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December 2009 Archives
Carlsen Q&A in TIME Magazine asks the same old same old questions.
Grischuk leads Russian Ch after 5 of 9 rounds. Svidler and Vitiugov are a half-point back on +1. Wonderful rook sac from Timofeev.
Svidler, Grischuk, and Jakovenko in Russian Ch. Malakhov's hot streak continues in Warsaw. Anand interview and parity (or Carlsen dominance?).
Sponsorship contracts signed for April WCh match between Anand and Topalov.
Recap of Gelfand's winning World Cup run.
Carlsen draws to take clear first place and the #1 rating on the Jan 2010 list! Kramnik second. Adams and Howell win to share 3-4th.
Kramnik beats Short to move a half-point behind Carlsen heading into final round. Adams misses win against Carlsen. R7: Nakamura-Kramnik, Short-Carlsen, Ni Hua-Howell, Adams-McShane.
Carlsen leads by a point after beating Ni Hua. Kramnik behind on +1. R6: Carlsen-Short, Kramnik-Adams, McShane-Ni Hua, Howell-Nakamura.
Ponomariov-Gelfand in a four-game final match at the World Cup. Starts Thursday.
Carlsen wins again in round 2, beating McShane. Kramnik beats Ni Hua to move back to an even score. Round 3: McShane-Kramnik, Howell-Carlsen, Nakamura-Short, Ni Hua-Adams.
Carlsen beats Kramnik in a fantastic game. McShane beats Short in 163 moves. Round 2: Carlsen-McShane, Adams-Nakamura, Kramnik-Ni Hua, Short-Howell.
Games begin at 1400 local, 9am ET. Round 1: Carlsen-Kramnik, Howell-Adams, McShane-Short, Nakamura-Ni Hua.
Gelfand beats Karjakin with black in first game of semifinals. Ponomariov-Malakahov drawn.
The higher-rated players win every match. Caruana and So out. Quarterfinals starting Thursday: Gelfand-Jakovenko, Ponomariov-Gashimov, Svidler-Malakhov, Karjakin-Mamedyarov.
Karjakin, Svidler, and Mamedyarov through, the other five to tiebreaks. Short draw in a must-win by Laznicka?!