Reports | June 18, 2008 3:36

[lang_nl]Remises zijn meer dan genoeg[/lang_nl][lang_en]Draws are more than enough[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Voor Magnus Carlsen zijn remises even meer dan genoeg. Tegen Onischuk en Jakovenko kwam hij gisteren en vandaag snel een puntendeling overeen en zo komt hij erg dicht bij de toernooiwinst. Nieuwe partijen met commentaar.[/lang_nl][lang_en]For Magnus Carlsen, draws are more than enough at the moment. Yesterday and today he agreed to quick draws against Onischuk and Jakovenko and so he's almost sure of another tournament victory now. New games with comments.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Magnus kan het excuus van Euro 2008 niet meer gebruiken: inmiddels is er geen reden meer om vroeg het schaakbord te verlaten en in plaats daarvan voetbal te gaan kijken, want de laatste dagen beginnen de wedstrijden pas om 20.45 uur en da's 21.45 uur lokale tijd!

Maar natuurlijk heeft Carlsen inmiddels voldoende reden om tevreden te zijn met halfjes. Ok?ɬ©, zijn formidabele voorsprong van twee punten op zijn voornaamste concurrenten (allemaal Oekra?ɬØners!) Karjakin, Eljanov en Ivanchuk werd vandaag verkeind tot anderhalf omdat Eljanov tot winst kwam, maar toch heeft Carlsen morgen, met wit tegen Volokitin, aan een remise genoeg om ten minste een gedeelde toernooiwinst op te eisen.

Zijn partij uit de laatste ronde kan dus onbelangrijk worden maar desondanks blijft deze interessant gezien zijn tegenstander: de ietwat onderbelichte medetoptiener Sergei Karjakin.

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Carlsen-Onischuk: eerstgenoemde remiseert zich comfortabel naar de toernooioverwinning terwijl laatstgenoemde onderaan bungelt en zo'n halfje wel kan gebruiken


Ivanchuk, geconcentreerd, speelt zoals altijd gewoon zijn eigen toernooi


Svidler, op zeven remises, ?ɬ©?ɬ©n overwinning een ?ɬ©?ɬ©n verlies nu, tegen Karjakin, nu op zes remises, twee overwinningen en ?ɬ©?ɬ©n nul


Overigens is Svidler vandaag jarig - de grootmeester uit St Petersburg werd 32 jaar geleden geboren

Links:

  • Offici?ɬ´le website
  • Partijen in PGN

[/lang_nl][lang_en]Magnus can't really use the excuse of Euro 2008 anymore: by now there's no reason to leave the chess board early to watch the football instead, because by now these games don't start before 21:45 local time!

But of course, for the moment he has enough reason to be satisfied with half points. OK, his formidable two-point lead over his closest (all Ukrainian!) rivals Karjakin, Eljanov and Ivanchuk was reduced to a 1.5 point gap with Eljanov, who won today, but still Carlsen just needs another half point tomorrow, with White against Volokitin, to secure at least a shared tournament victory. And so his last-round encounter could be irrelevant but it's interesting nonetheless, since it's against his somewhat under-exposed colleague Sergei Karjakin.

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Carlsen-Onischuk: the former comfortably drawing his way to tournament victory, the latter satisfied with half a point as the tailender


Ivanchuk, concentrating, just playing his own tournament, as always


Svidler, on seven draws, a win and a loss now, against Karjakin, now on six draws, two wins and one loss


By the way, today was Svidler's birthday - the grandmaster from St Petersburg was born 32 years ago

Links:

  • Official website
  • Games in PGN

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The_Anonymous_Person's picture

The Carlsen-Ivanchuk game in round 1 has turned out to be the decisive game of the entire tournament...had it been a draw, Carlsen would only be leading by half a point had he agreed quick draws in the previous 2 rounds, making the tournament much more interesting.

Monsieur Mesquin's picture

If Ivanchuk wins the next 2 games, he will be 3rd in the world on the FIDE ratings for July!

Btw, what are the chances of the tournament being on the July Rating list?

Lawrence Smith's picture

Carlsen has to win his next two games to overtake Anand as world no.1. However, I think he will agree quick draws in his next two games to nail first place in the tournament. This result would also retain him the second spot on the world rankings if the Aerosvit tournament is included in the July FIDE Ratings.

I think Ivanchuk will take clear 2nd place after smashing Eljanov and either drawing/beating Van Wely.

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