Topalov in top form enroute to semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Top seed Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria starts as top favourite against Uzbekistan GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Topalov in top form enroute to semis

Tripoli :

Top seed Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria starts as top favourite against Uzbekistan GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the four-game semifinal of the World Chess Championship. GM Michael Adams of England will take on teenager Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan in the other semifinal, which has already been termed as 'anyone's match'. It has been 12 days of exciting chess with rapid, blitz and sudden death games in every round. The championship is being played on a knockout basis and the winner's purse is US$ 100,000 out of a total prize pool of over 1.5 million US Dollars. Topalov's form is an indicative of a history in the making. His compatriot Antoaneta Stefanova was crowned the World Women's Chess champion in Elista, Kalmykia and now he looks poised for a Bulgarian double in World championships. Topalov was amongst the favourites certainly before the start of the championship but no one would have guessed his extra ordinary results so far. The Bulgarian is looking like a man possessed and has won as many as nine out of his ten games so far. Only Sergei Movsesian of Slovakia was able to temporarily hold his juggernaut in the third round. Not lagging far behind is Adams who, like Topalov, is yet to play a tiebreaker. The I-mean-business look on Adams face clearly signifies that he wants to better his previous best of semifinals in WCC. The Englishman, however, will have to keep Radjabov's stamina in mind. The Azerbaijan player is content playing the tiebreaker and has not missed even one opportunity to play the faster version since round two. Kasimdzhanov is Topalov's opponent and the person who has been constantly aided by the luck factor. In last three rounds, the Uzbek was on the verge of losing at least one of the two normal games and only thanks to some grave blunders and oversight by his opponents, he is in the semis. (PTI)



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