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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



  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen is the bomb.... no doubt about that... the boy has beaten every big gun.....

  • 4 years ago


    Ivanchuk was lucky to draw a game in the blitz break. Magnus is the MAN!!! Anand could be playing patsy that's how serious he is taking Gelfand.

  • 4 years ago


    Although it is true that Anands performance was not what we expected from a WCC, we also have to keep in mind that every now and then, even a WCC will have a bad tournament. I seriously doubt that the Anand we saw during this tournament is the same which will be facing Gelfand.

  • 4 years ago


    All, time controls from the Match Rules for reference:

    If two players tie for first, they will play a blitz match immediately after the last round finishes. They will play two games at the rate of all the moves in 4 minutes add-on 3 seconds for each move from the first, alternating colors, which shall be decided for the first game by draw. If this match is tied, they shall play a one game Armageddon (sudden death), White will have 5 minutes and Black 4, in the case of a draw Black wins first place.



  • 4 years ago


    Once again Anand just sucked.. and no not cause he wants to hide his line, because he couldn't play accurate in a middlegame..

    I love how every Anand lover is saying he doesn't want to show his lines/preparation.. what about his poor middlegame play? His questionable endgame play?

    Don't say "I told you so" when he wins the WC.. everyone knows he's gonna win it, it couldn't have been more obvious.. the question is why is he playing so poor outside the opening stage? Why can't he win WC's and tournaments? (like kasparov)

  • 4 years ago


    Great comeback for Carlsen. Every time he wins he proves a point to FIDE about who really should be playing for World Championship. All this about Anand...look at Capa or Alekhine, when they were champions, they always went for the kill on any tournament they participated in. "He just wants to keep his prepared lines secret, not to make it too easy for Gelfand to prepare against him..." What kind of BS is this. Is he afraid of a No. 15 player?
  • 4 years ago


    I dont want to make excuses but ivanchuk's results went way down in the second half of the tournament. I think we all know why.

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus is the fexck best player in this world. And you all know it. He is 19 years old. And what does he do? He constantly outplays all kinds of best chess players. So congrats. All luck with him. Dharma. 

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus Carlsen is truly the world #1 chess player!  He is the future world champion, no doubt about it!

  • 4 years ago


    kinnersley they would have played an armageddon game if it was still tied after the blitz games, the blitz time controls were 5minute +2second/move I believe.

  • 4 years ago


    Anand just strolls on in loving the draws and for his standards mediocre placements, saying he wants to win tournaments but laughing behind everyones back,what a clever ruse! After dark he climbs down chimneys singing german marching songs dressed as a purple owl on crutches leaving golden marshmallows for the little boys and girls.

  • 4 years ago


    Congrats MC!

  • 4 years ago


    What were the time controls for the blitz games? What would they have done if both were drawn, or if they each won one?

  • 4 years ago


    While Anand's performance over all in the tournament may have been uneventful, I thought his last round game against Vallejo Pons was a solid performance and gives me confidence that come the time to play Gelfand in the championship match next May he'll be ready.

    I'm disappointed Nakamura didn't get into the finals as he was so close to it but he had a good tournament and his confidence seems to be growing with elite tournaments like this one. Ivanchuk must be slightly disappointed to have built a seeminly big lead only to see it quickly vanish and find himself playing blitz against Carlsen- then losing. Well done Carlsen!

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for updating me about these matters here at chess.com. It is really great.

  • 4 years ago


    @DD71 Nope; he just won this tournament; next world champion will be decided in a match between Anand and Gelfand. Carlsen refuted to play for the world title.

  • 4 years ago


    I really don't understand why people are criticizing Anand he's obviously not going to use the lines that he's been preparing, at these tournaments he's just playing to stay "in shape". The lines he has prepared are almost exclusively going to be seen at the World Championship match if he was to use these lines in such tournaments Gelfand would have an easy time preparing against him.Anand might just be using a strategy where he wants to draw majority of his games thus preventing himself from having to play for a win and use his "newly" found lines which he is obviously saving for Gelfand. Also by playing for a draw and not a win he is more on the defensive and playing defensive gives you limited options in which case once your in a bad position its harder to defend.

  • 4 years ago


    lol excuses and excuses for Anand fans..

    He played bad.. even if he didn't show his "lines" or "preparations", he played horrific in the middlegame and his endgame wasn't impressive either.

    Stop with the excuses.. Anand performed horrible.

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus is fantastic! Ivanchuk looked so far ahead, but still he managed to catch him! Without the blunder against Vallejo Carlsens liverating would have been over 2730! Cool

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