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Southpaw Jim
11-05-2007, 12:37 PM
Anyone following this?

Garvinator
12-05-2007, 06:16 PM
Anyone following this?
Clearly not ;)

What times do the games start? The main website says 11:30 UTC.

Not sure if that is Bulgarian time or something else.

Denis_Jessop
12-05-2007, 08:38 PM
Clearly not ;)

What times do the games start? The main website says 11:30 UTC.

Not sure if that is Bulgarian time or something else.

There's a weird twist to this. If you click on UTC against a time on the website it takes you to a Wikipedia page that describes what UTC is but I'm blowed if I can work it out. Some intensive study may yield a solution.

DJ

Garvinator
12-05-2007, 08:56 PM
There's a weird twist to this. If you click on UTC against a time on the website it takes you to a Wikipedia page that describes what UTC is but I'm blowed if I can work it out. Some intensive study may yield a solution.

DJ
Playchess is showing that play starts in just over half an hours time, which makes it 9:30pm for us in the eastern Australia time zone.

Metro
12-05-2007, 09:01 PM
For results see:http://www.mtelmasters.com/en/results.html

Kevin Bonham
12-05-2007, 10:36 PM
Anyone following this?

I am now. The page has a banner that says "Play like Topalov" but playing like Topalov appears to involve losing to Nisipeanu with White! Losing to 1...d5! Oh the shame of it ...

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 c6 6.d4 g6 7.Bf4 Qb4 8.Nge2 Bg7 9.Qc1 0-0 10.0-0 Bg4 11.a3 Qa5 12.h3 Bxe2 13.Nxe2 Nbd7 14.c4 e5 15.b4 Qc7 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Qc2 a5 18.Rae1 axb4 19.axb4 Rfe8 20.c5 Nd5 21.Bd2 Nd7 22.Qc4 N7f6 23.g4 h5 24.Ng3 hxg4 25.hxg4 Qd7 26.g5 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Ne8 28.Bf3 Nec7 29.Bg4 Qd8 30.Kg2 Nb5 31.Rd1 Ra1 32.Rxa1 Bxa1 33.Bf3 Be5 34.Ne2 Ndc7 35.Be3 Ne6 36.Bg4 Nbc7 37.Qe4 Bg7 38.f4 Qd1 39.Kf2 Bc3 40.b5? Time control error or just trying too hard to win? 40...Qe1+ 41.Kg2 Nd5 42.bxc6 bxc6 43.Qd3?? [White is losing a pawn after 43.Bc1 Bd2 44.Bxd2 Qxd2 45.Bxe6 Nxf4+ 46.Qxf4 Qxe2+ 47.Kg3 Qxe6][
and is also losing a pawn after 43.Nxc3 Qxe3 44.Bxe6 Nxf4+ 45.Kf1 Qc1+ 46.Qe1 Qxe1+ 47.Kxe1 fxe6 but this loses a whole piece!] 43...Bd4! Nasty - if white takes with the bishop he loses his queen as black can put a knight fork on f4 twice! 44.Bxe6 Nxe3+ 45.Kh2 Qf2+ 46.Kh3 Qf3+ 47.Ng3 Qg2+ 0-1

(And a big raspberry to Nisipeanu for playing the feeble 46...Qf3+ and missing 46...Qg2+ with mate in 5 instead!)

Garvinator
12-05-2007, 11:42 PM
Commentators are saying that it is basically all over for Topa in round three :clap: He is getting crushed.

Garvinator
13-05-2007, 12:00 AM
Topalov has just been smashed in 30 moves.

Bill Gletsos
13-05-2007, 12:41 AM
Topalov has just been smashed in 30 moves.No doubt some mis-communication with Danailov. ;)

Bill Gletsos
13-05-2007, 12:45 AM
[Event "3rd M-Tel Masters Sofia"]
[Date "2007.05.12"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qb3 Nd7 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Qf4 10. Bd3 e5 11. O-O exd4 12. Nxd4 Nc5 13. Nxc5 Bxc5 14. Rae1+ Kf8 15. Re4 Qf6 16. Qc3 a5 17. Rfe1 Bd7 18. R1e3 Bb4 19. Qc2 Qd6 20. Rf3 h5 21. c5 Bxc5 22. Bc4 f6 23. Ne6+ Bxe6 24. Rxe6 Qd7 25. Qf5 Qd4 26. Re4 Qd1+ 27. Bf1 Bd6 28. Rd3 Bxh2+ 29. Kxh2 Qxf1 30. Rd7 1-0

Garvinator
13-05-2007, 12:48 AM
No doubt some mis-communication with Danailov. ;)
Topa should have tried to offer a draw :owned: :whistle:

Basil
13-05-2007, 12:55 AM
Odd that a player of such high quality would neglect king safety around move 12. While not promoting castling for castling's sake, it is evident that the lack of king safety was an integral part of the loss.

IMO, the 'error' is exacerbated by the fact that the position was not overly tactical and difficult by their standards.

Kevin Bonham
13-05-2007, 01:06 AM
It actually takes quite some skill to get smashed in 30 moves when playing the Moscow. Even I've never managed it. :whistle:

That is quite a belting, though. I reckon he was losing that one from waaaaay back.

Kevin Bonham
13-05-2007, 01:08 AM
Odd that a player of such high quality would neglect king safety around move 12.

That's around where it leaves known theory, for what it's worth. 11.0-0 has been seen several times before, 11...exd4 just once, 12.Nxd4 never.

Basil
13-05-2007, 01:13 AM
It actually takes quite some skill to get smashed in 30 moves when playing the Moscow.
Not familiar with the Moscow :uhoh: (shades of the Tromp by transposition in one line), but as you say "way back" - after 9.Nxe4, Black looks bad? EDIT: Just reading your post #14 now.

Perhaps either retreating the Queen / curling up (hoping that white can't prove his initiative quickly) or switching flanks with 8...Qf5 - a5+ would have to be better than probing to f4 with such lack of development as played.

Kevin Bonham
13-05-2007, 01:20 AM
Not familiar with the Moscow :uhoh: (shades of the Tromp by transposition in one line), but as you say "way back" - after 9.Nxe4, Black looks bad? EDIT: Just reading your post #14 now.

NCO considers 11...Be7 equal and 11...f5!? unclear. Not sure of any subsequent developments. Right or wrong I don't think 11...exd4 will be getting another top-level outing anytime soon.

Gringo
13-05-2007, 08:45 AM
Some Instant Karma for Topalov....

Kevin Bonham
13-05-2007, 02:13 PM
What I really like is how competitive these top-level tournaments are these days - so many threats to Topalov and Kramnik coming through (although Kramnik is much less prone to lose to them.)

Southpaw Jim
13-05-2007, 10:33 PM
I was beginning to wonder if anyone'd seen this thread!

Saw the first game between Topalov and Nispeneau, was quite interesting.

Picks for final winner? Any money on Adams?

Igor_Goldenberg
14-05-2007, 02:09 PM
Topalov is just on minus 1, and the first half is not even over yet.
He won last two Sofia from minus one after the first half

pax
15-05-2007, 03:34 PM
Anyone know why Sofia is relatively weak this year?

Igor_Goldenberg
15-05-2007, 07:56 PM
Anyone know why Sofia is relatively weak this year?
Let me guess...

MichaelBaron
15-05-2007, 08:18 PM
Anyone know why Sofia is relatively weak this year?

I think it is due to the fact that Danailov does not have a good relationship with the majority of top russian GMs any more (since the Kramnik-Topalov) match. Also, there are a number of unfortunate clashes (e.g. with the russian team championship and candidates matches)

Igor_Goldenberg
16-05-2007, 09:59 AM
I think it is due to the fact that Danailov does not have a good relationship with the majority of top russian GMs any more (since the Kramnik-Topalov) match. Also, there are a number of unfortunate clashes (e.g. with the russian team championship and candidates matches)

I'd say he does not have good relationship with the majority of top GMs (not just Russian)

ESFC1881
17-05-2007, 04:49 PM
Topalov won last night. A repeat of the previous years? Anyone wanting to watch it it is on live games link @ http://www.mtelmasters.com/en/
Hes playing Adams next who blundered badly last night against Sasikiran. Nisipeanu, the Romanian, has been playing some interesting openings but seems to be keeping his powder dry for the Candidates or some other tourny. Just a guess mind you

ESFC1881
17-05-2007, 09:42 PM
Ok the Mtel masters link aint working but heres one on a Bulgarian sports website. In Bulgarian obviously http://sportni.bg/mtel_chess/live.cat.php?game_id=71
Anyone know of anyother? Chessdom aint working either...

Southpaw Jim
18-05-2007, 08:51 AM
Not sure yet how he managed it, but Topalov scraped a draw against Adams last night. When I went to bed, the consensus on the position after 21.Rd8 was that Topalov (black) was lost:

3rk2r/p1R2bbp/3p1pp1/4pP2/4P3/P1pP2P1/6BP/2B2RK1 w - - 9 21

Full game notation:

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nge2 Nc6 6. d3 e5 7. a3 Nge7 8. Rb1 Be6 9. b4 Qd7 10. Nd5 Nd4 11. O-O b6 12. bxc5 bxc5 13. Nxe7 Qxe7 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. f4 f6 16. f5 Bf7 17. c3 dxc3 18. Qa4+ Qd7 19. Qxd7+ Kxd7 20. Rb7+ Ke8 21. Rc7 Rd8 22. Bh3 d5 23. exd5 Rxd5 24. Rxc3 gxf5 25. Be3 Be6 26. Bg2 Rd6 27. Rc7 Bd7 28. Rb1 Kf7 29. Rbb7 Rd8 30. d4 Kg6 31. Rxa7 Bh6 32. Bxh6 Kxh6 33. dxe5 fxe5 34. Bf1 f4 35. gxf4 exf4 36. Ra6 Rxa6 37. Bxa6 Bg4 38. Rc2 Rd1+ 39. Kf2 Ra1 40. Be2 Bxe2 41. Rxe2 Rxa3 42. Re8 Kg5 43. Rg8+ Kh4 44. Rf8 Kg4 45. Rg8+ Kh3 46. Rh8 Ra7 47. Rf8 h5 48. Rxf4 Ra2+ 49. Kg1 Ra1+ 50. Rf1 Rxf1+ 51. Kxf1 Kxh2 52. Kf2 1/2-1/2

Bill Gletsos
18-05-2007, 12:14 PM
30. Bc6 was far better than d4.

Basil
18-05-2007, 02:25 PM
Some Instant Karma for Topalov....
As opposed to the previously inserted Krama!

pax
19-05-2007, 09:34 PM
What a crazy tournament - the leader loses again, and now after 8 rounds only one point separates top from bottom..

pax
20-05-2007, 03:39 PM
So now, unless Sasikiran manages the unlikely feat of defeating Topalov with black, Sofia will be won with the magnificent score of +1. Better than a six way tie I guess...

Southpaw Jim
21-05-2007, 08:58 AM
Topalov has indeed won again, by 1/2 a point. One point separated first from last!

Desmond
21-05-2007, 12:46 PM
:lol:

Who says the Swiss Gambit doesn't work in round robins?

pax
21-05-2007, 02:51 PM
Incredible. Three come-from-behind victories in a row now..

And I wonder when the last time was that a high category tournament like this was won outright by a player on a +1 score?