Friday, March 6, 2009

Linares Rd 12 - Grischuk Loses But Still Leads

With the finishing line fast approaching in Linares, Alexander Grischuk suffered his first loss today, but still leads the tournament on 7/12. His nemesis was Magnus Carlsen (pictured) in a complex Sicilian Scheveningen where Grischuk got into time trouble and missed Magnus' spectacular move 33.Ba6!! which ensured that white's advanced pawns were unstoppable.

With only 2 rounds to go, Vassily Ivanchuk and Magnus Carlsen are in joint second place on 6.5/12, just half a point behind Grischuk. The other games were drawn, the last to finish being the clash between cellar-dwellers Radjabov and Dominguez which went down to bare kings.

1Grischuk, Alexander RUS 27337
2Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2779
3Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2776
4Aronian, Levon ARM 27506
5Anand, Viswanathan IND 27916
6Wang Yue CHN 2739
7Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2761
8Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 27175

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