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Linares resumes tomorrow

February 27, 2008

The Morelia leg finished over the weekend, and while the players made their away across the Atlantic, we could relax a bit after the frenetic action in Morelia. When I wished for a more exciting tournament than in recent years, I hardly expected this. More than half the games have been decisive so far (15/28), and most of the draws have been well-fought out as well. While some of the play has been sub-standard (a couple of blunders even I could have avoided), it has resulted in each participant recording atleast 3 decisive games and each one winning and losing atleast one. Vishy is in the lead at the moment, by a half point over Topalov and Shirov. It is great to regularly see Vishy play sharp lines like the Najdorf and the Semi-Slav again.
Here’s hoping to more of the same for the rest of the tournament.

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