Topalov Loses To Vallejo In León

Topalov Loses To Vallejo In León

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Leon 25th Anniversary logo.jpgWhatever happened to Veselin Topalov?  Just over 2 years ago he was a strong challenger for the world chess championship, just losing out to Vishy Anand in an exciting match.

Since then the Bulgarian seems to have struggled to recapture anything like his previous form and has gradually slid down the chess rankings and out of the world's top 10.

Francisco Vallejo Pons is a strong player, but the Topalov of 2 years ago would surely have beaten him with ease.

Instead, the popular Spaniard beat Topalov in their six-game rapid match in León by a score of 3½-2½ taking advantage of some terrible blunders from his opponent.

The match consisted of 6 rapid games played over 3 days from 8-10 June. The time control was 45 minutes plus a 15 second increment.

The match results are below.  The official website is here.

Name  Nat  Elo   1  2  3  4  5  6  Pts
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP  2697  ½  1  1  0  1  0  3½
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2752  ½  0  0  1  0  1  2½

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Veselin Topalov Francisco Vallejo Pons
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