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    Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2009-09-29 00:54
Here are the players: Veselin Topalov (2813), Magnus Carlsen (2772), Peter Leko (2762), Teimour Radjabov (2757), Dmitry Jakovenko (2742), Wang Yue (2736). ( The average rating is 2763 ).

I pick Topalov as the winner - he is fresh and a win would give him a psychological boost for his 2010 World Championship match with Viswanathan Anand, current and 15th World Champion.

Who do you like?

Bob
  
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   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2009-10-09 09:07
Sorry again - I had just gotten up when I posted - another inaccuracy - Carlsen got 8/10 pts. ( not 8.5 as I initially posted ).

Bob

   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2009-10-09 08:56
I won't quibble with your "creditable", Bob, but I will point out that Topalov lost 3.4 rating points for his +1 (+2-1=7) performance. Carlsen picked up 28.8 points to reach his current 2800.8.

Of note, everyone not named Carlsen lost rating points in this tournament. Radjabov's 8.8 point loss knocked him out of the top 10, falling all the way from #6 to #12. Replacing him at #6 is the 2nd hottest player on the planet, Gashimov, who has picked up 19.1 points to reach 2759.1. Gashimov is a very exciting player (I posted one of his games last month) and I'm rather hoping we're going to see more of him in the super tournaments now that he's joined the elite status.
   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2009-10-09 08:41
Sorry - slightly inaccurate in my last post - Carlsen finished 2.5 pts. ahead of second place Topalov.

Bob
   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2009-10-09 08:36
Magnus is amazing :

1. 5/5 with White
2. Live rating over 2800
3. Performance rating over 3000
4. Wins 8.5/10, 2 pts. ahead of Topalov ( creditable showing )
5. World Champion when??

Bob
   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2009-10-06 09:11
Hi Jack:

Got to admit, after 8 rds., Carlsen appears to be in a league by himself in this tournament. The best I can say, is that Topalov is coming back now, and is alone in second, though 2 pts. back:

Carlsen: 6.5
Topalov: 4.5
Wang: 3.5
Jakovenko: 3.5
Leko: 3
Radjabov: 3

I don't see , though, Topalov catching Carlsen - he's been playing too well. We'll have to see what Carlsen has left for the last 2 rounds ( Rd. 9 - Thursday, Sept. 8 ).

Bob
   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2009-10-03 09:05
ChessBase raises a second question still to be answered during the second half of this tournament, Bob. Will Carlsen's performance here rank as one of the best ever? Another repeat 4.5/5 and chess statistician Jeff Sonas would rank his performance (i.e. 9/10) as the best ever. A 4/5 (i.e. 8.5/10)would still make it a top ten performance. A link to the top 100 individual performances is provided herein.

ChessBase

Best performance ever?

A number of readers have sent in questions or speculated on whether this is the most impressive performance ever seen in the game. Chess statistician Jeff Sonas sent us a quick assessment of Magnus Carlsen's performance so far:

"I have always felt that comparing performance ratings between short and long events is misleading," Jeff writes, "because it is much easier, for instance, to score 90% in five games than in ten games. So a 90% score across ten games is much more impressive. If the tournament ended right now, I would call Carlsen's results not quite one of the 100-best performances ever (including matches and tournaments). A good comparison would be Ivanchuk's 4.5/5 against Yudasin (a top-ten player) in their 1991 match. If Carlsen maintains the 90% score to the end (i.e. scoring 9/10) then I would call it the best performance ever, a little above Karpov Linares 1994 and Fischer's 1971 match against Larsen. If Carlsen "only" scores 85% out of 10 games, then I would call it an all-time top-ten performance, roughly comparable to Kasparov at Linares 1999 or Kramnik in his World Championship match against Kasparov." Here is a list of the top-100 performances from 1840-2005.

http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/Summary.asp?Params=1840AASSSS43S000000000000111000000000000010100#BestIndividualEventPerformanceAnchor


   RE: Pearl Spring Tournament, Nanjing, China
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2009-10-02 12:29
Very much after the fact, Bob, I know, but so much for your "fresh" theory. The obverse side of the coin is, I suppose, 'rusty'.
Dennis Monokroussos, at his ChessMind site today, referred to this tournament as "Magnus Carlsen and the 5 Dwarfs". Hard to believe that at the midpoint (5 rounds) of the tournament, not a single player other than Carlsen has managed to garner a single victory. Of course, he has four to go along with his 3143! performance rating.
I think the only question now in regard to this tournament is can Carlsen catch Topalov in the live ratings list? He's still about a dozen points behind, but he's gained 28.6! in the first half of this tournament. Here are the big five, as of today:

LIVE ratings as of 10-2-09

01 Topalov
2803,8 -9,2



02 Carlsen
2791,4 +19,4



03 Anand
2788,0 0



04 Aronian
2784,2 +11,2



05 Kramnik
2772,0 0