Saturday, March 08, 2008

Magnus Carlsen, 17, edged closer to the No1 ranking

Leonard Barden
Saturday March 8, 2008 The Guardian

Magnus Carlsen, 17, edged closer to the No 1 ranking at Morelia-Linares, which ended last night. The Norwegian began slowly but was soon chasing the world champion, Vishy Anand, who led throughout. With one round left, Anand had 8/13, Carlsen 7.5.

Fide's ratings due on April 1 could put Carlsen as high as No 4 in the world. Bobby Fischer was in a similar spot when he was 17 in 1960 but Carlsen's situation is better, since he is 15-20 years younger than the top pair Vladimir Kramnik and Anand.

Carlsen could head the rankings in a year or so but he may have to wait longer for the world title. He has to qualify via the World Cup, a chancy knock-out, or via Fide's new Grand Prix series, which looks vulnerable to the global recession.

V Ivanchuk v M Carlsen
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O Nxe4 5 d4 a6 6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 Qe2 Bf5 8 Re1 Bb4? 9 c3 Bd6 10 Qc2 Qd7 11 dxe5 Bc5 12 Rxe4 O-O-O 13 Nbd2 Qd5 14 Kf1 Rhe8 15 b3 g5 16 Bb2 g4 17 Nd4 Bxd4 18 cxd4 c5 19 Rae1 cxd4 20 Qc4? Bxe4 21 Rxe4 Rxe5 22 Rxg4 Rde8 23 Nf3 Qxc4+ 24 bxc4 Re2 25 Bxd4 Rxa2 26 Rg7 a5 27 Rxf7 Rc2 28 g4 a4 29 g5 a3 30 Rxh7 a2 31 Rh8 Rxh8 32 Bxh8 Rxc4 33 h3 c5 34 Ne1 Rc1 35 g6 Kd7 36 Bb2 Ke6 37 h4 c4 38 h5 c3 39 Bxc1 a1=Q 40 Nd3 0-1

The English GM Stuart Conquest sealed his adjournment move as White here, then went off to dinner. His opponent preferred to go hungry and spent the hour-long adjournment analysing. The resumed game lasted two moves on each side including the sealed move.

No3026 Can you explain?

[Ok, so the BCC Paramount isn't the only tournament in the world with adjourments. rjo]

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