Caruana Prospers In Sao Paulo

Caruana Prospers In Sao Paulo

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Fabiano Caruana scored his third win in four games at the Chess Final Masters in Sao Paulo to extend his lead in the tournament.

Lev Aronian is in second place after drawing with Magnus Carlsen, but the battle between the world's #1 and #2 featured remarkable mutual blunders by the players.  Carlsen's 27.Bf4?? should have lost on the spot, but Aronian missed his opportunity and the game was drawn.

Sergey Karjakin was unable to break down Vishy Anand's defence and their game was also drawn.

The players have just one more game to play in Sao Paulo before they take a break and reconvene for the second half of the tournament in Bilbao on 7 October.

The standings after 4 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

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

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Fabiano Caruana has an impressive lead

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 3 Fabiano Caruana.jpg

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Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen both blundered!

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 3 Lev Aronian Magnus Carlsen.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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