Sao Paulo/Bilbao Chess Masters Final

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/23/12, 9:18 AM.

Bilbao Grand Slam Masters 2012 logo.jpgAlthough the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Slam series is underway in London, a few of the world's top players have absented themselves from the competition, in the expectation that their place in the 2014 Candidates is already assured.

Most of those missing elite players are about to face-off against one another in the Chess Masters Final, 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 line-up:

Rank Name  Fed  Elo
1 Magnus Carlsen  NOR  2843
2 Levon Aronian  ARM  2816
5 Viswanathan Anand  IND  2780
7 Sergey Karjakin  RUS  2778
8 Fabiano Caruana  ITA  2773
51 Francisco Vallejo Pons  ESP  2697

The tournament will use the so-called "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, and the now-familiar glass cube will be utilised.


Games start at 15:00 (18:00 UTC) in Sao Paulo, with times in Bilbao to be confirmed.

The official website is still disappointingly sparse and lacking any further information about this very strong tournament (especially in the English version).  We can only hope that coverage will improve significantly once the tournament starts!

[UPDATE: There is a new website at]

The full schedule at both venues:

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
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


Official tournament website here.

5547 reads 14 comments
3 votes


  • 4 years ago


    Good coverage of events.

  • 4 years ago


    For staying up-to-date on major tournaments like that, take a look at -- there you'll find the results, the upcoming round pairings, and the games.

  • 4 years ago


    Will there be any updates after each round on news?

  • 4 years ago


    who is playing against whom today in 2nd round? ufffffffffffff cant find from official website ! :(

  • 4 years ago


    Go Carlsen!! It's great to see him back in action.

  • 4 years ago


    I believe this is the highest average ELO tournament in history.  

    If I'm not mistaken, the Bilbao Masters holds the previous record of that as well, from a few years ago, when Kramnik won in a double round-robin with 4 players: himself, Anand, Carlsen, and Shirov.

  • 4 years ago


    With an average player rating of 2782 this is a FIDE Category 22 Tnmt and there aint nothing higher according to

  • 4 years ago


    I really miss Kramnik & Nakamura here...

  • 4 years ago


    The tournament website is terrible... I will follow it here...

  • 4 years ago


    One of the tournaments we're waiting for every year. This will be interesting!

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