Nanjing: Carlsen wins Pearl Spring with one round to go

10/9/2009 – Magnus Carlsen drew the black side of a Grünfeld against Teimour Radjabov in the penultimate round to secure sole victory in this Super-GM event. Carlsen has 7.0/9 (= +5), two more than his nearest rival, and his performance so far is 2981. The other two games were also drawn, with all three showing good fighting spirit. Full illustrated report.

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Second Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament

This event, organized by the Municipal People’s Government of Nanjing, is taking place from 27th September to 9th October 2009 in Nanjing, China. Time controls are 90 minutes for 40 moves and 60 minutes for the rest of the game, with no increment. The tournament is a six-player double round robin and has a total prize fund of 250,000 Euros, with the winner taking 80,000 Euros.

Round nine

Round 9: Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Dmitry Jakovenko 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Wang Yue 
½-½
 Veselin Topalov

Jakovenko,D (2742) - Leko,P (2762) [D45]
2nd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (9), 08.10.2009
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 h6 8.h3 e5 9.Bd2 0-0 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.0-0-0 Qe7 13.Kb1 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Bxc3 15.Bxc3 Be6 16.Bxe6 Qxe6 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.Rd7 Qf3 19.Rhd1 Qxh3 20.Qf5 b6 21.a3 a5 22.Rc7 b5 23.Rxc6 b4 24.a4 b3 25.Rc3 Rab8 26.Rdc1 g6 27.Qf4 h5 28.Rc4 Qxg4 29.Qxg4 hxg4 30.Rxg4 Rfd8 31.Rg5 Rd2 32.Rxa5 Rxf2 33.Rb5 Ra8 34.Rb4 Re2 35.e4 Kg7 36.Rc3 Re1+ 37.Rc1 Re3 38.Rc3 Re1+ 39.Rc1 Re3 40.Rc3 Re1+ draw.

Radjabov,T (2757) - Carlsen,M (2772) [D86]
2nd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (9), 08.10.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 12.h3 a6 13.Bf4 Qa5 14.Qb3 e6 15.a4 cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Rxd4 18.Be3 Rd6 19.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 b5 21.axb5 axb5 22.Qxb5 Qxb5 23.Rd8+ Bf8 24.Bxb5 Bb7 25.Rxa8 Bxa8 26.f3 f5 27.Bd3 fxe4 28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.fxe4 Kf7 30.Kf1 h5 31.Kg1 Bd6 32.Kf1 Bf8 33.Kg1 Bd6 34.Kf1 Bf8 draw.

Radjabov,T (2757) - Carlsen,M (2772) [D86]
2nd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (9), 08.10.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 12.h3 a6 13.Bf4 Qa5 14.Qb3 e6 15.a4 cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Rxd4 18.Be3 Rd6 19.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 b5 21.axb5 axb5 22.Qxb5 Qxb5 23.Rd8+ Bf8 24.Bxb5 Bb7 25.Rxa8 Bxa8 26.f3 f5 27.Bd3 fxe4 28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.fxe4 Kf7 30.Kf1 h5 31.Kg1 Bd6 32.Kf1 Bf8 33.Kg1 Bd6 34.Kf1 Bf8 draw.

Current standings

Picture Gallery


World famous (Nobel Prize winning) economist Robert Mundell at the chess tournament


Mundell watches a simultaneous exhibition given for young Chinese players by...


...WGM Vera Nebolsina from Novosibirsk in Russia


Vera is nineteen and already a veteran of chess in China. She has played in the
Chinese League and was featured in this 2006 report by Almira Skripchenko


A trip on the second free day to the Great Wall of China


Dmitry Jakovenko (with "Arqueonautas" scrawled over his shirt), with his second
Vladimir Belov and Vera Nebolsina on the Great Wall


Vera shows Dmitry how to use a bow and arrow (from the Great Wall? Shooting what?)

Schedule and results

Round 1: Monday, September 28, 2009
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Peter Leko
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Dmitriy Jakovenko
Wang Yue 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Round 2: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Dmitry Jakovenko 
½-½
 Wang Yue
Round 3: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wang Yue 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Dmitry Jakovenko
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 4: Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Wang Yue 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Dmitry Jakovenko 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Veselin Topalov
Round 5: Friday, October 2nd, 2009
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Dmitry Jakovenko
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Teimour Radjabov
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Wang Yue
Round 6: Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Dmitry Jakovenko 
0-1
 Veselin Topalov
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Wang Yue
Round 7: Monday, October 5th, 2009
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Wang Yue 
½-½
 Dmitry Jakovenko
Veselin Topalov 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Round 8: Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Peter Leko 
0-1
 Veselin Topalov
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Wang Yue
Dmitry Jakovenko 
1-0
 Teimour Radjabov
Round 9: Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Dmitry Jakovenko 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Wang Yue 
½-½
 Veselin Topalov
Round 10: Friday, October 9th, 2009
Peter Leko 
-
 Wang Yue
Veselin Topalov 
-
 Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen 
-
Dmitry Jakovenko 
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