2009 Nanjing rd 7: Topalov vs Carlsen

Second Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament
This event, organized by the Municipal People’s Government of Nanjing, is taking place from 27th September to 9th October 2009 in Nanjing, China. Time controls are 90 minutes for 40 moves and 60 minutes for the rest of the game, with no increment. The tournament is a six-player double round robin and has a total prize fund of 250,000 Euros, with the winner taking 80,000 Euros.
Current standings

Schedule and results
Round 1: Monday, September 28, 2009
Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Peter Leko
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Dmitriy Jakovenko
Wang Yue ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Games – Report

Round 2: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko ½-½ Teimour Radjabov
Dmitry Jakovenko ½-½ Wang Yue
Games – Report

Round 3: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wang Yue ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov ½-½ Dmitry Jakovenko
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Peter Leko
Games – Report

Round 4: Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Wang Yue ½-½ Peter Leko
Dmitry Jakovenko 0-1 Magnus Carlsen
Teimour Radjabov ½-½ Veselin Topalov
Games – Report

Round 5: Friday, October 2nd, 2009
Peter Leko ½-½ Dmitry Jakovenko
Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Teimour Radjabov
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Wang Yue
Games – Report

Round 6: Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Peter Leko ½-½ Magnus Carlsen
Dmitry Jakovenko 0-1 Veselin Topalov
Teimour Radjabov ½-½ Wang Yue
Games – Report

Round 7: Monday, October 5th, 2009
Teimour Radjabov – Peter Leko
Wang Yue – Dmitry Jakovenko
Veselin Topalov – Magnus Carlsen
Games – Report
Round 8: Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Peter Leko – Veselin Topalov
Magnus Carlsen – Wang Yue
Dmitry Jakovenko – Teimour Radjabov
Games – Report

Round 9: Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Dmitry Jakovenko – Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov – Magnus Carlsen
Wang Yue – Veselin Topalov
Games – Report
Round 10: Friday, October 9th, 2009
Peter Leko – Wang Yue
Veselin Topalov – Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen – Dmitry Jakovenko
Games – Report

Jakovenko,D (2742) – Topalov,V (2813) [D90]
2nd Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (6), 04.10.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qb3 dxc4 7.Qxc4 0-0 8.Bf4 Na6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 Nh5 11.Be3 cxd4 12.Qxd4 Bc6 13.Be2 Qa5 14.0-0 Nb4. The novely – previously Loek van Wely had played 14…Bxf3 against Ican Sokolov and drawn. 15.Qh4 Nc2 16.g4 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Bh6 18.Nd1 Kh8 19.gxh5 Rg8 20.Kf2 Rad8.

Now after 21.b4 Qb6 22.Qxe7 (or even 21.Qxe7 Bxf3 22.Kxf3) White is a piece up and must be winning. 21.hxg6?! Bxf3 22.Kxf3 Rxg6 23.Qe4 f5 24.Qc4 Qd2

25.Rc1?? Jakovenko was not in time trouble when he played this blunder, giving away the win and in fact the game (our chess engines play 25.a4 or 25.Rf2 to retain an advantage for White). 25…Rc6 26.Qh4 Qxc1 27.Qxe7 Rg8

28.e6. White should at least try 28.Qxb7, althout Black has 28…Rc4! 29.Bxc4 Qxc4 30.Re1 Qg4+ winning. 28…Qd2 29.Kf2?? Completely demoralised. 29…f4 0-1.

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