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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko (2005)
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Oct-06-05  Inf: what was kasparov highest rating???
Oct-06-05  schmecker: The rating I have read, estimates the depth(complexity) of the game.The most deeper game is a chineese one,then comes chess.. There is the Glicko system utilized on many of the game servers in the Internet.It's much different from the ELO system. It's more vivid and uses much more statistical precision. One point is that if one (with low rating) haven't played a long time and makes a good performance then his rating is raised a lot,while his oponent(with high rating) loses not much if he plays regularly-that is his results as being regular show more precisely his strength...
Oct-06-05  peters4n6: for those of us who are linguistically challenged, how does one pronounce Topalov's full name? Is it Vesh-a-leen? Vas-e-line? TO-pa-lov? to-PA-lov? TO-pa-loff?

thanks

Oct-06-05  emevev: Highest Performance Ratings
Men

Karpov 2899 - Linares 1994, 11/14 84.6%
Fischer 2887 - Candidates Semi-final vs. Larsen, Dallas 1971 +6 100% Lasker 2882 - World ch. vs. Steinitz, Moscow 1896 12.5/17 73.5% Kasparov 2881 - Tilburg 1989 12/14 85.7%
Lasker 2878 - London 1899 21.5/26 82.7%
Lasker 2876 - World ch. vs. Marshall, USA 1907 11.5/15 76.7% Kramnik 2874 - BGN World ch. vs. Kasparov, London 2000 8.5/15 56.7% Karpov 2873 - World ch. vs Kasparov, Moscow 1984-5, 25/48 52.1% Fischer 2870 - Candidates Quarter-final vs. Taimanov, Vancouver 1971 +6 100% Tal 2869 - Candidates, Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade 1959 20/28 71.4%

Oct-06-05  Stevens: Why??????? Is everyone ?!?!?!?!?!?! Using so many ????????? Damned !!!!!!!!! Explananation marks??????!!!!!! all the time ;-(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

I believe from a post earlier that Topalov is pronounced Tow-Par-Lov with a slightly "f"y v if that makes sense? So, almost Tow-Par-Lof

Oct-06-05  lek: Being an ignorant Norwegian, I would vote for Veshlin Topalof!
Oct-06-05  shaikh123: i think leko today will stop topalov's run.
Oct-06-05  stijn: Poor Leko. I'd hate to be in his shoes right now.
Oct-06-05  Stevens: <Hityr5yr: fxenderby,

Re. Topalov's name.

The full first name of Topalov is Veselin (shortly Vesko). It could be translated in English as “Joyful man”. I will split his name in syllables: VE-SE-LIN. The way you pronounce them is as follows:

VE = VE(GETARIAN)
SE = SE(VEN)
LIN= LIN(COLN)

His short form Vesko you pronounce this way:

VES = VES(T)
KO = CO(BRA)

In first case the stress is on the last vowel - VeselIn , and in second it is on the first one - VEsko.>

Oct-06-05
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  chessic eric: Many of these comparisons between great performances and streaks of the past are overlooking what I consider to be the important point. Contemporary chess, especially as played by this field in particular, is much stronger than the games of Fischer's day, let alone Capablanca or Morphy. For Topalov to take 6.5/7 against a field like this **who all share the contemporary theoretical understanding of the game** places this achievement as the best tournament performance of all time.

Before people take my head off, I'm not necessarily suggesting that Topalov would beat Fischer, Capa or Morphy in a match. Tournament play is different from match play (one has onnly to look at Kramnik to confirm this). I do think that Topalov would prevail in a tournament with all those players, however. That is the measure of the contemporary super-tournament winner.

Oct-06-05  child of my tears: <Veselin Topalov> Veh - seh - lin Tow - pah - lov

I'pretty sure there is no "r" sound in his surname. This is the most exciting chess tourney I have ever seen and I can't wait for Topalov-Leko tonight. I go for 1/2-1/2 after a hard fought game. Well, hard-fought by Topalov and hard-defended by Leko.

Oct-06-05  bush: topee crushes lekee, 1-0..or 1/2-1/2
Oct-06-05  Maral: San Luis R7: Topalov. Will. Wins. Again.
Oct-06-05  Maral: San Luis R8: Topalov. Will. Wins. Again.
Oct-06-05  melianis: Leko is so cool he might just do that.
Oct-06-05  Batkoto: Go Vesko,all Bulgaria with you
Oct-06-05  Strong Beginner: I think it will be draw because leko is a very good defender
Oct-06-05  centercounter: <I'pretty sure there is no "r" sound in his surname. This is the most exciting chess tourney I have ever seen and I can't wait for Topalov-Leko tonight. I go for 1/2-1/2 after a hard fought game. Well, hard-fought by Topalov and hard-defended by Leko.>

I'm sure both players are exhausted. Topa, especially, with all his long games. It is a shame, but I'm sure Leko no longer has WC ambitions this tournament and Topalov has no reason to risk anything being +5 already. I actually root for a draw today.

An interesting perspective... in addition to beating Kasim, Topa also beat Anand yesterday. Vishy is in a situation where he has to win every game now, and it may well have at least influenced him to overreach and take uncharacteristic risks.

Oct-06-05  Stevens: <For Topalov to take 6.5/7 against a field like this **who all share the contemporary theoretical understanding of the game** places this achievement as the best tournament performance of all time.>

This is a bit misleading. I realise they are probably all stronger in relation to players of yesteryear, but the new players all benefit from technology today that wasn't available before - computer engines, databases etc. I don't see great performance today as any better than great performances of previous tournaments. I do agree though that Topalov has been outstanding though, but remember we're only half way through.

Funny how many Topalov die hard fans there are all of a sudden ;-)

Oct-06-05  paulgrow: Can anyone tell me why Kramnik isn't playing? Was he invited to San Luis?
Oct-06-05  Stevens: <paulgrow> now you've gawn and done it...

Oct-06-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <hamerjohn> I hope this link helps you with the time zones for the second 1/2 of the tournament. http://www.worldtimeserver.com/curr...

Please note, every day, when there is a match, the game start the same time. For my time zone, it's 11 AM. So after the friday free day, Saturday, Sunday, etc... the match will start 11 AM.

Oct-06-05  Stevens: <child of my tears> you're right, there's no r sound in Topalov, i was trying to indicate the aa sound and not the "a" like apple, but i think i misled.

Oct-06-05  paulgrow: Stevens: Was there any other players who should have been invited?
Oct-06-05  Stevens: Oh god! It doesn't matter about time zones! You just look at the .....

oh i can't be bothered ;-/

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