Caruana Wins Again, Leads In Sao Paulo

Caruana Wins Again, Leads In Sao Paulo

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After beating Magnus Carlsen in the opening round of the Chess Masters Final, Fabiano Caruana thrashed Sergey Karjakin in round 2 to claim the sole lead.

Magnus Carlsen seemed to show no ill-effects from his traumatic loss to Caruana yesterday, recovering to beat Paco Vallejo with black.

Vishy Anand was unable to breach Lev Aronian's Berlin wall and a draw was agreed.

Fabiano Caruana has leapfrogged Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin to #6 on the live rating list.

The standings after 2 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

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

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'Fabulous' Fabiano Caruana defeated Sergey Karjakin

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 2 Fabiano Caruana Sergey Karjakin.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen speaking at the post match press conference

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Vishy Anand and Lev Aronian signing autographs

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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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