Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Veselin Topalov impressive in Zug Grand Prix

Despite needing only a draw in the final round to claim a clear first place in the Zug Grand Prix, former World Champion Veselin Topalov stomped over the Russian prodigy Sergey Karjakin to conclude the event with impressive 8,0/11 points.

Hikaru Nakamura tried to win against Fabiano Caruana and possibly wait for Topalov's slip, but the tame Slav Exhange with white pieces was not the right choice to fight for the advantage. The game was eventually drawn.

The next FIDE Grand Prix was supposed to take place in Madrid, but with only three weeks before the start it is still unclear where will be the playing venue.

Final Standings:
1. Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL - 8
2. Nakamura Hikaru 2767 USA - 6½
3-4. Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR and Caruana Fabiano 2772 ITA - 6
5-6. Kamsky Gata 2741 USA and Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS - 5½
7-9. Karjakin Sergey 2786 RUS, Giri Anish 2727 NED and Leko Peter 2744 HUN - 5
10-12. Radjabov Teimour 2793 AZE, Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2709 UZB and Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 AZE - 4½

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