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MTel Masters Tournament

Veselin Topalov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Etienne Bacrot3.5/10(+0 -3 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs Topalov ½-½712006MTel MastersB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Bacrot vs Anand 0-1542006MTel MastersE12 Queen's Indian
3. Ponomariov vs Kamsky ½-½642006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Kamsky vs Bacrot 1-01032006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Topalov vs Anand 0-1362006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Svidler vs Ponomariov 1-0432006MTel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Anand vs Kamsky 0-1572006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Bacrot vs Svidler ½-½322006MTel MastersD85 Grunfeld
9. Ponomariov vs Topalov ½-½662006MTel MastersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Anand vs Ponomariov 1-0562006MTel MastersB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. Bacrot vs Topalov ½-½292006MTel MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
12. Kamsky vs Svidler 1-0242006MTel MastersB83 Sicilian
13. Topalov vs Kamsky 1-0422006MTel MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Svidler vs Anand ½-½382006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Ponomariov vs Bacrot ½-½472006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Anand vs Bacrot ½-½502006MTel MastersC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
17. Topalov vs Svidler 0-1612006MTel MastersD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Kamsky vs Ponomariov 1-0412006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Anand vs Topalov 0-1612006MTel MastersB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Bacrot vs Kamsky ½-½522006MTel MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Ponomariov vs Svidler 1-0532006MTel MastersB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Kamsky vs Anand ½-½392006MTel MastersC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
23. Svidler vs Bacrot ½-½372006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Topalov vs Ponomariov 1-0652006MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Kamsky vs Topalov 0-1292006MTel MastersB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
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May-22-06  percyblakeney: I doubt that Topalov will ever pass 2851, but he's had some good performances lately: Sofia 2840, Corus 2850, San Luis 2890, Sofia last year 2847, Linares last year 2861 and so on. But to consistently perform results like this is a bit much to ask of anyone...
May-22-06  John Abraham: ...all except Kasparov
May-22-06  percyblakeney: <...all except Kasparov>

Indeed, even in his last tournaments he performed better than 2850...

May-22-06  notyetagm: <percyblakeney> Yes, he has performed like a 2850 in almost all of his recent tournaments. At this rate it is only a matter of time before his rating catches up to his actual ability.

May-22-06  SnoopDogg: I don't know how many tournaments Topalov has to win to be considered "consistent" <percy> What would be your definition?
May-22-06  percyblakeney: <What would be your definition?>

I think Topalov has been consistent, but to surpass 2851 he'll have to play close to San Luis chess in every tournament, and that's a bit much to ask of him. As a Topalov fan I'd like to see it, but when comparing with the best results of other players it's clear how hard it is.

For example Kramnik did well when sharing first in Linares 2003 and as sole winner in 2004, but still these his best performances in many years were 15-20 points below 2800. So it's not easy to line up 2850+ performance after 2850+ performance, especially not with Topalov's very hard schedule, defending his World Champion title three times in a year, but we'll see...

May-22-06  Maatalkko: This tournament has convinced me - I'm now a Topalov fan. Winning the last four games in a row isn't easy, but Topalov made it look easy - and he saved face in front of his home crowd too. Going from a semi-disaster to an excellent tournament in four games is quite impressive.

Topalov isn't as consistent as other top players from game to game, and that prevented me from realizing his great strength for some time. But he takes risks and almost like a skilled poker player his wins will go far beyond his losses, given a long enough period of time.

Topalov is also the only player right now who has consistently been able to win 4-5 games in a row against super-GM competition (which of course means winning some with black). Only truly great players such as Fischer and Kasparov have been able to do this consistently in the past (not even Karpov did this very often), and I think it is more convincing than any numerical measure of Topalov's strength.

May-22-06  Maatalkko: 2851 is an astounding record. I am inclined to predict that Topalov will not break it because of the consistency it would require, but if anyone can do it sometime soon it will be him.
May-22-06  SnoopDogg: 2851 is actually inevitable due to inflation. So Kasparov's 2851 back then would actually be somewhere around 2900 give or take a few years in the future.
May-22-06  CapablancaFan: <SnoopDogg><2851 is actually inevitable due to inflation. So Kasparov's 2851 back then would actually be somewhere around 2900 give or take a few years in the future.> I agree, oh, I mean fashizzle my nizzle.
May-23-06  lopium: " tzanov: <Daodejing>, Kasparov is 2812 now. Topalov is 2813. " Kasparov WAS 2812 when he left, he is now not rated anymore.
May-23-06  Bobak Zahmat: Suppose Topalov will beat Kramnik, Hydra and Radjabov, then it is realistic to think he would reach a rating of 2825+!!!
May-23-06  babakova: Or not...If Kramnik goes into the match with the rating he has now-- And it is a close contest with Topalov winning by say 1 point. Then he will lose rating points. Same goes for the match with Radjabov, but in that match at least he can be expected to do better than +1.
May-23-06  percyblakeney: I'm not so sure that Kramnik is better than Radjabov at the moment, just look at Radjabov's +2 in Linares and 2773 performance over the last six months...
May-23-06  babakova: If Kramnik gets into his old usual shape to the match with Topalov, which I think he will, he is vastly superior to Radjabov. Perhaps Radjabov has slightly better form than Kramnik right now, since the latter hasnt been playing for quite some time. But this will change when he does get down and push some pawns.
May-23-06  GrandMasterP: Topalov will pass 2851 with sure!
May-23-06  percyblakeney: <If Kramnik gets into his old usual shape> from 6-7 years ago he is vastly superior to all active players except Topalov. But it can't be easy to return to such a high level after many years of worse results. We'll just have to wait and see, also when it comes to Radjabov and if he will improve 50 points also the upcoming year...
May-23-06  babakova: I would consider the Kramnik who drew Leko in Brissago in 2004 ,though not at his best, to be vastly superior to Radjabov. The point is Kramnik is a much tougher opponent in a match than Radjabov for Topalov, even if Radja has had decent results lately.
May-23-06  devilwolfdog: I just noticed an interesting pattern on wins at the 2006 MTel Masters tournament. The number of wins correlated directly with the finishing order:

Topalov: 5 Wins
Kamsky: 4 Wins
Anand: 3 Wins
Svidler: 2 Wins
Ponomariov: 1 Win
Bacrot: 0 Wins

May-23-06  Maatalkko: Bacrot had no wins? He's not getting invited back for sure.
May-23-06  Bobak Zahmat: <devilwolfdog> So the anti-draw rule works after all :)!
May-24-06  ikipemiko: The anti-draw rule works really, 50% of the games were decisive, that's very high percentage for a supertournament.
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  plang: Hopefully, they will start using this format in more tournaments.
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  jaime gallegos: Ponomariov finished 6th with the same score Bacrot did ( 3,5 points ) ... however Pono won 1 game and Bacrot none !!! Why is Pono on the last position ???
May-25-06  Topzilla: Congratulations again to the World Champion Topalov for winning again Mtel Sofia.
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