Last Round is Enough

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has become a last round specialist at the Mikhail Tal Chess Memorial. He won the 2011 edition of the traditional tournament by beating Hikaru Nakamura. This Monday, he won the 2012 edition by beating Luke McShane in the last round as well. Carlsen said at the press conference: There have been twists and turns that noone could foresee. As for myself, I thing I played, well I stared slowly. My first three games were not impressive to say the least. “I think after that my play was good. I mean, the game with Grischuk, although I didn’t win, it was an energizer to play such an interesting game. I thought after that I was in the driving seat in most of my games.” “Obviously if it turns out that Aronian wins [looks to one of the screens], which in fact he did, I’m actually the winner of the tournament. That is nice but, I mean, like last year there were a lot of fortunate circumstances for me in the last round to be able to win it but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Today I had to win myself and I did. That’s all I can do.” Here is the Tal Chess Memorial Round 9 game:

McShane, Luke J (2706) – Carlsen, Magnus (2835)

Result: 0-1
Site: Moscow RUS
Date: 2012.06.18
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