Carlsen wins again in Foros

Carlsen wins again in Foros

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 12, 2008, 12:58 PM |
8 | Chess Event Coverage

Magical Magnus conjures win over Shirov

Round 5 at Foros and yet another elite Grandmaster crumbles in the face of Magnus Carlsen's relentless pressure.  Alexei Shirov is a formidable player and has himself come close to the World Championship crown, but today he became Carlsen's latest victim.

Shirov answered 1.d4 with the Slav defence and Magnus chose the popular 'Moscow' variation in reply.  A balanced opening developed into an even middlegame, but as in previous games, Magnus kept creating tricky problems for his opponent to solve and soon Shirov fell into time trouble as he sought to find the best answers.

It was on the 61st move that Shirov finally cracked, allowing Magnus to catch his King in a mating net.

Elsewhere on another exciting day, the closest challenger to Magnus failed to keep up the pace as Sergey Karjakin lost with the Black pieces against Andrei Volokitin.   The other decisive games saw Nisipeanu put Van Wely to the sword in a Najdorf Sicilian and Svidler employed his favourite Grunfeld defence to good effect against Onischuk.

Vassily Ivanchuk fought hard against Dmitry Jakovenko, but an extra pawn in a Knight ending was not enough and the game ended all-square after 72 moves.

Magnus Carlsen now leads by a clear 1.5 points with a very impressive score of 4.5/5.  If the world rankings were published today then Carlsen would be ranked second in the world, with only World Champion Vishy Anand ahead of him.  Is it a matter of time before Magnus is No.1 and also World Champion? 

The full results in round 5:

Carlsen, Magnus - Shirov, Alexei 1-0 63 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Volokitin, Andrei - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 44 E37 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Van Wely, Loek 1-0 42 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Alekseev, Evgeny - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 15 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 72 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Onischuk, Alexander - Svidler, Peter 0-1 40 D97 Gruenfeld Russian

 

The standings after round 5: 

1
Carlsen, Magnus   NOR   2765 
*   .   .   ½   1 .   1 1 .   .   .   1   
2
Volokitin, Andrei  UKR  2684
.  *  1 .  .  ½  .  ½  .  0 1 .  3
3
Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2732
.  0 *  .  .  1 .  .  ½  1 ½  .  3
4
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2746
½  .  .  *  ½  ½  .  .  0 .  1 .   
5
Eljanov, Pavel  UKR  2687
0 .  .  ½  *  .  .  1 ½  .  .  ½   
6
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU  2684
.  ½  0 ½  .  *  ½  .  .  .  .  1  
7
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2740
0 .  .  .  .  ½  *  .  1 ½  ½  .   
8
Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2740
0 ½  .  .  0 .  .  *  .  1 .  1  
9
Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2711
.  .  ½  1 ½  .  0 .  *  .  .  0 2
10
Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS  2711
.  1 0 .  .  .  ½  0 .  *  ½  .  2
11
Onischuk, Alexander  USA  2664
.  0 ½  0 .  .  ½  .  .  ½  *  .   
12
Van Wely, Loek  NED  2677
0 .  .  .  ½  0 .  0 1 .  .  *   

 

 

 

 

 




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