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Morelia-Linares Tournament

Viswanathan Anand8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Magnus Carlsen8/14(+5 -3 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian7.5/14(+3 -2 =9)[games]
Veselin Topalov7.5/14(+5 -4 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk6.5/14(+2 -3 =9)[games]
Peter Leko5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[games]
Alexey Shirov5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Morelia-Linares (2008)

The 25th edition of the Linares tournament was held in two countries for the third and last time, with the first half in Morelia, Mexico (February) and the second half in Linares, Spain (February and March). The participants were: World Champion Viswanathan Anand (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Veselin Topalov (#3), Alexei Shirov (#7), Peter Leko (#8), Vassily Ivanchuk (#9), Levon Aronian (#10), Teimour Radjabov (#12), and Magnus Carlsen (#13). In Linares, the games were played in Teatro Cervantes, not in Hotel Anibal (as usual since 1988). Games started 3:30 pm in Morelia and 4 pm in Linares, local time. Anand won with 8.5/14.

Morelia, Mexico (15-23 Feb) and Linares, Spain (28 Feb - 7 March)

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Anand 38 2799 ** 1½ 0½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 11 8½ 2 Carlsen 17 2733 0½ ** 1½ 11 0½ ½1 ½0 ½1 8 3 Aronian 25 2739 1½ 0½ ** 01 ½½ 1½ ½½ ½½ 7½ 4 Topalov 32 2780 ½½ 00 10 ** ½½ 1½ 11 01 7½ 5 Radjabov 20 2735 ½½ 1½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 0½ 01 7 6 Ivanchuk 38 2751 ½½ ½0 0½ 0½ ½½ ** 11 ½½ 6½ 7 Leko 28 2753 0½ ½1 ½½ 00 1½ 00 ** ½½ 5½ 8 Shirov 35 2755 00 ½0 ½½ 10 10 ½½ ½½ ** 5½

Category: XXI (2756). Arbiters: Juan Vargas and Faik Gasanov.

Official site: Carlsen vs Shirov video (Round 9):

The 3rd Morelia Open was played 14-17 February. It was won by Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez with 6.5/8. The 2nd Ibero-American Championship was played in Morelia and Linares 14 February - 8 March. It was won by Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga.


ChessBase, 3/7/2008 (
ChessBase, 2/28/2008 (
ChessBase, 2/24/2008 (
FIDE rating list January 2008 (
Mark Crowther in TWIC 694 (
David Llada blog, 20 March 2008 (
Spanish ChessBase, 08/03/2008 (
Ian Rogers in Norsk Sjakkblad, 2/2008, pp. 12-16 (
Macauley Peterson in USCF website, 26 February 2008 (
Amador Rodriguez Cespedes in Peón de Rey, No. 74 (May-June 2008), pp. 7-20 (

Round dates: February 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23 in Morelia; Feb 28, 29, March 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 in Linares (from ChessBase and and

Previous: Morelia-Linares (2007). Next: Linares (2009)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Ivanchuk ½-½392008Morelia-LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Shirov vs Anand 0-1302008Morelia-LinaresB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Leko vs Radjabov 1-0372008Morelia-LinaresB33 Sicilian
4. Topalov vs Aronian 1-0372008Morelia-LinaresE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
5. Radjabov vs Topalov ½-½412008Morelia-LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
6. Anand vs Aronian 0-1342008Morelia-LinaresC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
7. Ivanchuk vs Leko 1-0432008Morelia-LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Shirov vs Carlsen ½-½392008Morelia-LinaresB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Leko vs Shirov ½-½372008Morelia-LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Carlsen vs Anand 0-1592008Morelia-LinaresD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Aronian vs Radjabov ½-½242008Morelia-LinaresE61 King's Indian
12. Topalov vs Ivanchuk 1-0462008Morelia-LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Shirov vs Topalov 1-0632008Morelia-LinaresB33 Sicilian
14. Anand vs Radjabov ½-½222008Morelia-LinaresC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-1602008Morelia-LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Carlsen vs Leko ½-½412008Morelia-LinaresE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Topalov vs Carlsen 0-1442008Morelia-LinaresB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Aronian vs Shirov ½-½182008Morelia-LinaresA21 English
19. Leko vs Anand 0-1452008Morelia-LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk ½-½382008Morelia-LinaresB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. Topalov vs Anand ½-½422008Morelia-LinaresE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. Aronian vs Leko ½-½502008Morelia-LinaresA33 English, Symmetrical
23. Radjabov vs Carlsen 1-0432008Morelia-LinaresC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. Ivanchuk vs Shirov ½-½272008Morelia-LinaresD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Leko vs Topalov 0-1382008Morelia-LinaresB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Feb-23-08  percyblakeney: Shirov and Carlsen seems to be winning.
Feb-23-08  Microdot: The way Shirov plays against Radja's kings indian is very interesting this is because after great Kasparov, Radja is the most expert in kings indian
Feb-23-08  Microdot: It seems Carlsen is well prepared in this variation.
Feb-23-08  alphavillee: GM Carlsen,M - GM Aronian,L, Morelia/Linares 2008

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a 32-bit :

30...d5 31.exd5 cxd5 32.Nf4 Rgf8 33.Bxd5 Rc8 34.Bb7 Rc3+ 35.Rd3 Rxd3+ 36.Nxd3 Rd8 37.Nc5 (1.93) Depth: 19

Feb-23-08  Justawoodpusher: Vladimir Dimitrov on chessdom: <The second win of Magnus in Morelia is a question of simple technique only.> Let's see...
Feb-23-08  yalie: now black looks better to me in Anand - Ivanchuk
Feb-23-08  hovik2003: OK guys is 3:30 here and I have to go work tommorow , Good night!
Feb-23-08  Jim Bartle: Damn, why do I ALWAYS have to go away just when the games heat up? Coming back, I'm totally lost.
Feb-23-08  alphavillee: GM Anand,V - GM Ivanchuk,V, Morelia/Linares 2008

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a 32-bit :

31...Nxd5 32.Rxd5 Rc4 33.h3 Re3 34.Rf3 Re2+ 35.Kg3 g6 36.Rfd3 Rc6 37.h4 Re4 38.R3d4 = (0.20) Depth: 19

Feb-23-08  Jim Bartle: And now a draw in Anand-Ivanchuk...
Feb-23-08  Microdot: Shirov blundered with 21.g3?!
Feb-23-08  r1xze: Things look good for Shirov. Raja black a different line leaving out Nf6 ealier in the game. Now it seems white has a clear advantage.
Feb-23-08  sheaf: <yalie> how on earth can black be better.. isolated d pawn, dark squared bishop out of play unless black comes up with some tactics
Feb-23-08  minasina: Ivanchuk-Anand ½
Feb-23-08  Justawoodpusher: <Jim Bartle> Yep!
Feb-23-08  minasina: ...vice versa
Feb-23-08  percyblakeney: Shirov is at least clearly better but must have good chances to mess things up after all in a complicated position.
Feb-23-08  r1xze: sheaf: it looks to me that the position was about equal. The isolated d pawn and black bishop for black were weakness but the double pawn and over extension of white was also a weakness. Each side had problems, nothing that couldn't be solved with piece exchanges. Looks like that is what Ivanchuk was going for. Explains the quick draw too. But I agree, black was not better but prob about equal.
Feb-23-08  Microdot: 20.Bf3! was a better move than 20.Bxc8
for shirov, I played this line several
times with white pieces with great results.
Feb-23-08  Jim Bartle: "Shirov is at least clearly better but must have good chances to mess things up after all in a complicated position."

I think Shirov lives for complicated positions. But yes, he's been known to mess them up a time or two.

Feb-23-08  Microdot: Ofcourse 20.Bxc8 is good too, it is because exchanging light squared bishop is one of white's main ideas in king's indian.
Feb-23-08  r1xze: Aronian can knock over his king now.
Feb-23-08  wolfmaster: Official:Carlsen-Aronian 1-0
Feb-23-08  r1xze: Yes, and Raja had a lot of potential attacking changes with that white bishop on the board. It was cutting into white king side. Exchanging it in the KID is always a good idea.
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