Carlsen Wins Tie-Break Finale In Bilbao

Carlsen Wins Tie-Break Finale In Bilbao

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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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