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Topalov Beats Nisipeanu In Bucharest

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/12/12, 1:41 PM.

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Veselin Topalov beat local GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in round 5 of the Kings Tournament.

Despite some enterprising play during the tournament, this is only the second decisive game so far after Vassily Ivanchuk's win against the same player in the opening round.

Topalov now joins Ivanchuk as joint leader, and the pair meet in the final round with the Ukrainian having the white pieces.

In the other round 5 game, Vassily Ivanchuk held Fabiano Caruana with the black pieces.

The standings after 5 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2769 3
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2763 3
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2668

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Topalov took advantage of a time-trouble blunder from Nisipeanu

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Ivanchuk managed to hold Caruana to a draw

Kings 2012 Round 5 Vassily Ivanchuk v Fabiano Caruana.jpg

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The final round starts at 15:30 local time (13:30 UTC).  Follow it live at the official website.

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Final Round - 13th November
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter  Caruana Fabiano 
Ivanchuk Vassily  Topalov Veselin 

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Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 22 months ago

    neluroman

    Nisipeanu has played relatively well, but his 33 ...Qc1 blew up his position. Were   not for this blunder a draw would have been  very probable

  • 22 months ago

    _valentin_

  • 22 months ago

    _valentin_

    If Ivanchuk and Topalov draw their final-round game (which is not unthinkable), and if Caruana beats Nisipeanu (not impossible, though he plays with black), there will be a curious situation where 3 out of 4 players will split 1st place in the tournament (this is 75% of the participants! Wink) because of equal points and equal tie-break scores; only the 4th (last participant) player (Nisipeanu) will finish below them.

  • 22 months ago

    Ozril

    What blunder was taken advantage of?  7. d5?

  • 22 months ago

    RealityDysfunction

    @ClavierCavalier - No, usually they look at the tie-break points which are calculated based on "Who" you beat, for example if you and I are tied for points, then they look at which other guys you and I beat, If you beat more "better" players than I, then you would win.

  • 22 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Just out of curiosity, do they order tied players by their rating?

  • 22 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Topa is in his own class when it comes to the beauty of chess games. I admire him for playing interesting chess, even when it loses. I think he deserves to be 2800+

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