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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
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
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May-13-09  SirChrislov: 90 min. for 40 moves + 60 min. for rest of game??? come on!!! that's rediculous! this is a category 21 event!! much time troubles and blunders.
May-13-09  Ecplecticos: Magnus Carlsen made something out of Topalov - VT is like an amateur testing how chess is played in a local club.
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  Ezzy: <SirChrislov: 90 min. for 40 moves + 60 min. for rest of game??? come on!!! that's rediculous! this is a category 21 event!! much time troubles and blunders>

A 5 hour game is not responsible for blunders.

If players had 10 hours on the clock, there would still be time trouble because they will thinker deeper and longer.

May-13-09  ounos: <theodor> Putting the blame on the mayor is silly! If indeed the problem was the illegal move, the error is on the programmer, and his manager. But I can hardly believe that, perhaps the illegal move was just a coincidence.
May-13-09  SirChrislov: To Ezzy: longer & deeper thinks= better quality games. i.e. vanchuk lost in 24 moves!!
May-13-09  blacksburg:

quick recap of round 1.

highlights - super GM's are stupid, Wang Yue's name is confusing, Danailov is a big jerk. :)

May-13-09  ChessEscudero: The former World Champion-challenger Shirov beat Ivanchuk with black!

The Sicilian Rossolimo is actually drawish if black plays with accuracy, as seen in the game Wesley So-Alexey Shirov (Olympiad, 2008). But knowing Chucky, he thinks a draw is kinda boring. Perhaps he really needs a break. His ELO rating's been diving lately.

May-13-09  VaselineTopLove: You could always ask these ceremonial move makers to visit the toilet before the games in order to improve their chess skills so that they will make the move you prefer ;)
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  grebenarov: <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.> Say, the opponent has bribed the ceremonial mover. He plays 1.h4 ;-)
May-14-09  Astardis: <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.>

Back a couple of years ago at the Bosna tournament Bareev played Kasparov in the first round. Some celebrity made the first move and played 1. e4 instead of Bareev's requested 1. d4. Bareev just took the move back and played what he wanted. I guess taking back a move is not a problem in that special case.

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  Eyal: A confirmation of <theodor>'s report from yesterday...

<Borisov entered smiling, greeted everyone and directly went to the board. He started in a typical sense of humor, "When we were young we played a lot of chess," and moved 1. b3, after which he continued, "but we had a special rule that white is allowed to move twice at the start," after which Borisov moved immediately the white bishop on b2.

[there's a photo of Borisov after b3 and "seconds before Bb2"]

This move was not accepted by the computer software and it immediatelly blocked all transmission. Carlsen's face was not very happy after the moves and they had to be put in initial position and 1. d4 was played. This did not help the software restore and that is how the thousands of chess fans were left only with the Chessdom live updates and very little other coverage. "I made an ambush on Topalov!" said Boiko Borisov, not realizing the very unreliable software chess has for the digital boards. All transmission was blocked for the whole day.

To make the show complete, Boiko Borisov turned to the journalists and told them another story. "I have invented a new type of chess. A chess where I do not lose. I play with friends in the sauna, after half an hour they get tired and I always win."

The technical staff of Mtel Masters proved useless and could not repair the live feed.> (

(Btw, this is an example that opening moves made by celebrities on such occasions can certainly be corrected by the players)

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  whiteshark: <[there's a photo of Borisov after b3 and "seconds before Bb2"]> see a certain man in the background, baring his teeth.

ut - quo iste vester expolitior dens est -
hoc te amplius bibisse praedicet loti.)

May-14-09  siamesedream: <whiteshark> Yeah, more Danailov's smiles here:

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  Ezzy: I think I'll start a Boiko Borisov hate campaign. The guy isn't funny, and he ruinned my day yesterday.

There sits the worlds number 1 and 3 chessplayers, and Mr Borisov thinks he has a right to faff about with the pieces.

I think some of his stupidity rubbed off on Topalov for a few hours that day. :-)

May-14-09  returnoftheking: Bottom line; DGT software stinks.
I vaguely remember there is also a south american producer of electronic boards and software-but I have never seen it used. Wonder if it is any better.
May-14-09  Valmy: I don't see why Borisov should be held responsible for this mess. I can't believe the software was started before he moved. This was useless because after Borisov moved you have to restart it. It surprising that no one was able to restart it.
This is incredible.
MTel is having some bad advertising here.
May-14-09  siamesedream: Today will play:

Shirov - Topalov
Dominguez - Carlsen
Ivanchuk - Wang Yue

May-14-09  blacksburg: DGT also royally screwed up the first round of the US Championships.

given their track record, i'm sure that DGT stuff will not be used again in important events.

hahaha just kidding FIDE will probably give them some exclusive contract and the USCF will keep trying to sell their crap on the USCF website.

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  chancho: This appears to be right on script for Topo: Lose one game and then a flood of wins.
May-14-09  returnoftheking: lol blacksburg.
Fact is they are, more or less, monopolists. There is no alternative.
May-14-09  cbpatzer: Hahahahaha, the Borisov gambit!!!!! LOL!
May-14-09  bty: surprise, Magnus playing najdorf...
May-14-09  TheBB: Gotta love chessdom.

1.Nf3 Nc6 Topalov opts for the solid Berlin Defense in Ruy Lopez.

2.O-O (Like in his match against Kamsky, Veselin avoids the main line 2.d4)

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  Jim Bartle: Come on, there really is no person named Boiko Borisov. He's an escapee from a cartoon show.
May-14-09  returnoftheking: Dominguez is asking for trouble 0-0-0.
I like the way Carlsen varies his openings by the way!
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