Category Archives: Morelia/Linares

Morelia/Linares 2008 Round 5 – Carlsen forces Topalov’s surrender, Anand overcomes Leko

Carlsen’s powerful siege of Topalov’s position claims a well-earned point. Leko misses good chances, and goes down against Anand. Ivanchuk gets a perpetual in a battle with Radjabov. Aronian is satisfied to split the points with Shirov. Topalov – Carlsen … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2008 Round 4 – Topalov downed by Shirov. Aronian gifted a point by Ivanchuk

Shirov outplays Topalov in the double-rook endgame. Aronian benefits from an Ivanchuk double-blunder to scoop a point from nothing. Leko’s solid play is sufficient to split the points with Carlsen. Radjabov’s activity in the Schliemann Ruy is enough to secure … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2008 Round 3 – Topalov and Anand score against Ivanchuk and Carlsen

Topalov outplays Ivanchuk. Anand gains a strong advantage, accepts Carlsen’s offering and converts it to a whole point in an Anti-Moscow. Radjabov’s aggression secures a quick draw with Aronian. Shirov counters Leko’s central pressure and earns a well-played draw. Topalov … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2008 Round 2 – Anand overwhelmed by Aronian’s Marshall Attack

Aronian’s interference combination leaves Anand defenceless. Leko’s two rooks for a queen exchange is refuted by Ivanchuk. Radjabov miscues against Topalov and the Berlin Wall secures another solid draw. Carlsen holds the isolated-pawn against Shirov. Anand – Aronian Aronian plays … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2008 Round 1 – Anand, Leko and Topalov win

Anand’s exchange sacrifice pays dividends against Shirov. Topalov beats Aronian from a eccentric Nimzo-Indian. Leko bludgeons Radjabov’s Sveshnikov. Carlsen draws with Ivanchuk. Shirov – Anand Anand meets Shirov’s aggressive main-line Sicilian Najdorf with an exchange sacrifice to damage White’s queenside. … Continue reading

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Linares 2007, Round 14: Anand wins Linares, Morozevich superb comeback

Anand secures a draw against Ivanchuk to take sole first place. Morozevich completes an amazing comeback dragging himself from the bottom of the table to second place with a decisive rout of Svidler. Leko’s last position is consoled with a … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2007, Round 13: Morozevich downs Topalov in a long knight endgame

Morozevich wins a tough endgame battle against Topalov which relegates the Bulgarian to the half a point from bottom of the tournament standings. Other games are hard-fought draws. Morozevich – Topalov Morozevich’s c3 Sicilian sidesteps any Topalov-prepared line. Morozevich plays … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2007, Round 12: Morozevich and Svidler win in polished style

Morozevich’s determined play overcomes Ivanchuk. Svidler registers his first win of the tournament with an elegant win over Leko. Ivanchuk – Morozevich Ivanchuk reprises the Scotch Game, the opening that almost secured him a win against Leko in the first … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2007, Round 11: Carlsen’s grip crushes Ivanchuk. Exciting struggles all round

Carlsen’s grip crushes Ivanchuk. Aronian and Leko engage in an exciting struggle, so to do Svidler and Topalov. Carlsen – Ivanchuk Carlsen employs the Classical Exchange against Ivanchuk’s Grunfeld. Carlsen emerges with a clear advantage, even when both pairs of … Continue reading

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Morelia/Linares 2007, Round 10: Anand beats Carlsen in a majestic strategic game

Anand wins a masterful strategic game against Carlsen. Ivanchuk sacrifices a piece which is good enough to force a draw. Leko and Topalov emerge equal in a hard-fought draw. Anand – Carlsen Carlsen adopts the Chigorin Closed Ruy Lopez, and … Continue reading

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