USCF Home Chess Life Online 2008 March Anand Wins Linares-Morelia
|Anand Wins Linares-Morelia|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|March 7, 2008|
yesterday's article predicting an exciting battle turned out to be wishful thinking. As Greg Shahade said, "Topalov knows he isn't superman."
Linares-Morelia concluded with an all drawn last round, allowing Vishy Anand to coast into first
place with 8.5/14. Magnus Carlsen was right behind with 8/14. Topalov played a sharp opening against Anand, but defeating a draw determined Anand with Black was too tall an order, and |
Carlsen had a chance to catch up to Anand with a last round win against Radjabov. For almost 30 moves, the Norweigian teenager tried to squeeze a dry pawn up rook endgame, but unsurprisingly he failed. If only Radjabov morphed for a dozen moves into an 1800-player, he may have had a shot. Even if Carlsen had won, he would have lost the title to Anand on tiebreak.
The majority of Morelia-Linares excitement went down in the first half of the event: the tournament will definitely be remembered for its bloody Mexican half.
1. Viswanathan Anand 8.5
2. Magnus Carlsen 8.0
3-4. Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov 7.5
5.Teimour Radjabov 7.0
6. Vassily Ivanchuk 6.5
7-8. Alexei Shirov, Peter Leko 5.5
Read CLO's prior coverage of Morelia-Linares, including predictions by major American chess personalities, an opening Linares blog by GM Ian Rogers, a second blog by Ian, "The Draw Makes a Comeback in Linares" and Macauley Peterson's recap at the half. You can also watch Macauley's ICC videos here.