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Caruana Wins Again, Leads In Sao Paulo

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/26/12, 8:20 AM.

After beating Magnus Carlsen in the opening round of the Chess Masters Final, Fabiano Caruana thrashed Sergey Karjakin in round 2 to claim the sole lead.

Magnus Carlsen seemed to show no ill-effects from his traumatic loss to Caruana yesterday, recovering to beat Paco Vallejo with black.

Vishy Anand was unable to breach Lev Aronian's Berlin wall and a draw was agreed.

Fabiano Caruana has leapfrogged Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin to #6 on the live rating list.

The standings after 2 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

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

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'Fabulous' Fabiano Caruana defeated Sergey Karjakin

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 2 Fabiano Caruana Sergey Karjakin.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen speaking at the post match press conference

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 2 Magnus Carlsen.jpg

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Vishy Anand and Lev Aronian signing autographs

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 2 Vishy Anand Lev Aronian.jpg

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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 "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 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
Bilbao
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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Comments


  • 23 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    @ fabelhaft. Anand is content with a draw than the alternative of losing a drawish game by pressing too hard with risky moves like what happened to Magnus Carlsen's first game. So with this rationale I ventured to say that he couldn't care less if all his games ended in a draw and if this is the case take note that nobody could beat him either!Smile

  • 23 months ago

    fabelhaft

    "Anand couldn't care less if he didn't win one single game"

    That should make him the first World Champion to reason like that, I think.

  • 23 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    When you are a world champ five times over that means you are unbeatable in match plays and winning tournament games is a far different animal. Anand couldn't care less if he didn't win one single game. Just try beating him in a world championship match.Smile

  • 23 months ago

    Balachandar

    Double exchange sac by Caruana. Wow!

  • 23 months ago

    novzki41

    both fabiano and magnus winning in fashion using the black pieces... that's impressive!!

  • 23 months ago

    P_G_M

    @SonofPearl

    Which are the time controls for this tournament?

    I look at the official website but could not find them. But you have better sources of information Smile

    It will be nice to show them at the end of the articles.

  • 23 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    C'mon Vishy either lose or win but stop drawing!!! Does anybody know how long his current draw streak is not counting rapid/blitz ?

  • 23 months ago

    SonofPearl

    42. Kd4 looks like a transmission error, so I've removed it from the game score but the game is lost for white anyway.

    @ ptrckmackay - thank you Smile

  • 23 months ago

    Chidiadi

    Even with Kf2! rather than Kd4 played. Magnus still wins. Ray14chess look at the game carefully once more.

  • 23 months ago

    P_G_M

    @SonofPearl

    I really like your articles of the chess tournaments.

  • 23 months ago

    P_G_M

    The best game of round two was played by Caruana against Karjakin with a double exchange sacrifice breaking open the white king's position to the powerful attacking combination of the pair of bishops and queen.

    A fantastic win by Caruana!!!

    This is the type of game that wins brilliancy awards in super grand masters tournaments and makes a game immortal. 

    Anand is already #7 in the live ratings.

  • 23 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    superb technique by carlsen

  • 23 months ago

    chichito

    there is no way white can stop the black h pawn promotion

  • 23 months ago

    gadiper

    Kf2 is still winning for Calrsen , it only takes abit longer ..

  • 23 months ago

    HyperDragon

    ray14chess

    Actually the game was lost regardless, 42. Kd4?? just made the ending shorter...

    All the games were pretty well played :-)

    Props to Caruana! He has proven himself a froce to be reckoned with again! 

  • 23 months ago

    puppylover107

    hey ray14chess after kf2 Bf5, how is it a draw

  • 23 months ago

    chichito

    no words to describe caruanas win, from my perspective he is the real treat to magnus' kingdom

  • 23 months ago

    godbobby

    great carlsen!!!surpass  kasparov's elo rating(2851) come on boy!!!!!! u can only in this world can do it. cheers!!!!!!!!!

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