The closing ceremony of Mtel Masters 2007 marked the end of one of the most competitive tournaments in the last decade. The tournament was decided at the very last round, as you can see from our commentary of the Topalov-Sasikiran game.
The organizers produced a concise and warm ceremony, the players were awarded their caricatures by Ivailo Ninov, Adams and Nisipeanu received the special Bulstrad Award for most exciting game – their match from Round 8. As the third time winner, Topalov added one more golden Icon to his collection. The Icon represents the four saints warriors and its spirit parallels Topalov’s attractive and ruthless gamestyle.
Round 09 starts with a pleasant surprise for Topalov
Round 09 starts with less press intrusion and a pleasant surprise for Topalov and all Bulgarian viewers.
Topalov Smiling for the Journalists
Today there was a special guest to open the game between Kamsky and Topalov – the Bulgarian World Champion in wrestling – Boyan Radev. Mr. Radev was invited to make Kamsky’s first move. As you can see from the pictures, he was very excited and asked a confirmation from Silvio Danailov where to move the white pawn.
Silvio Danailov introduces the Famous Bulgarian Wrestler and World Champion – Boyan Radev
The World Champion – Boyan Radev – makes Kamsky’s first move
Mr. Radev gave a very special present to Topalov – one of his medals to serve him as a good luck charme. The World Champion in wrestling hugged cordially the Bulgarian Chess Grandmaster and then made a round of hanshakes with all the players before leaving the game area.
It was a nice “warm and fuzzy” moment and a great gesture from a former World Champion to a former World Champion. The episode can be described as a pleasant and no-stress moment for all the chess players, once again an excellent move from the organizers.
Topalov receives a medal from Boyan Radev; Mr. Espejo marks the beginning of round nine.
Shortly after Mr. Radev left the stage, the chief referee Mr. Espejo greeted the spectators with his usual “Dobar vecher, good afternoon” and opened the round.
Let the games of round 9 begin!
Mamedyarov shared that he was affraid of losing today; Adams is interviewed for ICC.
While both Adams and Mamedyarov seemed relieved but kind of sad because of their draw, Sasikiran and Nisipeanu, who also made a draw, were both in a very good mood, kindly answering questions.
Reporters all around, Mamedyarov nervous and bothered by the flashing of the cameras…
Day 08 starts again with a good amount of media interest towards the chess games and the players. Mamedyarov seems a little too nervous, or maybe he is just too stressed out, but as you can see on the pictures, he tries to hide from the flashing cameras and spends some time walking around just to make the 10 minute press invasion pass as quickly as possible. Topalov and Nicipeanu also look bothered by the cameras, while Sasikiran and Kamsky, from the far end, seem to pay little attention to their surrounding and are able to concentrate on the game.
A photo-report with comments
Day four was meant to start calmly, with a little less media attention and more spectators. And it would have, except for Mamedyarov’s tardiness that is on the way of becoming a trademark or a weird opening ritual.
On board one we see Sasikiran and Topalov, more detailed information about their play you are able to get from the LIVE commentaries from GM Dimitrov in our live section.
The matches on board two and three are Mamedyarov-Nisipeanu and Kamsky-Adams.
Kamsky-Adams began with Adams playing his favorite Steinitz defense in Ruy Lopez. The games are still in their opening phase and expect our six players to bring us an exciting chess Sunday afternoon. Keep updated and follow the live commentary.
Mamedyarov-Nisipanu started off with the Bluemenfeld gambit, in which the Romanian GM scored a fantastic victory against Kiril Georgiev last year at the European Team Championship.
Apparently the rounds of the third edition of Mtel Masters are all going to start a bit off for Topalov. At the opening day the Mayor of Sofia belated Topalov’s first move, Topalov himself was tardy for the second round and today we saw him patiently waiting for his opponent (Mamedyarov) on board one, long after the other two matches had begun. For several minutes Mamedyarov was nowhere to be found, press and players sharing the astonishment. Fortunately, he showed up, and the game could continue as planned.
Now, about an hour and a haft into all three matches, we can notice the following: Kamsky and Sasikiran seemingly are moving towards the draw, Mamedyarov and Topalov are showing a promise of a fierce fight and in Nisipeanu and Adams it appears that Adams has a promising compensation for the sacrifice of material on e6 he made several moves ago.
Mamedyarov made a fantastic strat by defeating Kamsky in round 1.