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Anand Victorious in Morelia/Linares 2008

One of the most prestigious events of the professional chess circuit was completed Andulusian town Linares in Spain, which is the second part of the event named as Linares/Morelia Super Chess Tournament.

Vishwanathan Anand drew his last round game against Topalov and won Linares/Morelia for the second time consecutively. Norwegian youngster Magnus Carlsen pressed against Teimur Radjabov the catch the world champion but he did not suceed but shined in the most prestigious professional event in the world with 8 points and sole second place. Winner of Corus 2008 Levon Aronian and Veselin Topalov shared 3-4.places with 7.5 points. You can find the cross table and the results of the recent rounds at the link below. Who is leading etc. etc.




Morelia/Linares 2008 All Games (PGN)

Round 14: Friday, March 7, 2008
Vishy Anand  ½-½  Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko  ½-½  Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen  ½-½  Teimour Radjabov
Alexei Shirov  ½-½  Vassily Ivanchuk

In the final round, Anand made a draw against Veselin Topalov. Magnus Carlsen, who had the chance to catch the world champion pressed as much as possible against Azerbaijani grandmaster Teimur Radjabov but the latter hold on the equal position. All the games ended as a draw in Linares/Morelia which was one of the most exciting tournaments with lower draw ratio compared to the other super tournaments.


Round 13: Thursday, March 6, 2008
Vishy Anand  ½-½  Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko  ½-½  Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen  ½-½  Teimour Radjabov
Alexei Shirov  ½-½  Vassily Ivanchuk

All the games ended as a draw which enabled Anand to carry on his leading position to the final round where he will face Veselin Topalov. Anand is followed by Carlsen having 7.5 points and just half a point behind the former while Topalov and Aronian are sharing the third place with 7 points. This means four players still have the chances of sharing the first place and winning the title of the most prestigious chess tournament in the world.


Round 12: Tuesday, March 4th
Vishy Anand  ½-½  Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen  1-0  Veselin Topalov
Alexei Shirov  ½-½  Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½-½ Teimour Radjabov

Carlsen won against Topalov and reconquered the sole second place just behind the leader Vishy Anand who has not lost a single game in Linares yet.


Round 11: Monday, March 3rd

Teimour Radjabov  ½-½  Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian  ½-½  Vassily Ivanchuk
Veselin Topalov  1-0  Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko  1-0  Magnus Carlsen

Topalov won against Shirov which made many think if he could make another comeback a la Topalov since he usually starts the tournament with modest performances but bounces back in the latter stages. However, he could not succeed in his usual task, i.e. Topalovian comeback, in Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008. Leko, who is having difficult days in Morelia/Linares, and at the last place won against Magnus Carlsen whose task of fighting for the first place got quite a big blow.

Round 10: Saturday, March 1, 2008
Vishy Anand  ½-½  Magnus Carlsen
Alexei Shirov  ½-½  Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½-½  Veselin Topalov
Teimour Radjabov  ½-½  Levon Aronian

Round 9: February 29, 2008, Friday

Levon Aronian  ½-½  Vishy Anand
Veselin Topalov  ½-½  Teimour Radjabov
Peter Leko  0-1  Vassily Ivanchuk
Magnus Carlsen  1-0  Alexei Shirov

Round 8: February 28, Thursday

Vishy Anand  1-0  Alexei Shirov
Vassily Ivanchuk  0-1  Magnus Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov  ½-½  Peter Leko
Levon Aronian  1-0  Veselin Topalov

Morelia 2008 Games (PGN)

Morelia 2008

Round 7: Saturday, February 23rd
Vishy Anand  ½-½  Vassily Ivanchuk
Alexei Shirov  1-0  Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen  1-0  Levon Aronian
Peter Leko  0-1  Veselin Topalov

Round 6: Friday, February 22nd
Veselin Topalov  ½-½  Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian  ½-½  Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov  1-0  Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½-½  Alexei Shirov

Round 5: Wednesday, February 20th
Peter Leko  0-1  Vishy Anand
Veselin Topalov  0-1  Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian  ½-½  Alexei Shirov
Teimour Radjabov  ½-½  Vassily Ivanchuk

Round 4: Tuesday, February 19th
Vishy Anand  ½-½  Teimour Radjabov
Vassily Ivanchuk  0-1  Levon Aronian
Alexei Shirov  1-0  Veselin Topalov
Magnus Carlsen  ½-½  Peter Leko

Round 3: Sunday, February 17th
Magnus Carlsen  0-1  Vishy Anand
Peter Leko  ½-½  Alexei Shirov
Veselin Topalov  1-0  Vassily Ivanchuk
Levon Aronian  ½-½  Teimour Radjabov

Round 2: Saturday, February 16th
Vishy Anand  0-1  Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  ½-½  Veselin Topalov
Vassily Ivanchuk  1-0  Peter Leko
Alexei Shirov  ½-½  Magnus Carlsen

Round 1: Friday, February 15th
Alexei Shirov  0-1  Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen  ½-½  Vassily Ivanchuk
 Peter Leko  1-0  Teimour Radjabov
Veselin Topalov  1-0  Levon Aronian


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