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Max Illingworth
27-09-2011, 09:12 AM
Players:

Magnus Carlsen (2823)
Viswanathan Anand (2817)
Levon Aronian (2807)
Vassily Ivanchuk (2765)
Hikaru Nakamura (2753)
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2716)

Aronian defeated Vallejo to take the early lead:

[Event "4th Final Masters"]
[Site "Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP"]
[Date "2011.09.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Aronian, Levon"]
[Black "Vallejo Pons, Francisco"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D10"]
[WhiteElo "2807"]
[BlackElo "2716"]
[PlyCount "105"]
[EventDate "2011.09.26"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e4 b5 5. a4 b4 6. Nb1 Ba6 7. Qc2 Qxd4 8. Nf3
Qd7 9. Bxc4 e6 10. O-O Nf6 11. Bg5 Be7 12. Nbd2 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Rfd1 O-O
15. e5 Be7 16. Ne4 Qc8 17. Ba2 b3 18. Bxb3 Nd7 19. Nd6 Bxd6 20. Rxd6 c5 21.
Rad1 c4 22. Ba2 Nc5 23. Bb1 g6 24. h4 h5 25. Qc1 Bb7 26. Nd4 Ne4 27. Qh6 Nxd6
28. Bxg6 fxg6 29. Qxg6+ Kh8 30. Qh6+ Kg8 31. Nxe6 Nf5 32. Qg6+ Kh8 33. Qxh5+
Kg8 34. Qg6+ Kh8 35. Nxf8 Qxf8 36. Rd7 Qh6 37. Qxf5 Rf8 38. Qg5 Qxg5 39. hxg5
Be4 40. Rxa7 Rb8 41. f3 Bf5 42. Rc7 Be6 43. Rc6 Bg8 44. f4 Rxb2 45. e6 Re2 46.
f5 Re5 47. g4 Re4 48. Kf2 Rxg4 49. e7 Bf7 50. g6 Kg7 51. gxf7 Kxf7 52. Re6 Ke8
53. f6 1-0

Banda
27-09-2011, 10:36 AM
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4th Bilbao / Sao Paulo Final Masters Chess Tournament is taking place from 26th September to 11th October. The Tournament is organised by the Bilbao E4 Chess Club with the official recognition of the F.I.D.E. and adherence to its valid regulations adapted accordingly. One of the venues for this tournament has always been the city of Bilbao in Spain. In year 2011 a second venue was added as Sao Paulo in Brazil with one of the rounds in each place (round 1 in Sao Paulo and round 2 in Bilbao).
The tournament will be played according to round robin system for 6 players. The rate of play is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 extra seconds per move from move number 41. “Sofia Rule”: Players are not allowed to agree draw without arbiter’s permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with a technical assistant.


Participants

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LIVE Games , resuls, round reports (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/4th-final-masters-in-sao-paulo-and-bilbao-2011)

Banda
27-09-2011, 10:38 AM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/report-1/The_mayor_of_Sao_Paulo_with_the_players.jpg

The Final Masters 2011 Chess Grand Slam to be played a double round in Sao Paulo and Bilbao, began yesterday (early today in Spain) in the Brazilian city with the presentation and the raffle of items from six aspiring contenders of the title. The tournament will be broadcast live over the Internet and chess fans can follow their development through the official website www.bilbaomasterfinal.com. This fourth edition of the Masters Final, the showpiece universal outside world chess championship, held in Sao Paulo between 26 September and 1 October and ends in Bilbao in the second and final lap between 6 and 11 October.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/4th-final-masters-starts-in-sao-paulo-brazil)

Banda
27-09-2011, 10:40 AM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-1/Aronian.jpg

Levon Aronian took an early lead (3 pts for a win) in the first round of the 4th Final Masters which started in Sao Paulo on Monday 26th September and will finish in Bilbao. Aronian defeated Francisco Vallejo Pons with a typically energetic performance which looked like it would end much earlier than it did. Aronian looked almost certain to break through to Vallejo's King but in the end had to settle for an overwhelming ending. A very nice game worth playing through. World Champion Viswanathan Anand got nothing against World Number One Magnus Carlsen in a Berlin Defence which was drawn in 28 moves.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/aronian-defeats-vallejo-to-jump-to-early-lead-in-sao-paulo)

Banda
29-09-2011, 03:18 AM
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The 2nd round of the 4th Final Masters in Sao Paulo saw three very rich struggles. Vassily Ivanchuk joined Levon Aronian on 4 points when he beat bottom seed Francisco Vallejo Pons. Ivanchuk gradually got the better of a manoeuvring game that started as an English. Vallejo's position deteriorated fast before he lost his queen on move 37. Hikarua Nakamura took on Viswanathan Anand in a sharp Moscow Variation side-line. Anand confessed that he forgot his analysis and Hikarua claims a missed win with 25.Bc6 but as it was Anand's counter-play was just in time to save the day.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/ivanchuk-joins-lead-with-aronian-after-round-two)

Banda
29-09-2011, 11:05 AM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-3/01.jpg

4th Final Masters Round 3 report. Magnus Carlsen suffered a shocking loss when he overlooked a simple tactic after blowing a winning position against Francisco Vallejo Pons. As I said at the start of the event "The time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves then 60 minutes and 10 seconds per move for the rest seems calculated to produce more decisive, if not necessarily better, games." Carlsen drifted into time pressure but on twitter he says he said it was unnecessary for him to do so. World Champion and world number 2 Viswanathan Anand lost a complicated struggle on the white side of a Schliemann Ruy Lopez to the mercurial Vassily Ivanchuk who ground him down in a complex ending where Anand found many resources but Ivanchuk showed great skill and patience.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/carlsen-and-anand-share-last-after-losses-in-3rd-round)

Agent Smith
29-09-2011, 10:21 PM
Bad gaffe by Carlsen

Banda
01-10-2011, 05:55 PM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-4/03.jpg

Round 4 of the 4th Final Masters saw Vassily Ivanchuk win his 3rd game in a row, this time as black, against Levon Aronian in a fiendishly complicated game. Ivanchuk obtained a decisive advantage which he lost in terrible time trouble but Aronian who had more time blitzed him and blundered his position away. Viswanathan Anand ground down Vallejo Pons who admitted afterwards he is in awful form. Magnus Carlsen got absolutely nothing against a well prepared Hikaru Nakamura. Ivanchuk 10pts, Anand, Aronian 5pts, Nakamura 4pts, Carlsen and Vallejo 3pts. Round 5 Sat 1st October 19:00 BST Ivanchuk-Carlsen, Nakamura-Vallejo and Anand-Aronian.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/ivanchuk-scores-3rd-win-in-a-row-at-the-4th-final-masters)

Jesper Norgaard
02-10-2011, 08:54 AM
Another great place to follow the online games is http://bilbao2011.live.whychess.org/ with the move-by-move evaluation of the position as seen for the World Cup.

Agent Smith
03-10-2011, 03:01 PM
Chessbase were hyping up the match between Carlsen and the in-form Ivanchuk, and a nice win by Magnus to keep him in contention.

Nakamura is second and the only undefeated player now.

Kevin Bonham
03-10-2011, 05:41 PM
Carlsen beat Ivanchuk very nicely on the black side of a French in a rook and double bishop ending but Ivanchuk is still winning at the end of the first leg.

Banda
07-10-2011, 06:59 AM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-6/03.jpg

Vassily Ivanchuk brushed aside his mugging at gunpoint in Sao Paulo to play and beat Hikaru Nakamura in the first round in Bilbao (Round 6 altogether) of the 4th Final Masters. Both players got incredibly short of time having only a few minutes each for the decisive part of the game, the final 18 moves. I don't think this was at all the right way to handle the clock. He now has a 6 point lead with just four rounds to go, an almost decisive advantage. Levon Aronian's provocative play didn't lead to anything against Francisco Vallejo Pons who traded pieces to a draw. Concern has been expressed about Magnus Carlsen's recent biteless opening repertoire, at the age of 20 I don't think it is remotely a problem yet that he chooses to play like this, but certainly he never got enough to trouble World Champion Viswanathan Anand today.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/ivanchuk-nears-decisive-lead-after-beating-nakamura-in-mad-time-scramble)

Banda
08-10-2011, 04:25 PM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-7/01.jpg

The 7th Round of the 4th Final Masters saw the leader Vassily Ivanchuk defeated for the second time. Francisco Vallejo Pons played well to win a complex English Opening against Ivanchuk in a game that was settled in a time scramble. Ivanchuk's lead was only cut by a point as the other games were drawn. Levon Aronian's 9.h4 in the Queen's Gambit is a very old Botvinnik idea which led to a very difficult position for both players. Carlsen looked to get the upper hand after a nice combination but Aronian steered the game into a drawn ending. Hikaru Nakamura easily held World Champion with black in a dry theoretical battle in a Ruy Lopez Berlin. Round 7 Standings: Ivanchuk 13, Carlsen, Nakamura, Anand Aronian 8 Vallejo 7. Round 8 Pairings: Ivanchuk-Anand, Carlsen-Vallejo and Nakamura-Aronian.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/ivanchuk-maintains-overwhelming-lead-even-after-defeat-by-vallejo)

Agent Smith
09-10-2011, 10:21 AM
It's still not decided - Naka defeating Aronian and Vallejo blundering to Carlsen

1: Ivanchuk, V 2765 gm 42 UKR 14.0 XX 0. =1 1= 1. 10 2870 +12
2: Carlsen, M 2823 gm 21 NOR 11.0 1. XX =. == == 01 2817 -1
3: Nakamura, Hi 2753 gm 24 USA 11.0 =0 =. XX == =1 1. 2832 +9
4: Anand, V 2817 gm 42 IND 9.0 0= == == XX =. 1. 2775 -5
5: Aronian, L 2807 gm 29 ARM 8.0 0. == =0 =. XX 1= 2727 -10
6: Vallejo Pons, F 2716 gm 29 ESP 7.0 01 10 0. 0. 0= XX 2654 -6
(ps I've added a 3 points for a win option to Scid vs. PCs crosstable :>)

Banda
09-10-2011, 02:02 PM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-8/00.jpg

The 8th Round of the 4th Final Masters in Bilbao saw Nakamura and Carlsen get within one win of the leader Ivanchuk (who drew). Hikaru Nakamura won a complex struggle against Levon Aronian outplaying him on the run up to the first time control from a position that Aronian should surely have held. Magnus Carlsen knew that he had to beat tail-ender Francisco Vallejo Pons to get into contention and he did so after his opponent completely equalised out of the opening. Vallejo eventually dropped a piece to a small combination. Vassily Ivanchuk and Viswanathan Anand played out a solid draw in a Queen's Indian. Standings going into the final rest day: Round 8 Standings: Ivanchuk 14pts, Carlsen/Nakamura 11, Anand 9, Aronian 8, Vallejo 7. Round 9 15:30pm on Monday: Carlsen-Ivanchuk which is obviously key for both their chances. Vallejo-Nakamura (again Vallejo will face an opponent who will be determined to take all the points) and Aronian-Anand.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/nakamura-and-carlsen-close-on-ivanchuk-after-rd8-wins-in-bilbao)

Adamski
09-10-2011, 11:21 PM
I hope Chukky can hold on to win here, especially considering the mugging he and his wife suffered between legs.

Agent Smith
11-10-2011, 06:56 AM
Great win by Carlsen. When he plays like this, not many people can go with him imho.
He's now tied with Ivanchuk, and they're playing Nakamura and Aronian in the final round respectively.

Entertaining round by all accounts. Naka lost on time on his 40th somehow, and Anand got cleaned up by Aronian.
(Three points for a win means entertaining chess i think :))

[Event "4th Final Masters"]
[Site "Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Carlsen, M"]
[Black "Ivanchuk, V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2823"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[ECO "E21"]
[EventDate "2011.09.26"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 Ne4 8.Qc2
f5 9.g3 Nf6 10.Bh3 O-O 11.O-O a5 12.Rd1 Qe8 13.d5 Na6 14.Bf4 exd5 15.Bxf5
dxc4 16.Ng5 Qh5 17.Rxd7 Kh8 18.Re7 Nd5 19.Bg4 Qg6 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Bf5 Qxf5
22.Qxf5 Nxe7 23.Nh6+ gxh6 24.Qg4+ Ng6 25.Bxh6 Rf7 26.Rd1 Re8 27.h4 Nc5 28.
h5 Bc8 29.Qxc4 Ne5 30.Qh4 Nc6 31.Rd5 Ne6 32.Qc4 Ncd8 33.Qg4+ Ng7 34.Qxc8
1-0

Hobbes
11-10-2011, 12:03 PM
Great win by Carlsen. When he plays like this, not many people can go with him imho.
He's now tied with Ivanchuk, and they're playing Nakamura and Aronian in the final round respectively.

Entertaining round by all accounts. Naka lost on time on his 40th somehow, and Anand got cleaned up by Aronian.
(Three points for a win means entertaining chess i think :))

[Event "4th Final Masters"]
[Site "Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Carlsen, M"]
[Black "Ivanchuk, V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2823"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[ECO "E21"]
[EventDate "2011.09.26"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 Ne4 8.Qc2
f5 9.g3 Nf6 10.Bh3 O-O 11.O-O a5 12.Rd1 Qe8 13.d5 Na6 14.Bf4 exd5 15.Bxf5
dxc4 16.Ng5 Qh5 17.Rxd7 Kh8 18.Re7 Nd5 19.Bg4 Qg6 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Bf5 Qxf5
22.Qxf5 Nxe7 23.Nh6+ gxh6 24.Qg4+ Ng6 25.Bxh6 Rf7 26.Rd1 Re8 27.h4 Nc5 28.
h5 Bc8 29.Qxc4 Ne5 30.Qh4 Nc6 31.Rd5 Ne6 32.Qc4 Ncd8 33.Qg4+ Ng7 34.Qxc8
1-0
PGN

Banda
11-10-2011, 05:06 PM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-9/01.jpg

The 9th round of the 4th Final Masters in Bilbao saw all the games finish decisively. Magnus Carlsen won an exciting game against Vassily Ivanchuk. Carlsen worked very hard to create an advantage against Ivanchuk but the latter had no need to play anything so complex in the first place. Carlsen got his rook to the 7th but this wasn't decisive and in fact he missed Ivanchuk's fine defence. However the resulting position saw Ivanchuk have a difficult defense with only a couple of minutes on the clock and he eventually dropped a piece. Levon Aronian was glad to play a fine game of chess after his loss to Nakamura. He sacrificed a pawn for the initiative against World Champion Viswanathan Anand who has been disappointingly quiet. Anand eventually missed his way and is now in last place.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/carlsen-beats-ivanchuk-and-ties-for-first)

Agent Smith
11-10-2011, 10:38 PM
World Champion Viswanathan Anand who has been disappointingly quiet. Anand eventually missed his way and is now in last place.
He's probably just saving himself up for his word title defence like he did last year :hmm:
Bad news for Gelfand :P

Nakamura became confused on move 40 in a favourable position and even though he should have been able to work out he needed to play another move went for an orange juice and lost on time for his most "painful ever" loss.
!

Adamski
11-10-2011, 11:02 PM
He's probably just saving himself up for his word title defence like he did last year :hmm:
Bad news for Gelfand :P

!
Poor Naka and maybe poor Boris!
Not often that a world champion comes last in any field.

Kevin Bonham
11-10-2011, 11:45 PM
Carlsen - Ivanchuk: excellent game by Carlsen.

Nakamura appealled his loss to Vallejo (on time on move 40 while a pawn up) and according to TWIC the appeal was immediately rejected. The basis for the appeal was Nakamura claimed he asked an arbiter whether the time control had been passed and thought he saw the arbiter nod. Once again a top player displays a remarkable level of ignorance of the Laws of Chess since it is crystal clear that the arbiter cannot provide such indications.

Agent Smith
12-10-2011, 04:31 PM
Great end to the tournament. Carlsen looks like a world #1 too.
http://www.bilbaomastersfinal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/jornada-final-026.jpg

Banda
12-10-2011, 05:02 PM
http://pakchess.org/images/stories/pakchess/tournaments/international-tournaments/2011/September/Bilbao-masters-final/round-10/01.jpg

Magnus Carlsen dominated the Bilbao half of the 4th Final Masters and finished level with Vassily Ivanchuk who played so well in the first half. Carlsen would have won the event with a normal scoring system but won anyhow after defeating Ivanchuk in a blitz playoff. Earlier he had a relatively comfortable draw as black against Nakamura. Ivanchuk drew with Aronian in a quiet game. A motivated Viswanathan Anand beat Francisco Vallejo Pons. All but Vallejo move on to the Tal Memorial starting 16th November. Rd10 Final Standings: Carlsen, Ivanchuk 15pts, Nakamura, Aronian, Anand 12pts, Vallejo 10pts. Blitz play-off Carlsen 1.5-0.5 Ivanchuk.

Read the full story (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/carlsen-beats-ivanchuk-in-blitz-playoff-to-take-bilbao-title)