Morelia R5: Carlsen beats Topalov, Anand wins

2/21/2008 – The first win on this dramatic day was by Vishy Anand, over Peter Leko, who was overrun by Anand's black kingside pawns. Then followed Magnus Carlsen's victory over Veselin Topalov, which he achieved, believe it or not, on the black side of Alekhine's Defence (1.e4 Nf6). The results put Anand in the sole lead. We bring you lots of pictures in our express report.

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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.

Round five express

Round 5: Wednesday, February 20th

Peter Leko 
0-1
 Vishy Anand
Veselin Topalov 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Alexei Shirov
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk

Here are the two critical games of the round – full GM analysis of the action will follow tomorrow. Click on the above link (in the results table) to replay and download all four games.

Leko,P (2753) - Anand,V (2799) [B90]
XXV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (5), 20.02.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.f3 b5 10.0-0-0 Be7 11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.exd5 Nb6 13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.Na5 Rc8 15.Nc6 Nxd5 16.Nxe7 Nxe7 17.Qxd6 Qxd6 18.Rxd6 Nc6 19.c3 Ke7 20.Rd1 f5 21.Bd3 g6 22.Rhe1 Rhd8 23.Bf1 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Na5 25.a4 Nc4 26.axb5 axb5 27.Rd5 Kf6 28.Rxb5 Ne3 29.Rb6+ Kg5 30.Ba6 Rd8 31.b4 Kf4 32.Rc6 Nxg2 33.b5 Ra8 34.Bb7 Rb8 35.Rc7 Ne1 36.Rxh7 Nxf3 37.c4 e4 38.Kc2 e3 39.Kd3 g5 40.Ke2 Nd4+ 41.Ke1 Rd8 42.Re7 Nc2+ 43.Kf1 Rd1+ 44.Ke2 Rd2+ 45.Kf1 Nd4 0-1.

Topalov,V (2780) - Carlsen,M (2733) [B04]
XXV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (5), 20.02.2008
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Nxd7 Bxd7 8.0-0 g6 9.Nd2 Bg7 10.Nf3 0-0 11.Re1 Bg4 12.c3 c5 13.Be4 cxd4 14.cxd4 e6 15.Qb3 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Bxd4 17.Bxd5 Qxd5 18.Qxd5 exd5 19.Rd1 Bg7 20.Kf1 Rfd8 21.Bg5 Rd7 22.Rd2 h6 23.Be3 d4 24.Rd3 Rc8 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Rb1 Re7 27.a4 f5 28.b3 Rec7 29.Be1 Kf7 30.Rd2 Rc1 31.Rxc1 Rxc1 32.Ke2 Rb1 33.Rd3 Ke6 34.h4 Kd5 35.Bd2 Ke4 36.Rg3 f4 37.Rd3 Be5 38.f3+ Kd5 39.Be1 Bd6 40.Bd2 g5 41.hxg5 hxg5 42.Be1 g4 43.fxg4 Ke4 44.g5 0-1.

Note: Originally we gave 44...Ke5 as the final move. This was an error. Henrik Carlsen confirmed that 44.g5 was the last move play, by Topalov, who resigned when he saw that Magnus could play 44...Rxe1+ with an immediate win.

The reason the error crept in was that it is the habit of the arbiters to place the king of the winning side on the square e4 or e5 (and both kings on these squares to signify a draw) after the game is over, to indicate the result. So they placed the black king on e5, and apparently the sensor board picked this up and recorded it as part of the game in the official bulletin. The error has in the meantime been corrected.

Current standings

Picture gallery


Anand watches as his clock is started in round five


Teimour Radjabov starts his game against Vassily Ivanchuk


Alexei Shirov starts his game against Levon Aronian


What a shock: Magnus Carlsen plays the Alekhine's Defence against Veselin Topalov


Anand contemplating 11...Bxd5 in his game against Peter Leko


Alexei Shirov agonising after 5.e4 by Levon Aronian


Magnus Carlsen moving his knight from b8 to d7 on move six...


... and his opponent Veselin Topalov thinks about how to react to this move


Magnus Carlsen relaxes after 7...Bxd7, Veselin Topalov contemplates 8.0-0


Vassily Ivanchuk leans back after playing 6...Nf6 against Teimour Radjabov


Levon Aronian playing 7.f3 against Alexei Shirov. The Armenian GM has a unique
habit of playing with his left hand and writing down his move with his right.


Ivanchuk has just played 13...b5 against Teimour Radjabov


Veselin Topalov concentrated after Magnus Carlsen has played 8...g6


Vassily Ivanchuk checks out Topalov's game


...and then Veselin Topalov checks out Anand and Leko


Teimour Radjabov strolls over to follow the game


Magnus Carlsen in his typical thinking pose, Veselin Topalov in his


This game between the Indian and Hungarian GMs after Anand's move 45...Nd4


Got it! The moment when Peter Leko streches out his hand to resign the game.

All pictures by Frederic Friedel in Morelia


Schedule and results

Round 1: Friday, February 15th

Alexei Shirov 
0-1
 Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
 Peter Leko 
1-0
 Teimour Radjabov
Veselin Topalov 
1-0
 Levon Aronian

Round 2: Saturday, February 16th

Vishy Anand 
0-1
 Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Veselin Topalov
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Peter Leko
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen

Round 3: Sunday, February 17th

Magnus Carlsen 
0-1
 Vishy Anand
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Alexei Shirov
Veselin Topalov 
1-0
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Monday, February 18th
Free day

Round 4: Tuesday, February 19th

Vishy Anand 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Vassily Ivanchuk 
0-1
 Levon Aronian
Alexei Shirov 
1-0
 Veselin Topalov
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Peter Leko

Round 5: Wednesday, February 20th

Peter Leko 
0-1
 Vishy Anand
Veselin Topalov 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian 
½-½
 Alexei Shirov
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Thursday, February 21st
Free day

Round 6: Friday, February 22nd

Veselin Topalov 
   Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian 
   Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov 
   Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Alexei Shirov
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Round 7: Saturday, February 23rd

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

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