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Linares R14: All games drawn, Grischuk wins on tiebreak

3/7/2009 – All four games of the last round were drawn, leaving two players at the top of the final table: Vassily Ivanchuk, who first won Linares 18 years ago, and Russian GM Alexander Grischuk. Both have plus two (8.0/14), but Grischuk has three wins to Ivanchuk's two. Third is Magnus Carlsen, fourth World Champion Vishy Anand. Pictorial report.
 

XXVI Linares 2009

This year the Linares 2009 tournament is being staged only in Spain – in the previous three years the first half was in Morelia, Mexico, and next year the first half will probably be in the Arab Emirates. The 2009 event goes from February 19th to March 7th, with three rest days. The prize fund is 314,000 Euros, with the winner getting 100,000 Euros, followed by 75,000 and 50,000 Euros for second and third place. There are no appearance fees for the players, so the motivation to fight for points may be unusually high. The venue is el Teatro Cervantes de Linares, the starting time of the games is 16:00h (4 p.m.) Spanish/European time.

Round fourteen report (final)

Round 14: Saturday, 7 March 2009

Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Wang Yue
Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily
Levon Aronian
½-½
Grischuk Alexander
Vishy Anand
½-½
Carlsen Magnus


Wang Yue at the start of the final round. The Chinese GM is very professional and
always looks into the camera when you point it at him. Thank you, Yue!


Vishy Anand, who will not remember this year's Linares event fondly


Levon Aronian, who is always humorous and affable, even after a painful defeat


Leinier Dominguez with possibly the most precise piece adjustment at the start of a game


Vassily Ivanchuk, preparing his attempt to win Linares for the fourth time in twenty years (he won the tournament outright in
1989, 1991 and 1995).


Ivanchuk plays 3...a6 in his game against Cuban grandmaster Dominguez


One of the key games of the last round: Levon Aronian vs Alexander Grischuk


Magnus Carlsen about to play 5...Nxd5 against Vishy Anand


A view of the playing hall during the last round


The game between these two was the first to end in a draw


Try as he migh Vassily Ivanchuk could find no way to score a full point


The last game to end – Alexander Grischuk took a draw in a slightly better position


Thank heavens for these two in the press room: Aruna Anand and Maite Lopez


Eduardo Morejón, Editor of the chess magazine Jaque, poses with the ladies

All pictures by Frederic Friedel in Linares

Final standings

Please note: Alexander Grischuk has won the event on the Linares tiebreak system, which awards victory to the player who has more wins (Ivanchuk would have won it on traditional tiebreak points, as shown in the table above). Also note that Teimour Radjabov is fifth in the official table, not sixth as in our table, which is automatically generated by ChessBase. Here are the official final standings:

1. Grischuk, Alexander
8
RUS
2733
2. Ivanchuk, Vassily
8
UKR
2779
3. Carlsen, Magnus
7.5
NOR
2776
4. Anand, Viswanathan
7
IND
2791
5. Radjabov, Teimour
6.5
AZE
2761
6. Wang Yue
6.5
CHN
2739
7. Aronian, Levon
6.5
ARM
2750
8. Dominguez Perez, Leinier
6
CUB
2717

Video reports by Europe Echecs

Video reports and interviews are now being provided by Vijay Kumar for Europe Echecs


Schedule and results

Round 1: Thursday, 19 February 2009

Vishy Anand
1-0
Teimour Radjabov
Levon Aronian
½-½
Magnus Carlsen
Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Wang Yue
½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk

Round 2: Friday, 20 February 2009

Teimour Radjavov
½.½
Vassily Ivanchuk
Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Wang Yue
Magnus Carlsen
½.½
Leinier Domínguez
Vishy Anand
0-1
Levon Aronian

Round 3: Saturday, 21 February 2009

Levon Aronian
½-½
Teimour Radjabov
Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Vishy Anand
Wang Yue
½-½
Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk
½-½
Alexander Grischuk

Round 4: Sunday, 22 February 2009

Teimour Radjabov
0-1
Alexander Grischuk
Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk
Vishy Anand
1-0
Wang Yue
Levon Aronian
1-0
Leinier Domínguez

Round 5: Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Teimour Radjabov
Wang Yue
½-½
Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk
½-½
Vishy Anand
Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Magnus Carlsen

Round 6: 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
Vishy Anand

Round 7:Thursday , 26 February 2009

Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Magnus Carlsen
Vishy Anand
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian
0-1
Vassily Ivanchuk
Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Wang Yue

Round 8: Saturday, 28 February 2009

Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen
0-1
Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Leinier Domínguez
Vassily Ivanchuk
½-½
Wang Yue

Round 9: 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
Vishy Anand

Round 10: Monday, 2 March 2009

Teimour Radjabov
1-0
Levon Aronian
Vishy Anand
½-½
Leinier Domínguez
Magnus Carlsen
0-1
Wang Yue
Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk

Round 11: Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Teimour Radjabov
Vassily Ivanchuk
½-½
Magnus Carlsen
Wang Yue
½-½
Vishy Anand
Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Levon Aronian

Round 12: Thursday, 5 March 2009

Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Leinier Domínguez
Levon Aronian
½-½
Wang Yue
Vishy Anand
½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk
Magnus Carlsen
1-0
Alexander Grischuk

Round 13: Friday, 6 March 2009

Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Teimour Radjabov
Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Vishy Anand
Vassily Ivanchuk
1-0
Levon Aronian
Wang Yue 
½-½
Leinier Domínguez

Round 14: Saturday, 7 March 2009

Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Wang Yue
Leinier Domínguez
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily
Levon Aronian
½-½
Grischuk Alexander
Vishy Anand
½-½
Carlsen Magnus

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