25th Leon Masters 2012 (Games and Results)
Vallejo defeats Topalov in the 25th Leon Masters 2012
Mark Crowther - Sunday 10th June 2012
Vallejo-Topalov. Photo © | http://www.advancedchessleon.com/
The 25th Leon Masters went ahead in spite of the financial crisis engulfing Spain. The organisers did a truly great job keeping going for so long and didn't deserve to have their thunder stolen by the Tal Memorial. Veselin Topalov and one of his former seconds Francisco Vallejo Pons played a 6 game rapid match Friday 8th - Sunday 10th June 2012. 2 games at 45m+15spm per day. Francisco Vallejo Pons defeated Veselin Topalov 3.5-2.5. He thought he came physically well prepared and played well. However all the questions were really about Topalov who blundered badly on single moves in all his losses. Topalov, just as after his bad Wijk aan Zee event, was typically level headed. "Clearly I suffered a crisis, especially in concentration. But I'm at an age [37 years old] where it is still appropriate to continue in the elite. I hope that when I get in shape by playing more tournaments, this will improve my performance. " Indeed Topalov looks most of all desperately short of chess and he'll have to think how he is going to remedy this.
Day 1: Black had the best of both games. Topalov had an edge in game one, Vallejo in game 2 but it was a horror story blunder from Topalov 42.Qd3? (42.Qc3 or 42.Kg1 preventing mate) allowing 42...Rh4+ with an instant win. Vallejo surprisingly leads 1.5-0.5.Day 2: Vallejo won the first game of the day to open up a two point gap (after another one move blunder from Topalov) but Topalov finally won one in game 4 in a more normal manner.
Day 3: Another bad error, this time in the opening by Topalov led to a big disadvantage which Vallejo pressed home to a win in game 5 which won him the match. Topalov won the final game but this only limited the damage.
XXV Ciudad de Leon (Leon ESP)
Fri 8th Jun 2012 - Sun 10th Jun 2012 - Official Site
XXV Ciudad de Leon (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:45m+15spm) - Games in PGN: Games
XXV Ciudad de Leon (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC: 45m+15spm) - Games in PGN: Games
| XXV Ciudad de Leon Leon ESP Fri 8th Jun 2012 - Sun 10th Jun 2012
Leading Final Round 6 Standings:
|1||Vallejo Pons, Francisco||GM||ESP||2697||½||1||1||0||1||0||3.5|