Saturday, 23 February 2008

Linares-Morelia First Lap

After 6 rounds of the Linares-Morelia event a curious symmetry has emerged. There have been 24 games played, with 12 decisive results and 12 draws. The 12 decisive results have also been split evenly, with 6 wins for White, and 6 wins for Black. Also every player has lost at least 1 game.
However the points haven't been distributed as evenly with Anand leading with 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss (4.0). Aronian is second (3.5) and third is shared by Shirov, Topalov, and Radjabov (3.0).

Anand,V (2799) - Aronian,L (2739) [C89]
XXV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (2), 16.02.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.Re1 Bd6 13.g3 Re8 14.d4 Rxe1+ 15.Qxe1 Ra7 16.Be3 Re7 17.Nd2 Qe8 18.Nf1 h5 19.a4 Be6 20.Bd1 h4 21.axb5 axb5 22.Bf3 Bh3 23.Bxd5 cxd5 24.Qd1 f5 25.Bg5 Re4 26.Bxh4 Qg6 27.Bd8 f4 28.Qd3 Qh5 29.Nd2 Re2 30.Nf3 (D)
30. ... Re3 31.fxe3 Qxf3 32.Qc2 fxg3 33.hxg3 Qxg3+ 34.Kh1 Bf5 0-1

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