Masters Final R4: Ivanchuk beats Aronian, extends lead in Sao Paulo
Vassily Ivanchuk won his third consecutive game at the Grand Slam Masters Final on Friday. In Sao Paulo, Brazil the Ukrainian defeated Levon Aronian with the black pieces to reach a score of 10/4. Vishy Anand joined Aronian in second place, with 5/10, after beating Francisco Vallejo with Black. The third game, between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, ended in a draw after 43 moves.
|Event||4th Grand Slam Masters Final | PGN via TWIC|
|Dates||September 25th - October 11th, 2011|
|Location||Sao Paulo, Brazil & Bilbao, Spain|
|System||6-player double round robin|
|Players||Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Nakamura, Vallejo|
|Time control||90 minutes for the first 40 moves plus 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 seconds increment per move from move number 41|
|Notes||Players are not allowed to agree to a draw without the arbiter’s permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with the technical assistant. The football scoring system is used: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.|
When Vassily Ivanchuk is in top shape he can be the world's best player - at least for a while. He already proved this back in 1989 when he won the Linares tournament ahead of Karpov, aged 19, and two years later he repeated this when Kasparov also participated - who famously lost to Ivanchuk in the first round, in a 3.Bb5+ Sicilian. Another good example is the MTel 2008 tournament which Ivanchuk won with the superscore of 8/10.
After becoming 3rd at the World Cup, everything is going Ivanchuk's way so far in Sao Paolo - this time even luck is on his side! On Friday, in terrible timetrouble he missed a winning continuation against Levon Aornian, who then, with enough time on the clock, blundered to lose anyway. After drawing with Nakamura in the first round this was the third consecutive win for Ivanchuk. Especially with the football score in use, victories taste very sweet in this tournament. The Ukrainian extended his lead to five points and although anything can happen with six rounds to go (one in Sao Paulo and five in Bilbao) it's clear that Ivanchuk is now the biggest favourite to win this tournament.
Levon Aronian: "I think it was an interesting game until I started blundering."
Vishy Anand bounced back from his 3rd round loss by beating Vallejo with the black pieces. The Spaniard went for an ending he had drawn himself easily, in a recent game, but Anand proved that with accurate play Black might hope for an edge. When he mistakenly traded rooks at move 40, the resulting ending was just lost for Vallejo, who was struggling with an old issue again: getting into timetrouble even in positions that are not highly complicated. Afterwards the Spaniard said:
If in this tournament I play at my worst level, it's hard to do anything. I'm sorry.
The start of Vallejo-Anand with the first move executed by the Sao Paulo investor André Gordon
Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura drew a 6.Bxf6 QGD in which White was only marginally better, with a more active bishop, but Black was always very solid.
Hikaru Nakamura is having a solid tournament so far with four draws...
...while Carlsen is on minus one
On Saturday Ivanchuk plays Carlsen and Mexican GM Manuel Leon Hoyos sent the tweet:
Chuky has Magnus next. Has anybody ever beaten three 2800 players in a row?
Grand Slam Masters Final 2011 | Schedule & results
|Round 1||26.09.11||20:00 CET||Round 6||06.10.11||16:00 CET|
|Round 2||27.09.11||20:00 CET||Round 7||07.10.11||16:00 CET|
|Round 3||28.09.11||20:00 CET||Round 8||08.10.11||16:00 CET|
|Round 4||30.09.11||20:00 CET||Round 9||10.10.11||16:00 CET|
|Round 5||01.10.11||20:00 CET||Round 10||11.10.11||16:00 CET|
1 Vassily Ivanchuk 10
2-3 Levon Aronian, Vishy Anand 5
4 Hikaru Nakamura 4
5-6 Magnus Carlsen, Francisco Vallejo 3
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