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Carlsen Wins Tie-Break Finale In Bilbao

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/11/11, 12:56 PM.

Grand slam-masters-final_2011.jpgThere was a thrilling end to the 2011 Grand Slam Final Masters, with a blitz tie-break needed to decide the winner.

Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk drew their final round games against Hikaru Nakamura and Lev Aronian respectively to both finish on 15 points.

So blitz tie-breaks were needed and it was Magnus Carlsen who emerged the winner 1½-½ to deny Ivanchuk the victory that had looked all but inevitable a few rounds ago.

In the last regular time-control game to finish, Vishy Anand salvaged some dignity by beating Vallejo Pons to avoid last place.

The final standings:

 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2823 15
 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2765 15
 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2753 12
 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2807 12
 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2817 12
 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2716 10


The 2011 Grand Slam Masters Champion, Magnus Carlsen (picture from the official website)

Carlsen Champion bilbao 2011.jpg





The blitz playoff games:


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  • 4 years ago


    Nice !

  • 4 years ago


    I always felt that Carlsen was right about this. As the level of chess these days evolved into an increasing number of "super grandmasters", the whole 2 year cycle of awaiting the qualification process of a challenger appeared unfair and outdated. It takes too long and appears too demanding to fight for a single, "challenger' position. Again, while the challenger has to prepare for multiple opponents, fight them all, beat them all, the champion can just sit back and wait and prepare only against a single opposing challenger. The effort of ranking world number one and performing consistently against highest level of opponents months after months, tournaments after tournaments amounts to nothing this way. Most sports moved toward rewarding consistency from penalty kicks and last minute blitz and sudden death matches where luck has significant impact. Chess should follow this trend to bring being the world number one and the world championship title as close as possible to reflect true and genuine achievement.

    And yes, that trophy is horrendous...

  • 4 years ago


    Kiss go magnus!! i love u

  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen says to the biggest Norwegian newspaper that he probably will play the next WC-cycle:


  • 4 years ago


    Remind me, why did Carlsen opt out of the Candidates match this year? Wasn't following closely when it happened.

  • 4 years ago


    Very good that youngster Magnus won the World Championship

  • 4 years ago


    Well done Carlsen a world champion in the making. Anand looks like he struggled to stay off the bottom and I don't even see the World Championship challenger in the event, what's going on FIDE.

  • 4 years ago


    Live long Carlsen

  • 4 years ago


    very entertaining! congratulations magnus! i know vassily can do better next timeLaughing

    yeah i don't like the trophy either... it looks like it came from the twighlight zone

  • 4 years ago


    @ StakeOut - it looks like one hand holding another hand to me. Not sure why or what that is supposed to represent! Smile

  • 4 years ago


    what the feck is that brown blob on top of the trophy?!  Sealed

  • 4 years ago


    "Ivanchuk was winning in his match against Magnus inspite of giving up his Queen in the reguar time control match"

    I think not.

  • 4 years ago


    What a comeback from Magnus. 

  • 4 years ago


    It is really not an argument about who is better, but who is putting in the maximum effort. Let us see what the Tal Memorial will look like. It was still unfortunate for Ivanchuk to have to deal win a gun in his face, I am sure it is not easy to get over that.

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    @balar, so you think making moves on time is not good play? Maybe if Magnus took his sweet time to make moves he would easily out perform Ivanchuk. If Ivanchuk can't make a good move in the given time then he shouldn't be playing, he lost fair and square. 

  • 4 years ago


    The pretenders at the throne of world champion and Anand the champion too are awesome player ...

  • 4 years ago


    Anand is the top player in the world, and will be until someone takes his title.

  • 4 years ago


    Instead of criticising Anand or defending his performance, why dont chess.com directly get Anands feedback for the chess lovers and post it for us

    I belong to his native place and have played Simul against him , he is simply the master of the 64 and the most complete natural player

    Magnus is no doubt a strong player, but remember Ivanchuk was winning in his match against Magnus inspite of giving up his Queen in the reguar time control match. He simply played inaccurately due to time pressure. so it is really the opponents in accuracy rather than Magnus' good play

    Let us look forward to the torunament next monnth in Moscow wiith the top cream of players in action

  • 4 years ago



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