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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
M-Tel Masters Tournament

Alexey Shirov6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Wang Yue4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4/10(+0 -2 =8)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk3/10(+1 -5 =4)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Topalov 1-0362009M-Tel MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Ivanchuk vs Shirov 0-1242009M-Tel MastersB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Wang Yue vs L Dominguez ½-½652009M-Tel MastersD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
4. Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue 0-1512009M-Tel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
5. L Dominguez vs Carlsen ½-½302009M-Tel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Shirov vs Topalov ½-½572009M-Tel MastersC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. Wang Yue vs Shirov ½-½392009M-Tel MastersD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk ½-½542009M-Tel MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Topalov vs L Dominguez ½-½512009M-Tel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Topalov vs Wang Yue 1-0332009M-Tel MastersD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Carlsen vs Shirov ½-½392009M-Tel MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. L Dominguez vs Ivanchuk ½-½492009M-Tel MastersB41 Sicilian, Kan
13. Shirov vs L Dominguez ½-½432009M-Tel MastersB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
14. Wang Yue vs Carlsen ½-½252009M-Tel MastersD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
15. Ivanchuk vs Topalov 0-1542009M-Tel MastersB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
16. L Dominguez vs Wang Yue ½-½402009M-Tel MastersC42 Petrov Defense
17. Shirov vs Ivanchuk 1-0492009M-Tel MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Topalov vs Carlsen ½-½452009M-Tel MastersD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Topalov vs Shirov ½-½302009M-Tel MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Carlsen vs L Dominguez 1-0432009M-Tel MastersD97 Grunfeld, Russian
21. Wang Yue vs Ivanchuk ½-½342009M-Tel MastersA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
22. Shirov vs Wang Yue ½-½442009M-Tel MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. L Dominguez vs Topalov ½-½432009M-Tel MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen ½-½412009M-Tel MastersB30 Sicilian
25. Carlsen vs Wang Yue 1-0332009M-Tel MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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May-13-09
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  Marmot PFL: After 40 it became much more difficult to analyze quickly and make rapid decisions. My thinking seemed to be the same as ever but I was always falling behind on the clock. Something similar happens if i try to watch a show like Jeopardy- I know more facts than ever but my recall speed is much slower. I think my chess peak such as it was was about 31 to 37 and then began a slow but inexorable decline. Also for many this is the time of life when family and job pressure is at its peak.
May-13-09
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  siamesedream: Wang - Dominguez 1/2.
May-13-09  waustad: I'm not saying he can't, but many players slip some at that point. I believe it was Spassky who suggested that the typical peak age is 28 and most WCs win the title in their early 30s, slightly past their prime. Look at chessmetrics to see the typical arc. Karpov and Kasparov both had longer than usual top level careers, but one retired in his 40s and the other took a serious rating plunge.
May-13-09  theodor: hi to all. I was there at the beginning, took some photos (I'll sand them to CG) and went home to play ''guess the move'', but after I realized there wasnt any live transmision, I came back to the very live game. the reason of the blackout is rather a curiosity: the mayor of Sofia - Borissov, was asked to make the first move (d2-d4), but he moved twice(g3 and Bg2) saying that in his childhood, they used to play at the biginning two moves(a bad reading of the possibility of moving the pawn two squares ahead). after that irrelevant joke, the chess program blocked! in a while I will post the final positions I photografied from the demonstration bords - the moves werent available. in Sofia the night has follen, and the mayor Borissov is leading a popular TV show; he'll be most probably ouer next prime minister; I hardly believe he'll not repeat this error!
May-13-09  Nimzonick: Third straight year Ivanchuk has had April blues. Maybe he will continue the trend and recover again this time?

http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p...

May-13-09  hedgeh0g: On the subject of Chucky's performance/rating decline, it should be noted that he plays far more games than anybody else in his league, which, one could argue, gives him less opportunity to prepare and makes him a bit more tired. Obviously, he enjoys chess too much to care about these things, whereas it seems to me that his 2750 companions tend to be far more choosy when it comes to deciding when and where to play.

I think (and this is just my opinion, not based on any facts) that a lot of top players are too concerned with rating preservation and aren't as willing to enter any tournament when they feel there's a chance they could lose some rating points. In my view, this should be changed and a certain number of tournament performances should be required at the top level in order to make ratings more accurate and fair.

May-13-09
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  siamesedream: <theodor> Thanks for the info.
May-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  e4ia: Draw in last game; chessdom 20:10 CET

<Wang - Dominguez finally finished in a draw! Thank you everyone for following our commentary, we are hoping to return to the regular format tomorrow.>

Hi Mal; thx 4all your funy stuff!

We need to meet in Berk sometime/have a coffee...
I lived in San Francisco for over twnety years...
"back in the day"!

May-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: <The mayor of Sofia made the first move of M-Tel Masters 2009.> What if you wanted to play 1. e4 and these "ceremonial movers" played 1. d4. Could you change it?
May-13-09  TheBB: They ask you what move to play, certainly. :)
May-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: <TheBB> Yes, and if you say 1. e4 and they, not understanding clearly, or just erroneously, play 1. d4, I guess you can't change it.
May-13-09
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  e4ia: Yeah <hedgeh0g> agree on ratings as you posted; on the other hand, the top elite have to keep ratings "in mind", as I believe the top two > rated qualify in WCC candidates knock-out pool (8 there ?), who don't otherwise qualify via the new FIDE WCC 2011 format, from their recent Congress meeting in Istanbul...

(chessdom/chessvibes.com has that info)

Therefore, welcome aboard the ratings "Ketch 22"!

May-13-09  hedgeh0g: I imagine people would get suspicious if the ceremonial mover played 1. f3 :P
May-13-09  TheBB: I guess you can.
May-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: "After 40 it became much more difficult to analyze quickly and make rapid decisions."

I'll have a sharp response to that, in a little while.

May-13-09
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  siamesedream: You can download 1st round games from official site:

http://www.mtelmasters09.com/en/res...

May-13-09
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  e4ia: Re ratings concerns <hedgeh0g> and WCC cycle/qualifiers I posted after his, here it is from Presidential Board (PB) notes....

<...the PB acknowledged and accepted the bid from UEP for the world chess championship cycle 2010-2011. In 2011, there will be a Candidate Matches/Tournament consisting of GM Kamsky, the loser of the Anand-Topalov match, two players from the Grand Prix series and one player from the World Cup, two highest rated players not already qualified and a player nominated by the organizer. The winner will play the World Champion in 2011>

May-13-09  ounos: Wow. Powerful game by Carlsen! Note just how (unexpectedly at least to me) strong is 33.Qd3 !

I wonder why Black couldn't play 23. ...Nxe5 here:


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May-13-09  ounos: Position after 33. Qd3:


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May-13-09  ounos: Position after 17. ...Nf6-e4, Ivanchuk-Shirov:


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May-13-09  ounos: And the final position, after 24. ...Rd8-d5:


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Curious bind!

May-13-09  ounos: The finish: 25. Nc2 Rxd2 26. Rxd2 Rxc2 27. Qxb6 Rc1+! (whoops)
May-13-09  waustad: <teodor>That is really bizarre. BTW I was way off on what the opening was for the Shirov game.
May-13-09  Whack8888: as for Carlsen owning Topalov, I am not sure that is an apt description -- probably regardless of score -- I believe that Kramnik had a pretty huge plus score against Topalov before their match, and Topalov had sort of an equal score, and in any event won two games. couple this with the fact that Topalov probably should have drawn the first Kramnik win and won the second Kramnik win, and you get a pretty good picture of Topalov's general chess level -- good but inconsistent.

Therefore, it is impossible really for anyone to own him -- if he is in good form, he can beat anybody, and a lot of his losses against other players are probably caused by inconsistency, which messes up the predicitability of those stats. Haha, in some ways, i geuss you could say that the Fates own Topalov.

May-13-09  Davolni: WOW!!!

what a nice game Carlsen played!!!

Congratulations for the nice game and nicer finish!!!

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