Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

MTel Masters Tournament

Veselin Topalov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Judit Polgar5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Michael Adams4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Topalov ½-½602005MTel MastersB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Adams vs Polgar ½-½742005MTel MastersB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. Kramnik vs Ponomariov 1-0602005MTel MastersB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½322005MTel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
5. Topalov vs Adams ½-½262005MTel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Ponomariov vs Polgar ½-½782005MTel MastersB54 Sicilian
7. Adams vs Ponomariov ½-½272005MTel MastersB10 Caro-Kann
8. Polgar vs Anand ½-½702005MTel MastersB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Adams vs Kramnik 1-0412005MTel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
10. Anand vs Ponomariov ½-½332005MTel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
11. Polgar vs Topalov ½-½602005MTel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
12. Topalov vs Kramnik ½-½522005MTel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
13. Ponomariov vs Topalov 1-0402005MTel MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Kramnik vs Polgar 1-0622005MTel MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Anand vs Adams ½-½542005MTel MastersA30 English, Symmetrical
16. Ponomariov vs Kramnik 1-0452005MTel MastersE12 Queen's Indian
17. Polgar vs Adams 1-0522005MTel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
18. Topalov vs Anand 1-0522005MTel MastersE15 Queen's Indian
19. Anand vs Kramnik 1-0202005MTel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
20. Adams vs Topalov 0-1542005MTel MastersB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
21. Polgar vs Ponomariov ½-½292005MTel MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Topalov vs Polgar ½-½682005MTel MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Ponomariov vs Anand ½-½542005MTel MastersA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Kramnik vs Adams ½-½532005MTel MastersC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
25. Topalov vs Ponomariov 1-0302005MTel MastersE15 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 133 OF 133 ·  Later Kibitzing>
May-25-05  Stevens: By the way <ariel> what did you make of the new rules at the MTel tournament regarding draws?
May-25-05  gabrielr: Wow, this is like watching Oprah. I think I am going to cry.
May-25-05  Stevens: <gabriel> who gets to be oprah? ;-)
May-25-05  arielbekarov: <Catfriend> I am afraid that you haven't understood me. When I am mentioning that the age group of 7-11 years old children shouldn't have a profile never mind how mature, doesn't mean they are creating a problem. They are surely not! But, you have to understand that I have to tell how I see it as a so called adult person. This is a question of responsibility and I can't gamble with what I think is right and important.

Young children (7-11 years) need a grown-up, hopefully mature person for guiding them and help them to make the meeting with Internet to a fruitful one. I don't want them to be banned. But, I prefer to present the world of Internet slowly for them, which means having all the options except for kibitzing. We are not aware of the age the kibitzer has before some postings, if not like you presenting it on your profile.

I can imagine a child at the age of seven getting a rude and ironic answer and this will harm the contact with a grown-up for long time. It's absolutely not needed !

I don't want to ban them! I want to be sure that they are ready to meet a new lovely world, where some idea of what can be written is well prepared. That's all! Now, it's hard to digest for you, but I am sure you will understand better with some more years. This might be called experience of life.

This is not a quarrel! We are discussing without getting personal and this is worth a lot! All the best!

May-25-05  arielbekarov: <Stevens> Good that you try to sort this out because it's very important that my slightly younger friends do understand me well. It would be sad, if I won't be able to make my point as it is expressed in English.

What do I think about the new ideas first presented in Sofia ?

The tournament was a real great one and some of the games were breath taking. I followed the now famous Veselin Topalov vs Judit Polgar 1/2-1/2.

This was not the only extraordinary game and it seems that the new rules are the ones that made it possible. So I am very much in favor of them.

It will be great in San Luis, Argentina.
The future looks bright for chess!

May-25-05  Stevens: <ariel> I though the new rules made for much more entertaining games. What puts me off following some live games is that you sit there for 2 hours watching the play develop and then from out of nowhere DRAW! So dissapointing.

Like i said, i thought it made watching the games more interesting, but some will always say that the quality of the chess will drop if players aren't allowed to agree to short draws in tournaments. Sometimes i agree with this but sometimes i think it's good to watch a baseball game where there are lots of runs and the games' momentum shifts backward and forth with some wild play, and sometimes it's good to see perfect pitching and perfect defense, even at the "expense" of lots of runs.

May-25-05  goosey2: <arielbekarov> Forget your total argument about kids and adults. Who cares who is anonimous and who isn't. It doesn't matter. So take it easy. Don't try and make everyone the same as you. Regards, Nino
May-25-05  madlydeeply: this is the first time I ever laughed out loud sitting by myself looking at this website
May-26-05  percyblakeney: The final Chessbase report from Sofia, at least the Kramnik cartoon is a bit fun:

May-26-05  hintza: They all look so happy, even Ponomariov. It's great to see!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Thanks <keypusher> and <Gregor Samsa Mendel>. I'll add those games to the collection. :)

Very well said, <Catfriend>! :)

May-26-05  arielbekarov: <hintza> It is really very good to see!

Obviously they respect and like each other.

May-27-05  SnakeMan: I have been enjoying this site for more than two years now, i dont write much, but i like to read all interesting discussions about players, positions and that stuff.

And now i see this boring discussion, come on!!! dont waste the time arguing about so insignificant matters of children, anonymous people, dont start making this site a boring place like, lets talk about chess, please dont mess the site.

May-27-05  sandyobrien: <percyblakeney>

I hope he didn't take that as an insult. Very funny, however.

May-28-05  PanamaChess: I wanted to share with everbody that from June 21 to June 27, GM Michael Adams will play a 6 games match against the considered most powerfull Computer today, Hydra.

It is said that hydra has been never beaten by humans yet, i remember that a time ago Topalov, Radjabov and somebody else played computers Hydra,Deep Blue and Fritz 7 and they got demolished by these computers.

I have watch some Hydra games and its great,i hope that Adams will be able to at leat beat Hydra once.

to read the whole notice go to

May-28-05  goosey2: umm... <sandyobrien> Do you really think Kramnik reads the junk posted on this site????
May-28-05  SnoopDogg: <It is said that hydra has been never beaten by humans yet> Correction, never been beaten by a human besides correspondence chess. GM Nickel, not even 2600, crushed Hydra with the black pieces and later again with white.
May-28-05  MrSifter: Don't matter, it's been outplayed convincingly enough.
May-29-05  SnoopDogg: <a time ago Topalov, Radjabov and somebody else played computers Hydra,Deep Blue and Fritz 7> What?? Deep Blue was disassembled years ago, they have a Fritz 8 now and Radjabov was nowhere near Bilbao where Topalov, Karjakin, and Ponomariov played against Hydra, Junior 9, and Fritz 8. Karjakin thrashed Junior, Topalov almost won Hydra and Ponomariov sucked the whole tournament. I'll admit the humans did get slaughtered but it was not any of the GM's best day or even good day for that matter and plus these are not the best players in the world. Maybe Topalov but Ponomariov and
May-29-05  MrSifter: <SnoopDogg> It doesn't really matter. Topalov showed he outplayed the machine, Karjakin, who wasn't even brought in as a represntative of the best human chess players, (just as a young star which would be attract more people to the event) toasted Junior in excellent style. Ponomariov was obviously in bad form and no one really takes his bad perfomance very seriously because of that.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: I just found M-Tel on the list of tournaments to be rated for the July 2005 ratings list:

So it's a rated tournament after all. :)

Sep-09-07  Cactus: What was the end result?
Sep-09-07  Karpova: <Cactus>
MTel Masters (2005)

Just add <&crosstable=1> at the end of the link to see the final standings

Oct-05-13  gospod1: people i came to the page about this tournament for one reason look at krammnik vs adams looks like a regular game but the game feauters the most played moves in the ruy lopez which proves ends in a draw
Oct-05-13  John Abraham: <gospod1> Do you have nothing better to do than visit old tournament pages trying to find evidence to support your theory that the Ruy Lopez always end in a draw?
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 133)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 133 OF 133 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific tournament only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC