WCh Elista RUS (10), 08.10.2006
[IM Malcolm Pein and Mark Crowther]
(Thanks to Mark Crowther, The Week In Chess, and Malcolm Pein for commentary and analysis)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Bf4 Nbd7 9.Qc2 a5!? Again a wrinkle off the main line. 9...b6 and 9...Nh5 are the normal moves but this may well lead to the lines where Black plays b5 and a5 10.Rd1 Nh5 11.Bc1 b5 Diagram
Kramnik finally breaks through Topalov's opening preparation and scores a much needed victory against the Bulgarian.
The match is now tied at 5:5 with 2 games to play, forfeit withstanding. Tomorrow is a rest day, with Game 11 on Tuesday and Game 12 on Thursday.
This has turned into an exciting match no matter which side you are for!