Caruana Takes A Lead To Bilbao
Fabiano 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)
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Fabiano Caruana escaped Lev Aronian's clutches
Paco Vallejo fended off Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen was unperturbed by Vishy Anand
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.
The Bilbao schedule