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Magnus Carlsen storms Nanjing!

The 2010 Nanjing Pearl Spring chess tournament, held in China in late October, was dominated by Norwegian chess phenominon Magnus Carlsen who finished the event with a 7/10 score and a performance rating of 2901 Elo. The event was a double-round robin (players face each other competitor twice), pitting Carlsen against Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Etienne Bacrot, Vugar Gashimov, and Wang Yue. Carlsen pocketed a cool 80,000 Euros for first place (approximately $112,000) and should now appear in the top spot in FIDE’s player rankings.

Carlsen’s last two games were interesting. In the final round Carlsen played to a hard-fought 71 move draw against Gashimov. The penultimate round saw a tightrope walk in a closed Catalan between Carlsen and Topalov; one false move could mean disaster for either player. Unfortunately for Topalov, he slipped first:

For the annotated gamescore, please visit ChessCentral.

Have fun! — Steve

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