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Chess: Veselin Topalov rallies in Bulgaria

May 09, 2010|Jack Peters

Position No. 6106: Black to play. Find the quickest win. From the game Indra Lahiri-Leo Kamgar, Western Pacific Open, Los Angeles 2010.

Solution to Position No. 6105: Black wins the Queen by 1…Bd3+ 2 Kc1 Nf3, as White cannot stand 3 Nd5 Rfc8+ or 3 a3 Nxd2 4 axb4 Nb3 mate. Another method is 2…Rfc8, foreseeing 3 Rde1 Rxc3+ or 3 Bxd4 exd4.

Challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria won Tuesday's eighth game against world champion Viswanathan Anand of India in Sofia, Bulgaria. Topalov's victory tied the score at 4-4 in the best-of-12-games world championship match.

Each has won an attacking gem and an endgame squeeze. Anand has played slightly more impressively, but style points don't count.

The match is scheduled to conclude with games at 5 a.m. PDT Sunday and Tuesday. If the score reaches 6-6, tiebreaks will be played Thursday. For live coverage, see the official site,

U.S. Championship

The 2010 U.S. Championship begins Thursday in St. Louis. The 24-player field, one of the strongest ever, features 2009 champion Hikaru Nakamura and 20 other grandmasters. Varuzhan Akobian and Melikset Khachiyan will represent Southern California, and former state champion IM Levon Altounian, who now lives in Arizona, will also participate. The nine-round tournament is scheduled to end May 25.

International news

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, former U.S. Champion Gata Kamsky and GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan tied for first last weekend in the President's Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Each scored 5-2 in the round robin of 25-minute games.

The sixth Grand Prix tournament begins today in Astrakhan, Russia. The 14-player round robin will be the final event in the 2008-2009 series that was delayed by the withdrawals of three sponsors. Levon Aronian of Armenia has already clinched first place in the Grand Prix, but the second-place winner will also be invited to the eight-player competition that will determine the challenger in the 2011 world championship.

Local news

Simon Kogan scored 3 1/2-1/2 to win the latest tournament at the Santa Monica Bay Chess Club. The club runs tournaments continuously on Monday evenings in St. Andrew's Church, 11555 National Blvd. in Los Angeles. Call Pete Savino at (310) 827-2789 for more information.

Tatev Abrahamyan leads IM Tim Taylor, 2 1/2-1 1/2, in their six-game match at the Los Angeles Chess Club.

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