Kings Tournament Round Two

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/8/12, 1:44 PM.

fabiano caruana 6.jpgFabiano Caruana missed a clear opportunity to gain his first win of the Kings Tournament in Bucharest in round two.

The Italian star faced Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and seemed to have victory in sight before a crucial slip gave his Romanian opponent the chance to save the game by giving perpetual check.

Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk played a long and closely fought game which ended in a draw.  Ivanchuk had the better chances in the endgame, but it wasn't enough for victory. 

Topalov will be surely be disappointed to have failed to achieve a win after having the white pieces in his first two games.

The standings after 2 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2763
Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2769 1
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786 1
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2668 ½


Fabiano Caruana missed his chance against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu

Kings 2012 Round 2 Fabiano Caruana.jpg



Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk

Kings 2012 Round 2 VeselinTopalov v Vassily Ivanchuk.jpg




Rounds start at 15:30 local time (13:30 UTC) and can be followed live at the official website.

The full schedule is:

Round 1 - 7th November
Topalov Veselin  Caruana Fabiano 
Ivanchuk Vassily  Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 
Round 2 - 8th November
Caruana Fabiano  Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 
Topalov Veselin  Ivanchuk Vassily 
Round 3 - 9th November
Ivanchuk Vassily  Caruana Fabiano 
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter  Topalov Veselin 
Round 4 - 11th November
Caruana Fabiano  Topalov Veselin 
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter  Ivanchuk Vassily 
Round 5 - 12th November
Caruana Fabiano  Ivanchuk Vassily 
Topalov Veselin  Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 
Round 6 - 13th November
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter  Caruana Fabiano 
Ivanchuk Vassily  Topalov Veselin 


Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

3723 reads 8 comments
5 votes


  • 4 years ago



    Yes! Money rulz! But in the past there were some issues regarding the amount of money needed for the organization. They ”lost” around 400000$...  I live 30 miles from  Bazna… it would have been nice to visit the tournament again… maybe next year Cry

  • 4 years ago


    @ imsplori - I don't know, but I suspect money may be involved in the answer.

  • 4 years ago


    Thats bad, he missed the bonus round

  • 4 years ago


    I think Caruana lost his cool and didnt work out the best calculation !!!!! 

  • 4 years ago


    Why was the tournament moved to Bucharest? The "default" lacation is Medias is... here are some GM fotos from previous editions

  • 4 years ago


    Caruana really missed it. Got wrong calculation.
    Ivanchuck was beaten by Karpov few days back.

  • 4 years ago


    Ivanchuk is one of the old timers in the top ranks, but he still has a quick mind of a youngster, go Chucky!

  • 4 years ago



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