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Monday, June 21, 2010

Carlsen extends lead with hat-trick at Kings Chess Tournament

Hello Everyone!

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen extended his lead to a full point at the King Tournament in Medias, Romania, on Sunday. He beat GM Ruslan Ponomariov. Carlsen's live rating is at 2821 and with three straight victories in the tournament, his rating performance stands at 2919. The tournament is taking place from June 14-25.

The ROMGAZ and the Chess Club Society 'Elisabeta Polihroniade' of Bucharest are organizing this double round-robin tournament with six top GMs:
  • the world's highest ranked player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who at the age of 19 has an Elo rating of 2813
  • Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov is a former FIDE knockout world champion
  • Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the FIDE World Cup in 2009
  • the top Chinese player Wang Yue
  • Teimour Radjabov, the second highest ranked player of Azerbaijan
  • Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player.
Here is the nice game between Carlsen and Ponomariov. You can run it in our pgnplayer or try the flashplayer below. A detailed news report is up at the official website.

PGN: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 Nbd7 7. Be3 c5 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 h5 10. Be2 h4 11. Nf1 e6 12. Nd2 exd5 13. cxd5 Bd7 14. O-O b5 15. Nxb5 Bxb5 16. Bxb5 Rb8 17. a4 Nh5 18. f4 Nd7 19. Qg4 a6 20. Bxa6 Rxb2 21. Rab1 Rxd2 22. Bxd2 Bd4+ 23. Rf2 Bxf2+ 24. Kxf2 Ndf6 25. Qf3 Qe8 26. e5 Qxa4 27. exf6 Qxa6 28. Bc3 Qc8 29. Kg1 Qf5 30. Rf1 Re8 31. Ba1 Ra8 32. Qe3 Kh7 33. Bb2 Rb8 34. Bc1 Rb1 35. Qe8 Qxd5 36. f5 gxf5 37. Qe3 Qd4 38. Qxd4 cxd4 39. Bg5 Rxf1+ 40. Kxf1 h3 41. gxh3 Kg6 42. Bh4 Nf4 43. Bg3 Kg5 44. Bf2 Ne6 45. Ke2 f4 46. Kf3 d3 47. h4+ Kf5 48. Bb6 Nc5 49. h5 d2 50. Ke2 Ne4 0-1

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