Kasimdzhanov beats Topalov to enter final

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Top seed Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria made his exit from the World Chess Championship after a second straight defeat.

Kasimdzhanov beats Topalov to enter final

Tripoli :

Top seed Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria made his exit from the World Chess Championship after a second straight defeat against Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan in the semifinal tiebreaker. In the final round, Kasimdzhanov will meet GM Michael Adams of England, who had ousted another Uzbek GM Teimour Radjabov in the semis. Topalov, who worked hard in the competition giving a memorable performance with as many as nine victories besides five draws in the games played under normal time control. However, not playing a single tiebreak up to the semifinals apparently proved to be disastrous as the Bulgarian was simply not upto it against Kasimdzhanov in 25 minutes each game with 10 seconds edition after every move. For Kasimdzhanov this event has been an exceptional one with victories over top seeds including No. 3 Alexander Grishchuk of Russia and No. 4 Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine. Only five players with 2700+ ELO rating participated in this World championship and three of them were knocked down by the Uzbek star. Adams is the only one remaining from the club. Adams starts as a huge favourite for the match but given the luck factor, there could be one last surprise left in the knockout championship. (PTI)



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