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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Linares:Round 13:pairings

Here are the pairings for round 13 of the Linares Chess Tournament:


According to the chessbase online database, which is updated every week, Magnus Carlsen and Teimor Radjabov have played ten games against each other in their chess careers when Carlsen was white. Of these games were 3 Sicilian Defense Openings, 3 were Ruy Lopez openings , 1 was a King's Indian Defense, one was a Dutch Defense, one was a Pirc defense, and one game was a London System. In their careers Carlsen holds an advantage over Radjabov in terms of results with Carlsen winning two of these games, Radjabov one, and seven games have been drawn.

GM's Grischuk and Anand have faced each other 10 times over the board when Grischuk had the white pieces. Four of these games have been the Queen's Indian Defense, 3 games have been Ruy Lopez Openings, one game has been a Caro-Kann defense and one game has been a Semi-Slav defense opening. Anand has one two games with black facing Grischuk both Queen's Indian Defense openings. Grischuk has won one game against Anand when Anand played the Queen's Indian Defense against Grischuk. Grischuk has defeated Anand when Anand played the Caro-Kann defense and when Anand played the Berlin Defense against Grischuk's Ruy Lopez opening. Grischuk also won another game as white against Anand when the opening was a Ruy Lopez.

According to the chessbase online database GM's Ivanchuk and Aronian have played 13 games against each other when Ivanchuk had the white pieces, with Ivanchuk winning six of these games, Aronian one, and the other six games being draws. Among Grandmasters Ivanchuk has among the deepest understanding of a wide variety of chess openings. Playing white against Aronian in his career, has resulted in the two players playing four English Openings against each other, four Ruy Lopez openings, one Philidor's defense, one Slav defense, one Nimzo-Indian Defense, one Queen's Gambit Declined:Ragozin defense, and one Queen's Indian Defense.

The last matchup in round 13 is between Wang Yue of China and Leinier Dominguez-Perez of Cuba. I believe the two players have never played a game against each other when Wang Yue had the white pieces.

Round 13 should be a very interesting round of this tournament,good luck to all the players!

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