48.e5 a3 49.Rxf6+ Kg7 50.Kg5 a2 51.Rf2 Re1 52.Rxa2 Rxe5+ ½–½>

May-15-05
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  Ron: After 12 b3 and 13 Kb1 Topalov says "I could not find a plan"

I tried some lines against a computer, here is an idea: 12. Nxe5 Bxe2 13. Qxe2 dxe5 13 Qb5;
another move White might play in this line is 13 Rh3. This seems ok for White.

May-15-05  csmath: It is ordinarily hard to find a plan of attack against Petroff but it is usually safe draw for white meaning that it is nearly impossible to get anything going for black. Here Topalov tried a bit too aggressive, it would have been a better idea just to accept the draw when Kramnik offered the repetition. Originaly I liked the white position and chances before b3 was played. That was weird and from that point on black was safe.

This is a "good" old Kramnik - do anything just don't lose. He is now playing Petroff, how original! ;-))

Sep-22-06  Whitehat1963: I suspect we'll see some of this in the match.
Sep-22-06  dehanne: Unless Topalov plays the Cochrane.
Sep-22-06  RookFile: Lol..... 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7

wouldn't that be something!

Sep-22-06  Whitehat1963: Why laugh? Take a look at the Game of the Day:

Topalov vs Kramnik, 1999

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