Saturday, February 16, 2008

Morelia/Linares Tournament 2008

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The Morelia-Linares tournament is taking place from February 15th to 23rd February in Morelia, Mexico, and from 28th February to 7th March in Linares, Spain.

The annual Linares chess tournament, usually played around the end of February, takes its name from the city of Linares in the Jaén province of Andalusia, Spain, in which it is held. It is sometimes described as the Wimbledon of chess. It is one of the strongest annual tournaments held on the chess tour, along with the Corus chess tournament and Dortmund chess tournament.

Morelia/Linares tournament. The eight-player, double round-robin has a stellar field that includes (in rating order): Vishy Anand (India), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Alexei Shirov (Spain), Peter Leko (Hungary), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Magnus Carlsen (Norway).
At the moment the site is down and when it is back up I will post all the information pertaining to this magnificent chess event.

Round 1: Friday, February 15th
Alexei Shirov-Vishy Anand 0-1
Magnus Carlsen-Vassily Ivanchuk 1/2-1/2
Peter Leko-Teimour Radjabov 1-0
Veselin Topalov-Levon Aronian 1-0

Round 2: Saturday, February 16th
Vishy Anand-Levon Aronian 0-1
Teimour Radjabov-Veselin Topalov 1/2-1/2
Vassily Ivanchuk-Peter Leko 1-0
Alexei Shirov-Magnus Carlsen 1/2-1/2

Round 3: Sunday, February 17th
Magnus Carlsen-Vishy Anand 0-1
Peter Leko-Alexei Shirov 1/2-1/2
Veselin Topalov-Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0
Levon Aronian-Teimour Radjabov 1/2-1/2

Round 4: Tuesday, February 19th
Vishy Anand-Teimour Radjabov 1/2-1/2
Vassily Ivanchuk-Levon Aronian 0-1
Alexei Shirov-Veselin Topalov 1-0
Magnus Carlsen-Peter Leko 1/2-1/2

Monday, February 18th Free day

Round 5: Wednesday, February 20th
Peter Leko-Vishy Anand 0-1
Veselin Topalov-Magnus Carlsen 0-1
Levon Aronian-Alexei Shirov 1/2-1/2
Teimour Radjabov-Vassily Ivanchuk 1/2-1/2

Thursday, February 21st Free day

Round 6: Friday, February 22nd
Veselin Topalov-Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian-Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov-Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk-Alexei Shirov

Round 7: Saturday, February 23rd
Vishy Anand-Vassily Ivanchuk
Alexei Shirov-Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen-Levon Aronian
Peter Leko-Veselin Topalov

Sunday, February 25th Transfer to Linares, Spain

Click for Shirov-Anand Round One
commentary and analysis: GM Ronen Har-Zvi.

Shirov had a very bad start making some very unusual errors as you will see from the analysis. Overall a nice game that went terribly wrong for Shirov. Overall there have been many Wins so far in this tournament, the latest is Aronian winning his match with Anand, it was I must say a brilliant game!Aronian said I was not playing aggressively I was playing the "Marshall". Also I must give mention to Ivanchuck who beat Leko with a wonderful Queen sac for a positional advantage and a piece up in the end game that made him win very convincingly.

Click for Anand-Aronian
Round Two
commentary and analysis by GM John Fedorowicz

Click for Topalov-Ivanchuk Round 3
commentary and analysis by GM Nick De Firmian

Click for Ivanchuk-Aronian Round 4
commentary and analysis by GM Larry Christiansen

Live Games Round 1

Live Games Round 2

Live Games Round 3

Live Games Round 4

Live Games Round 5

Live Games Round 6

Live Games Round 7

From the past: 36 video chess games at Linares.

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