Caruana Takes A Lead To Bilbao

Caruana Takes A Lead To Bilbao

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fabiano caruana 6 larger.jpgFabiano Caruana will take a 4 point lead into the Bilbao leg of the Chess Masters Final after finishing with a draw against world #2 Lev Aronian.

The Armenian had a strong position against Caruana, but he slipped at crucial stages and failed to turn his advantage into a win.

Sergey Karjakin ended a disappointing Sao Paulo leg with a draw against tournament underdog Paco Vallejo, while world champion Vishy Anand played his 5th draw against Magnus Carlsen.

The full results table from Sao Paulo (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 * 1 3 1 3 3 11
2 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 1 * 1 1 1 3 7
3 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 0 1 * 1 3 1 6
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 1 1 1 * 1 1 5
5 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 0 1 0 1 * 1 3
6 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 0 0 1 1 1 * 3

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Fabiano Caruana escaped Lev Aronian's clutches

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Paco Vallejo fended off Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen was unperturbed by Vishy Anand

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The Chess Masters Final is a 6-player double round-robin event which is held half in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and half in Bilbao, Spain. 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 Bilbao schedule

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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