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cairo 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Strongest tournament of the year!! A category XX tournament is on the way in the capital Sofia of Bulgaria, more here:

-> www.chessbase.com

Best wishes
Cairo
cairo 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Live transmission here: -> www.mtelmasters.com

Cairo
cairo 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Results Round 1 (Thursday, May 12, 2005)

Vladimir Kramnik 1-0 Ruslan Ponomariov
Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2 Veselin Topalov
Michael Adams 1/2-1/2 Judit Polgar

Best wishes
Cairo
wolstoncroft1 29 ( +1 | -1 )
current standings after 3 rounds:
points / player / W / L / D
2 Michael Adams 1 0 2
1.5 Judit Polgar 0 0 3
1.5 Anand 0 0 3
1.5 Topolov 0 0 3
1.5 Kramnik 1 1 1
1 Ponomariov 0 1 2

Michael Adams won against Kramnik
Kramnik won against Ponomariov

All other games have been Drawn.

thanks for the info cairo!!!
Tom
alberlie 4 ( +1 | -1 )
I know I'm stupid, ... but how in the world can Polgar - Anand be drawn??
thumper 39 ( +1 | -1 )
Cairo...... I'm glad to see that the tournament organizers have taken my advise about no draw offers. If you go back in the GK archives you will see that my argument against agreed draws was both profound and powerfull. It's also gratifying to know they turn to GK when they want proper direction. ;-)
Thanks for the link. I look forward to some well fought games.
alberlie 5 ( +1 | -1 )
whoops,... I was looking at a faulty game notation. Nevermind.
cairo 76 ( +1 | -1 )
Round 3-4-5 and standings Round 3 (Saturday, May 14, 2005)
Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2 Ruslan Ponomariov
Michael Adams 1-0 Vladimir Kramnik
Judit Polgar 1/2-1/2 Veselin Topalov

Round 4 (Sunday, May 15, 2005)
Michael Adams 1/2-1/2 Ruslan Ponomariov
Judit Polgar 1/2-1/2 Viswanathan Anand
Veselin Topalov 1/2-1/2 Vladimir Kramnik

Round 5 (Monday, May 16, 2005)
Ruslan Ponomariov 1-0 Veselin Topalov
Vladimir Kramnik 1-0 Judit Polgar
Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2 Michael Adams

Current standings after round 5:

Michael Adams 3.0
Vladimir Kramnik 3.0
Viswanathan Anand 2.5
Ruslan Ponomariov 2.5
Veselin Topalov 2.0
Judit Polgar 2.0

Next round:

Round 6 (Wednesday, May 18, 2005)

Best wishes
Cairo
cairo 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Round 6 Round 6 (Wednesday, May 18, 2005)

Ruslan Ponomariov 1-0 Vladimir Kramnik
Veselin Topalov 1-0 Viswanathan Anand
Judit Polgar 1-0 Michael Adams

No draws!!

Best wishes
Cairo
cairo 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Round 7 Round 7 (Thursday, May 19, 2005)

Judit Polgar 1/2-1/2 Ruslan Ponomariov
Michael Adams 0-1 Veselin Topalov
Viswanathan Anand 1-0 Vladimir Kramnik

Best wishes
Cairo
cairo 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Round 8 and standings Round 8 (Friday, May 20, 2005)

Ruslan Ponomariov 1/2-1/2 Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik 1/2-1/2 Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov 1/2-1/2 Judit Polgar

Standings after Round 8:

Ruslan Ponomariov 4.5
Veselin Topalov 4.5
Viswanathan Anand 4.0
Judit Polgar 4.0
Michael Adams 3.5
Vladimir Kramnik 3.5

2 rounds to go!

Best wishes
Cairo

ketchuplover 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Topolav beats Pono :)
invincible1 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Yups! (Round 9) Topalov not just beats Pono but ROUTS him! An absolutely brilliant game with stunning sacrifices!!! I can't find the game in text so unable to paste here.

Topalov-Ponomariov 1-0
Adams-Anand 0-1
Polgar-Kramnik 1/2-1/2
invincible1 56 ( +1 | -1 )
Topalov-Ponomariov Ponomariov: "By this variation Topalov won the tournament!" 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 00 8.Rc1 c6 9.e4 d5 10.e5 TN; 10.Bd3 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nbd7 12.Nxf6 Nxf6 13.Bc3 c5 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.00!? Bb7 16.Qe2 Re8 17.b4 e5, Bologan, V 2665 - Tkaciev, V 2635, 01, 2004, Belfort FRA;15.Qe2!? Bb7 16.00 h6 17.b4 Be7, Topalov, V 2735 - Gelfand, B 2709,1/2, 2004, Monte Carlo MNC 10...Ne4 11.Bd3 Nxc3 12.Rxc3 c5 Anand: "This game finished practically on 12-th move!" 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.h4 h6 15.Bb1 f5?! Topalov: "Ruslan was obliged to play 15...Nd7!? in order to be able to transfer the knight to the king's flank." 16.exf6 Bxf6 17.Qc2 d4 18.Ng5 hxg5 19.hxg5 dxc3 20.Bf4 20.Rh8 +- 20...Kf7 21.Qg6+ Ke7 22.gxf6+ Rxf6 Time: 01:10:42 - 00:56:14 23.Qxg7+ Rf7 24.Bg5+ Kd6 25.Qxf7 Qxg5 26.Rh7 Qe5+ 27.Kf1 Kc6 28.Qe8+ Kb6 29.Qd8+ Kc6 30.Be4+!? 10
cairo 67 ( +1 | -1 )
Round 9 - 10 and final standings Round 9 (Saturday, May 21, 2005)

Veselin Topalov 1-0 Ruslan Ponomariov
Judit Polgar 1/2-1/2 Vladimir Kramnik
Michael Adams 0-1 Viswanathan Anand

Round 10 (Sunday, May 22, 2005)

Ruslan Ponomariov 1/2-1/2 Michael Adams
Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2 Judit Polgar
Vladimir Kramnik 0-1 Veselin Topalov
Games Report

Final standings after 10 rounds:

Veselin Topalov 6.5
Viswanathan Anand 5,5
Ruslan Ponomariov 5,0
Judit Polgar 5.0
Michael Adams 4,0
Vladimir Kramnik 4,0

Topalov is a BIG winner here and he will probably pass Anand on the next ratinglist!

Best wishes
Cairo
ibeben 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Fide Ratinglist Cairo,

Are you sure this tournament will count for the FIDE-rating of the players? I've heard in some places that it doesn't because count towards rating . Ther reason was that this isn't a normal tournament because of the fac that offering a draw is forbidden. This would be the reason that FIDE is not accepting this tournament for rating calculation.

Can anybody clear this matter?

Thanks,
Ibeben
juve_leo 32 ( +1 | -1 )
FIDE Ratinglist Just because of the fact that there are no draw offers doesnt mean that you can not draw. Chessbase.com has already written down projected rating changes and it shows that Topalov IS the new number 1 rated player in the world unless Garry Kasparov decides to return to professional chess.
cairo 50 ( +1 | -1 )
Ratinglist after this supertournament is:

This means that if a rating list was published today it would have the following players in the top slots (without the retired Garry Kasparov):

1. Veselin Topalov 2788
2. Vishy Anand 2784
3. Peter Leko 2763
4. Vassily Ivanchuk 2751
5. Vladimir Kramnik 2742
6. Judit Polgar 2735
7. Michael Adams 2729

Best wishes
Cairo
nottop 17 ( +1 | -1 )
tx Thanks Cairo for posting these.
I wasn't even aware that this tournament was happening.
The results were not what I would have expected.