2009 Linares SuperGM (Linares, Spain)
Viswanathan Anand preparing to take on Teimour Radjabov
in round #1 in Linares. Photo by Nadja Woisin.
The 26th Linares tournament is taking place in Linares, Spain. This tournament is one of the premier tournaments in professional chess and attracts the world’s top players. In past years, they have split the tournament between two venues, but this year the entire tournament will be played in Spain. There is a rumour that 2010 will host one half of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dr. Sulaiman Abul Kareem Mohammad Al-Fahim, a billionaire philanthropist from the Emirates was attending the event and perhaps is negotiating these arrangements.
Official Site: https://www.ajedrez.ciudaddelinares.es/index.htm (Spanish)
(Thursday, 19 February 2009)
Viswanathan Anand 1-0 Teimour Radjabov
Levon Aronian ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Lenier Domínguez ½-½ Alexander Grischuk
Wang Yue ½-½ Vassily Ivanchuk
(Friday, 20 February 2009)
Teimour Radjavov ½-½ Vassily Ivanchuk
Alexander Grischuk 1-0 Wang Yue
Magnus Carlsen ½-½ Lenier Domínguez
Viswanathan Anand 0-1 Levon Aronian
Anand and Aronian played a theoretical battle featuring a positional pawn sacrifice. Anand appeared to be OK and was close to solving his problems when he blundered and ending up losing his pawn center. Aronian is very tricky and is very tenacious. He swindled Vassily Ivanchuk famously last year in Linares.
Dominguez and Carlsen were the first to finish and entered a wild opening line that amounted to a short three-fold repetition (to the disapproval of fans). Grischuk beat Wang Yue in a repeat of a game from their Grand Prix encounter. Wang Yue was coming off of a 82-game unbeaten streak. He has lost a few since and he was outplayed in this opposite-colored bishop ending. The Radjabov-Ivanchuk was the only game that didn’t test the limits… draw.
With wins today, Aronian and Grischuk hold any early lead.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Levon Aronian ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Leinier Domínguez ½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Wang Yue ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½ Alexander Grischuk
All hard-fought games!
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Viswanathan Anand 1-0 Wang Yue
Levon Aronian 1-0 Leinier Dominguez Perez
Magnus Carlsen ½-½ Vassily Ivanchuk
Teimour Radjabov 0-1 Alexander Grischuk
Linares banners. Photo by Nadja Woisin.
There were three decisive games in round four. Viswanathan Anand toppled Wang Yue after the Chinese GM failed to hold a tough ending. After compiling an 82-game unbeaten streak, Wang has lost a half dozen games in the past few months. Perhaps he will have to make some minor adjustments in his preparation. In an instructive game, white traded a wrecked pawn structure for space and queenside pressure.
Teimour Radjabov continues to slide with another loss against Grischuk. He decided to play the popular pawn sacrifice a move early against the Queen’s Indian and castled queenside! Grischuk took the pawn and was able to solidify into a very solid position that he converted. Aronian took 92 moves to get the point from the Cuban champion. Carlsen and Ivanchuk played a relatively quiet draw.
Main Street in Linares. Photo by Nadja Woisin
1. Grischuk, Aronian 3; 2nd-3rd. Anand, 2½; 4th-6th. Carlsen, Ivanchuk, 2; Dominguez, 1½; 7th-8th. Wang, Radjabov, 1.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Leinier Domínguez ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Wang Yue ½-½ Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½ Viswanthan Anand
Alexander Grischuk ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
All you Dragon lovers might want to study Leinier vs Teimour game. Round 5, Linares.
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Interesting Dragon battle! First 15 or so moves are theory. I remember studying these lines for hours as a junior. The exchange sack is standard and I liked the play Radjabov got with black. Dominguez was fortunate to survive this. Did you see Anand’s save! Really difficult endgame and he came up with that stalemating trick.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Wang Yue ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½ Leinier Domínguez
Alexander Grischuk 1-0 Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Viswanthan Anand
yes, I saw Anand great escape; Although, against Carlsen he was unable to escape and went down in flames. Anand is having a difficult tournament. It happens to everyone. Concerning the Dragon: I was a Dragon lover in my scholastic years. Its a strong opening and White can be punish early on if he enters into the main lines and don’t know theory. Even today, with the hole on d5 (there are many variations where White’s knight jump to this square) White is unable to find a way punish Black for this hole in his position. Dominguez was indeed lucky to survive. The Dragon lives on.
Round 6 was interesting. Anand couldn’t hold the position against Carlsen in that crazy Shirov Variation. I’m not sure why Anand would go into this type of ending… seems bad all-around for him. The move 59.h7! sacking the bishop was a nice trick.
Here’s an interesting snippet from The Daily Dirt blog…
If this story is true, that was very classy sportsmanship on the part of Ivanchuk.
This story sound very true. I always like Ivanchuk attitude toward chess and competition in general. I have seen a number of interviews of him and he seems like a very likable person. Not to mention super strong. Ivanchuk for world champion.
Thursday , 26 February 2009
Teimour Radjabov ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Viswanathan Anand ½-½ Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian 0-1 Vassily Ivanchuk
Leinier Domínguez ½-½ Wang Yue
Interesting article on the 9.O-O-O Dragon line with 9…d5!? I suppose the Yugoslav Attack is out of vogue. I used to play both 9.O-O-O, 9.Bc4 and 9.g4 lines. The problem with the first is the 9…d5!? line which gives black adequate play. The Yugoslav was so well-analyzed that I couldn’t keep up with the nuances, but the …h5 idea was most popular. When I was studying Karpov intensely, I saw him play 9.g4 before castling and won a nice game against Korchnoi. Black seems to have adequate resources and I believe players such and Radjabov and Carlsen have resurrected the debate.
Saturday, 28 February 2009
Teimour Radjabov (2760) ½-½ Viswanathan Anand (2791) Semi-Slav (47)
Magnus Carlsen (2776) 0-1 Levon Aronian (2750) Semi-Slav (93)
Alexander Grischuk (2733) ½-½ Lenier Dominguez (2717) Grunfeld (47)
Vassily Ivanchuk (2779) ½-½ Wang Yue (2739) Petrov (66)
Video by Vijay Kumar for Europe Echecs.
Chessbase did a brief history of Linares and mentioned the great general Hannibal: “The city of Linares, where the Super-GM tournament is being held, is located in the Andalusian province of Jaén, Spain, and has a long history, dating back into antiquity. It was at Linares that Carthaginian general Hannibal married the local Iberian princess Himilce on the eve of the Second Punic War.”
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Wang Yue ½-½ Alexander Grischuk
Leinier Domínguez 0-1 Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian ½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Carlsen unleashes the Dragon, an opening seen earlier in Dominguez-Radjabov. In that game, white played 9. 0-0-0 instead of 9.Bc4. the Cuban didn’t want to test any improvements. Carlsen used the “Chinese Variation” with 10…Rb8!? instead of the well-known 10…Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 lines. Of these lines have been analyzed thoroughly. This was a quality win for the Norwegian.
Monday, 2 March 2009
Teimour Radjabov 1-0 Levon Aronian
Viswanathan Anand ½-½ Leinier Domínguez
Magnus Carlsen 0-1 Wang Yue
Alexander Grischuk ½-½ Vassily Ivanchuk
Some exciting chess this round highlighted by Wang Yue win over Magnus Carlsen. Wang played very actively and seem to win the initiative in the opening. Black’s pieces took up menacing positions and Wang uncorked the devastating 24…Rxb6! to begin an attack on the king. The white king was flushed out in the open and the white rooks appeared helpless to prevent the onslaught. Carlsen had to donate his queen, the the fleet-footed black queen gobbled up pawns in the process.
Wang’s steamrolling pawns on the kingside were too much and Carlsen had to resign. Not sure why chess media continue to use phrases like “wins with black” or shockingly “lost with white”. Perhaps one day black will simply catch up in the analysis as white had a decades where little analysis was done from the black side. Black is now finding tremendous resources and play will continue to level out over time.
Radjabov played the cute 21.Bxh6! to net a pawn and grind out a nice R+P ending. The two other games were drawn, but were perhaps more exciting than the wins. Anand-Dominguez was one of the games where a spectator would have problems figuring out what is going on. The game was full of tactic blows and counterblows, but petered out into a drawn R+P ending. Grischuk-Ivanchuk was a wild affairs with material imbalance, heavy pieces on the board, open king and lots of tricks. The game ended in three-fold repetition.
1st. Grischuk, 6½; 2nd. Ivanchuk, 5½; 3rd-5th. Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, 5; 6th-7th. Wang, Radjabov, 4½; 8th. Dominguez, 4.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Alexander Grischuk ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Wang Yue ½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Leinier Domínguez ½-½ Levon Aronian
GM Wang Yue of China. Photo by Frederic Friedel.
1st. Grischuk, 7; 2nd. Ivanchuk, 6; 3rd-5th. Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, 5½; 6th-7th. Wang, Radjabov, 5; 8th. Dominguez, 4½.
Someone has to make way for Vlady,Topa,Shirov and Leko definitely next year .
I’m not sure Kramnik, Shirov or Leko would add any intrigue to the field. They’ve played in this event many times as well as all the other top events with the same players (Corus, Linares and the defunct Dortmund). Their time has passed. I like adding some new players into the mix and Aronian, Radjabov, Wang and Dominguez bring some interesting stories and good chess.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Grischuk, Alexander
Aronian, Levon ½-½ Wang Yue
Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Ivanchuk, Vassily
Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ Dominguez Perez, Leinier
1st. Grischuk, 7; 2nd-3rd. Ivanchuk, Carlsen 6½; 4th-5th. Anand, Aronian, 6; 6th-7th. Wang, Radjabov, 5½; 8th. Dominguez, 5.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Magnus Carlsen ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Alexander Grischuk ½-½ Viswanathan Anand
Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0 Levon Aronian
Wang Yue ½-½ Leinier Domínguez
1st-2nd. Grischuk, Ivanchuk, 7½; 3rd. Carlsen, 7; 4th. Anand, 6½; 5th-7th. Aronian, Wang, Radjabov, 6; 8th. Dominguez, 5½.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Teimour Radjabov ½-½ Wang Yue
Leinier Domínguez ½-½ Ivanchuk Vassily
Levon Aronian ½-½ Grischuk Alexander
Viswanathan Anand ½-½ Carlsen Magnus
Levon Aronian vs. Alexander Grischuk in the final round. The game was drawn allowing the Russian to win on tiebreaks over Vassily Ivanchuk.
1st-2nd. Grischuk, Ivanchuk, 8; 3rd. Carlsen, 7½; 4th. Anand, 7; 5th-7th. Aronian, Wang, Radjabov, 6½; 8th. Dominguez, 6.