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Carlsen Wins The Chess Masters Final

  • SonofPearl
  • on 13.10.12 13:41.

Magnus Carlsen official website 2.jpgMagnus Carlsen won the 5th Chess Masters Final in a tie-break playoff with Fabiano Caruana after both players drew their final round games in Bilbao.

Caruana took a quick draw with black against Paco Vallejo, who seemed happy to make a quick exit after announcing his retirement from chess after yesterday's painful loss to Karjakin.

Carlsen had to work a little harder before earning a draw against Lev Aronian, but the result never seemed in much doubt.

The tie-break was played over two games at the rate of 4 minutes plus 3 seconds increment.  Carlsen won with the black pieces in the first game and then took advantage of Caruana blundering a piece early in the second game to seal his triumph.

Vishy Anand seemed determined to finish his disappointing tournament on a high in a no-holds barred fight with Sergey Karjakin, but a draw left the world champion back in 5th place.

The final standings (3-1-0 scoring)

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2773 17
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2843 17
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2816 11
4 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2778 10
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780 9
6 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697 6

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Fabiano Caruana took a quick draw with Vallejo. A mistake in retrospect?

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Fabiano Caruana Paco Vallejo.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen drew his final game with Lev Aronian

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Magnus Carlsen Lev Aronian.jpg

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The playoff games

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So in the end Magnus Carlsen made a remarkable comeback in the second half of the tournament in Bilbao to claim victory, repeating his success in last year's edition, also in a tie-break, against Vassily Ivanchuk.

Fabiano Caruana missed out on the tournament victory after a great start in Sao Paulo, but his live rating continues to soar, now placing him at world #5 ahead of Anand and Karjakin.

Hopefully Paco Vallejo will reconsider his hasty retirement decision.  The popular Spaniard was always going to be the underdog in this tournament, but his play was enterprising and deserved a little more luck as a reward.

World champion Vishy Anand had a very disappointing tournament, and has been playing below par for quite some time.  Can he regain his form and confidence before his next title defence, expected in October/November 2013?

Bilbao 2012 Round 10 Magnus Carlsen Winner.jpg

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Games via TWIC. Photos from the Bilbao Masters official website.

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  • vor 24 Monate

    Proud_Eagle

    carlsen n1

  • vor 24 Monate

    mdchessChina

    Wait for me to!

  • vor 24 Monate

    yoka2

    Hey, Magnus! Very nice txapela!

  • vor 24 Monate

    fabelhaft

    "Anand is a millionaire, he has won several millions dollars with the World Chess Championships, therefore, he is only interested in playing World Chess Championships"

    I don't think you should be so certain about that, no previous World Champions were only interested in playing World Championships. World Champions, as other top players, want to play well and win tournaments.

  • vor 24 Monate

    Appa

    there's a nice cartoon about this tourney ..drawn by José Diaz ,originally posted in chessvibes -

  • vor 24 Monate

    gray-orange-gray

    @Crazychessplaya:

    What a great video. Look very closely at Magnus's face at around 1:03 or so. He makes this funny little frown. I think at this point he knows that Caruana has seriously messed up, because he plays e5 right after that, at which point Caruana's position begins to fall apart very rapidly. I really like that little frown. What is it? Disdain? hahaha

  • vor 24 Monate

    Czechman

    Carlson is a brave fighter. Anyone willing to play to win a tournament knowing that he'd have to wear that hat is real sport! I've seen drunks wearing better looking lampshades. Laughing

  • vor 24 Monate

    _valentin_

    Clearly Anand has more chess-related money winnings than almost all (if not all) active players of all time.  With WCC matches now offering a bounty of $2M+, and him winning a couple lately, he'd be comfortably in the lead in his lifetime chess earnings.  Then, it's also money from sponsorships and advertisement, which is likely not trivial.

    Only Kasparov in modern times and Carlsen more recently can try to match that with their work.

  • vor 24 Monate

    Chodhubhagat

    Caruana is 2 years younger to Carlsen and Karjakin. He has performed brilliantly in the tournament and definitely has great potential. Congratulations to GM Carlsen for an amazing victory. He truly showed his brilliance. 

    Vishy has been extremely disappointing lately. He might have better results if he switches back to his tactical and attacking style and take a break from opening prep based positional play. Anand punishes mistakes in a very harsh manner. However, he is going for such simple positions in his openings that his opponents have rarely made mistakes against him. 

  • vor 24 Monate

    Steve212000

    Don't forget books,video's, personal appearences,and his show up per diems,for tournaments.

  • vor 24 Monate

    P_G_M

    Anand is a millionaire, he has won several millions dollars with the World Chess Championships, therefore, he is only interested in playing World Chess Championships because of the 1+ million dollars he earns no matter if wins or lose the WCC.

    Next year when he loses the WCC against Carlsen he will try to win the candidates for another shot at the WCCC, but he will fail to win the candidates and then he will finally retired from competitive chess. He has more than enough money to enjoy a very comfortable life until his death.

    Does any of you chess wizards know how much money Anand has won with his WCC? Maybe NimzoRoy or _valentin_has the answer Wink

  • vor 24 Monate

    Steve212000

    Thanks.;p

  • vor 24 Monate

    Steve212000

    What is Carlsen's live rating now?

  • vor 24 Monate

    melvinbluestone

    The merits (or perhaps non-merits) of the Vallejo Pons - Caruano game aside, I like to think Fabiano just didn't have the heart to press for a win and see Paco go out with a final loss. I'm not saying Vallejo couldn't ever defeat Caruano, but I think it's pretty obvious he just wanted a draw here. And Caruano, to his credit, sportingly obliged. On the other hand, maybe he just didn't want to knock himself out before tie-breaks with Carlsen, which he may have believed were likely. ...... If Carlsen continues with these amazing come-backs, he will supplant "Bubba" Clinton as "the Come-Back Kid"!  .......  And what is that on Magnus' head in the photo? And why is he holding what looks like a model ship?

  • vor 24 Monate

    ferdinandplebie

    magnificent magnus..he is really setting a record.what happen GM paco vallejo dont retired yet

  • vor 24 Monate

    nereverine

    It seems to me that Anand has lost the will to win. He would rather draw than play to win .... Hes just cruising . 

  • vor 24 Monate

    lupusagnus

    Great tornement, very exciting. Magnus is the king. Fabiano is getting closer... I love them and i'm looking for future games! wtg!

    5  3 Caruana Italy 2786.5 +14.5 13 20 (30.07.1992)
  • vor 24 Monate

    Eternity_08

    It is funny to see how both Kar...lsen and Kar...jakin made the same maneuver with knight f6-d7-b8-xc6 in the same round to eliminate threat from an active light peace on c6.

  • vor 24 Monate

    tarunindian

    carlsen,a player who stands out of this site is an talisman and showed his prowess chess skills.

    and for anand he just played for draws except that last game

  • vor 24 Monate

    zotalegre

    Caruana should... Caruana should... Caruana should... Caruana should... Caruana should... 

    C'mon guys, any doubt? even for a 1/1111 second? Can't you think of an alternative? he is tired, he is a lot nervous, he wants to give Paco an undefeated last game, he slept very badly, the lady in red, the one on the left is a really disturbing lady, he was upset about grandmother, he had a «deja vu»: position on board was teh same he lose againts himself while studying with stockfish help, previous night he won over Carlsen 3 blitz games in a row (on the bar), his glasses are not up to the point so he had an headache, and maybe Aronian does the job... and so on... so on...

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