Linares: Carlsen Wins But Grischuk Still Leads

Linares: Carlsen Wins But Grischuk Still Leads

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 5, 2009, 12:34 PM |
3 | Chess Event Coverage

(Note: This report should have been published after round 9 of the Linares tournament, but was overlooked - apologies!)

Now that Magnus Carlsen has turned 18, it seems inappropriate to call him a wunderkid any more, but his win against Dominguez in round 9 was certainly a thing of wonder.  Appropriately for St.David's Day, he chose the Dragon and made amends for his slip-up in the endgame against Aronian yesterday.  It's great to see the top players battling it out in such razor-sharp theoretical lines!

The other games were rather less eventful, all ending in draws, and so Grischuk still maintains his point lead over the field.  Grischuk only made it into the event after Topalov had to cancel when his re-arranged match with Kamsky clashed with Linares.  Could the last minute replacement end up the winner?

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

 

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