Veselin Topalov Insists: "The Battle All Lies Ahead, It Is Too Early to Draw Conclusions"

Время публикации: 26.08.2015 15:42 | Последнее обновление: 26.08.2015 16:44

The first game to finish in round 3 of the Sinquefield Cup was Anand-Topalov. After two losses, the Indian played with maximum accuracy, whilst the leader, with the black pieces, experienced no problems, but was unable to seize the initiative. Draw on move 31.

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In the press room, Topalov admitted he was unsufficiently ambitious to think of trying to repeat Caruana's seven-game winning streak in St Louis last year. "No, no, a draw with Black is a good result", smiled the Bulgarian. "Especially in my situation". 

In Veselin's words, it is not even wholly right to call him the leader. "The gaps from my chasers is too small. For example, if Magnus wins, which I hope he doesn't, he will be only half a point behind me and this difference means almost nothing". His hopes were not realised - Ed.

[Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.25"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2816"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nc3 e5 9. Qd3 h6 10. Nd2 b5 11. a4 Rb8 12. Rd1 Be7 13. axb5 axb5 14. Nf1 b4 15. Nd5 Nxd5 16. Qxd5 O-O 17. Ne3 Be6 18. Qd3 Qc7 19. Bd2 Rfc8 20. c3 bxc3 21. Bxc3 Qb7 22. Nd5 Bg5 23. h3 Ra8 24. Ne3 Bxe3 25. Qxe3 Rxa1 26. Rxa1 Ra8 27. Rxa8+ Qxa8 28. f3 Qc6 29. Kf2 f6 30. Kg1 Qc5 31. Qxc5 dxc5 1/2-1/2


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