Chess on the highest level: V Topalov vs V Kramnik

Chess on the highest level: V Topalov vs V Kramnik
Opening: Slav Defense
WC Game 2 Elista 2006
Elista is the capital city of the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Bg6 10.e4 0–0 [10…Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nxe4 12.Ba3 Nxc3 13.Qb2 Nxa4 14.Qb3 Nab6 15.Bxe6²] 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3 Bg6 15.Ng5 Re8 [15…a6 16.Bxg6 hxg6 17.Qh3] 16.f4 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 f5 18.Be3 Nf8 19.Kh1 Rc8 20.g4 Qd7 21.Rg1 Be7 22.Nf3 Rc4 23.Rg2 fxg4 24.Rxg4 Rxa4 25.Rag1 g6 26.h4 Rb4 27.h5 Qb5 28.Qc2 Rxb2 29.hxg6! h5 [29…Rxc2 30.gxh7+ Kh8 31.Rg8+ Kxh7 32.R1g7+ Kh6 33.f5+ Bg5 34.Rxg5 Qf1+ 35.Ng1 Re2 36.R5g6+ Kh7 37.R6g7#] 30.g7! hxg4 [30…Rxc2 31.gxf8Q+ Kxf8 32.Rg8+ Kf7 33.R1g7#] 31.gxf8Q+ Bxf8 [¹31…Kxf8] 32.Qg6+ [32.Rxg4+! Bg7 33.Qc7 Qf1+ 34.Ng1+-] 32…Bg7 33.f5 Re7 34.f6 Qe2 35.Qxg4 Rf7 36.Rc1 [36.Qh5!; 36.fxg7 Qxf3+] 36…Rc2 37.Rxc2 Qd1+ 38.Kg2 Qxc2+ 39.Kg3 Qe4 [39…Qf5 40.Bf4] 40.Bf4 Qf5 41.Qxf5 exf5 42.Bg5 [42.fxg7 Rxg7+³; 42.fxg7] 42…a5 43.Kf4 a4 44.Kxf5 a3 45.Bc1 Bf8 46.e6 Rc7 47.Bxa3 Bxa3 48.Ke5 Rc1 49.Ng5 Rf1 50.e7 Re1+ 51.Kxd5 Bxe7 52.fxe7 Rxe7 53.Kd6 Re1 54.d5 Kf8 55.Ne6+ Ke8 56.Nc7+ Kd8 57.Ne6+ Kc8 58.Ke7 Rh1 59.Ng5 b5 60.d6 Rd1 61.Ne6 b4 62.Nc5 Re1+ 63.Kf6 Re3 White resigned 64.d7+ Kd8 65.Kf5 b3 66.Na4 Re2 67.Kf4 b2 68.Nxb2 Rxb2 0–1
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  1. Alarm bells should have gone off for Topalov when he had his rooks doubled up on the black king's file, and later the rook and queen. That's such a powerful position to have to just waste it away and lose the game. At that point there weren't a whole lot of lines and variations to consider, so I'm really shocked he missed the killer move.

  2. Hi Mato. Thank you for your great and inspiring videos. I'm a "bloody" chess beginner;-) Since i watch your videos i have got a different view about the chess game. And how beautiful and fascinating this game could be. My favorite players are Mikail Tal and Bobby Fischer. (to be honest i didn't even know tal before i watched the videos…) And your sympathetic way to present those games sometimes really made my day…"hi this is mato…:-) thanks and wish you a happy christmas

  3. after your supposed "winning move" with rook takes on G4 he could just go kingF7, then, as you said queen C7 then defending with rook E7… and everything is protected… he doesn't have to defend the check with the bishop… you should have looked into that as well…

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