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3rd Pearl Spring Tournament 2010 (5)

Carlsen and Bacrot win easy points in Round 5

Magnus Carlsen moved to 4/5 at the half way stage of the Pearl Spring Tournament. He defeated a subdued Veselin Topalov in just 32 moves. Etienne Bacrot was donated a piece by Wang Yue and brought home the full point easily. Viswanathan Anand and Vugar Gashimov drew by repetition after only 25 moves.

Today's play gave the impression that many of the players are ready for the rest day. Viswanathan Anand took a quick draw with white against Vugar Gashimov after yesterday's vexing defeat.

Magnus Carlsen won again to move to 4/5 at the half way stage and some kind of repetition of the domination of last year. That said he didn't have to do all that much. Topalov got a solid but passive position with his Closed Ruy Lopez and showed no signs of comfort at any point. He tried to inject some dynamism for himself into the game but it was completely against the spirit of his position and Magnus Carlsen took the full point very easily. Topalov seems badly out of form at the moment.

Carlsen,Magnus - Topalov,Veselin [C84]

3rd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (5), 24.10.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.axb5 axb5 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Re1 Bd7 12.c3 Ra8 13.Rxa8 Qxa8 14.d4 h6 15.Nf1 Re8 16.Ng3 Qc8 17.Nh4 Bf8 18.Ng6 Na5 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Bc2 Re8 21.f4 Bg4

21...Qa8

22.Qd3

Veselin Topalov

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 22.Qd3

22...exf4?!

Black is already in difficulties. 22...Qb7 23.fxe5 dxe5 24.h3 Bc8 25.dxe5 Nd7 26.e6 Rxe6 27.Nf5

23.Bxf4 Nc4 24.Bc1

24.Ra1 Nxb2 25.Qxb5 Qb8 26.Qf1 Be6 27.Bxh6

24...c5

24...Qa8 25.b3 Na3 26.Bd1

25.Rf1 cxd4 26.cxd4 Qd8 27.h3 Be6 28.b3 Qa5 29.Kh2 Nh7 30.e5 g6 31.d5 Nxe5

Veselin Topalov

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Magnus Carlsen

Position after 31...Nxe5

32.dxe6 1-0

and resigns as 32.dxe6 Rxe6 a piece down or 32.dxe6 Nxd3 33.exf7+ Kf8 34.Bxh6+ Ke7 35.fxe8Q+ with way too much material for the Queen and a crushing positional advantage too.

Like Carlsen, it is hard to judge just how well 2nd placed Etienne Bacrot is playing when his opponents insist on making such bad moves. Yesterday he was donated an extra half point by Anand, today Wang Yue seemed to just lose his mind on move 30 and lost a piece.

Wang Yue - Bacrot,Etienne [E15]

3rd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (5), 24.10.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Rd1 Qb6 11.Bf4 Rd8 12.Rd2 d6 13.Rad1 h6 14.Qb5 Ne8 15.e4 g5 16.Be3 Nd7 17.h4 g4 18.Ne1 Kg7 19.Bf4 Bc6 20.Qxb6 axb6 21.Nc2 Ne5 22.Ne3 Nf3+ 23.Bxf3 gxf3 24.h5 Bf6 25.Ng4 Bxc3 26.bxc3 Bxe4 27.Bxh6+ Kh7 28.Bg5 Rd7 29.Bf4 f6

Etienne Bacrot

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Wang Yue

Position after 29...f6

30.Kh2?

A one move blunder that leaves white completely lost. 30.Bxd6 Rad8 31.Bf4 Rxd2 32.Rxd2 Rxd2 33.Bxd2 Bd3 34.Ne3 Nd6 35.g4 Bxc4 36.Nxc4 Nxc4 37.Bf4 e5 38.Bc1 and white should hold.

30...e5 31.Nxe5 fxe5 32.Bxe5 Bf5 33.Bxd6 Rad8 34.Bf4 Rxd2 35.Rxd2 Rxd2 36.Bxd2 Nd6 37.Bf4 Nxc4 38.g4 Bxg4 39.h6 Be6 40.Kg3 Bd5 41.Kg4 Nb2 42.a3 Nd1 43.c4 Nxf2+ 0-1

3rd Pearl Spring Nanjing (CHN), 20-30 x 2010 cat. XXI (2766)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 * * 1 . ½ . ½ . 1 . 1 . 4 2994
2. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2716 0 . * * 1 . 1 . ½ . 1 . 2925
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 ½ . 0 . * * ½ . 1 . ½ . 2759
4. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2719 ½ . 0 . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . 2 2703
5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803 0 . ½ . 0 . ½ . * * ½ . 2609
6. Wang Yue g CHN 2732 0 . 0 . ½ . ½ . ½ . * * 2623
Round 5 (October 24, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 31 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Anand, Viswanathan - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 25 D10 Slav Defence
Wang Yue - Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 43 E15 Queens Indian

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