Thursday, March 6, 2008

25th Linares-Morelia 2008 chess, 5th March, Rest day

The 25th Linares-Morelia 2008 chess tournament 

5th March is rest day. Just 2 more rounds to go!

Round 12 standings:
1. Vishy Anand, 7.5
2. Carlsen, 7.0
3. Aronian, 6.5
4. Topalov, 6.0
5-6. Radjabov & Vassily Ivanchuk, 5.5
7-8. Leko & Shirov, 5.0
Round 13 schedule:
Ivanchuk, Vassily vs. Anand, Viswanathan
Radjabov, Teimour vs. Shirov, Alexei
Aronian, Levon vs. Carlsen, Magnus
Topalov, Veselin vs. Leko, Peter
Round 14 schedule:
Anand, Viswanathan vs. Topalov, Veselin
Leko, Peter vs. Aronian, Levon
Carlsen, Magnus vs. Radjabov, Teimour
Shirov, Alexei vs. Ivanchuk, Vassily

Can Carlsen catch Anand?

Anand might be forced to win, but he would have to play the tough Topalov! & the more experienced Ivanchuk!
Anand might be fine with Ivanchuk, looks like it would be a draw. But Topalov is a dangerous attacking player who recently won on Kramnik (?) with his attacking preparation!

Carlsen also has 2 tough opponents next 2 rounds, Radjabov & Aronian
Very difficult to win on Radjabov, and if lost while trying to win on Aronian, Aronian may go ahead of him!

Considering if Anand gets 2 draws (if both Topalov & Ivanchuk respect Anand without fighting), Carlsen can only be a contender for him.
If Anand looses one game, then Carlsen, Aronian & Topalov would have a chance.

I guess Anand will try 2 draws first, and let Carlsen loose one game by himself.
But after 11th round, if Anand senses someone is catching up, may be he will need to win, that would be an exiting last round!

no option, but to wait and see! what?

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