Tomorrow is the last Round..

Here are tomorrow’s pairings. Play starts earlier at 13:00 Local time (which is also the same timezone as London).

Round 9 on 2012/03/13 at 13:00

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 6 GM Hou Yifan 2639 7 GM Caruana Fabiano 2767 1
2 5 GM Sokolov Ivan 2653 GM Avrukh Boris 2591 13
3 4 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2664 6 GM Navara David 2700 2
4 18 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn 2556 6 6 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2666 3
5 8 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 6 6 IM Akshayraj Kore 2422 35
6 22 GM Williams Simon K 2506 6 6 GM Maze Sebastien 2577 15
7 23 GM Danielsen Henrik 2504 6 6 GM Ipatov Alexander 2561 17
8 7 GM Hess Robert L 2635 IM Hunt Adam C 2454 29
9 9 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2615 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 2460 27
10 30 GM Ashley Maurice 2452 GM Baklan Vladimir 2612 10
11 31 IM Bartholomew John 2440 GM L’ami Erwin 2611 11
12 41 GM Thorhallsson Throstur 2398 GM Halkias Stelios 2588 14
13 16 GM Papin Vasily 2575 IM Arngrimsson Dagur 2361 43
14 51 Gislason Gudmundur 2346 GM Stefansson Hannes 2531 19
15 21 GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2512 Jensson Einar Hjalti 2245 69
16 26 IM Krush Irina 2461 FM Moen Andreas 2360 44
17 12 GM Shulman Yuri 2594 5 5 Mertens Heiko 2336 53
18 20 GM Libiszewski Fabien 2523 5 5 Lemeaux David 2287 61
19 24 IM Arnold Marc T 2502 5 5 FM Michalczak Thomas 2326 55
20 28 IM Ziska Helgi Dam 2456 5 5 Perez Flavio 2269 65

We see Women’s World Champion on Board 1 facing of World Number 7, Fabiano Caruana. This hopefully will be an interesting last round with both players pushing for the win. He is now overtake Hikaru Nakamura on the live rating list.

Here’s a tweet from the Amrerican Number 1

@GMHikaru “After seeing people picking up rating points off of beating weaker players, I am convinced chess ratings should be weighted like in tennis.”

I do agree, that there are some players who’s rating is inflated due to them beating weak players but playing 2650 GMs is a tough job to get the score you need to keep your rating. The top players are extremely strong which is reflected in their rating but I’d be curious how they would fare in “Open” Conditions where the other Grandmaster’s make their livings… playing two rounds a day, different round starts and a tournament where you can’t prepare weeks before. I see Caruana also played in Aeroflot earlier this year, he’s obviously trying to get some more experience under his belt before he makes his way into the super closed tournaments where the elite play.

One Response to “Tomorrow is the last Round..”

  1. Jonathan
    March 13, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Good luck! I’ll follow your game as I always enjoy the way you play (very) active chess!

    Kind regards,
    Jonathan
    http://patzer2master.blogspot.com/

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