Round 2 at M-Tel Masters

Round 2 at M-Tel Masters

| 4 | Chess Event Coverage

Ivanchuk topples Topalov

After the excitement of the first round, day 2 in Sofia only produced one decisive game, but what a game!

Fresh from his first round defeat of the dangerous Lev Aronian with the Black pieces, Topalov pressed hard against Ivanchuk but the Ukranian (pictured) was up to the task and held firm against the onslaught to emerge victorious.

The time control at M-Tel is 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by an extra 60 minutes to finish the game.  There is no time increment per move, which can lead to more time-trouble errors as the players run down the clock.

Bu Xiangzhi and Teimour Radjabov played a hard fought game that ended in perhaps the most certain draw possible - bare kings!  Aronian and Cheparinov was an altogether more placid affair, ending in an opposite coloured bishop drawn ending.

The results in round 2:

Veselin Topalov 
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Bu Xiangzhi 
 Teimour Radjabov
Levon Aronian 
 Ivan Cheparinov


The standings after round 2:

1Ivanchuk Vassily2740UKR* * 11  2,020,01,50
2Cheparinov Ivan2695BUL * *  1½1,510,00,75
3Topalov Veselin2767BUL0 * *  11,010,00,50
4Radjabov Teimour2751AZE0  * *½ 0,500,50,25
Bu Xiangzhi2708CHN 0 ½* * 0,500,50,25
6Aronian Levon2763ARM ½0  * *0,500,00,75





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