History could well record 1990 as a vintage year for chess players: it was when Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin were born - and the two have become the strongest teenage players of all-time, and look set to be rivals for years to come. And we could have witnessed a portent of things to come at the Kings tournament, as both dominated the field.
The top two drew their last round game with a 3-fold repetition in 30 moves to be tied at the top unbeaten on 6.5/10, with defending champion Carlsen taking the bragging rights to the title with the better Sonneborn-Berger 3rd tiebreak score. However, both left the field standing in their wake by making sizable gains on the unofficiallive rating list- Carlsen regaining the #1 spot from world champion Vishy Anand, with Karjakin moving up to #4, and also in the process reaching a milestone by replacing Vladimir Kramnik as the new Russian #1.
Karjakin now also claims a spot in theGrand Slam Masters Finalto be held later this year that will be split between Sao Paulo (Brazil)/Bilbao (Spain). He will be joined in the final by Carlsen (winner of Nanjing last year), Hikaru Nakamura (Tata Steel winner) and world champion Anand. The two remaining spots will be filled by wildcard selections from the Grand Slam organizers (a good guess could be Kramnik as the 2010 Grand Slam winner and Levon Aronian, the world #3).
In the also-rans at the Kings tournament, Nakamura and Teimour Radjabov took 3rd-4th place a full two points behind the winners on 4.5/10, while Vassily Ivanchuk and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu took 5th-6th place place on 4/10 - Ivanchuk though managing to salvage a little dignity for his disappointing overall performance with a last round win over Nakamura, which features in GM Jan Gustafsson's selection below for our final Game of the Day from the Kings tournament.
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