Friday, October 09, 2009

Carlsen Wins to Finish Nanjing with 8/10

Phenomenal 18-year-old Super-GM Magnus Carlsen finished the Nanjing Spring tournament (games at Chessgames) with a win to give him an unbelievable 8 / 10 score for the event, leading his nearest competitor, world number one Veselin Topalov, by 2.5 points. With the win, Carlsen broke 2800 on the Live Ratings List, making him one of the few in chess history to have done so. He is now less than 8 points back from Topalov and has an opportunity to surpass him before the year is out.

Next up is the Tal Memorial (Moscow, November 5-14, 2009) where he will have a much greater challenge, facing nearly the rest of the top 20 in the world: World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian (who is a fantastic tournament player), former champion Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler, and Ruslan Ponomariov. If he passes that test, then he should have an easier time in the London Chess Classic (Kensington, December 8-15) facing Kramnik again, Hikaru Nakamura, Ni Hua, Nigel Short, Michael Adams, Luke McShane, and David Howell. There's lots of good chess to look forward to in the coming months!

Below are links to annotations of Carlsen's games from Rounds 6 - 10. I will try to add more as they appear. I previously posted links to annotations of Rounds 1 - 5.

Carlsen - Jakovenko, Round 10
Radjabov - Carlsen, Round 9
Carlsen - Wang Yue, Round 8
Topalov - Carlsen, Round 7
Leko - Carlsen, Round 6
Please use the comments area below to alert me to any I have overlooked.



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