Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Kramnik - Topalov, Mtel Masters 2005

Kramnik,Vladimir (2753) – Topalov,Veselin (2778)
Sofia MTel Masters Sofia (10), 22.05.2005
Commentary by IM Miodrag Perunovic

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 b4

b4 move became really fashionable lately. The idea of the black side is not just to move the knight from c3, but at the same time to push his pawns forward attacking queen side and neutralizing pressure over d5 square so d5 will be easier further on in the game.

9.Nce2 e5 10.Nb3 Nc6!?

Interesting novelty since black had really solid results with other moves, but there is no doubt Topalov and his team found some critical lines there. Anyway, it seems to me that d5 looks as logical continuation here. [10…d5 11.exd5 Qxd5 12.0-0-0 Be6 13.Qe1 Qc6 14.Ng3 Nbd7 15.Kb1 Be7 16.Bd3 a5 17.Qe2 a4 18.Bb5 Qc7 19.Nc1 0-0 20.Nd3 b3 0-1 Bhawoodien,S-Mauba,S/Cape Town 1995/ (27)]


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