Friday, October 14, 2005

Topalov draws Polgar in the last round of WCC

After only 50 minutes and 18 moves played, Veselin Topalov and Judith Polgar drew their last round game. Topalov secured his World Chess Champion title yesterday so he didn't want to sweat no more. I was, as always, expecting sharp battle but stakes were to high.

GM Gata Kamsky has full understanding for his decision. Here are some of the comments:
Gata Kamsky: and if you look at number of interzonal tournaments
Gata Kamsky: in last round people make short draws to qualify
Gata Kamsky: well certainly that play for a win would have made things more exciting to the spectators
Gata Kamsky: however, i don't think he had to prove anything
Gata Kamsky: his first half of the tournament was a record in itself

Veselin Topalov 2788 - Judith Polgar 2732
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3 d5 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Re1 Bb7 12. e4 dxe4 13. Ne5 c5 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Bxe4 16. Rxe4 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Qxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Rfd8 1/2-1/2

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