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Caruana Wins Again, Leads In Sao Paulo

Caruana Wins Again, Leads In Sao Paulo

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

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 2 Magnus Carlsen.jpg

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Vishy Anand and Lev Aronian signing autographs

Sao Paulo 2012 Round 2 Vishy Anand Lev Aronian.jpg

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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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