An Amazing Round In Linares

An Amazing Round In Linares

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 6, 2009, 2:49 PM |
10 | Chess Event Coverage

It was a remarkable penultimate round in Linares today, with tremendous fights taking place in all the games!

Vassily Ivanchuk (pictured) took advantage of a dubious pawn sacrifice from Aronian to win their game and catch Alexander Grischuk in a tie for first place. 

Anand gobbled up the Sicilian Poisoned Pawn against Grischuk, and after a strong Grischuk novelty on move 20 (!) the players slugged it out in a messy and complicated position.  Despite his novelty, Grischuk ended up in terrible time-trouble and was lucky to escape with a draw.

Yue and Dominguez clashed in the always interesting Grunfeld Defence, but it was Carlsen who will be kicking himself after letting Radjabov concoct a remarkable escape from a dead lost position.  If Carlsen had brought home the win, he would also have had a share of the lead, but instead remains half a point behind going into the final round.

1 Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   2779   
2 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2733  
3 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2776 7
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2791  
5 Wang Yue  CHN  2739 6
6 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2761 6
7 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2750 6
8 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2717  


Last round pairings:

 Teimour Radjabov 
 Wang Yue 
 Leinier Dominguez
 Vassily Ivanchuk 
 Levon Aronian
 Alexander Grischuk 
 Vishy Anand
 Magnus Carlsen



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