Vallejo Pons wins Pamplona

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On this New Year's Day we start with some cathing up of old (as in: last year's) news items. Firstly, Pamplona: there Francisco Vallejo Pons kept his lead after five rounds to win the tournament with 4.5 out of 7 - there were many draws and this score was enough to take the title.

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In our earlier report the games of the first five rounds were given and below you can replay the last two rounds. One game deserves special attention, Wang Yue-Movsesian, because of Black's opening choice. They followed the game Carlsen-Topalov, Corus 2007, that was explained afterwards by Topalov in the press room. There the Bulgarian already mentioned that 16...Bd7 is probably better than Carlsen's 16...Be6 and this summer David Smerdon tried it in Pardubice against David Laznicka but he lost without a chance. Movsesian also played 16...Bd7, but Wang Yue then came with the novelty 17.Be2 (instead of Laznincka's 17.Qc1) and here too, it looked like Black lost without a fight. The specific line might be close to extinction for Black.

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