"I Don't Feel Ashamed For Such A Draw"

Время публикации: 26.09.2012 00:18 | Последнее обновление: 26.09.2012 00:27

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Veselin Topalov doesn't want to be a tourist in London (АUDIO)

All the games of London Grand Prix round 5 ended in a draw. Tastes differ but perhaps one of the most interesting games was between Topalov and Leko. Topalov made his favorite exchange sacrifice in one of the modern Indian defence variations. He mentioned that at that moment he felt himself near to the victory. "But I just couldn't find how to make a last hit. My opponent showed very good defensive skills and it's hard to say where I could play better". Veselin said that he is happy with his game today. "I don't feel ashamed for such a draw" he said.

You can listen Veselin's full interview given to our reporter Maria Yurenok in Audioplayer [in Russian]. The grandmaster underlined that although he is visiting London for the first time, he wants to concentrate on his play. "Here you must chose to be a tourist or to be a chess player". 

[Event "1st FIDE GP London 2012"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2012.09.25"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Leko, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "Nimzovich variation (exaggerated fianchetto)"] [EventDate ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. O-O d5 9. Qc2 Nbd7 10. Rd1 O-O 11. Bf4 Rc8 12. Nc3 Nh5 13. Bc1 Nhf6 14. Bb2 Qc7 15. e4 dxc4 16. Nd2 e5 17. Nxc4 exd4 18. Rxd4 Rfd8 19. Ne2 Bc5 20. h3 Bxc4 21. Qxc4 Ne5 22. Qc3 Bxd4 23. Nxd4 c5 24. Nf5 Nc6 25. Nxg7 Nd4 26. Qe3 Nxe4 27. Bxe4 Kxg7 28. Qg5+ Kh8 29. Bf5 Rb8 30. Re1 Re8 31. Rc1 Qe7 32. Qh5 f6 33. Bxd4 cxd4 34. Rc6 Rf8 35. Re6 Qg7 36. Re4 Qf7 37. Qf3 Qb7 38. Qe2 Rf7 39. Rxd4 Re7 40. Qf1 Rbe8 41. Qg2 Re1+ 42. Kh2 Qxg2+ 43. Kxg2 R8e7 44. a4 R1e5 45. Bd3 Kg7 46. Kf3 Rh5 47. Kg4 Rg5+ 48. Kh4 Rc5 49. Bc4 Kh6 50. g4 Rce5 51. Rd8 Re8 52. Rd7 R8e7 53. Rd8 Re8 54. Rd7 R8e7 55. Rd8 Re8 56. Rd7 R8e7 1/2-1/2 

In his turn Peter Leko finds his result quite fair. He didn't tell what he was going to do the next day, but mentioned that it will not be chess.

The players position in the crosstable after round 5 has not changed: Boris Gelfand is leading the race. His closest rivals are Alexander Grischuk and Peter Leko.

Crosstable, timetable, results, all the games and other info related to the tournament


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