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Carlsen Off The Mark In Sao Paulo

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/2/11, 12:21 AM.

Grand slam-masters-final_2011.jpgMagnus Carlsen won his first game of the Grand Slam Final Masters tournament in round 5 to bring Vassily Ivanchuk's undefeated run to an end.

Despite this first loss by Ivanchuk, he still leads the event by 3 points (using the 3-1-0 scoring system).

Hikaru Nakamura won his game with Vallejo Pons to move into second place.  Vallejo Pons is really having a tough time against this field.

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Vishy Anand could only draw with the white pieces against Lev Aronian, to leave them both level on points with Magnus Carlsen in third.

So the first half of the tournament is over and the players now pack up their luggage and fly to Bilbao, Spain for the second half running from 5-11 October.

The standings after round five:

Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2765 10
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2753 7
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2823 6
Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2817 6
Aronian, Levon  ARM 2807 6
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2716 3

 

 

Hikaru Nakamura is now a fixture among the world's elite

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Games in the second leg in Bilbao are expected to start at 17:00 local time in Bilbao (15:00 UTC), apart from the last round which starts an hour earlier.

The Sofia-Rules are in operation, meaning that players can only reach a draw by mutual agreement if they have the permission of the arbiter. The 3-1-0 soccer-style scoring system is also being used.  The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 60 minutes to a finish, with a 10 second increment after move 40.

If there is a tie for first place, there will be a pair of blitz games, followed by a sudden death game if needed, to produce a winner. Ties for lower places will be decided by mathematical tie-breaks, starting with scores under the traditional 1-½-0 system.

Picture from the official website.

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  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ cmuria - the live games are available at the official website. The direct link is here.

  • 3 years ago

    PriNce_of_FiRe

    avinash where r u watching the live webcast are u have any link that is available so that i to learn from the live play of grandmasters

  • 3 years ago

    IrakliV

    Where can I watch a live game? 

    Anyone Have live Link ?

  • 3 years ago

    jtcsoccer

    Move 20 for black in the Nakamura game really confuses me. And so do a lot of blacks moves after that.....

  • 3 years ago

    Stella_Woo

    anyone could remember how many draws Anand conceded during his tournaments BEFORE facing Topalov for the World Championship the last time round ?

    The Corus tournament where he drew with everyone but beaten Shirov and Kramnik.

  • 3 years ago

    SummerStorm

    I think it's curious the effect the QGD games from the candidates matches have had. Already after ...h6 Carlsen plays Bxf6 instead of Bh4, which allows the Lasker variation that did very well in candidates matches. Maybe that's a reason Anand is playing 1. e4 also. Given that Anand is preparing for his World Ch match vs. Gelfand there may be some things he doesn't want to play.

     

    Great tournament so far.

  • 3 years ago

    friendjonny

    thanks SonofPearl Smile

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ friendjonny -I'll try to remember to do that at the end of the competition.

  • 3 years ago

    chahini

    Vallejo Pons is still being chased by poor form, it seems no a ray of hope to raise from the bottom of the table.

  • 3 years ago

    iguna

    For the 2nd Round, still everybody game except for Pons

  • 3 years ago

    chahini

    Well done! Carlsen has put an end to undefeated run of Ivanchuk with well calculated end game.But that doesnt mean all is over for Ivanchuk.He still leads the table by 3 points.Just one win and a few draws in the next rounds of 2nd leg will enough for him to be the leader of the table.

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Naka! Naka! Naka! 

  • 3 years ago

    Stella_Woo

    nah tonyjay, he's under check himself

  • 3 years ago

    pawngenius

    What a great endgame by Carlsen!

  • 3 years ago

    srisaravana

    I dont know what the heck happend to Anand....

  • 3 years ago

    tonyjay38

    Did everyone  checkmate if black plays 40. Rb1 against Naka?

  • 3 years ago

    StakeOut

    Nakamura game was sparks flying. Pons had great chances!  Awesome  star wars  chess   Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    naka! naka!

  • 3 years ago

    friendjonny

    When these articles are written, could you also publish what the standings would be using the 1-1/2-0 scoring system!

  • 3 years ago

    garniktalavera

    leontxo garcia, the spanish journalist asked nakamura if he was working with kasparov, naka didn´t say anything clear but leontxo says he has some evidences such as naka has started to spend summer holidays in croacia, where kasparov does and so on

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