Category Archives: Ivanchuk

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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Corus 2008, Round 13 – Carlsen and Aronian share first place, followed by Radjabov and Anand

Carlsen and Aronian both draw to secure first place in Wijk Aan Zee 2008. Carlsen’s first place is a marvellous result and shows a rapid maturing of talent. Anand and Radjabov are half a point behind. Kramnik is showing that … Continue reading

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Corus 2008, Round 12 – Kramnik and Topalov are handed defeats by Carlsen and Eljanov

Kramnik’s pawn grab comes to grief against Carlsen. Polgar converts the endgame against Adams. Eljanov catches Topalov out in a Modern Benoni. Anand lets a strong advantage lapse to a draw against van Wely. Radjabov and Leko head straight for … Continue reading

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Corus 2008, Round 11 – Anand wins when Carlsen’s aggressive attack runs out of steam in a combative round

Anand fends off a Carlsen sacrificial attack and reaps the rewards. Aronian’s combative play sweeps aside van Wely. Eljanov builds up a strong attack against Polgar and sweeps to a win. Gelfand blunders against Radjabov. Mamedyarov cannot capitalise on his … Continue reading

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Corus 2008, Round 10 – Ivanchuk and Carlsen win.

Ivanchuk outplays Eljanov. Van Wely blunders his queen in a winning position, gifting Carlsen a whole point. Leko has no problems with Anand’s side-line in the Ruy Lopez. Topalov sacrifices an exchange against Radjabov and gains a draw. Gelfand applies … Continue reading

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Corus 2008, Round 9 – Topalov smashes Kramnik with a knight sacrifice novelty in the Anti-Moscow Semi Slav

Topalov smashes Kramnik with a well-prepared knight sacrifice in the super-hot Anti-Moscow Semi Slav. Carlsen’s Breyer is mauled by Leko. Adams’ Sozin Sicilian gets the positional treatment as he forces van Wely’s resignation. Polgar reacts aggressively to Radjabov’s Schliemann Gambit, … Continue reading

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