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Carlsen Defeats Caruana In Bilbao

Carlsen Defeats Caruana In Bilbao

The second half of the Chess Masters Final kicked off today in Bilbao with Fabiano Caruana holding a 4-point lead after the opening Sao Paulo leg a week ago.

Magnus Carlsen lost against Fabiano Caruana in the opening round in Sao Paulo, but he exacted revenge with the white pieces in round 6 today to make the tournament a real contest again. The Italian had his lead cut to just 2 points (using the 3-1-0 scoring system).

Elsewhere in the round, Sergey Karjakin drew with Lev Aronian, and Paco Vallejo Pons drew with Vishy Anand.

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The standings after 6 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 11
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 9
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 8
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 6
5 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 4
6 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 4


Fabiano Caruana lost his first game of the event

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 6 Magnus Carlsen Fabiano Caruana.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 Round 8
11-Oct Rest Day
12-Oct Round 9
13-Oct Round 10

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Games via TWIC. Photos from the official website.

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