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🏆 Villarrobledo International Rapid Open (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexey Shirov, Vladimir Malakhov, Ivan Sokolov, Vadim Markovich Milov, Sergey A Fedorchuk, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Manuel Perez Candelario, Mladen Palac, Atanas Kolev, Namig Guliyev, Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez, Pablo Lafuente, Manuel Rivas Pastor, Dragan Paunovic, Aimen Rizouk, Herminio Herraiz Hidalgo, Oswaldo Zambrana, Maria Velcheva, Jose Ramon Ibanez Aullana, Francisco Javier Garcia Jimenez, Marco Antonio Fernandez Gil, Aaron Bendayan Claros, Juan Guerra Reig, Juan Maria Prieto Honorato, Enrique Alonso Abad

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs J Guerra Reig 1-0272008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
2. M Palac vs Topalov 0-1242008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Mamedyarov vs J Arizmendi Martinez 1-0452008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. Ponomariov vs N Guliyev  ½-½702008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenC42 Petrov Defense
5. V Malakhov vs O Zambrana  1-0562008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Topalov vs Mamedyarov  ½-½262008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Shirov vs V Malakhov  ½-½432008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB30 Sicilian
8. Paunovic vs Ponomariov ½-½662008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB10 Caro-Kann
9. N Guliyev vs V Milov  ½-½682008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. Shirov vs A Rizouk  ½-½342008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
11. H Herraiz Hidalgo vs Mamedyarov 0-1252008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
12. P Lafuente vs Ponomariov  0-1642008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. E Alonso Abad vs Mamedyarov  0-1292008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA05 Reti Opening
14. Shirov vs J Prieto Honorato  1-0162008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB06 Robatsch
15. A Bendayan Claros vs Ponomariov 0-1432008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. F Garcia Jimenez vs Topalov 0-1362008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB10 Caro-Kann
17. Mamedyarov vs J Ibanez Aullana  1-0292008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenE15 Queen's Indian
18. M Fernandez Gil vs Shirov  0-1422008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB30 Sicilian
19. Ponomariov vs M Velcheva  1-0332008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
20. Topalov vs M Rivas Pastor  1-0302008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenE16 Queen's Indian
21. Paunovic vs Topalov  0-1442008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA20 English
22. Ponomariov vs M Palac  ½-½722008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
23. V Malakhov vs M Perez Candelario  1-0352008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Topalov vs Shirov 1-0812008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA15 English
25. V Malakhov vs Mamedyarov  ½-½152008Villarrobledo International Rapid OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Stonehenge: No, Topalov was.
Aug-14-08  Inf: I didn't say at what ^^
Aug-14-08  ILikeFruits: i like topalov...
king topalov wants you...
im third...
Aug-14-08  OneArmedScissor: fourth
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  swordfish: Kind of an unbalanced field. The only strong opponent Topalov defeated was Shirov. I have to think Kamsky is getting better preparation for their match by playing in the Grand Prix.
Aug-14-08  Dr. Funkenstein: Swordfish: Finishing first in a tournament that includes Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, and Shirov isn't doing too bad. Yes Topalov was the top seed and the rest of the field wasn't as strong, but you still have to convert and he did so with a crushing 8/9

I think Topalov is more than prepared for Kamsky as he has the experience of going toe to toe with Kramnik in a much more high pressure situation. Additionally, Topalov is always extremely prepared in openings and his opponent's preferences so I don't think the lack of classical time control games against 2700's before their match is as big a disadvantage as you might think.

Aug-14-08  just a kid: Not a bad tournament for topalov.
Aug-15-08  Madman99X: Is this every match from the tournament? Or did it get truncated?
Aug-15-08  wolfmaster: <just a kid> <Not a bad tournament for topalov.> Yes, but he did yield draws (as white) to Mamedyarov and Ponomariov.
Aug-16-08  ILikeFruits: stop hating your king topalov....
topalov wants you....
long live adam sizzler...
Aug-17-08  blackburne: Information and photos of Villarrobledo Open in:


Dec-21-08  notyetagm: Another tournament in 2008, another Topalov win.
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