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Kramnik Channeling Topalov!

We all know that Kramnik and Topalov, 2 former world champions, have not had the best relation with each other in the past, largely stemming from the contraversy in their world championship match. However, what I've seen out of Kramnik recently is quite interesting- he has been playing very dynamic and exciting chess, and in particular he seems to have developed a penchant for the positional exchange sacrifice, something that one usually would attribute to Topalov. Some of these were simply ingenious, I'll present a few recent examples here:

Kramnik ended up down an exchange for various different compensations in 5 of his last 11 games, scoring a very respectable 3.5/5 in those positions. He has black against Adams tomorrow, with these odds it seems reasonably likely to see another! I certainly hope we do.

Best of luck to all,

Sam Shankland





Comments


  • 23 months ago

    umezuno

    Nao83 

    This is just semantic. Do you really think the author wanted to insult Kramnik?

    No, it's not semantics. It's taste. Your pope example was an attempt at establishing this as semantics which failed.

    Intent and outcome are often different things entirely. It's how we react and adjust to that difference that is important.

     

  • 23 months ago

    Nao83

    This is just semantic. Do you really think the author wanted to insult Kramnik?

  • 23 months ago

    umezuno

    NAO83:


    "The pope is as smart as the devil" should not be read as a "blasphemy".


    It isn't blasphemy. Being = to x or y is equivalency, but channeling is internalizing it.


    "Furthermore, in the text is made clear that the association was purely intended in the style of play."


    In which of the above Topalov games?

  • 23 months ago

    AchiIles

    Great article, that's such creative playing by Kramnik.

  • 24 months ago

    HeadlessBishop

    Thanks for highlighting Kramnik, good article.

  • 24 months ago

    systemovich

    Awesome article.

    I think @Nao83 is correct about the chosen title.

  • 24 months ago

    Nao83

    Kramnik is becoming much more dinamical in contrast to his fame of very solid player. Of course other examples of dynamic players could have been used, but, due to the controversies, Topalov was the only that would give the title a real antithetic value. E.g. the title "kramnik channeling ivanchuck" implies a change in Kramnik's style, but not necessarily a big one. 

    Likewise, the phrasing "The pope is as smart as the devil" should not be read as a "blasphemy".

    Furthermore, in the text is made clear that the association was purely intended in the style of play.

  • 24 months ago

    umezuno

    " umezuno, at this point the exchange sacrifice is a typical weapon in the arsenal of pretty much every master, and many class players."

    Agreed, which is why the channeling Topalov specifically given their history is particularly in bad taste. 

    "so i think it's safe to assume that Sam sees something in the style of these sacrifices that reminds him specifically of Topalov's games."

    I'll shy away from assuming something that was unwritten. However if we are speculating of a positional exchange sacrifice that Topalov played, that fewer ofher of Kramnik's contemporaries did, that research would have been mentioned past the bitter title.


    Even in the games themselves.


  • 24 months ago

    IM dpruess

    Nice post Sam. i had noticed the same thing :) it's nice to see your comments on the evaluation/positional features in each of these games.

    umezuno, at this point the exchange sacrifice is a typical weapon in the arsenal of pretty much every master, and many class players. so i think it's safe to assume that Sam sees something in the style of these sacrifices that reminds him specifically of Topalov's games. perhaps one element being that the player remains down an exchange for a long long time, possibly into the endgame. maybe Sam can elaborate on what features make him think of Topalov's play.

  • 24 months ago

    umezuno

    Sam,

    With all due respect, to say that Kramnik is channeling Topalov was a ploy that got me to read your article but given their contOversial histories, and how much Topalov damaged the public image of chess, the personal experience of chess for Kramnik, is just in downright terrible taste. 

    Topalov isn't the only one to sacrifice the exchange at a high level. You could have named Kasparov, Ivanchuk, or Korchnoi just to name to few alternatives. 

    Therefore, to channel Topalov, as he is unfortunately known in the public sphere (without having issued a public apology) is for one to make blasphemous accusations, intimidate opponents, and use any legal-if-i-can-bend-the-rules-to-make-it-so means to win.

    Kramnik is pure class, sorry.

  • 24 months ago

    ghostofmaroczy

    With his win over Jones, Kramnik reached a personal high rating.

  • 24 months ago

    WIM energia

    Very nice blog Sam, really nice selection of exchange sac games.

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