Vallejo Lights Up Bilbao Round 8

Vallejo Lights Up Bilbao Round 8

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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.
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The standings after 8 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 13
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 13
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 10
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 8
5 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 6
6 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 5

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Paco Vallejo Pons and Lev Aronian played the game of the day

Bilbao 2012 Round 8 Lev Aronian Paco Vallejo.jpg

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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

07-Oct Opening
08-Oct Round 6
09-Oct Round 7
10-Oct Rest Day
11-Oct Round 8
12-Oct Round 9
13-Oct Round 10

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Games via TWIC. Photo from the official website.

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