Aronian And Caruana Win In Sao Paulo

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/25/12, 9:05 AM.

The first half of the Chess Masters Final is underway in Sao Paulo, and the first round did not disappoint fans in search of drama!

Lev Aronian had the white pieces against Sergey Karjakin, and caught his opponent in some opening preparation to start the tournament on a winning note.

In contrast Magnus Carlsen seemed absolutely determined to achieve more than a draw with black against Fabiano Caruana, but eventually fell on his own sword and lost instead after a 5-hour struggle!

World champion Vishy Anand had to settle for a draw with the white pieces against the tournament underdog Paco Vallejo Pons.

The standings after the first round (3-1-0 scoring system)

Name  Fed  Elo Pts
Fabiano Caruana  ITA  2773 3
Levon Aronian  ARM  2816 3
Francisco Vallejo Pons  ESP  2697 1
Viswanathan Anand  IND  2780 1
Sergey Karjakin  RUS  2778 0
Magnus Carlsen  NOR  2843 0


The crowds watch Sergey Karjakin and Lev Aronian in the glass cube

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 1 Lev Aronian Sergey Karjakin.jpg



Magnus Carlsen overpressed and lost against Fabiano Caruana

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 1 Magnus Carlsen Fabiano Caruana.jpg



World Champion Vishy Anand could only draw with Vallejo Pons

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 1 Vishy Anand.jpg


The Chess Masters Final is a 6-player double round-robin event which is being held half in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and half in Bilbao, Spain. The Sao Paulo leg takes place from 23-29 September and the Bilbao leg is from 7-13 October.

The tournament uses the so-called "Sofia" anti-draw rules, meaning that players can only draw by mutual agreement with the permission of the arbiter. The "Bilbao" scoring system (3-1-0) is also in operation.

The official website is rather disappointing for such a high-profile event!

The full schedule:

Sao Paulo
23-Sep Opening
24-Sep Round 1
25-Sep Round 2
26-Sep Round 3
27-Sep Rest Day
28-Sep Round 4
29-Sep Round 5
07-Oct Opening
08-Oct Round 6
09-Oct Round 7
10-Oct Round 8
11-Oct Rest Day
12-Oct Round 9
13-Oct Round 10


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  • 3 years ago


    Fabiona Caruana Cool Magnus is very brave. One time lost -- one hundred times won.

    Fabiano Caruana (2773) vs. Magnus Carlsen (2843)

  • 3 years ago


    haha, Carlsen knows he has to get more than a draw because of the bilbao scoring.

  • 3 years ago


    Aronian makes winning looks so easy..

    And btw, congrats for carlsen and caruana for the 2nd round win.

  • 3 years ago


    what an attacking of magnus carlsen

  • 3 years ago


    I like how Carlsen plays. He plays for the win! Chess should be played like this!! And he played aggressively with black!! 

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    what happen 2 MC?

  • 3 years ago


    Would like to see the world champ do somthing other than draw.  And Carlsen off to a slow start....however, he seems to be a better finisher than starter.

  • 3 years ago


    go... vishy go...

  • 3 years ago


    100 points difference in rating makes chances 64:36. Nothing surprising in such case.

  • 3 years ago


    anand drew? how surprising.

  • 3 years ago


    Amazing 1st round, all games were thrilling. Let´s hope it will go on this way.

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus is very brave. One time lost -- one hundred times won. Scoring system also stimulates such risks. I suppose 16. Bh6 is this very serious surprise for Sergey Karjakin. So, wonderful play of Levon Aronian.

  • 3 years ago


    Wow I gasped when I saw the points! I thought they used the other system with 1 point per win and ½ per draw.

  • 3 years ago


    Even though Magnus lost in the end, his fighting spirit is nothing less than admirable.

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