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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
M-Tel Masters Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk8/10(+6 -0 =4)[view games]
Veselin Topalov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[view games]
Teimour Radjabov5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[view games]
Ivan Cheparinov4/10(+2 -4 =4)[view games]
Levon Aronian3/10(+0 -4 =6)[view games]
Bu Xiangzhi3/10(+1 -5 =4)[view games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk 0-148 2008 M-Tel MastersE15 Queen's Indian
2. Aronian vs Topalov 0-160 2008 M-Tel MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. I Cheparinov vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-055 2008 M-Tel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Aronian vs I Cheparinov ½-½46 2008 M-Tel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Topalov vs Ivanchuk 0-143 2008 M-Tel MastersC11 French
6. Bu Xiangzhi vs Radjabov ½-½45 2008 M-Tel MastersA15 English
7. Ivanchuk vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-032 2008 M-Tel MastersA15 English
8. I Cheparinov vs Topalov 0-138 2008 M-Tel MastersC11 French
9. Radjabov vs Aronian ½-½56 2008 M-Tel MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Bu Xiangzhi vs Aronian ½-½36 2008 M-Tel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Radjabov vs Topalov ½-½26 2008 M-Tel MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Ivanchuk vs I Cheparinov 1-040 2008 M-Tel MastersE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
13. Topalov vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-031 2008 M-Tel MastersD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 0-144 2008 M-Tel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. I Cheparinov vs Radjabov ½-½46 2008 M-Tel MastersE97 King's Indian
16. Topalov vs Aronian 1-070 2008 M-Tel MastersD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Bu Xiangzhi vs I Cheparinov 0-144 2008 M-Tel MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Ivanchuk vs Radjabov ½-½41 2008 M-Tel MastersB33 Sicilian
19. Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-041 2008 M-Tel MastersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. I Cheparinov vs Aronian ½-½45 2008 M-Tel MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Ivanchuk vs Topalov ½-½49 2008 M-Tel MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Topalov vs I Cheparinov 1-032 2008 M-Tel MastersD85 Grunfeld
23. Aronian vs Radjabov 0-144 2008 M-Tel MastersE97 King's Indian
24. Bu Xiangzhi vs Ivanchuk ½-½61 2008 M-Tel MastersA30 English, Symmetrical
25. Ivanchuk vs Aronian ½-½26 2008 M-Tel MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-12-08  14 Dog Knight: If I were playing Ivanchuk in that enclosed glass room, I would eat deviled eggs and then fart in every crucial position. Maybe he would offer a draw just to leave the room.
May-12-08  square dance: yet another fine contribution by 14 dog knight.
May-12-08  wolfmaster: Anyone have any idea what Ivanchuk's Performance Rating is? 3200?
May-12-08  14 Dog Knight: over 3500
May-12-08  square dance: no prob, 14 dog knight. i bet its just killing you that you arent allowed to respond by saying that i probably abuse animals, women and children anymore. now that your main ammo is gone all you can do is come at me with the sponge bob stuff. you think after all this time you could've come up with a new routine. i guess you're just not clever enough.
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  suenteus po 147: <Petrosianic: So is this the first year it was inevitable, or was it inevitable last year too, when he'd only done it twice?> It takes three trees to make a row.
May-12-08  hand banana: his performance rating is infinite. it's kinda like dividing by zero :) . performance rating can be calculated only if one drops at least half a point, otherwise it's only approximation. so i have a question actually: what approx. is fide using to determine performance rating in case of 100% result? is it 99%?
May-12-08  zduric: <hand banana: his performance rating is infinite.> Really?
May-12-08  hedgeh0g: Ivanchuk's rating performance: 3537!

hahahaha oh my dear god...this is absolutely amazing! I'm speechless...

May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheBB: <zduric> Well, think about it. There is no upper bound on ratings. A player rated 10000 would almost certainly score 5/5 in such a field. Same goes for any arbitrarily high rating. It's not theoretically possible to pinpoint at which of these ratings 5/5 is most probable, because this probability monotonely approaches 1 as the rating grows.

Conversely, if Ivanchuk were to drop half a point, things would be different. A player rated 10000 would have a very low probability to score only 4.5/5. This probability approaches zero as the rating grows, which allows us to point at some point and say "the limit goes here".

May-12-08  zarg: <whatever happened against Aronian and Carlsen there will probably not happen again here>

Well, I wouldn't consider a Chucky meltdown in the 2nd leg, that unlikely.

May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  peyote: hOLY CRAP....5-0!!?
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: holy crap indeed!
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  NakoSonorense: I hereby declare Ivanchuk officially insane.
May-12-08  arkansaw: anyone realized there hasn't been a single Spanish game so far? not that it helps when the only e4 players are Bulgarians
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Ivanchuk's visiting the bathroom waaaaaaaay too much!! =)
May-12-08  sitzkrieg: Nako, what about me!
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  17.Bxg7: The curious thing is that Ivanchuk has been rewarded with 5/5 without playing with extreme aggression, but taking advantage of his opponents desperation to get a good result, there is some element of luck here:

- Against Radjabov, the latter tried to play a crazy counter-sacrifice confident in his "winning" chances and got defeated instead.

- Against Topalov, the latter threw everything (typical Topalov)... including the game itself in time trouble.

- Against Cheparinov, the latter wasn't able to cope with the complications he tried to create in a Kings Indian.

- Against Bu, well... Ivanchuk is very erudite in openings, so he is able to play old fashioned lines and other variations to confuse some opponents (I remember against Bruzon last year) or get them into time trouble (remember Leko in Linares).

- Against Aronian, I don't know why Aronian decided to sac the bishop instead of playing Bb4 or Ba5. He is playing poorly in this tournament.

The common point is that all these players needed to win in order to improve their position in the table and eventually lost. So, I don't think Ivanchuk will get a minus score in the second half. If his opponents needed to win in the first half, imagine Aronian, Radjabov, Cheparinov and Bu thinking again they need to win to improve their "shameful" score. Their desperation has increased now.

May-12-08  minasina: Tuesday is a rest day. http://www.mtelmasters.com/
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  NakoSonorense: <Sitz> I'm sorry, but your case is too complicated to be diagnosed by me!
May-12-08  sitzkrieg: ..what can i say:D
May-12-08  Bobsterman3000: wow, Van Wely is rated just a little behind Lasker and Botvinnik. Sounds about right ;-)

May-12-08  wallytherhino: <The curious thing is that Ivanchuk has been rewarded with 5/5 without playing with extreme aggression, but taking advantage of his opponents desperation to get a good result, there is some element of luck here: - Against Radjabov, the latter tried to play a crazy counter-sacrifice confident in his "winning" chances and got defeated instead.

- Against Topalov, the latter threw everything (typical Topalov)... including the game itself in time trouble.

- Against Cheparinov, the latter wasn't able to cope with the complications he tried to create in a Kings Indian.

- Against Bu, well... Ivanchuk is very erudite in openings, so he is able to play old fashioned lines and other variations to confuse some opponents (I remember against Bruzon last year) or get them into time trouble (remember Leko in Linares).

- Against Aronian, I don't know why Aronian decided to sac the bishop instead of playing Bb4 or Ba5. He is playing poorly in this tournament.

The common point is that all these players needed to win in order to improve their position in the table and eventually lost. So, I don't think Ivanchuk will get a minus score in the second half. If his opponents needed to win in the first half, imagine Aronian, Radjabov, Cheparinov and Bu thinking again they need to win to improve their "shameful" score. Their desperation has increased now.>

With three white games in the second half Vassily should be able to score at least 4/5. I am very impressed by his performance I don't care whether his opponents pushed too much. For a category 20 event there are awful lot of wins going around. Round one was insane. The percentage of draws this past couple of months seems to be going down.

May-12-08  wallytherhino: <I hereby declare Ivanchuk officially insane.>

And this is new?

May-12-08  veigaman: Ivanchuck is a world class player, a super GM without any doubt.
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