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Kevin Bonham
17-02-2010, 11:24 PM
This year it is only a six-player 2RR, a format I generally find a bit dull.

Games start 2 am our time I think. Tonight is a rest day.

After four rounds:

+1 Topalov, Grischuk
= Aronian, Vallejo
-1 Gashimov, Gelfand

Only two decisive games from 12 to this point and they were:

Topalov - Gashimov

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Qc2 g6 6.Bd3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 Nbd7 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.b3 Nb8 11.Ba3 Nc6 12.Rac1 Be6 13.Qb2 Re8 14.h3 Rc8 15.Rc2 Bf5 16.Bxf5 gxf5 17.Ne1 Ne4 18.Nd3 e5 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.dxe5 Rxc2 22.Qxc2 Qa5 23.Bd6 Bxe5 24.b4 Qd8 25.Bxe5 Rxe5 26.Rc1 Rd5 27.a4 b5 28.axb5 Rxb5 29.Qa4 Qd6 30.Qa1 Qe5 31.Qxa6 Rxb4 32.Qh6 Rb8 33.g3 Qe6 34.Qf4 Rc8 35.Rd1 Rc6 36.Rd8+ Kg7 37.Kg2 h6 38.Qb8 Qf6 39.Rd5 Re6 40.h4 h5 41.Rd8 Kh7 42.Rg8 f4 43.gxf4 Qxh4 44.Rh8+ Kg6 45.Qg8+ Kf6 46.Qd8+ Re7 47.Rh6+ Kf5 48.Qd5+ 1-0

Grischuk - Gelfand

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.Qe2 a6 10.a4 cxd4 11.exd4 Nb6 12.Bd3 Nbd5 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Qe4 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Ne5 Bd7 17.Qf3 Qe7 18.Be4 Bc6 19.Bxd5 Bxd5 20.Qf4 f5 21.h4 Rac8 22.Rac1 Bd6 23.Rfe1 Qf6 24.Rc3 Rxc3 25.bxc3 Rc8 26.Qg3 Be4 27.h5 Bxe5 28.dxe5 Qf7 29.Re3 Kh8 30.Qh4 gxh5 31.Rg3 Bd5 32.a5 f4 33.Rg7 Qf5 34.Qe7 Qe4 35.Qf6 1-0

Of the drawn games those in round 3 (http://www.chessbase.com/news/2010/linares/games/linares03.htm) were all pretty interesting.

pax
18-02-2010, 01:36 PM
+1 Topalov, Grischuk
= Aronian, Vallejo
-1 Gashimov, Gelfand

A pretty underwhelming field compared to Linares' of the past.

Kevin Bonham
20-02-2010, 11:14 PM
Topalov caning this one now; after wins in round 5 and 6 he is on 4.5 and leads by 1.5 points.

Metro
24-02-2010, 04:39 PM
Topalov caning this one now; after wins in round 5 and 6 he is on 4.5 and leads by 1.5 points.
Topalov loses to Grischuk in Round 9 and they now share lead on 5.5.

Final round today:
V. Topalov - B. Gelfand
L. Aronian - V. Gashimov
F. Vallejo - A. Grischuk

http://linares10.soloajedrez.com/

Kevin Bonham
24-02-2010, 07:09 PM
Yes, Topalov missed a relatively easy (for his level) win in round 8 too.

Metro
25-02-2010, 04:24 PM
Yes, Topalov missed a relatively easy (for his level) win in round 8 too.
Final standing:
1. Topalov, Veselin 6,5 g BUL 2805
2. Grischuk, Alexander 6,0 g RUS 2736
3. Aronian, Levon 5,5 g ARM 2781
4. Vallejo, Francisco 4,0 g ESP 2705
5. Gelfand, Boris 4,0 g ISR 2761
6. Gashimov, Vugar 4,0 g AZE 2759

Bill Gletsos
26-02-2010, 11:59 AM
Interestingly the Linares event does not appear to be listed on the FIDE website as being registered in either the March or May rating periods.

If FIDE were to follow their regulations Linares should not be rated.