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By Lubomir Kavalek
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, March 9, 2009; Page C09

Alexander Grischuk, a flamboyant Moscovite with an attractive, gambling style, won the prestigious super-grandmaster tournament in Linares, Spain, on Saturday. He shared first place with Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine with 8 points in 14 games, but clinched the tiebreak on having more wins. Both players edged the 18-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen by a half point. The world champion Vishy Anand of India ended with 7 points. Levon Aronian of Armenia, Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Wang Yue of China finished with 6 1/2 points. Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba was last with 6 points.

Carlsen was very close to victory this year, but lost twice with the white pieces and blundered into a draw from a winning position against Radjabov on Friday. But the way the Norwegian youngster took down Grischuk in the Scheveningen Sicilian was remarkable. It was an impressive, almost flawless performance that reminded us what Carlsen thought about Bobby Fischer, the late world champion who would have been 66 today. “Fischer was very good at making his wins look simple,” he said.

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