Veselin Topalov wins &quotM-TEL MASTERS&quot Super Tournament Print
Monday, 23 May 2005 00:00
An International Super chess tournament "M-TEL MASTERS" was held from May11 till May 22 in Sofia.
Veselin Topalov won his games in the last 2 rounds to finish first in the competition.
View final standings Visit the Official site of the Tournament.

"Mobiltel" and "Kaissa Chess Management" have organized an International Super chess tournament "M-TEL MASTERS" from May 11th-22nd, 2005 in Sofia.

The event was a part of the festivities on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the biggest Bulgarian mobile operator (

Six of the best chess players on the planet participate in the competition: Viswanathan Anand (India), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine), Michael Adams (England) and Judit Polgar (Hungary).

The tournament belongs to the 20th Category of FIDE. According to average ELO this is the toughest tournament in the world for the current year. The Tournament`s Regulation provides for the holding of 2 rounds with seven-hours` time control, classical chess. This way every participant was able to play two games against the others. If there were a draw at the top, a tie-break would be provided for which had to determine the winner in the Tournament of Sofia.

During the rest day Grand Master Veselin Topalov gave a simul to chess fans at the garden in front of the National Theater. Mobiltel provided and set up 10 marble chess play tables in the garden.
For a second year in a row Mobiltel has been sponsoring the best bulgarian chess player. In February last year the mobile operator organized a demonstration TV match between the rapid chess World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Topalov.

Final Standings:

   Name                 Fed  Pts
1. Topalov, Veselin     BUL  6.5
2. Anand, Viswanathan   IND  5.5
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan   UKR  5
   Polgar, Judith       HUN  5
5. Kramnik, Vladimir    RUS  4
   Adams, Michael       ENG  4

Visit the Official web site at: for more details.
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