Naiditsch Wins Villarrobledo Rapid

Naiditsch Wins Villarrobledo Rapid

| 1 | Chess Event Coverage

The 24th international rapid chess tournament in Villarrobledo, Spain took place from 25-26th July, with 124 competitors slugging it out for the title won by Veselin Topalov last year.

At the end of the 9 round Swiss event, it was the German Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch (pictured) who finished the winner on 7.5/9, ahead of the likes of Alexei Shirov, Alexander Grischuk and Ruslan Ponomariov.

Naiditsch set a blistering pace early on, scoring 6/6!  Although he lost in round 7 to Vadim Milov, he recovered to beat Ponomariov in round 8 to clinch the title and a cheque for 3,000 euros.

The leading scorers were:

1 Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2697 7.5
2 Grischuk Alexander RUS 2733 7
3 Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2682 7
4 Shirov Alexei ESP 2732 7
5 Ni Hua CHN 2701 7
6 Milov Vadim SUI 2659 7
7 Fridman Daniel GER 2665 7
8 Bacrot Etienne FRA 2721 6.5
9 Khenkin Igor GER 2634 6.5
10 Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2523 6.5


Here are some games from the event, including Naiditsch's crucial win against Ponomariov.





More from SonofPearl News Is Changing... News Is Changing...

Beijing To Host 5th 2012/13 Grand Prix

Beijing To Host 5th 2012/13 Grand Prix