Topalov marches into semifinals

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Top seed Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria marched into the semifinals of the World Chess Championship beating Andrei Kharlov of Russia 2-0.

Topalov marches into semifinals

Tripoli :

Top seed Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria marched into the semifinals of the World Chess Championship beating Andrei Kharlov of Russia 2-0. Second seed Grandmaster Michael Adams of England also made it to the last four following a hard earned draw in the second game with 1999 finalist GM Vladimir Akopian of Armenia. GM Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan defeated GM Lenier Dominiguez of Cuba and Russian Alexander Grishchuk in the other quarterfinals after slugging it out in the tiebreakers. Topalov registered his ninth victory in 10 games, by far the highest score by a semifinalist in all World Championships under the knockout format. The Bulgarian has touched peak form and looks to be the favourite to lift the title. Kharlov got a feel of Topalov's form as he was handed a double blow in contrasting fashion. While the first one was an elegant positional win, Kharlov, playing white, was outclassed in the second with some wild tactics arising out of a Bishops opening. "I was worse in the opening, had to sacrifice one pawn and later a full rook for three pawns. It was a good game with some mistakes," said Topalov. "A lot of games still remain to be played," added the Bulgarian when asked about how he viewed his chances. (PTI)



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