Round 8 at Mtel Masters

Round 8 at Mtel Masters

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Topalov wins again to stay in contention

The amazing Veselin Topalov (artist's impression pictured!) convincingly won his 8th round game against his countryman and friend, Ivan Cheparinov to close the gap to former runaway leader Vassily Ivanchuk to just half a point. 

Ivanchuk was definitely second best in his game but hung on to draw against Bu Xiangzhi.  Since his 5/5 start, Ivanchuk has now drawn his last three games.

Teimour Radjabov survived time trouble to convert a nice position into a win against Lev Aronian, who will probably want to forget this tournament as soon as possible.

The results in round 8:

Topalov, Veselin - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 32 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Aronian, Levon - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 44 E97 King's Indian Classical
Bu Xiangzhi - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 61 A30 English Symmetrical

The standings after round 8:

1Ivanchuk Vassily2740UKR* *1 ½1 ½111 ½6,5
2Topalov Veselin2767BUL0 ½* *½1 11 116,0
3Radjabov Teimour2751AZE0 ½½* *½½ 1½ 14,5
4Cheparinov Ivan2695BUL00 0½* *½ ½1 13,5
5Aronian Levon2763ARM00 0½ 0½ ½* *½2,0
6Bu Xiangzhi2708CHN0 ½0½ 00 0½* *1,5

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