Games: Chess

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Here is another of Vladimir Kramnik's wins from the blindfold section of the Amber Tournament in Monte Carlo. The way this works in practice is that the players sit in front of computer screens on which only an empty chessboard is displayed. They indicate their moves by blipping first the square on which the piece to be moved is standing, then its destination. Illegal moves are detected by the computer and rejected. Meanwhile, the spectators can watch the progress of the games on screens the players cannot see.

Kramnik has so far scored three straight wins in the blindfold games. This one is typical of his enterprising style. White's 9.Ng5and 10.e4 is an extraordinary idea, giving up a pawn for an enduring attack after queens have been exchanged. Black met all the threats, without ever quite freeing his game, until 28.Rf3! left him defenceless. Despite White's extra piece, the endgame was tricky, but Kramnik won without difficulty.

White: Vladimir Kramnik

Black: Veselin Topalov

Monte Carlo (Blindfold) 1998

1 Nf3 g6 25 Rxe5 Rf8

2 d4 d6 26 Nc5 Rf7

3 c4 Bg7 27 Re3 b6

4 Nc3 e5 28 Rf3 Rxf3

5 dxe5 dxe5 29 Nxd7 Rf2

6 Qxd8+ Kxd8 30 Nxb8+ Kc7

7 Bd2 Be6 31 Na6+ Kb7

8 0-0-0 Nd7 32 Nb4 c5

9 Ng5 Bxc4 33 Nc2 Kc6

10 e4 Bxf1 34 Rd2 Rf1+

11 Rhxf1 Nh6 35 Rd1 Rf2

12 f4 c6 36 Rg1 g5

13 fxe5 Ke7 37 h3 h5

14 Nf3 Ng4 38 Ne1 c4

15 Bg5+ Ke8 39 Nf3 c3

16 e6 fxe6 40 bxc3 Rxa2

17 Rd6 Nf8 41 Kb1 Rf2

18 Rfd1 Bf6 42 Nxg5 Kd5

19 e5 Bxg5+ 43 g4 h4

20 Nxg5 Nxe5 44 Rd1+ Kc4

21 Nxe6 Ke7 45 Ne4 Rh2

22 Nd8 Rb8 46 g5 Kb3

23 Ne4 Nfd7 47 Rg1 a5

24 Re6+ Kxd8 48 g6 resigns