Ciudad de Villarrobledo 2008

Mamedyarov, Topalov, Malakhov and Fedorchuk leading after five rounds

The 23rd Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Villarrobledo is taking place on 2-3rd August. Once again a strong troop of players entered this rapid event, top rated being former World Champion Veselin Topalov. After five rounds were played on Saturday, GMs Mamedyarov, Topalov, Malakhov and Fedorchuk are leading with 4.5 points each. There are total of 163 participants and the remaining games will take place on Sunday.

Last year winner was Ruslan Ponomariov

Round 5 standings:

1-4. GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2742, GM Topalov Veselin BUL 2777, GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2689 and GM Fedorchuk Sergey UKR 2624 – 4.5

5-26. GM Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2718, GM Shirov Alexei ESP 2741, GM Milov Vadim SUI 2705, IM Abreu Delgado Aryam CUB 2502, GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2539, GM Van Wely Loek NED 2644, GM Kolev Atanas BUL 2565, IM Roa Alonso Santiago ESP 2465, GM Palac Mladen CRO 2587, GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis ESP 2524, IM Herraiz Hidalgo Herminio ESP 2507, GM Campora Daniel ARG 2532, IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2496, GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2658, GM Zambrana Oswaldo BOL 2458, Ibanez Aullana Jose Ramon ESP 2301, GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2510, GM Ljubojevic Ljubomir SRB 2555, IM Castellanos Rodriguez Renier CHI 2438, IM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2505, GM Neelotpal Das IND 2462 and IM Perez Candelario Manuel ESP 2537 – 4.0

Round 6 pairings:

GM Malakhov Vladimir – GM Topalov Veselin

GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – GM Fedorchuk Sergey

GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis – GM Shirov Alexei

GM Ponomariov Ruslan – IM Herraiz Hidalgo Herminio

GM Milov Vadim – IM Lafuente Pablo

GM Guliyev Namig – GM Sokolov Ivan

IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos – GM Van Wely Loek

IM Abreu Delgado Aryam – GM Palac Mladen

GM Kolev Atanas – IM Roa Alonso Santiago

GM Ljubojevic Ljubomir – GM Zambrana Oswaldo

GM Neelotpal Das – GM Paunovic Dragan

IM Castellanos Rodriguez Renier – IM Perez Candelario Manuel

Ibanez Aullana Jose Ramon – GM Campora Daniel