Candidates, Round 6

Carlsen drew in a worse ending by sacrificing his rook to enable a perpetual check. He seems to survive off excitement! Honestly, even if he loses the chance to enter the World Championship final this time around, surely he will be the top player before long. What I admire about his chess is his willingness to take risks, his extremely good tactical vision, and his wide range of openings. Of course, Aronian is no slouch either, nor is he that much older. They now go head to head tomorrow (Sunday) in rapid matches to decide the result.

Bareev got the draw he needed to deny Polgar a comeback. Purely in terms of rating difference, that looks on the surface to be the biggest upset. But in fairness to Judit, she has played very little top level chess over the past five years. She is still the greatest woman player in the history of chess and I personally think it is a pity she cannot go further in the competition.

Shirov pulled off a victory to tie his match with Adams. Adams has a history of performing well in World championship chess, but failing at the last hurdle (e.g. his match against Kasimdzhanov where he lost a won game near the end a few years back…). Still, this was a great win for Shirov just when he needed it.

Talking of Kasimdzhanov, he got his sixth draw in a row against Gelfand and they enter the playoffs tomorrow too. Both these players look like yesterday’s men (perhaps harsh, but they do look uninspiring beside some of the others). Kamsky is due to meet one of them in the next round. I’d put my money on him to win out there.

Standings
WCh Candidates s/f Elista RUS (RUS), 27 v-3 vi 2007

Aronian, Levon  g ARM 2759 1 = 0 1 0 = 3.0  2693
Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2693 0 = 1 0 1 = 3.0  2759

Leko, Peter     g HUN 2738 = 1 1 1 . . 3.5  2971
Gurevich, M     g TUR 2635 = 0 0 0 . . 0.5  2416

Rublevsky, S    g RUS 2680 = = 1 = = = 3.5  2774
Ponomariov, R   g UKR 2717 = = 0 = = = 2.5  2623

Gelfand, Boris  g ISR 2733 = = = = = = 3.0  2677
Kasimdzhanov,R  g UZB 2677 = = = = = = 3.0  2733

Kamsky, Gata    g USA 2705 = 1 1 1 . . 3.5  3045
Bacrot, E       g FRA 2709 = 0 0 0 . . 0.5  2383

Grischuk, A     g RUS 2717 1 = = 1 = . 3.5  2828
Malakhov, V     g RUS 2679 0 = = 0 = . 1.5  2568

Bareev, Evgeny  g RUS 2643 = 1 = 1 0 = 3.5  2784
Polgar, Judit   g HUN 2727 = 0 = 0 1 = 2.5  2586

Adams, Michael  g ENG 2734 = = = 1 = 0 3.0  2699
Shirov, Alexei  g ESP 2699 = = = 0 = 1 3.0  2734

Round 2 Pairings Wednesday June 6th 2007
Aronian/Carlsen – Shirov/Adams
Leko – Bareev
Rublevsky – Grischuk
Gelfand/Kasimdzhanov – Kamsky

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