Nanjing Pearl Spring Masters 2010

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/19/10, 11:55 AM.

Hot on the heels of the recent super-tournament in Bilbao comes another clash of the titans.  The venue this time is Nanjing for the third edition of the Pearl Spring Masters.

This recent addition to the chess calendar has already established itself as a firm favourite, and with a line-up like this it's no wonder!

  • Vishy Anand, reigning world champion
  • Magnus Carlsen, official world #1 ranked player
  • Veselin Topalov, official world #2 ranked player
  • Wang Yue, Chinese #1 ranked player
  • Vugar Gashimov, Azerbaijan #3 ranked player
  • Etienne Bacrot, French #2 ranked player

This will be the first time that Anand and Topalov have met over the board since their world championship match earlier this year.  Neither will want to give any ground against the other as they renew their rivalry!

The "Kid" Carlsen will be keen to put his dreadful recent form behind him and regain the #1 spot in time for the next official ranking list.  What better way to reassert his primacy than beating Anand and Topalov in the same tournament?

left to right, Anand, Carlsen, Topalov (all pictures from the official website)


The remaining three competitors Yue, Gashimov and Bacrot also have the potential to upset the big three in this 10-round double round-robin competition.

left to right Yue, Gashimov, Bacrot


The event runs from 20-30 October, with games starting at 14:30 local time (GMT+8) except the final round which is earlier at 10:00.  There is one rest day at the half-way point on the 25 October.

The official site has more information and promises live coverage.  The prize fund is an impressive 250,000 euros which is definitely worth travelling half way around the world for.

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  • 5 years ago


    Go Topalov!!!

  • 5 years ago


    ilike  big  tourney  to  watch  game    i  support  anand  well done  and  best  of  luck

  • 5 years ago


    Topalov has been laying in wait. Beware!

  • 5 years ago


    ANAND disappoints again..Drawnand! Has he lost the killer instinct with age?

  • 5 years ago


       Round 1 results/games are posted in my thread if anyone wants them

    I will be doing this all event so look for it in the threads


  • 5 years ago


    Carlsen takes first blood in Nanjing against Bacrot! With Bacrot running out of time- although it looked only a matter of time (no pun intended) until Carlsen won. It appeared over to me on move 25, with the Frenchman in some of the worst time trouble i have seen at the top level. Although, he did hold on and show some fighting spirit in the last few moves. Well done to both for providing a good game to watch! And congratulations to Magnus for getting back to winning ways!

  • 5 years ago


    Barcot in serious time trouble, has 10 mins to make 15 moves, Carlsen has 1 hour 7min for 15! 

  • 5 years ago


    Go Anand. Yeah!
  • 5 years ago


    Go Bacrot!! He didn't go to the chess olympics and worked hard on his chess instead for this tournament... Hope it pays off :)

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    Wow another Great Tournament!!

    This is gonna be keep bussy all the top players.

    Good luck for all the participants.

    I will pick Anand gonna win. Why? He'll prove that His the current WC and # 1 Player in the world.

  • 5 years ago


    Anand can make things exciting if he plays every game for a win by unleashing some opening lines virtually absent in his repertoire! Go ANAND! Please play some sharp e4 openings!

  • 5 years ago


    Wow...the current #1, #2 and the WC? This one's for bragging rights for sure.

    Cannot miss this.

  • 5 years ago


    I'll be rooting for Carlsen, but if he can't stop his skid, I think it's going to go to Anand.

  • 5 years ago


    I support Bacrot, I'm aslo hoping the little boy will lose a lot of points again

  • 5 years ago


    You know, I doubt Topalov will win... Anand and Carlsen know how to keep Topalov's lightning bottled up -- but I'll bet the most exciting game of the tournament will be a Topalov vs Yue/Gashimov/Bacrot sacrificial bloodbath.

    On another note, couldn't we average Carlsen's and Gashimov's faces and arrive at a handsome human male?

  • 5 years ago


    Carlsen won this in commanding fashion last year...of course, Anand was not present.

  • 5 years ago


    topalov is greatest scumbag by the help of sanobastiich silvuio danailov( another scumbag )

  • 5 years ago


    Archmage81 - you are in for a late night. Nanjing is 12 hour ahead of New York.

  • 5 years ago


    O yeah, carlsen must beat everyone this time

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