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Carlsen Wins The Chess Masters Final

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/13/12, 1:41 PM.

Magnus Carlsen official website 2.jpgMagnus Carlsen won the 5th Chess Masters Final in a tie-break playoff with Fabiano Caruana after both players drew their final round games in Bilbao.

Caruana took a quick draw with black against Paco Vallejo, who seemed happy to make a quick exit after announcing his retirement from chess after yesterday's painful loss to Karjakin.

Carlsen had to work a little harder before earning a draw against Lev Aronian, but the result never seemed in much doubt.

The tie-break was played over two games at the rate of 4 minutes plus 3 seconds increment.  Carlsen won with the black pieces in the first game and then took advantage of Caruana blundering a piece early in the second game to seal his triumph.

Vishy Anand seemed determined to finish his disappointing tournament on a high in a no-holds barred fight with Sergey Karjakin, but a draw left the world champion back in 5th place.

The final standings (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 17
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 17
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 11
4 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 10
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 9
6 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 6

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Fabiano Caruana took a quick draw with Vallejo. A mistake in retrospect?

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Fabiano Caruana Paco Vallejo.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen drew his final game with Lev Aronian

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Magnus Carlsen Lev Aronian.jpg

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The playoff games

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So in the end Magnus Carlsen made a remarkable comeback in the second half of the tournament in Bilbao to claim victory, repeating his success in last year's edition, also in a tie-break, against Vassily Ivanchuk.

Fabiano Caruana missed out on the tournament victory after a great start in Sao Paulo, but his live rating continues to soar, now placing him at world #5 ahead of Anand and Karjakin.

Hopefully Paco Vallejo will reconsider his hasty retirement decision.  The popular Spaniard was always going to be the underdog in this tournament, but his play was enterprising and deserved a little more luck as a reward.

World champion Vishy Anand had a very disappointing tournament, and has been playing below par for quite some time.  Can he regain his form and confidence before his next title defence, expected in October/November 2013?

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Magnus Carlsen Winner.jpg

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Games via TWIC. Photos from the Bilbao Masters official website.

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  • 2 years ago

    onlysalltimebest

    Carlsen always play to win thats make him no. 1 player...

    For caruana its bad ending...

  • 2 years ago

    Confusecious

    Caruana even cannot beat the mentally wounded Paco Vallejo. Props to Carlsen to come back after disappointing start though.

  • 2 years ago

    RealityDysfunction

    Caruana gave up mentally in that last game, that blunder was brutal.

  • 2 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    OMG. The second blitz game is over by move 13. Incredible at this level.

  • 2 years ago

    pijao

    Caruana debió haber luchado a muerte su partida con un Paco desmoralizado.

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    fabiano should have played with the mindset for the win... perhaps he wanted to defeat carlsen in tie breaks? paco is not the strongest in the field and he should have taken advantage.. 

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    why is paco retiring? 

  • 2 years ago

    DESTROYER8

    I can't believe that Naka's 15th right now!Cry

  • 2 years ago

    davidkaufmann

    Good night to all chess fans, 

    I would like to share my photo report of the last round of the Bilbao Chess Masters. It includes the photos of the games, the games and also the tiebreaks. I hope you enjoy it. View photo report. 

    Thanks :)

  • 2 years ago

    InexperiencedExpert

    nice to see anand finally trying to win a game... and failing.

  • 2 years ago

    Ironknight777

    Carlsen - A Mozart

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Is Paco tired of being a loser in super gm tourneys and matches? I think it was a good decision for him. But bad for chess...

  • 2 years ago

    gray-orange-gray

    It's true: Anand's games in this tournament don't look like he was angling for a draw. But they seem to magically go in that direction in the end, as if pulled by an invisible draw magnet.

    Caruana's draw was lame; there's no doubt about it.

    What does it mean that Vallejo is retiring? What else is he planning to do instead? I'm guessing that chess is likely to be one of the things he's most skilled at, but what do I know.

  • 2 years ago

    mattyL

    I thought that was an awesome last game between Anand and Karjakin!! Bravo! Go Anand, ur still my favourite.

  • 2 years ago

    ceddy28

    Except Anand and man to his right, every body seems to enjoy. Congrats guys on a superb tournament.

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    When you play for a safe draw, you usually don't become the champion. Carlsen is the opposite, brave heart chess player. He is champ!

  • 2 years ago

    themiddlegameinchess

    carlsen is soo close to the all time highest rating set by Kasparov

  • 2 years ago

    bigbikefan

    haha! Karjakin is probably ok too on the "trousers" length.

  • 2 years ago

    slommy

    take a look at the trousers guys... lol only magnus seems to have the right lenght

  • 2 years ago

    MoonlessNight

    What does Magnus have on his head?

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