Cometh the hour, cometh the local hero...
And that local hero happens to be Veselin Topalov, who, with a trademark fight-
back, won a famous last-gasp victory to snatch the M-Tel Masters title.
After a slow start, Topalov rallied with a valiant
second-half surge to capture his third successive M-Tel Masters title
after he beat Krishnan Sasikiran in a tense, final round clash of the
leaders. Topalov overpowered the unlikely young Indian frontrunner
in a complex position to dramatically take the title with his lowly +1
score of 5.5/10, a half-point ahead of the field.
“My style is very risky so I'm used to losing,” said Topalov
during a live interview on ICC Chess.FM with Macauley Peterson following
his victory. “It's not such a big deal for me. It's not easy to
come back but it's just part of my game.”
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Topalov,Veselin (2772) - Sasikiran,Krishnan
Position after 31...Kh6
MTel Sofia BUL 2007
This position came from what ultimately proved
to be the decisive game of the M-tel tournament. The Indian GM
Sasikiran had been leading for the last few rounds, and here, in
the final round, he led his opponent, Topalov, by a half point
- so he needed just a draw to secure clear first place. 32.Nxh5!? Typical
fighting chess from Topalov, who, with this highly unclear sacrifice,
tries to "mix it" in an all-out effort to win. 32...gxh5
33.Qg8! f5! To bring the queen to g7 34.Ng3 Ng7 Sasikiran
keeps defending very well [34...Qxe3+? 35.Kh2
Qxd3 (35...Ng7 allows mate in 3 after 36.Nxf5+ Nxf5
37.Qxf8+ and 38.Bxf5#) 36.Qh8+ Kg6 37.Qxh5+ Kg7 38.Nxf5+
Kf6 39.Qxe8+/-] 35.Bxf5 Ng6! 36.Bxg6 Kxg6 37.Nxh5 Qxe3+
Position after: 38.Kh2
As a direct consequence of his good defensive
play, Sasikiran is about to secure a draw that would have guaranteed
him a well deserved first place in this elite event. 38...Qe7?? A
tragic time trouble collapse! [The only safe route was 38...Qxd4!
39.Kg3 threatening 40.Nf4+ winning 39...Kh6! the move Sasikiran
missed! 40.Qh8+ Kg6 41.Qg8 (41.Nf4+? Kf7
42.Qb8 Nf5+ 43.Kg4 Ne3+-/+) 41...Kh6 when it seems that
White has nothing better than to accept the draw by repetition.] 39.Nf4+
Kf6 [39...Kf5? 40.Qh7+! Kxf4 41.Qh6+! Kf5 42.g4#] 40.g4 [40.h5!
looked stronger] 40...Qf7 41.Qd8+ Qe7 42.Qg8 [42.Qxb6
was probably possible, but, with his king so open, it's only
natural for Topalov to stay closer to where the action is rather
than divert his queen so far away.] 42...Qf7
43.Qd8+ [43.Qh7!?] 43...Qe7 44.Qxe7+Topalov
seizes his chance to play for a clearly superior endgame 44...Kxe7
45.Kg3 Ne6 46.Nxe6 Kxe6 47.f4 Bc8 48.f5+ Kf7 49.h5! Bd7 50.h6
Kg8 51.Kf4 Be8 52.Kg5! Kf7 53.h7 Kg7 54.h8Q+ Kxh8 55.Kf6 Bxb5
Position after: 55...Bxb5
White can now take the bishop and win by
simply playing 56.axb5 a4 57.Kf7 a3 58.g5 a2 59.g6 a1Q 60.g7+
Kh7 61.g8Q+ Kh6 62.Qg6#. Topalov choses a more elegant continuation.
Bd3 57.f6 Bg6 58.f7 Bxf7 59.Kxf7
300,000th Tourney Celebration Recap!
exciting 15 round 3 0 Blitz celebration was won by INDIAN-ELEPHANT
(IM) with an impressive score of 13.5/15. He won
the all-important matchup against runner-up manest (IM) in
round 9 to take a lead he never surrendered the rest of the way. He
also collected the $130 first prize! Manest grabbed the $90 second
prize with a score of 12/15. MaestroASK (IM) managed
the same score as manest, but because of ties he settled for the
$70 third prize. VerdeNotte (IM) took fourth
place with a score of 11.5/15 and won $60. Olegsfo finished
in fifth place with a score of 11/15 and won the $50 cash prize! Congratulations
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3 3 Blitz Championships Coming! From
June 9th -14th, qualifiers will be held for the 2007 3 3 Championships! All
qualifiers will be 9 round swiss tourneys. The top 5 finishers
in each qualifier will join last year’s champion, dsc,
and the top 3 overall scorers who didn’t otherwise qualify
in this year’s final! There is also an u2000 section,
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Bosna tournament, now underway.
traditional 37th Bosna tournament is taking place May 18th-28th
2007 in Sarajevo.
Double round robin with:
Alexander Morozevich (RUS 2762) Nigel Short (ENG 2691) Artyom
Timofeev (RUS 2658) Ivan Sokolov (NED
2655) Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2642) Borki Predojevic (BIH 2609)
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FIDE Candidate matches
16 strong grandmasters will compete for 4 spots in the next World Championship.
The Candidates Matches for the 2007 World Championship Tournament will take place in Elista, 26 May - 14 June 2007. The prize fund for each match of both rounds will be $40,000. The FIDE president will personally contribute $320,000 towards the total prize fund and a further $160,000 will be contributed by FIDE.
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to Defend in Chess - Colin Crouch
books discuss how to attack in chess, but good, resourceful defensive
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Philidor, The: A Secret Weapon - Christian Seel
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Underestimated for a long time, this line is now a solid component
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Out: The Colle - Richard Palliser
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Kasparovís Sicilian Strategies - Raymond Keene
this book Grandmaster Raymond Keene selects 39 critical examples
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