|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.
|Player||Rd 10 Score||Tiebreak Points||Final Score||Status|
|DAO Thien H.||6.0||22975||6.5|
|LE Quang L.||6.5||22904||7.5||Qualified|
|NGUYEN Ngoc T.||6.0||22411||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.