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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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  • 3 years ago

    ivanx00

    MAGNUS "MAXIMUS" CARLSEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 3 years ago

    eudov

    Congrat. Magnus.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ friendjonny- the table using normal scoring (I haven't swapped Anand and Vallejo around)

    Carlsen
    * * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 6.0
    Ivanchuk
    0 0 * * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 5.5
    Nakamura
    ½ ½ ½ 0 * * ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 5.0 24.75
    Aronian
    ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * * 1 ½ ½ 1 5.0 24
    Vallejo Pons
    1 0 0 1 0 1 0 ½ * * 0 0 3.5
    Anand
    ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 * * 5.0 23.25
  • 3 years ago

    poubas

    The game between Anand and Vallejo shows how in bad shape is Vishy... every time Vallejo blundered the world champion returned the favor! Like he didn't want to win!!!

  • 3 years ago

    swineking

    Go Magnum!

  • 3 years ago

    DD71

    Is it Magnus Carlsen new World Champion?

  • 3 years ago

    friendjonny

    could a ranking table be included which shows points and rankings using classical scoring?

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ vlady92 - Thanks. I think that makes the table correct, so my instincts were right! Smile

    Naka 3rd - Aronian 4th - Anand 5th

  • 3 years ago

    fabelhaft

    Carlsen played a couple of nice blitz games, by the way, he could have won both just like with the classical games. It would have felt strange if Ivanchuk had won when he scored +1 and Carlsen +2 but rules are rules and in the end justice was done anyway.

  • 3 years ago

    Runner3434

    I believe the next tie break is the score in the non Bilbao scoring method.  i.e. 1 - 0.5 -0.

  • 3 years ago

    fabelhaft

    Anand's S-B was the worst since his wins came against last placed Vallejo, so he finished fifth.

  • 3 years ago

    vlady92

    Sonneborn - Berger.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ vlady92 - yes, that was the first tie-break but it doesn't split Naka, Aronian and Anand because they all scored 5 points.  I can't remember what the next tie-breaks were. 

  • 3 years ago

    vlady92

    The tie-break for the other places works as follows:

    "Normal" chess points = 1 for victory, 0.5 for draw

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    I'm not sure of how the mathematical tie-break for 3/4/5th works because the official website has crashed at the moment, and I can't remember the exact tie-break rules. If anyone can figure it out, please let everyone know in the comments!

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