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Pearl Spring Chess Tournament

Veselin Topalov7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs Bu Xiangzhi 0-1582008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentC24 Bishop's Opening
2. Ivanchuk vs Svidler ½-½372008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
3. Aronian vs Topalov ½-½392008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 1-0332008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentA04 Reti Opening
5. Svidler vs Movsesian 0-1472008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB83 Sicilian
6. Topalov vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½492008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
7. Bu Xiangzhi vs Svidler ½-½262008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentA15 English
8. Movsesian vs Aronian ½-½322008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentC55 Two Knights Defense
9. Ivanchuk vs Topalov ½-½222008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB10 Caro-Kann
10. Movsesian vs Topalov ½-½282008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Bu Xiangzhi vs Ivanchuk ½-½302008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
12. Svidler vs Aronian ½-½482008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
13. Ivanchuk vs Movsesian  ½-½352008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. Topalov vs Svidler 1-0292008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. Aronian vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½462008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Topalov vs Aronian 1-0722008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Svidler vs Ivanchuk ½-½382008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB30 Sicilian
18. Bu Xiangzhi vs Movsesian 1-0622008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-1392008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentA20 English
20. Movsesian vs Svidler 0-1642008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. Bu Xiangzhi vs Topalov ½-½702008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Aronian vs Movsesian  ½-½492008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Svidler vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-0542008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Topalov vs Ivanchuk 1-0582008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. Movsesian vs Ivanchuk  ½-½332008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Dec-20-08  walker: Time: Svidler-Toppalov 50-124
Dec-20-08  Mameluk: Movsesian and Ivanchuk are still enjoying chess it seems. Interesting that Rybka on chessok is more pesimistic about the g4 sacrifice than my older version, I have no idea why.
Dec-20-08  shintaro go: Someone forgot to tell Bu and Aronian that they're playing classic time controls.
Dec-20-08  Mameluk: Sergei went completely crazy with 18. Nxe5. Ivanchuk was probably OK anyway.
Dec-20-08  zluria: Movsesian is going to win Ivanchuck's Queen, but it'll cost him two knights and a Rook, so in fact he's sacrificing material. Rybka thinks he has some compensation, but not enough. Ivanchuck is very strong in such wacky positions, so my guess is he'll survive the assault (and probably win, if he feels like it).
Dec-20-08  shintaro go: Not sure what Svidler's trying to do here.
Dec-20-08  percyblakeney: Svidler is down to less than 30 minutes after 17 moves and is -0.62 according to Rybka.
Dec-20-08  shintaro go: Looks bad for Movsesian.
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  Eyal: <Not sure what Svidler's trying to do here> Well, he had two weak pawns on the Q-side where Black can develop quite a lot of pressure, so apparently he decided to just get rid of one of those pawns, and in return get some tempi and freer play. That seems to be the general idea - of course, it might not work... Interesting to see, btw, how easily Topalov got an advantage out of the opening with Black.
Dec-20-08  percyblakeney: Topalov would maybe not mind a draw, that would secure him at least shared first even if he loses with white against Movsesian.
Dec-20-08  arkansaw: emm, He should mind a draw because a win will give him clear first
Dec-20-08  Mameluk: Either GMīs absolutely donīt understand it today, or Rybka does not. I surely donīt. Anyway Serge is doing fine now, though itīs probably mainly due to Ivanchukīs disastrous form.
Dec-20-08  walker: Does he need to win this tournament? Why is he revealing his preparations? He deserves to become the WC, but his bravery before matches with Kamsky and Vishy may coast him the title. If he anyway wins the title he will become one of the greatest champions of all time. Let's see.
Dec-20-08  percyblakeney: Movsesian has a perpetual now.
Dec-20-08  Mameluk: And draw in Movsesian-Ivanchuk. Not a good game.
Dec-20-08  ivan999: well if rybka's elo is 3200, it is not surprising that GM's don't play like the program sometimes. hence the eval is somewhat mistaken.
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  Eyal: Svidler's 21.Nc1 threatened to trap Topalov's queen with Nd2, but apparently that wasn't much more than a one-move threat and now he has to fight for a draw in an endgame (or queenless middlegame) where he's simply a pawn down without much compensation. Maybe 21.Rc1 was better.
Dec-20-08  arkansaw: The difference between Rybka and GMs is that Rybka never speculates...
Dec-20-08  arkansaw: Caro-kann is nothing special for Topalov, considering that Cheparinov is playing it like every other day
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  Eyal: Well, both started experimenting with it mainly this year. Topalov, besides his classical games here, vs. Shirov in the Olympiad, and vs. Anand in Bilbao, already practiced it in several rapid & blindfold games (
Dec-20-08  k0mi: it's interesting. will Topa win against Svidler with black and the Caro?! Topa is a real fighter.
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  Eyal: From chessdom: <26...Nb8 with idea Nc6 and 0-0 should be working fine for Topalov. The other White Rook is still tied for the first rank as Black has Nxd2 and then Nc1 would be hanging. For example 26...Nb8 27. Ra8 0-0! 28. Raxb8 Nxd2 29. Rxc8 Nxf3+ with Rxc8 next, which is a very poor ending for White.>
Dec-20-08  ivan999: so topalov has +4-2=9 as black with the caro-kann excluding today's game. not bad.
Dec-20-08  arkansaw: Topalov must be feeling lucky, he's so close to losing a piece if not for Svidler's own weakness
Dec-20-08  percyblakeney: This isn't a fun endgame for Svidler.
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