Shirov Wins Mtel 2009!

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
May 23, 2009, 1:43 PM |
18 | Chess Event Coverage

After a thrilling last round at Mtel, Alexei Shirov (pictured) was rewarded for his skill and bravery when Magnus Carlsen slipped up in a complex position and had to concede defeat.  Carlsen had sacrificed pawns to set up an attack but faltered at a crucial moment and all was lost.

So Shirov leapfrogged over Carlsen to win Mtel with a score of 6.5/10, with Carlsen and Topalov finishing on 6 points.  Carlsen is awarded second place because he beat Topalov in their 'mini-match' 1.5-0.5.

Topalov could manage no more than a draw against Yue with the black pieces, but spare a cheer for Ivanchuk who finally won his first game of the tournament in the last round against Dominguez.  Despite this, he finished dead last on 3/10 - what a contrast to last year's 8/10 score!

At least Ivanchuk has the consolation of creeping back over 2700 Elo and so reappears on the live rating list - for now.  In contrast, Shirov now rises up to number 5 in the live rankings!

The final standings were:

SNo.
Name
Rtg
FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1

Shirov Alexei

2745
ESP * *  ½1  ½½ ½½  ½½ 11    
2

Carlsen Magnus

2770
NOR ½0   * * 1½  ½1    ½1  ½½ 
3

Topalov Veselin

2812
BUL ½½  0½   * * 1½  ½½   11
4

Wang Yue

2738
CHN ½½   ½0    0½  * *  ½½  1½  
5

Dominguez Perez Leinier

2721
CUB  ½½   ½0   ½½ 3½½   * *  ½0  4
6

Ivanchuk Vassily

2746
UKR  00   ½½  00  0½   ½1 * *  3

 

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