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XXVI Linares 2009

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XXVI Linares 2009

Grischuk plays Anand in Round 13.

The XXVI Linares 2009 tournament takes place only in Spain this year (their co-operation with Morelia in Mexico was ended last year). The tournament takes place 18th February - 8th March 2009 and has 314,000 Euros in prizes. There are no appearance fees for the players. The winner takes 100,000 Euros and the trophy 2nd and 3rd take 75,000 and 50,000 Euros.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand defends the Linares title after winning the event last year. Other players are Vassily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, Levon Aronian, Wang Yue, Alexander Grischuk and Leinier Dominguez Perez.

Schedule: Rd1 19th Feb, Rd2 20th Feb, Rd3 21st Feb, Rd4 22nd Feb, Rd5 24th Feb, Rd6 25th Feb, Rd7 26th Feb, Rd8 28th Feb, Rd9 1st Mar, Rd10 2nd Mar, Rd11 3rd Mar, Rd12 5th Mar, Rd13 6th Mar, Rd14 7th Mar.

Games in PGN

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Linares Round 13 Live

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XXVI SuperGM Linares (ESP), 19 ii-7 iii 2009 cat. XXI (2756)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2779 * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ . 2812
2. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2733 ½ ½ * * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 . ½ ½ 2816
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2776 ½ ½ ½ 1 * * 1 . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 7 2778
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2791 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . * * 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2748
5. Wang Yue g CHN 2739 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * * ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 2728
6. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2761 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ . * * ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 2727
7. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2750 0 0 0 . ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 1 ½ 6 2729
8. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2717 ½ . ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * * 2702
Round 1 (February 19, 2009)
Anand, Viswanathan - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 61 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Wang Yue - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 31 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 37 E06 Catalan
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 30 C19 French Winawer
Round 2 (February 20, 2009)
Grischuk, Alexander - Wang Yue 1-0 57 D17 Slav Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 18 A33 English Symmetrical
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 0-1 53 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Radjabov, Teimour - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 42 E94 King's Indian Classical
Round 3 (February 21, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 65 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Wang Yue - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 57 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Aronian, Levon - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 42 E61 King's Indian Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 42 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Round 4 (February 22, 2009)
Carlsen, Magnus - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 34 D81 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Anand, Viswanathan - Wang Yue 1-0 33 D15 Slav Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 41 E17 Queens Indian
Aronian, Levon - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 92 D27 QGA
Round 5 (February 24, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 65 D19 Slav Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 34 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Wang Yue - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 26 D11 Slav Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 62 B77 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Round 6 (February 25, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 47 A04 Dutch System
Grischuk, Alexander - Aronian, Levon 1-0 59 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 77 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Wang Yue - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 43 E92 King's Indian Classical
Round 7 (February 26, 2009)
Anand, Viswanathan - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 32 E84 King's Indian Saemisch
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 34 C53 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 44 E92 King's Indian Classical
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Wang Yue ½-½ 57 C42 Petroff's Defence
Round 8 (February 28, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Wang Yue ½-½ 66 C42 Petroff's Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 47 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon 0-1 93 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Radjabov, Teimour - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 47 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Round 9 (March 1, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 30 C63 Ruy Lopez Schliemann
Wang Yue - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 17 D22 QGA
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 30 E06 Catalan
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 54 B78 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Round 10 (March 2, 2009)
Grischuk, Alexander - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 41 C42 Petroff's Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Wang Yue 0-1 64 D10 Slav Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 35 D97 Gruenfeld Russian
Radjabov, Teimour - Aronian, Levon 1-0 56 A07 Barcza System
Round 11 (March 3, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 22 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 44 E97 King's Indian Classical
Wang Yue - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 27 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 56 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Round 12 (March 5, 2009)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 37 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Anand, Viswanathan - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 32 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Radjabov, Teimour - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 65 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Aronian, Levon - Wang Yue ½-½ 31 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Round 13 (March 6, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Aronian, Levon 1-0 35 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Grischuk, Alexander - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 33 B97 Sicilian Najdorf
Carlsen, Magnus - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 53 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Wang Yue - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 48 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5

Linares Round 13 Notes by Malcolm Pein

Grischuk,A - Anand,V [B97]

XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (13), 02.03.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Nc6 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 dxe5 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Ne4 Qxa2 16.Rd1 Be7 17.Be2 0-0 18.0-0 Ra7 19.Rf3 Rd7 20.Bd3

Novelty and perhaps a really good one. White takes aim at h7 and keeps his back rank more secure by preventing the exchange of his rook [20.Rg3+ Kh8 21.Qh6 Rxd1+ 22.Bxd1 Rf7 23.Qh5 Qd5 24.Qxf7 Qxd1+ 25.Kf2 Qxc2+ 26.Kf3 Qd1+ 27.Kf2 Qc2+= was seen in many games for example Vallejo-Kasparov Armenian v ROW 2004]

20...f5 21.Qh6 Kh8

[21...fxe4 22.Rg3+ Kf7 23.Qh5+ Kf6 24.Rf1#]


[22.Rg3 Rf7 23.Ng5 Rg7! (23...Bxg5 24.Qxg5 Rg7 25.Qf6 Qa3 26.Rxg7 Rxg7 27.Bxf5 Qe3+ 28.Kh1 Bd7 29.Qf8+ Rg8 30.Qf6+ Rg7 ½-½ Caceres Cortes,J (2140)-Alvarez,M (2053)/Mexico City MEX 2006/The Week in Chess 601) 24.Nxe6 Rf7 25.Ng5 Bxg5 26.Qxg5 Rf8 27.Qh6 Rdf7 and with the threats to the king repulse White seems to have nothing better than regaining one pawn with Qxc6 but Black must be better.]

22...Bc5+ 23.Kh1 Qa5 24.Rh3 Qc7 25.Nxe6 Qd6 26.Nxf8 Qxf8 27.Rf1


27...Rf7 28.Qh5 Qe7!

[28...Be6 29.Rhf3 e4 30.Bxe4; 28...Be6 29.Rhf3 f4 30.Qxe5++-]


[29.Bxf5 e4 and the pin on the bishop looks very annoying but the computer reckons Rh3-b3-b1 would solve the problem, not very enticing to a human]

29...f4 30.Be4 Rg7

Black should be OK now

31.Rb3 Ba7

stopping b8}

32. Rd3 Bg4 33. Qh6 Be2

Black regains the exchange, White takes on c6 and the opposite bishops and White's safer king ensure his safety even though he had for minutes for seven moves. However Vishy cannot win the event now}


Carlsen,M - Radjabov,T [B30]

XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (13), 02.03.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.Qe2 Ng6 9.d4 cxd4 10.cxd4 Rc8 11.a3 Be7 12.Nc3 0-0 13.Rd1

If Black cannot challenge the centre surely he has lost the opening battle ?

13...Na5 14.g3 Nc4 15.h4

Was it something in the mineral water everybody is going for it. In the press rook Carlsen's dad ascribed to the prize structure - a lesson to be learned there.

15...Nxa3 16.bxa3 Rxc3 17.h5 Qc7 18.Bd3 Nh8 19.Bb2 Rb3

Two daft pieces must be compensation for a pawn. Carlsen chucks in a second one. It seems to me that when he attacks Radjabov, I am thinking of games in Biel and the epic Dragon recently, Radja cracks

20.Rac1 Qa5 21.d5 Bxa3 22.Bxa3 Rxa3 23.Qe3!

Intending some extra unpleasantness with maybe Qa7 or h5-h6 but perhaps objectively this is unclear


A sure sign something is wrong Black weakens his position but I guess he felt he had to do something about the Nh8

24.exf5 Bxd5

[24...exf5 25.h6 Qd8 26.hxg7 Kxg7 27.Nh4 Ng6 28.Qc5 (28.Nxf5+?? Rxf5) ]


[25.fxe6 Bxe6 26.Ng5 looks strong]

25...Qd8 26.fxe6 dxe6 27.Bxh7+ Kxh7 28.Qxa3 Rf5

Tough defence! Rf5-h5-h1 mate is on the agenda

29.Qd3 Kg8 30.Qe2

White must be better now in the absence of Black threats

30...Nf7 31.Ng6 Kh7 32.Nf4 Ng5 33.Qg4 Qa8 34.Nxd5 Rxd5 35.f4 Rxd1+ 36.Qxd1 Ne4 37.Qd3 Qd5 38.Qxd5 exd5 39.Kg2

The game is won, it's quite surprising at first but White's pawns are quicker than Black's because g3-4-5-6+ and Rc8 gain time with a mate threat. Black will need his knight to defend his king and when it retreats the rook will also mop up the pawns

a5 40. g4 b4 41. Rc8

and that seals it. Radja sank into thought confirmed to himself it was lost I guess and played


and now g5 does it (41... g6 42. Rc7+ Kh6 (42... Kg8 43. hxg6 b3 44. f5 a4 45. g5 Nxg5 46. f6) 43. Rc6 (43. g5+ Kxh5 44. Kf3 Nd2+ 45. Kg3 Ne4+ 46. Kh3 Nf2+) 43... b3 44. Rxg6+ Kh7 45. Rb6 a4 46. g5 Nc3 47. g6+ Kh6 48. Rb7 Kxh5 49. g7)

42.g5 g6 43.h6

He has an eye for the aesthetic does Magnus

43...Nd6 44.Rb8

Beginning the mopping up I referred to a while back if a4 Rb4

44...a4 45.Rb4 d4 46.Rxa4 d3 47.Kf3??

[Incredible the natural move allows an a fantastic cheapo. I suppose the only thing you can say is that Kf1-e1 controls the queening square but it feels so natural to move forward. Credit to Radjabov, in the Press Room everyone was complaining that he was playing on tip my hat to him 47.Kf1 Nb5 48.Rb4 Nc3 49.Ke1+-]

47...Nb5!! 48.Rb4

[48.Ra5 d2 49.Ke2 Nc3+ 50.Kxd2 b2 51.Ra7+ Kh8 52.Ra8+=]

48...Nc3 49.Rb7+

[49.Rb7+ Kh8 50.Rxb3 d2 51.Rb8+ Kh7 52.Rb7+ Kg8 53.Rd7 d1Q+ 54.Rxd1 Nxd1 55.f5 gxf5 56.Kf4=; 49.Rb7+ Kh8 50.Ke3 b2 51.Kxd3 b1Q+ 52.Rxb1 Nxb1=]

49...Kg8 50. Rb8+ Kh7 51. Ke3 b2 52. Rb7+ Kg8 53. Rb8+ Kh7 1/2

Ivanchuk,V - Aronian,L [D45]

XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (13), 02.03.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.b3 0-0 8.Be2 b6 9.0-0 Bb7 10.Bb2 Rc8 11.Rac1 c5 12.dxc5 bxc5 13.Rfd1 Qe7 14.g3 Rfd8 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Nh4 Bb8 17.Bf1 Ne5 18.Bh3 Rc7 19.Bg2

Challenging Black to play d4

19...d4 20.Nf5 Qe8 21.exd4 cxd4

[21...Nf3+ 22.Bxf3 Bxf3 23.Re1 Qd7 24.d5!+-]


Black has just lost a pawn

22...Bxg2 23.Kxg2 g6 24.Ne4 Qe7

Aronian saw he was lost, sat back in his chair and contemplated defeat, Chuky meanwhile was oblivious 25.Nxf6+

[25.Nf5! gxf5 (25...Rxc2 26.Nxe7+ Kg7 27.Rxd8) 26.Nxf6+ Qxf6 27.Bxe5 Rxc2 28.Bxf6 Rxd1 29.Rxc2+-]

25...Qxf6 26.Qe2

Almost more annoying for Black his postion is still very grim and he has 5 minutes left

26...Rxc1 27.Rxc1 Qd6 28.Qe4 Qb4 29.Rc2

White is a clear pawn up and the long black diagonal renders Black's king indefensible

29...f5 30.Qe2 Qb7+ 31.Nc6 Re8?

But Black was very short of time} (31... Nxc6 32. Qe6+ Kf8 33. Rxc6


and f4 is winning a piece

32...Nf3+ 33.Qxf3 Re1+ 34.Kg2 Qb5 35.Rc4 1-0

Linares Round 12 Notes by Malcolm Pein

Carlsen,M (2776) - Grischuk,A (2733) [B85]

XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (12), 05.03.2009 [Pein,Malcolm]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a4 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.f4

Magnus said this setup was rather Karpovian but interestingly, that it suited his style

10...Qc7 11.Kh1 Re8

Kasparov's line with which he scored many famous victories

12.Bf3 Bf8

[Kasparov played 12...Rb8 in the decisive 24th game of the second match in 1985 when he took the title; 12...Bd7 13.Nb3 Na5 was the scene for Anand's win over Kasparov at the WTC in 1995 that gave him the lead in the match. Anand was then unfortunate to run into some incredible home analysis in the Open Lopez in a subsequent game(Five years later in a Rapid game Kasparov played 13...b6 against Anand and drew and he stuck to 12...Rb8 in the main) ]


An important tabiya


[13...Na5 14.Qf2 Nc4 15.Bc1 e5 16.Nde2 d5 was Sutovsky-Kasparov in Garry's famous clock simul victory over Israel but the line is no longer played and indeed Sutovsky missed a win just after the opening ]

14.Qf2 e5 15.fxe5

remarkably this seems to be the novelty

15...dxe5 16.Nb3

with a serious positional threat of Bg5, dislodging the knight and conquering the d5 square which with his next move Black defends


[16...b6 17.Bg5]


A typical manoeuvre to gain a tempo

17...Ra8 18.Bb6 Qe7 19.Rad1 Be6

[19...Bg4 20.Bxg4 Nxg4 21.Qf5 Nf6 22.Nc5 with an imminent invasion on d7 looks uncomfortable for Black but exchanging some pieces must be a sensible plan; 19...Bg4 20.Bxg4 Nxg4 21.Qf5 Qf6 Black always has the attack on c2 to gain a tempo This maybe playable. After the game Magnus said there were better defences]

20.Nd5 Bxd5 21.exd5

Now the question of whether the d5 pawn or the e5 pawn is stronger is answered pretty quickly but the bishop on b6 covering d8 gives a clue

21...e4 22.d6 Qe6 23.Nc5 Qf5 24.Be2 Qxf2 25.Rxf2

White is clearly better the bishop f8 is out of play, b7 is weak and the d pawn a monster 25...Nbd5

[Black has no time for 25...Nxc2 26.d7]

26.a5! Nxb6 27.axb6 Rab8

At this I left the Hotel Anibal to go the playing hall which is 15 minutes walk away in the Cervantes Theatre. I had a glance at the position for maybe a few seconds and I thought 'this looks like a Rxf6 position. Afterwards I was trying to understand why I saw this and then realised I had wasted a lot of time in my youth at the local library reading David Levy's marvellous book Sacrifices in the Sicilian, memo to self, update this book and reprint it. In the pre computer age Batsford chess books were the main source of information for an aspiring player apart from the trips to the communist books shop in London's Charing Cross Rd which was the only way I knew to get 64, apart of course from going to visit Bob Wade

[27...Rec8 28.Nxa6 (28.b4+/-) 28...Rxc2!-+]


Too obvious to get an ! - sorry

28...gxf6 29.Nd7 f5 30.c4!

but this is the real point Black is paralysed [30.Nxb8 Rxb8 31.c4 Bg7 32.c5 is also promising but this is stronger]

30...a5 31.c5

It's an avalanche

31...Bg7 32.Nxb8 Rxb8 33.Ba6!

33...Bf6 34.Bxb7 Rxb7 35.c6 Rxb6 36.Rc1!

The killer move which had to be seen well in advance [36.c7?? Rc6-+]

36...Bxb2 37.d7


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