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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]
Sergei Movsesian4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk4/10(+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. Topalov vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½492008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. Svidler vs Movsesian 0-1472008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB83 Sicilian
6. Aronian vs Ivanchuk 1-0332008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentA04 Reti Opening
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. Aronian vs Bu Xiangzhi ½-½462008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Ivanchuk vs Movsesian  ½-½352008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Topalov vs Svidler 1-0292008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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. Topalov vs Ivanchuk 1-0582008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. Svidler vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-0542008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Aronian vs Movsesian  ½-½492008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Movsesian vs Ivanchuk  ½-½332008Pearl Spring Chess TournamentB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Dec-23-08  Augalv: <KKDEREK: Kramnik fanboys are bleeding! Nice year!!>

We are not dude, Kramnik has won absolutely everything. Topalov hasn't, he lost the unified crown in Elista. Maybe you are are bleeding.

<Theres nothing to discuss about him (of course..Hes DONE.)>

LOL. He is not. Kramnik is taking a well deserved break, and will come back even stronger.

Nice year to you too.

Dec-23-08  Augalv: <walker> you are funny.
Dec-23-08  walker: <Augalv> Don't you see that the Russian are gone(almost). The WC is Indian. The number 1 is Bulgarian. The most promising younger players are Armenians, Azeri, Norwegian, Philipino...Artificially pumped Soviet school is in ruins. The last time when a Russian "won" the title it was the Elista sham. Vishy showed the world that the so called "champion" was just a pupped of ilumizhanov and the post-Communist mafia. I don't see any Russians among the first 10 in the next decade. Merry Christmas!
Dec-23-08  walker: I don't believe anyone takes seriously players like Dmitry Yakovenko or Alexander Grischuk?
Dec-23-08  Augalv: LOL. You are still very funny <Walker> but Merry Christmas to you too!
Dec-23-08  walker: What so funny about me? Don't you see the Russians are far beyond now. Merry Chrimas!
Dec-23-08  walker: Sorry, I didn't mention the Ukrainians. Great players. Sergey Karjakin may be the next giant.
Dec-23-08  Augalv: He will be the next giant!
Dec-23-08  walker: I don't mind. I like him. And also --- Russians will be hurt the most if an Ukrainian(a nation that they almost destroyed) will take over the chess world.
Dec-23-08  badest: <walker> It is amazing that Russia has not produced any new talents. You are seriously right in saying that there may not be a Russian in top 5 (I know you said top 10, but there will be a random Russian in the top 10 :)

Kramnik, well, if he doesn't play maybe he'll stay in top 10 for a year or so... ;)

Dec-23-08  karoaper: Congrats to Topalov. A very strong showing. It seems to me that he had arrived on the scene with a bag full of tricks and home preps. That's what it takes to be on top.
Dec-23-08  walker: <badest > Not just in chess...Russian are going down in every area of live, art and science...Pitty, but they are now a Third World Country. Leke Nigeria or Uganda.
Dec-24-08  karoaper: walker, I'm sorry to say this, but through your posts you leave the impression of a real bonehead.
Dec-24-08  hovik2003: Aha I get it!, Pappa Bear is dead and passed away to the history for good, so now playful and unexperienced cubs are wasting up the zealously obtained and stashed full bowl of honey!
Dec-24-08  bgkuzzy: <walker> You do have a point after all.
Dec-24-08  walker: <karoaper: walker, I'm sorry to say this, but through your posts you leave the impression of a real bonehead.>

I share the same view. Great minds think alike. Merry Christmas!

Dec-24-08  walker: < badest > They still have a great one --- Moro
Dec-24-08  karoaper: Merry Christmas walker. I'm certain that you are not what I characterized your posts to imply, and I'm sorry if I was a little harsh.
Dec-24-08  badest: <walker> Agree - Moro is top 5 material. But he is not present at a lot of the big tournaments for whatever reasons...
Dec-24-08  fromoort: Pearl Spring - good chess. Well excited Topalov by very excitement won! Good win-win by Bulgarian, but Ivanchuk sucked with Movsesian.
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  whiteshark: Topalov went solely undefeated (+4 -0 =6) through this strong tournament. Very impressive!
Dec-28-08  Udit Narayan: He did go undefeated, but he still encountered some problems in both games against Bu.
Jan-01-09  toastie: chesspro report
Feb-02-09  Eyal: <Nanjing, China, will join the Grand Slam Chess Association in the 2009 season.

The winner of the category 21 supertournament that was held from December 10 to 22, 2008, Veselin Topalov, will be retroactively seeded into the Grand Slam Final. The final is planned once again for Bilbao, Spain, next September.

The news was announced at a press conference in Wijk aan Zee this afternoon. Making the announcement were representatives from the GSCA, Silvio Danailov, Juan Fernandez, and Jeroen van den Berg.

"Now, with the inclusion of Asia, we think that the association of professional chess will be much more important," Danailov said, paraphrasing Juan Fernandez, who spoke in Spanish.

The decision to retroactively qualify Topalov was reached by consensus of the GSCA organizers, in an effort to speed up the inclusion of China by making it the first tournament in the current season.> (

<"Yes, we're the serious professional people who are organizing serious professional events in a serious professional way because FIDE isn't serious or professional. Oh, and we just retroactively awarded a Grand Slam final spot to the client of one of our directors."> (

Feb-06-09  notyetagm: <Eyal: <Nanjing, China, will join the Grand Slam Chess Association in the 2009 season.>>

Great news, for chess in general and for Topalov in particular.

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