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Caruana Takes A Lead To Bilbao

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/30/12, 12:14 AM.

fabiano caruana 6 larger.jpgFabiano Caruana will take a 4 point lead into the Bilbao leg of the Chess Masters Final after finishing with a draw against world #2 Lev Aronian.

The Armenian had a strong position against Caruana, but he slipped at crucial stages and failed to turn his advantage into a win.

Sergey Karjakin ended a disappointing Sao Paulo leg with a draw against tournament underdog Paco Vallejo, while world champion Vishy Anand played his 5th draw against Magnus Carlsen.

The full results table from Sao Paulo (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 * 1 3 1 3 3 11
2 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 1 * 1 1 1 3 7
3 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 0 1 * 1 3 1 6
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 1 1 1 * 1 1 5
5 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 0 1 0 1 * 1 3
6 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 0 0 1 1 1 * 3

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Fabiano Caruana escaped Lev Aronian's clutches

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 5 Lev Aronian Fabiano Caruana.jpg

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Paco Vallejo fended off Sergey Karjakin

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 5 Paco Vallejo.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen was unperturbed by Vishy Anand

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 5 Vishy Anand Magnus Carlsen.jpg

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

The tournament uses the "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.

Games via TWIC. Photos from the official website.

The Bilbao schedule

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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  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    All of the 1's are draws.

  • 23 months ago

    Dev5

    where does it say draw on the standings board

  • 23 months ago

    Balachandar

    If the player refuses to accept draw, then you can draw by the 50 move rule [No pawn move or capture in 50 moves = draw]

  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    So, in other words, they can just purposely do a 3 fold repetition and do a draw, making this a little pointless.

    The CLASSIC GM Draw:

    It does say both players have to agree to the draw, which seems to contradict this.  Imagine if it came to this position and one of the players refused to accept the draw just to break the record for the longest chess game, or maybe because they're having a really bad day and are the uber jerk.



  • 23 months ago

    Balachandar

    @ ClavierCavalier: The players can also draw by three fold repetition. 

  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    On the Anand vs. Carlsen game, what's the point of 57. Nd5 instead of 57. Kxf4?  Isn't it a forced draw, too?

  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    What happens if the arbiter says no to the draw request?  What will make the players continue?

  • 23 months ago

    rsh89rsh89

    wake-up world champion. how can you play flat games...

  • 23 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    Anand played an aggressive draw game against Carlsen. I think it was the other way around to state that Carlsen was showing a sign of bravo against Anand. Carlsen was playing defence the entire game. Anand still has his thinking cap on and remains in the top ten. What a chess champion.Cool 

  • 23 months ago

    ress87

    caruana r d best

  • 23 months ago

    KarlDoxsey

    Thanks for writing this article. I have been following the tournament intently. Caruana has been playing well, yes, but I feel his success is, in part, due to the poor play of the other players, relative to their usual playing ability.

  • 23 months ago

    RealityDysfunction

    Caruana is really beginning to hit his prime, how far will he go?

  • 23 months ago

    mobidi

    @ TheMagicianPaul Wink-but position was COMPILCATED (with little dose of POISON).In this game -the Magician was our 'little Harry Potter'-Fabiano-he played like "Borgia"-poor italian style!Cool

  • 23 months ago

    shengyi

    Lol

  • 23 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    interesting display of technique in defense

  • 23 months ago

    JBades6310

    lol maybe he doesn't like italians or something

  • 23 months ago

    mattyL

    Pray tell, TheMagicianPaul, who are you talking about??Tongue out

  • 23 months ago

    Boka7

    bravo caurana.u are the best in this moment.

  • 23 months ago

    JBades6310

    what do you mean? clearly he was right not to resign as he was able to draw the game...

  • 23 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    What an arrogance not to resign in such a position. I hope his luck runs out in Bilbao.

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