|Topalov to Play Anand in Linares Finale|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|March 6, 2008|
Linares-Morelia (February 14-March 7) features a thrilling last round finale: Veselin Topalov, a point behind will face the tournament leader Vishy Anand. If Veselin wins, it will also give Carlsen and Aronian a chance to catch up or in Carlsen's case, surpass Anand.
By the luck of the draw,|
Topalov has once again proved that of all the elite players, he is the most consistently hungry. In round twelve, he lost a wild game against Carlsen, miscalculating badly.
Carlsen played 34.Bd8! here (34.Bf6+ Kg8 35.Qh6 leads to nothing after Qd7. 34.Qh6+ Kg8 Be7 is also easily met by Qe8.) Bd8 should lead to a draw after Qd5 Bxa5 followed by a perpetual. Instead Topalov blundered with 34...Nc6 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Qe6+ Kf8 37.Bg5 1-0
Here is the entire game.
To his credit, Topalov rebounded with a win against Peter Leko:
One thing is for sure: we can expect Topalov to go for the win tomorrow.
The only other action from the past two rounds was Radjabov's win over Shirov:
You can watch the final game live on ICC at 10:00 EST, or check CLO for a final report. Be sure to check out other CLO articles on 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.
Standings after 13 rounds
1. GM Anand IND 2799- 8
2. GM Carlsen NOR 2733-7.5
3-4 GM Topalov BUL 2780 and GM Aronian ARM 2739- 7
5 GM Radjabov AZE 2735- 6.5
6- GM Ivanchuk UKR 2751- 6.0
7-8- GM Shirov ESP 2755 and GM Leko 5