Topalov Breaks Draw Spell In Shamkir

The fourth round of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan saw the first decisive game of the tournament. With his win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, it's Veselin Topalov who grabbed the lead today. 

Just like at the 2017 London Chess Classic, Shamkir's draw curse was broken in round four. And, the third time was a charm for Veselin Topalov, who had missed wins against Ding Liren and Anish Giri earlier in the tournament.

It was Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who made things interesting as he chose the Open Ruy Lopez. Topalov's way of handling it was a touch too risky: he burnt all his bridges on queenside to play for checkmate. Read more...