Mtel Masters multi live

Shirov wins Mtel Masters 2009

Plaza Nueva

14:30 CET

Welcome to the multi live coverage of the final round of Mtel Masters 2009 on! Today we will follow the development of all games at the Sofia super GM tournament, including games commentary, news updates, photos, interviews, and the closing ceremony. The live coverage will continue until 22:00 CET at night!

14:45 CET

Three players have the can climb on top and win the title of Mtel Masters. However, the big intrigue is in the game Carlsen – Shirov that you can follow with live GM commentary here, as from it will come the last finalist for the Grand Slam 2009 final in Bilbao. Veselin Topalov, the other contender for the Mtel title, has already qualified by winning Nanjing.

15:00 CET

In case players are on top with equal points, the Mtel Masters rules state the following tiebreak criteria:

* A greater number of wins

* The result of the direct mini-matches between contenders.

* Berger

* A greater numbers of moves played

* A tie-break match will be played in case of a tie for the first place in the tournament between the first two players in the final standing (according to points, or the additional criteria). The match will consist of two games with a time-control of 15 minutes per player + 3 seconds added for every move played. In case of a tie, another match of two blitz-games will be played with a time-control of 5 minutes per player + 3 seconds for every move played. In case of another tied result – there will be played a last “sudden-death” decisive game with a time-control 6 minutes for the whole game for the White-player and 4 minutes for the whole game for Black-player. The White-player will only need a victory in this game to win the tournament, whole the Black-player will win the tournament by just not losing that final decisive game.

15:15 CET

However, it is interesting that the organizers will not follow the initially stated rules, and have introduced a last minute change posting a message on the official site, “A tie-break match will be played in case of a tie for the first place in the tournament between the first two players in the final standing.”

It is theoretically impossible more than two players to finish on top with the same points, so that new rule will work out fine.

15:20 CET

Two rounds ago Topalov was preparing for such a scenario. He stayed after the game in the glass cube and played two blitz games against FM Kiprian Berbatov (winner of Mtel Masters junior). Topalov won easily the first game with black, but in the second encountered problems with white and was lucky to save a draw.

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Alexander Monev and Kiprian Berbatov in Plovdiv European Chess Championship

15:30 CET

As our friends from report that there was an urgent meeting in Sofia, including the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilymzhinov and the President of ECU Boris Kutin. The meeting continued until late at night. Full details will be available later (we will update details tonight on Chessdom). Update 1: An extraordinary ECU assembly will also take place. The results from the European Championships will be valid and will not be reviewed.

15:35 CET

Topalov and Wang just drew their game, which confirms that the winner and the last finalist of the Bilbao Final Masters 2009 will come out from the game Shirov – Carlsen (live commentary here)

15:40 CET

The draw of Topalov and Wang also eliminates the possibility of a tiebreak, as the players on top cannot finish with the same points.

16:00 CET

The closing ceremony is scheduled for 19:00 CET tonight. It will take place at the square in front of the Ivan Vazov theater.The President Georgi Parvanov, who is also director of the organizing committee of Mtel Masters, will award the winner.

Until then the action continues. Carlsen and Shirov are playing for the big stakes, while Ivanchuk and Dominguez have their own personal fight. The Ukranian is trying to get back into the 2700+ zone, while Dominguez needs to confirm he is one of the most stable and difficult to win against players at the Grand Slam series. Both players do not have a single win at Mtel Masters, but the image they are presenting is very different (all results and standings here).

16:15 CET

With the speed Ivanchuk and Dominguez are playing they are heading to mutual time trouble. It is interesting how they get up from time to time and watch Carlsen and Shirov entering into a wild endgame.

16:30 CET

GM Dimitrov: The game move 27… Qc7 in Shirov – Carlsen seems consistent with the strategy of pressing on ‘g3′ but obviously Carlsen missed 28.Nb4. Suddenly black is falling apart.

16:35 CET

And just two moves later Carlsen resigned. Shirov is the winner of Mtel Masters 2009! Spain will have their representative at the Bilbao Final Masters 2009.

16:45 CET

Veselin Topalov warned everyone before the start of the tournament that he expects surprises exactly from ALexei Shirov and he was right.

16:47 CET

Shirov took all the necessary risks in the final game against Carlsen as he needed the victory and his desire was awarded by a blunder by Carlsen.

16:50 CET

The young Norwegian also deserves applause for his good games, especially notable the victories against Topalov and against Dominguez. He will be sharing second place with Veselin Topalov, the exact position will be determined by the criteria posted above.

16:55 CET

In the mean time severe time trouble for Dominguez who is down to 3 minutes for 10 moves.

17:00 CET

Both players are safe through the time control. Now it is essential not to trade rooks in order to avoid direct draw due to opposite color bishops.

17:05 CET

Ivanchuk has good winning chances if he advances his pawn with check at f4. Ke5 by Dominguez in time trouble was a mistake disbalancing the game. Still, precision is required in the technical ending.

17:25 CET

Ivanchuk found the move and is now heading to a victory. It is interesting to compare today’s winner Shirov to Ivanchuk. Both have had some very difficult moments, yet they surge among the top rated again. Surely Ivanchuk will be back soon in top form and will be winner of strong tournaments.


Shirov at the press conference after the game interviewed by GM Stefanova

17:50 CET

The press conference with Shirov and Carlsen took place after the game. Carlsen was obviously disappointed and was not in the mood for talking. Shirov was pleased with his performance and underlined the difficult opposition he had during the tournament. Stay tuned for details.

18:15 CET

Shirov’s victory is a multi achievement. Besides the good share of the prize fund, the first place, the qualification for the Final Masters in Bilbao, he also will have higher rating than Vladimir Kramnik, pushing him away from the 5th position. Shirov has had a fantastic year so far. His form started improving at ECC 2008 and later he had great performance at the Russian team championship and the Schach Bundesliga. Now Shirov will be gunning for the first place in Bilbao, where he will meet Topalov, Karjakin, and Grischuk.

18:30 CET

Shirov will be absent from Leon chess 2009, but three other GM participants from the Grand SLam will play – Carlsen, Ivanchuk, and Wang Yue. The fourth participant is GM Alexander Morozevich.

18:45 CET

With little time on the clock Ivanchuk is on the winning path. He has secured kingside control and is heading to his first victory in the event.

18:47 CET

And Ivanchuk won! This still leaves him at the last place, as the stable draws of Dominguez sum up to more points. Still, it is important note that Ivanchuk cannot be underestimated and will put up good fight in tournaments to come.

19:00 CET

Now it is official, Carlsen takes the second position on tiebreak, third is for Veselin Topalov.

19:05 CET

The closing ceremony starts in an hour and we will bring you live updates from the Ivan Vazov theater square.

19:10 CET

Shirov’s words at the press conference, “I am very surprised I won Mtel Masters. I did not expect and have not studied the variant of the SIcilian defence played today, despite the fact we practiced Sicilian defence with my seconds until late last night. I have to admit the games of Carlsen and Topalov were more interesting, but I am happy with my victory against Dominguez and the final victory of the tournament.”

20:00 CET

The closing ceremony has started, with the participation of the FIDE deputy President Georgios Makropoulos. The players received the special prizes from the sponsors. There was high media attention as well. Here are some photos from the event.

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High media attention at the closing ceremony with FIDE deputy President Georgios Makropoulos

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Shirov happy together with Carlsen and Topalov

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FIDE deputy President Georgios Makropoulos greeting the participants

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Ivanchuk and Dominguez in good mood.

21:45 CET

As many of you have asked the details about the Grand Slam, here is the information that is available at the moment. The presentation in Sofia was based on the success of last year, underlining the category 22 and the big interest. It was confirmed that the format will change and only the winners of Nanjing, Corus, Linares, and Mtel will be present. These are Topalov, Karjakin, Grischuk, and Shirov.

More details were promissed by the organizers, but the press release in Spanish did not contain anything different. We will keep you updated in the next days.

With this our coverage of Mtel Masters finishes. Thank you for following with and enjoy replaying the games at the Mtel Masters general page.