Friday, June 20, 2008

Marvelous Magnus Carlsen wins Foros

Mean at seventeen

Marvelous Magnus does it again. The Wunderkid from Norway held his fellow young phenom and local hero GM Sergei Karjakin into a draw on the final round but enough to win the tough Aerosvit Foros in Ukraine. Carlsen's overall performance in this tournament is 2877, and his live rating is 2791.5. Which means that if the FIDE world rankings were published today he would be second in the world, seven points behind Anand. I have little doubt that the talented Norwegian will become World Champion himself someday. Having just turned 17 years old, he still has plenty of time to hone his skills.

Here's a notable game by Carlsen as he demonstrates the lethal capabilities of the Sicilian Dragon Variations which produced some sort of revivals and slowly becoming popular these days just because he's playing it.

Final standings:

1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2765 8

2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2740 7

3-4. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2732 6
3-4. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2687 6

5-7. Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2684 5½
5-7. Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2711 5½
5-7. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2740 5½

8-10. Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2711 5
8-10. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2746 5
8-10. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2684 5

11. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2677 4

12. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2664 3½

HERE is the official tournament web site

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