Topalov Wins Game 8, Match Even at 4-4

10.05.06 As Game 8 progressed, opinions amonst Grandmasters and International Masters as to who had the better position varied wildly--some preferring White, others Black, others called it even. After the queens came off on move 20, Kramnik had two rooks a bishop and six pawns to Topalov's rook, two knights, bishop and five pawns. Topalov managed to activate his rook and knights while allowing Kramnik an outside passed pawn. Kramnik was forced to resign after 52. ...Rxf2+. The match is now tied at 4 apiece. Watch Games 9 and 10 here on Saturday and Sunday. Next ChessMaine report will be on Monday, October 9. Stay Tuned!


Game 8 tension

World Chess Championship Match Elista, Kalmikia 2006

Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Kramnik

Current Match Score: Topalov 4 Kramnik 4

12 games played September 23 - October 13, 2006
All games begin at 7:00 a.m. Eastern

The games will be broadcast here via a LIVE Game Link. Watch Games 9 and 10 on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 at 7:00 a.m. Eastern. Next ChessMaine report: Monday October 9. See REVISED full match schedule below.

Round 8 October 5, 2006
Vladimir Kramnik (2743) - Veselin Topalov (2813) 0-1

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Veselin Topalov notches his first win in this match.


Vladimir Kramnik


Topalov at the board.


Kramnik strikes a mirror image pose.


Please note the REVISED Match Schedule:

October 3 - rest day
October 4 - Game 7 Topalov-Kramnik
October 5 - Game 8 Kramnik-Topalov
October 6 - rest day
October 7 - Game 9 Topalov-Kramnik
October 8 - Game 10 Kramnik-Topalov
October 9 - Rest day
October 10 - Game 11 Topalov-Kramnik
October 11 - Rest day
October 12 - Game 12 Kramnik - Topalov
October 13 - Tiebreaks and Closing Ceremony
October 14
October 15


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