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Congratulations to former FIDE world champ Veselin Topalov, who has become the first player to qualify for the next world championship candidates cycle with his third-place finish in the most recent FIDE Grand Prix event in Beijing. Azerbaijan GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the event, but Topalov’s results over the four Grand Prix tournaments he has played have assured him of a spot.

Li-Brown, U.S. Cadet Championship, Rockville, Md., July 2013

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. a4 Bb7 11. axb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 Bxa8 13. Bc2 Nbd7 14. Qe2 Qb8 15. d4 Re8 16. Na3 b4 17. Nc4 exd4 18. cxd4 d5 19. exd5 Bxd5 20. Nce5 Nf8 21. Ba4 Rd8 22. Nxf7 Bxf7 23. Qxe7 Bd5 24. Bh6 Nh5 25. Qg5 Bf7 26. Re7 Ng6 27. Rxf7 gxh6 28. Qxh6 Kxf7 29. Ng5+ Kf6 30. Nxh7+ Ke7 31. Qxg6 Rd5 32. Ng5 Black resigns.

Bisguier-Benko, 1963-64 U.S. Championship, New York

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 O-O 7.Bf4 c6 8.e4 b5 9.Qd3 Qa5 10.Be2 b4 11.Nd1 c5 12.O-O Ba6 13.Qc2 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Rc8 15.Qb1 Nh5 16.Nb3 Nxf4 17.Nxa5 Nxe2+ 18.Kh1 Rc1 19.Qxc1 Nxc1 20.Rxc1 Bxf1 21.Rc8+ Bf8 22.Ne3 Ba6 23.Rd8 e6 24.Ng4 Kg7 25.e5 Be7 26.Re8 Bg5 27.h4 Bxh4 28.g3 Bb5 29.Nf6 Bxe8 30.Nxe8+ Kf8 31.Nc7 Bd8 White resigns.

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