In the last round Ivanchuk beated the chinese GM Bu Xiangzhi, Aronian and Svidler drawn after 45 moves and game between Topalov and Movsesian ended in a draw too after 32 moves.
In the final standings Veseling Topalov arised as the clear winner of this tournament a point and a half ahead the rest. A very remarkable performance of 2890 point for the bulgarian GM.
Final standings: Topalov 7.0, Aronian 5.5, Bu Xiangzhi 5.0, Svidler 4.5, Ivanchuk and Movsesian 4.0
Topalov,V (2791) – Movsesian,S (2732) [D15]
Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (10), 21.12.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.Rc1 Bf5 8.e3 Rc8 9.Be2 e6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.a3 0-0 13.Nd2 Nd7 14.b4 a5 15.Nb5 Qe7 16.bxa5 Nxa5 17.Qa4 Nc6 18.Na7 Ra8 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.Qxc6 Rxa3 21.Qc7 Ra2 22.Rfd1 Qd8 23.Qxd8 Rxd8 24.Kf1 Bc2 25.Ra1 Rda8 26.Rxa2 Rxa2 27.Rc1 Kf8 28.Nf3 Ke7 29.Ne1 Ba4 30.Rb1 Kd6 31.Bb5 Bxb5+ 32.Rxb5 1/2-1/2
The last round of the FIDE GRand Prix in Elista finished with a new leader. Gashimov wom his game against Grischuk turning around a dangerous position. The game between Leko and Radjabov finished in a draw and now the two Azeris GM are in the lead with 3.5pts
Gashimov,V (2703) – Grischuk,A (2719) [B97]
FIDE Grand Prix Elista RUS (5), 18.12.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd3 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Be7 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Be2 Qa5 13.Bd2 Qc7 14.0-0 0-0 15.Qc4 Qd7 16.Qb3 Kh8 17.Bc4 d5 18.exd5 b5 19.Be2 Bc5 20.Kh1 exd5 21.Be3 Nc6 22.Ne6 Qxe6 23.Bxc5 Re8 24.Bf3 Bb7 25.a4 Na5 26.Qb4 Nc4 27.Rbd1 Ne4 28.Nxe4 dxe4 29.Be2 e3 30.axb5 axb5 31.Qxb5 Ba6 32.Qb4 Rab8 33.Qa4 Ra8 34.Qb4 Nd2 35.Rfe1 Ne4 36.Kg1 Rab8 37.Qd4 Nf2 38.Ra1 Bxe2 39.Rxe2 Ng4 40.h3 Ne5 41.Rxe3 Rbd8 42.Qc3 Qc4 43.Qxc4 Nxc4 44.Rxe8+ Rxe8 45.Ra7 h6 46.Bd4 Ne5 47.c4 Kh7 48.c5 h5 49.Ra6 Nd3 50.Ra3 Nf4 51.Be3 Nd5 52.Kf2 Re4 53.Rd3 Nxe3 54.Rxe3 Rc4 55.Re5 Rc2+ 56.Kf3 h4 57.Ke4 Kg6 58.Kd5 Rd2+ 59.Ke6 Rxg2 60.c6 Rc2 61.Kd6 Kf6 62.Rd5 g5 63.c7 g4 64.Rc5 1-0
The Third FIDE Grand Prix tournament is taking place in Elista, Kalmykia from December 13 to 29, 2008. Despite the absenses of Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Carlsen and Adams; this a very strong tournament that reached category 29.
After three rounds Radjabov leads the table with 2.5 pts followed by Grischuk, Jakovenko and Gashimov with 2.0 pts.
Radjabov,T (2751) – Kasimdzhanov,R (2672) [B78]
FIDE Grand Prix Elista RUS (3), 16.12.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 h5 13.Kb1 Re8 14.g4 hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 16.Bh6 Kh7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.Nf5+! Bxf5 20.exf5 Rh8 21.fxg6 Nxg6 22.Ne4 Nf6 23.Rdf1 Rxh1 24.Rxh1 d5 25.Nxf6 Kxf6 26.Qf2+ Kg7 27.Rf1 f6 28.Qf5 Rc6? 29.Rg1 Qe8 30.Bxd5 Rc5 31.Qe6 Rb5 32.c4 Rb6 33.Qh3 e6 34.Bf3 Qd8 35.Qg2 1-0
In the city of Nanjing, Cina will take place from December 10th to 22nd, another edition of the Pearl Spring Chess Tournament. Topalov, Ivanchuk, Aronian, Movsesian, Svidler, and Bu Xiangzhi will be fighting for the throne.
This event became the fourth major chess tournament in the world, after Wijk aan Zee, Linares and Dortmund.
The Armenians defeated China, and Israel The Netherlands, each by 2.5:1.5, to take Gold and Silver respectively. In the women’s section Ukraine and Georgia finished equal first, with Ukraine most likely taking gold. Biggest upset: USA beat Ukraine 3.5:.5