Linares Torneo Internacional Super-GM begins today

2/28/2008 – The first half of this Super-GM was a very exciting affair in Morelia, Mexico. The draw average was a sensationally low 46%. Topalov drew just two games, Anand won the first half, scoring three wins, all with black, and one loss. Today the second half begins in Linares, with games starting at 16:00h CET (= EST, 18:00 Moscow, 15:00 GMT/London, 10 a.m. NY). We bring you live commentary.

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Morelia-Linares 2008

The Morelia-Linares tournament is taking place from February 15th to 23rd February in Morelia, Mexico, and from 28th February to 7th March in Linares, Spain. The first half was won by Vishy Anand, ahead of Alexei Shirov and Veselin Topalov. This was the final standings:

Here are some interesting statistical facts – wins, losses, draws, percentage draws, white wins, black wins, white losses, black losses:

 Player
+
=
=
w+
b+
w–
b–
 Vishy Anand
3
1
3
43%
0
3
1
0
 Alexei Shirov
2
1
4
57%
2
0
1
0
 Veselin Topalov
3
2
2
28%
2
1
1
1
 Levon Aronian
2
2
3
42%
0
2
0
2
 Magnus Carlsen
2
2
3
42%
1
1
1
1
 Teimour Radjabov
1
2
4
57%
1
0
0
2
 Vassily Ivanchuk
1
2
4
57%
1
0
1
1
 Peter Leko
1
3
3
43%
1
0
2
1

The overall draw rate in this tournament was sensationally low: just 46%, with 13 games drawn, eight white and seven black wins. The lowest draw coefficient – by far – was achieved by Veselin Topalov with 28%, the highest by Shirov, Radjabov and Ivanchuk with 57%. Anand and Topalov won the most games, Peter Leko lost the most. Note that Anand won all his games with black and none with white.

Second half

The second half of the event runs from February 28th to March 7th, 2008. It is taking place in the Theatro Cervantes in the Centro Histórica de la Cuidad Linares. The rounds start at 16:00 local time (= CET, 20:30h Chennai, 18:00 Moscow, 15:00 GMT/London, 10 a.m. New York). You can find the starting time at your home location here.

Schedule and results

Round 8: Thursday, February 28th

Vishy Anand 
   Alexei Shirov
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Magnus Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov 
   Peter Leko
Levon Aronian 
   Veselin Topalov
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Round 9: Friday, February 29th

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

Vishy Anand 
   Magnus Carlsen
Alexei Shirov 
   Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Veselin Topalov
Teimour Radjabov 
   Levon Aronian
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Sunday, March 2nd
Free day

Round 11: Monday, March 3rd

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

Vishy Anand 
   Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen 
   Veselin Topalov
Alexei Shirov 
   Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk 
  Teimour Radjabov 
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Wednesday, March 5th
Free day

Round 13: Friday, March 7th

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

Vishy Anand 
   Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko 
   Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen 
   Teimour Radjabov
Alexei Shirov 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
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Sunday, February 25th
Transfer to Linares, Spain

Live coverage on Playchess

The games will be broadcast live on Playchess.com with live commentary by Dennis Monokroussos. For a charge of ten Ducats (about one Euro) a visitor gets a twelve hour pass to listen to the live lectures. Former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov will provide daily wrap-ups, as often as he is able (Rustam and his wife Firuza have had a second child). The wrap-up will be available at the end of the round and also cost ten ducats.

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Links

The games are being broadcast live on the chess server Playchess.com.

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