Three draws in Sao Paulo, narrow escape for Caruana
Fabiano Caruana will travel from Sao Paulo to Bilbao as the clear leader of the Masters Final. He'll start the second half of the tournament four points ahead of Levon Aronian, who was very close to beating the Italian on Saturday. Anand-Carlsen and Vallejo-Karjakin also ended in draws.
Fabiano Caruana saves a lost game against Levon Aronian | Photo by Albert Silver courtesy of the official website
Although nothing has been decided yet, by now Fabiano Caruana should be considered at least slight favorite to win the Masters Final. After surviving a lost position against Levon Aronian in round 5, the 20-year-old Italian kept his four-point lead at half-time. The players will now travel to Bilbao, Spain where the second leg will start on Monday, October 8th.
Aronian really should have beaten Caruana on Saturday. He missed several winning moves, although it was never easy.
Anand also drew his fifth game, with White against Carlsen. In the endgame Black had a tiny edge but it was never serious.
After the somewhat strange 21.Ra3 Vallejo found himself in a slightly worse rook ending, but he continued to play well and held it to a draw.
Grand Slam Masters Final 2012 | Schedule & results
|Round 1||24.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 6||08.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 2||25.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 7||09.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 3||26.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 8||10.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 4||28.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 9||12.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 5||29.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 10||13.10.12||16:00 CET|
Grand Slam Masters Final 2012 | Round 4 standings (football)
1. Caruana,F 11
2. Aronian,L 7
3. Carlsen,M 6
4. Anand,V 5
5-6. Vallejo,F 3
5-6. Karjakin,S 3
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