Anand wins Morelia/Linares 2008

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Update: games with comments. For the third time in his career, Viswanathan Anand emerged as the winner in the city of Linares. His first tournament victory as a world champion was "very similar to last year", he said.

During the press conference after his draw against Topalov, Anand pointed out how much his tournament looked like that of 2007. Then he also scored 8.5 out of 14 and then too he was chased by Carlsen (but of course there was also the amazing comeback by Morozevich). He also emphasized how interesting the tournament had been. "Not only as a player but also as chess fan I have really enjoyed looking at the games here."

Against Radjabov, for quite a while Carlsen had been trying in vain to win a slightly better ending that was a dead draw according to the experts. But it was understandable, since a victory would have yielded a shared first place with Anand. (Also in this case, Anand would have been the tournament winner as he won his minimatch with Carlsen). But in any case Magnus can look back at another great tournament, that got him virtually into the world's top 5.

Anand - Topalov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Carlsen - Radjabov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Leko - Aronian ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Shirov - Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?








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