Vallejo Lights Up Bilbao Round 8
Local hero Paco Vallejo is comfortably the lowest rated player at the Chess Final Masters, but he produced a thrilling rook sacrifice in round 8 against world #2 Lev Aronian.
With both players running short of time in a complicated position, it looked like Vallejo might score his first win of the event, but Aronian found a way to survive.
After defeating the French defence in consecutive games, Magnus Carlsen played it himself against Sergey Karjakin and achieved a draw. Vishy Anand and Fabiano Caruana also drew their game, to leave the tournament standings unchanged.
The standings after 8 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)
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Paco Vallejo Pons and Lev Aronian played the game of the day
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 games in Bilbao start at 17:00 local time (15:00 UTC).
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 use.
The Bilbao schedule