Morozevich virtually world's no. 1

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In a wild game that probably went wrong for Ponomariov at an early stage, Morozevich won again at the Tal Memorial, taking over Anand in the virtual world rankings.

Photo ?Ǭ© Mark Gluhovsky

Where Magnus Carlsen came very close, during the Biel Chess Festival earlier this summer, Alexander Morozevich succeeded: compared to his July 1st FIDE rating, he won 11 points (10.9 to be exact), enough to overtake the world's number one Vishy Anand in Hans Arild Runde's Live Rating List (see right column on this site).

It's a nice little success for Morozevich, not only confirming the good form he's in, but perhaps finally eliminating the notion that he can only do well in smaller tournaments. In the sixth round, his original opening play forced Ponomariov to think at move 7, and the Ukrainian soon erred.

Perhaps more surprising is Peter Leko's sudden collapse in Moscow, after he won in Dortmund, just about seven weeks ago. The usually ultra-solid Hungarian lost twice in a row to drop from plus one to minus one. (But "let's not bury him yet" ;-) )

Ivanchuk is now clear second - he just keeps on playing very well and it's great that we'll see him in Bilbao as well.


Results round 6, August 24, 2008 Morozevich - Ponomariov 1-0 Leko - Ivanchuk 0-1 Mamedyarov - Gelfand 0-1 Shirov - Alekseev ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kramnik - Kamsky ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

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Pairings round 7, August 25, 2008: Ponomariov - Shirov Ivanchuk - Morozevich Kamsky - Leko Gelfand - Kramnik Alekseev - Mamedyarov


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