View Poll Results: Who will win?

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  • Anand

    4 50.00%
  • Aronian

    1 12.50%
  • Carlsen

    2 25.00%
  • Dominguez

    0 0%
  • Grischuk

    1 12.50%
  • Ivanchuk

    0 0%
  • Radjabov

    0 0%
  • Wang Yue

    0 0%
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Thread: Linares 2009

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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Linares 2009

    Now in Spain only; no more Mexico/Spain split.

    Schedule: Schedule: Rd1 19th Feb, Rd2 20th Feb, Rd3 21st Feb, Rd4 22nd Feb, Rd5 24th Feb, Rd6 25th Feb, Rd7 26th Feb, Rd8 28th Feb, Rd9 1st Mar, Rd10 2nd Mar, Rd11 3rd Mar, Rd12 5th Mar, Rd13 6th Mar, Rd14 7th Mar.

    Double round-robin.

    Participants: Anand, Radjabov, Aronian, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Dominguez, Grischuk, Wang Yue.

    Games start 3pm local time = 2am our time.

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    Anand - Radjabov

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    Aronian beat Anand in round 2!
    Carlsen drew with Dominguez, Ivanchuck drew with Radjabov and Grischuk beat Wang Yue.
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    Yes, I put the mockers on Anand by backing him to win so he immediately loses; what can I say, my talent in this field is legendary.

    Anand-Aronian. When I finally went to bed Anand was winning this but it was a sharp position and his decision to trade queens was apparently natural but wrong (cf. Schon-Saw).

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    Carlsen - Dominguez was a quick and violent draw with Black showing excellent preparation.

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    I wonder why the authorities want to prevent short draws - perhaps they prefer long and boring games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Yes, I put the mockers on Anand by backing him to win so he immediately loses; what can I say, my talent in this field is legendary.
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     Another boring C-K? Think not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    Another boring C-K? Think not.
    Indeed; it's a Meran Semi-Slav, which is far from being the most violent kind of Semi-Slav but can still get pretty messy.

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    Anand escapes against Ivanchuk using stalemate motifs to avoid defeat in a dreadful looking rook ending:

    Ivanchuk - Anand

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    Standings after 5 rounds
    +2 Aronian, Grischuk
    +1 Anand
    = Carlsen, Ivanchuk
    -1 Dominguez
    -2 Wang Yue, Radjabov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Anand escapes against Ivanchuk using stalemate motifs to avoid defeat in a dreadful looking rook ending:
    He shouldn't have, I think. 47. Kf5 looks winning.

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    In the comments on chessbase, 47.Kd4 was considered winning instead of Kd5.

    In round 7 Carlsen defeated Anand in some kind of feat of great technical endgame skill (apparently.)

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    Grischuk defeated Aronian to take the lead:

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    Ivanchuk - Dominguez re which chessbase has described Ivanchuk's decision to agree a draw a pawn up in exceedingly baffled terms.

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    Bishops of opposite colour, Black's opportunity to create outside passed pawn later ... but e4 looks annoying (threatening fork and causing Black's pieces to fall back, as if Bxd4 White's attack against f7 looks strong).
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    Three rounds to go and Grischuk leads Ivanchuk by a point with Aronian, Carlsen, Anand a further half point back. Grischuk does have a very tough run home though with black against Aronian and Carlsen plus white against Anand to negotiate.

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    Round 12: Carlsen beat Grischuk and all other games ended in draws.

    Carlsen appeared better after 19.Rad1, and he soon obtained a powerful passed d-pawn that was stronger than Black's kingside majority. Carlsen wraps up the game very nicely, starting with the exchange sacrifice 28.Rf6!, and finishing Black off with 33.Ba6! and 34.Bb7 when White's pawns promote.

    This result means that Grischuk is only half a point ahead of Carlsen and Ivanchuk, making for an interesting finish to the tournament. Grischuk has to play Anand in the next round, and Aronian in the final round.

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