Leko Wins Wijk aan Zee
When last we saw Grandmaster Peter Leko of Hnugary, he was losing the fourteenth and final game of his World Chess Championship match with Vladimir Kramnik, the defending champion. By winning that final game Kramnik tied the match and kept his title.
Well, Leko didn't stay down for long. He has now won the annual chess tournament at Wijk aan Zee, in the Netherland. Along with the annual tournaments in Linares, Spain and Dortmund, Germany, it forms a sort of “Grand Prix” of chess tournaments. Leko took clear first.
Clear second place went to two-time defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India. Anand, you might recall, had his own shot at the World Championship, against Gary Kasparov, in 1995. Kasparov was in top form that year and beat Anand handily.
Clear third went to Bulgarian Grandmaster Veselin Topalov. Topalov has been a top player for many years, though he will probably be best remembered for being on the losing end of a “Game of the Century” candidate against, surprise!, Gary Kasparov.
Kramnik finished in a big tie for fourth, raising questions once again about how motivated he is when his title isn't on the line.
For more about the tournament, click here (Scroll down).