Masters Final R3: Carlsen blunders, loses to Vallejo; Ivanchuk beats Anand
In a crazy third round of the Grand Slam Masters Final both the World Champion and the world's number one player lost. After outplaying his opponent, Magnus Carlsen first missed a win and then blundered a full piece and lost with Black to Francisco Vallejo. Using 1.e4 World Champion Vishy Anand got into trouble right after the opening (a Schliemann / Jaenisch Ruy Lopez) and Vassily Ivanchuk eventually scored a fine win after 69 moves. Playing very solidly, Hikaru Nakamura with Black held Levon Aronian to a draw.
|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.|
Vassily Ivanchuk is the proud tournament leader after three rounds. The 42-year-old Ukrainian came to Sao Paulo after a gruelling World Cup that lasted three weeks, and so far he's been playing at the same high level he showed there. On Wednesday he defeated the World Champ himself, with the black pieces.
The next time you blunder a piece, you can at least find comfort in the fact that it happens to the best - the very best. On Wednesday Magnus Carlsen seemed well on his way to inflict the third loss upon last seeded player Paco Vallejo, but it all went differently. First, the Norwegian missed a win, and then he just blundered a full piece:
After the game Carlsen said:
I got a pleasant position from the opening. He probably played inaccurately at somepoint It became a huge, almost wining advantage. At one point I wasted too much time trying to find a forced win. Then I... blundered a piece very simply. I don't know if you can call it an optical illusion or whatever.
Hikaru Nakamura again made a good impression by drawing comfortably with Black against Levon Aronian. The American played in the style of his compatriot Gata Kamsky, going for his favourite Slav/Schlechter/Grünfeld hybrid, and was never in trouble.
Again we'll mention a tweet by Nakamura:
Sometimes it is good to play like Kamsky. After all, most people think he is better than me anyway! :) Time to enjoy the rest day.
And so a very rare thing happened today: on one day both the highest rated player and the World Champion lost. Due to the football scoring system, Anand and Carlsen are now the two tail-enders of the tournament!
ICC: free pass
Before we'll leave you, here's a note from our friends at ICC:
In conjunction with the Sao Paulo leg of the Grand Slam Final in Brazil, Internet Chess Club (ICC - www.chessclub.com) is granting everyone the opportunity to claim their FREE PASS to sample the benefits of the best online chess club in the world.
ICC’s free pass period will run through to midnight on Wednesday, 5th October 2011 - and during this time, not only will you be able to play blitz and watch top grandmaster blitz play, you will also be able to tune-in to Chess.FM’s live coverage of the Sao Paulo leg of the Grand Slam Final (Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Nakamura and Vallejo) with our expert GM commentary team of Yasser Seirawan, Joel Benjamin, Alex Yermolinsky, Larry Christiansen, Miguel Illescas, Gregory Kaidanov, Ronen Har-Zvi and Suat Atalik.
You will also have access during this period to ICC’s Game of the Day video recap by former US Champion GM Alex Yermolinsky - and there will also be the New In Chess trivia on GOTD, where each round viewers can enter (whether ICC members or not - but if you do win, you must join ICC to claim your prize) the contest to win a one year subscription to New In Chess magazine.
The ICC Free Pass will also allow you to view all of our regular weekly hit shows on Chess.FM - Sundays: Every Russian Schoolboy Knows with GM Alex Yermolinsky; Mondays: Ronen’s Opening Survey with GM Ronen Har-Zvi; Tuesdays: Beyond the Opening with IM John Watson; Wednesdays: Attack with LarryC with GM Larry Christiansen; Thursdays: Gambit Guide with GM Boris Alterman; Fridays: Game of the Week with GM Joel Benjamin; and Saturdays: Improve Your Chess with NM Dan Heisman.
ICC’s Free Pass period is only open till midnight on October 5 and is available for everyone - so claim your’s today, even if you have used in the past a free trial period on ICC!
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|
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2 Levon Aronian 5
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