White: Veselin Topalov
Black: Vladimir Kramnik
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7
This is the Botvinnik System, named after the first great Soviet champion who delighted in such post-revolutionary dynamism.
11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5
Fine stuff! After 13...b4 White just barges through with 14.dxe6.
13...Qb6 14.Bg2 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Rb1!
Bravo! Black will never survive the open b-file after 16...bxc3 17.bxc3.
16...Qa6 17.dxe6 Bxg2 18.e7
Barge on and never mind the horses. White must be ready to eliminate the rook on d8 and this pawn is the man for the job.
At great expense, White has bought back a share in the long white diagonal. The threat is Qa8+ and exd8=Q+ in either order.
19...Bxe7! 20.fxe7 Bd3
Now that the rook on d8 is defended by its colleague, the bishop may continue his feast.
21.Ne4 Bxb1 22.Nd6+ Kc7 23.Bf4 (see diagram)
The swarm of white men around the black king is enough to draw, but no more.
23...Kb6! 24.Nxc4+ Kb5 25.Nd6+ Kb6 26.exd8=B+!
Just his little joke.
26...Rxd8 27.Nc4+ Kb5 28.Nd6+ Kb6 29.Nc4+ Kb5 draw agreed.
All rather routine stuff, really.Reuse content