In a dream final round matchup, tournament leader Carlsen had to face Shirov, who’s only 1/2 point behind. It’s a must win situation for Shirov. And he did. In the mean time, Topalov could not beat Wang and had to settle for a tie for 2nd with Carlsen.

GM Shirov (2745) – GM Carlsen (2770) [B33]
Mtel 2009 (10), 23.05.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Bg7 11.Bd3 Ne7 12.Nxe7 Qxe7 13.c4 f5 14.0–0 0–0 15.Qh5 Rb8 16.exf5 e4 17.Rae1 Bb7 18.Qg4 Rfe8 19.cxb5 d5 20.bxa6 Bc6 21.b3 Kh8 22.Nc2 Be5 23.Be2 d4 24.Bc4 Rg8 25.Qh3 Rg7 26.g3 Rbg8 27.Qh6 Qc7 28.Nb4 Ba8 29.Nd5 Qd8 30.Rxe4 White wins 1–0
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