A. Shirov – M. Carlsen
Mtel Masters (10)
23 May 2009
W. So – Le Quang L.
Asian Individual Ch (11)
23 May 2009
A draw result and black would have clinched outright tournament victory, and with it a ticket to the FIDE Grand Slam Final in Bilbao later in the year. A draw result (but Torre-Sasikiran has to be a draw as well) and white would have secured the tournament’s last qualifying slot for the FIDE World Cup.

Position after 27.Q(h3)h6

Position after 23…b6
White goes on to win in 30 moves Black extracts the full point in 34

Tiebreaks will most likely be applied on players with a final score of 7 points to determine who will fill the remainder of the 10 slots allotted to qualify for the 2009 FIDE World Cup.

TIEBREAK RANKING

Player Rd 10 Score Tiebreak Points Final Score Status
GANGULY S. 7.5 8.0 Champion
ZHOU Weiqi 7.5 8.0 Qualified
DING Liren 6.0 23366 6.0
SANDIPAN C. 6.5 23197 7.0 Qualified
YU Yangyi 7.0 23171 7.5 Qualified
YU Shaoteng 7.0 23129 7.5 Qualified
DAO Thien H. 6.0 22975 6.5
RAHMAN Z. 6.0 22939 6.0
TOUFIGHI H. 6.0 22926 6.0
LE Quang L. 6.5 22904 7.5 Qualified
MORADIABADI E. 6.0 22890 6.0
WAN Yunguo 6.0 22826 6.5
ANTONIO R. 7.0 22758 7.5 Qualified
SASIKIRAN K. 6.0 22751 7.0 Qualified
HOU Yifan 7.0 22721 7.5 Qualified
SO Wesley 6.5 22678 6.5
KUNTE A. 6.5 22589 7.0
GUPTA A. 6.0 22574 7.0
TORRE E. 6.5 22512 6.5
ZHOU Jianchao 7.0 22487 7.5 Qualified
NEGI P. 6.5 22449 7.0
NGUYEN Ngoc T. 6.0 22411 7.0
LI Shilong 6.0 22402 7.0
DEEPAN C. 6.0 22304 6.0
KAZHGALEYEV M. 6.0 22264 7.0
FILIPPOV A. 6.0 22239 7.0

Antonio would still have a very good chance of getting a World Cup slot even if he loses his final round game, due to his good tiebreak ranking. Wesley is somewhat in the bubble with about half as much chance of making it with a draw, while Torre may have no choice but to play for a win on Saturday.

As is the case with any qualifier tournaments, It should not come as a surprise if most of the top boards (here involving players with 6.5 points or more going into the final round) end up in short draws.

With a must-win situation among the 6-pointers on the above list, only about the top half of them have a realistic chance of making it to the top 10.

A Look Ahead: By the Numbers

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Is FIDE working in transition towards a future global live rating system?


Rating List
Per Year
Frequency
of List
Period
in Effect
Number of Years
in Effect
Number of Lists
Published
1 Annual 1971 – 1989 18 years 19
2 Semi-annual 1990 – 2000 10 years 22
4 Quarterly 2000 – 2009 9 years 35
6 Bi-monthly 2009 – ? . . . . . .
12 Monthly ?
26 Fortnightly ?
52 Weekly ?
LIVE Daily ??

Here are some of the notable rulings from the Revised FIDE Regulations for Titles and Ratings which will go in effect starting 01 July 2009:

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The FIDE Rating List (based on Professor Arpad Elo’s rating system), from its inception in the early seventies, included a few dozen grandmasters rated above 2500 with only a handful of the elite rated over 2600. It more or less remained the case until about the early part of the eighties when the federation’s player database began its accelerated expansion.

Sinking Deeper

Scorecards

Schedule of Games (Manila Time)

May
25
Mon
May
26
Tue
May
27
Wed
May
28
Thu
May
29
Fri
May
30
Sat
May
31
Sun
Rd 1
3PM
Rd 2 & 3
9AM

3PM
Rd 4
3PM
Rd 5 & 6
9AM

3PM
Rd 7
3PM
Rd 8
3PM
Rd 9
1PM

List of Participants

Philippine Chess Links
Subic Philippines
Subic International Open 2009

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Chessentials

Opening Classification Code
6-Man Endgame Tablebase
Chessmetrics by Jeff Sonas
Stefan Fischl's Chess Stats
ICC Ratings | ELO-Query
Global Live Ranking
1 Topalov 2812.8 1
2 Anand 2788.3 2
3 Carlsen 2772.4 3
4 Aronian 2768.4 6
5 Shirov 2763.9 13
6 Kramnik 2759.0 4
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83 So 2646.3 89
348 Torre 2560.3 343
416 Antonio 2547.8 620
601 Gomez 2520.9 481
677 Paragua 2519.2 530
735 Laylo 2504.8 690

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