Veselin Topalov Wins Linares 2010!
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:43
Veselin Topalov made a fantastic comeback to one of his favourite sites, after taking a timeout last year to play the match against Kamsky, and won the six-player Linares supertournament in style.
Entering the second half of the double round robin tournament with a large margin of point and a half ahead of the opposition, his victory appeared imminent, but he almost threw it away in the penultimate game after losing against the last-year winner Alexander Grischuk, who then caught up on the shared first place.
But Topalov quickly bounced up and beat the 2009 World Cup winner Boris Gelfand in the last round in an impressive Rook endgame. Meanwhile, Grischuk could not achieve more than a draw with black pieces against Francisco Vallejo Pons and remained half a point behind the Bulgarian.
Levon Aronian secured the third place by winning against Vugar Gashimov.
1. Veselin Topalov BUL 2805 - 6.5
2. Alexander Grischuk RUS 2736 - 6.0
3. Levon Aronian ARM 2781 - 5.5
4-6. Vugar Gashimov AZE 2759, Boris Gelfand ISR 2761 and Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP 2705 - 4.0