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 If you have thought you’ve seen all the “big game” of the Chess World the past week on my blog…then you haven’t seen these “Chess Engines” of the Chess World. These guys look very serious and I think they mean it serious when it comes to chess. Shirov is currently playing in Azerbaijan too! Topalov will again have a blindfolded game – like last year. Ivanchuk is last year’s winner, wonder what will happen this year. On the official site you can read more player info by clicking on their images.
Click HERE to read the interview with Topalov about his chess.

Please click HERE for the Official site. On my blog’s side bar (top right) you will find the link to LIVE-games. All images: Ivan A. Grigorov for mtelmasters

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Vassily Ivanchuk, is a Ukrainian Grandmaster. His an ELO of 2787 on the FIDE January 2008 list, making him number 9 in the World and Ukraine’s number one. He played board one on the victorious Ukraine team at the 2004 Calvia Olympiad. As of November 2007 he is the World Blitz Chess champion.

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World Champion to comment M-Tel Masters
 The World Champion in chess Antoaneta Stefanova will comment the games from the fifth edition of the super chess tournament M-Tel Masters. The competition will start on 12 May. For the title up to 23 May will compete the leader in the world ranking Veselin Topalov, Magnus Carlsen from Norway, the last year’s winner Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine, Leinier Dominguez from Cuba, Alexei Shirov from Spain and Yue Wang from China. The average ELO of the participants is 2755, which makes the tournament FIDE 21st category. Only five tournaments in history have been of that rank so far.

Bulgaria’s all time strongest female player won the chess crown at the World Championship in Elista in 2004. She is currently fourth in the ladies’ world ranking with an ELO of 2549.

The commentator’s place of Stefanova will be meters away from glass pavilion where the games from the tournament will be played. Her guests will be Bulgarian GMs and after each game she will be able to analyze the game with the participants.

The comments and analysis of Stefanova will be heard also online in real time on the web site of the tournament  www. mtelmasters.com. The games from the tournament will start every day at 16:00 local time, only the last round’s games will begin at 15:00.

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The Venue: A glass pavilion on the square in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov – image: Official site

schedule

MTel first move

The first move made by the mayor of Sofia. MTel has started.

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The Glass house where the tournament is taking place – in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov

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Topalov blind folded

Topalov played a game blindfolded.

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Players ready for round 1

Mtel round1a

The first move..by the mayor of Sofia.

The Mtel Chess Masters Round 2- Images: Mtel Official site

The Mtel Chess Masters Round 2- Images: Mtel Official site

Shirov vs Topalov Round 2 move 7

Shirov vs Topalov Round 2 move 7

Shirov vs Topalov Round 2 end position 1/2

Shirov vs Topalov Round 2 end position 1/2

Ivanchuk vs Wang round 2 move 7

Ivanchuk vs Wang round 2 move 7

Ivanchuk vs Wang round 2 end position 0-1

Ivanchuk vs Wang round 2 end position 0-1

Dominguez vs Carlsen round 2 move 7

Dominguez vs Carlsen round 2 move 7

Dominguez vs Carlsen round 2 end position 1/2

Dominguez vs Carlsen round 2 end position 1/2

 Round 3

Magnus Carlsen - Images: MTel

Magnus Carlsen - Images: MTel

Wang vs Shirov

Wang vs Shirov

MTel Chess Round 3 Wang vs Shirov end position 1/2

MTel Chess Round 3 Wang vs Shirov end position 1/2

MTel Chess Round 3 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk move 41

MTel Chess Round 3 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk move 41

MTel Chess Round 3 Topalov vs Dominguez move 41

MTel Chess Round 3 Topalov vs Dominguez move 41

Carlsen vs Ivanchuk

Carlsen vs Ivanchuk

Topalov

Topalov

Pairings Rounds: 4-5-6

Pairings Rounds: 4-5-6

 Round 4 – Results: 16th May 2009

Round 4 Carlsen vs Shirov move 7

Round 4 Carlsen vs Shirov move 7

Round 4 Carlsen vs Shirov end position

Round 4 Carlsen vs Shirov end position

Round 4 Dominguez vs Ivanchuk move 7

Round 4 Dominguez vs Ivanchuk move 7

Round 4 Dominguez vs Ivanchuk end position

Round 4 Dominguez vs Ivanchuk end position

Round 4 Topalov vs Wang move 7

Round 4 Topalov vs Wang move 7

Round 4 Topalov vs Wang end position

Round 4 Topalov vs Wang end position

In both problems white moves and mates in two moves

In both problems white moves and mates in two moves

See the “news”-link on the official site for Kostadinov’s Challenge. You can send your solution to him, his email is on the link too.

Round 5: 17th May 2009

Round 5 Topalov

Topalov – round 5

Mtel round 5

Supporters follow the games outside the glass house

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 7

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 7

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 22

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 22

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 30

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 30

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 44

Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 44

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Chess football – results- MTel-United 8!

Players played football on their day of rest. This is the evidence to show chess players are good at football too!

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Round 6: Results

Round 6: Dominguez vs Wang 1/2

Round 6: Dominguez vs Wang 1/2

 Round 6 Topalov vs Carlsen move 7

Round 6 Topalov vs Carlsen move 7

Round 6 Topalov vs Carlsen move 21

Round 6 Topalov vs Carlsen move 21

Round 6 Topalov vs Carlsen end position

Round 6 Topalov vs Carlsen end position 1/2

Round 6 Shirov vs Ivanchuk

Round 6 Shirov vs Ivanchuk 1-0

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Round 6: Shirov and Topalov

Results: Round 7

Topalov vs Shirov – 1/2

Carlsen vs Dominguez – 1-0

Wang vs Ivanchuk – 1/2

Results: Round 8

[Event “5th M-Tel Masters round_8”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2009.05.21”]
[Round “8.1”]
[
White “Shirov, Alexei”]
[Black “Wang, Yue”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E04”]
[WhiteElo “2745”]
[BlackElo “2738”]
[PlyCount “87”]
[EventDate “2009.05.13”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “10”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]
[EventCategory “21”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 c5 6. O-O Nc6 7. Qa4 Bd7 8. Qxc4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Rc8 10. Nc3 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bc5 12. Qh4 O-O 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 15. Qxf6 gxf6 16. Bxb7 Rb8 17. Bf3 Rxb2 18. Rfd1 Be8 19. Ne4 Be7 20. Nd6 Bxd6 21. Rxd6 Bb5 22. Kf1 Rb8 23.a4 Bc4 24. Rc1 Rb1 25. Rd8+ Kg7 26. Rxb8 Rxc1+ 27. Kg2 Rc2 28. Rc8 Bb3 29. Rxc2 Bxc2 30. a5 f5 31. Bh5 Kf6 32. f4 Ke7 33. Kh3 Be4 34. Kh4 Kf6 35. h3 Kg7 36. e3 Bd3 37. Bf3 Bc2 38. g4 fxg4 39. hxg4 f6 40. Bc6 Bd1 41. Bd7 Kf7 42. Bc8 Be2 43. Bd7 Bd1 44. Bc8 1/2-1/2

[Event “5th M-Tel Masters round_8”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2009.05.21”]
[Round “8.2”]
[White “Ivanchuk, Vassily”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B77”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2770”]
[PlyCount “81”]
[EventDate “2009.05.13”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “10”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]
[EventCategory “21”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8.
Bb3 d6 9. f3 Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12. h4 a5 13. a4 bxa4 14. Bxa4 h5 15.O-O Rb8 16. Bxd7 Nxd7 17. b3 Bxd4+ 18. Qxd4 Qb6 19. Qxb6 Nxb6 20. Nd1 Rfc8 21.Ne3 Ra8 22. Ra2 a4 23. Rfa1 axb3 24. Rxa8 Nxa8 25. cxb3 Nb6 26. Ra7 Rc3 27. Kf2 e6 28. Rb7 Rxb3 29. Nc4 Rxf3+ 30. gxf3 Nxc4 31. Rb4 d5 32. exd5 exd5 33. Rb8+ Kg7 34. Rd8 Kf6 35. Rxd5 Ke6 36. Rb5 Nd6 37. Ra5 Nf5 38. Ra6+ Ke5 39. Ra5+ Ke6 40. Ra6+ Ke5 41. Ra5+ 1/2-1/2

[Event “5th M-Tel Masters round_8”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2009.05.??”]
[Round “8.3”]
[White “Dominguez Perez, Leinier”]
[Black “Topalov, Veselin”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B81”]
[WhiteElo “2721”]
[BlackElo “2812”]
[PlyCount “86”]
[EventDate “2009.05.13”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “10”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]
[EventCategory “21”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 Be7 8. Bg2
Nfd7 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Qd2 Nde5 11. b3 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 O-O 13. O-O-O b5 14. Ne2 Bb7 15. f4 Ng6 16. Rhf1 e5 17. Be3 exf4 18. Nxf4 Ne5 19. Kb1 Rc8 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21.exd5 Bh4 22. g5 Re8 23. Bf3 g6 24. Bg4 Rc7 25. Bb6 Qb8 26. Bxc7 Qxc7 27. Be2 Qd8 28. Rg1 Qb6 29. Qf4 Bf2 30. Rg2 Be3 31. Qe4 Re7 32. Qb4 Rc7 33. h4 Bc5 34.Qe4 Qa5 35. Rg3 Bf2 36. Rh3 h5 37. gxh6 f5 38. Qf4 Rxc2 39. Kxc2 Qxa2+ 40. Kc1 Qa1+ 41. Kc2 Qa2+ 42. Kc1 Qa1+ 43. Kc2 Qa2+ 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk Carlsen

Ivanchuk and Carlsen after round 8

rankings after round 8

Standings after round 8

Results: Round 9

Round 9 Topalov vs Ivanchuk move 21

Round 9 Topalov vs Ivanchuk move 21 – 1-0

Round 9 Carlsen vs Wang end position

Round 9 Carlsen vs Wang end position – 1-0

Round 9 Dominguez vs Shirov end position

Round 9 Dominguez vs Shirov – 1/2

Players round 9

Players at MTel round 9

Round 10 Ivanchuk vs Dominguez final position

Final round: Ivanchuk vs Dominguez final position 1-0

Round 10 Shirov vs Carlsen final position

Final round: Shirov vs Carlsen final position 1-0

Round 10 Wang vs Topalov final position

Final round: Wang vs Topalov final position 1/2

MTel final rankings 2009

MTel Masters 2009: Final rankings

Shirov and Carlsen

Carlsen and Shirov

Shirov

Shirov, winner of MTel Masters 2009

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